Guide for Authors


Religious Inquiries publishes scholarly research papers on Religion: Philosophy of Religion, Inter-Religious Relations, Religious Ethics, Science and Religion: Ancient cultures and languages, Theology, Qur'anic Studies, Religious Mysticism and Experience, Philosophy of Ethics, History of World Religions. This journal provides a forum for dialogue between Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Confucians, Hindus, Jewish, Christians, Muslims, and other Religious Traditions on a wide variety of Religious Issues.


  • Religious Inquiries only accepts articles that contain research achievements and new findings. The Journal does not merely admit review articles, compiling, reporting, and translation.
  • The journal reserves the right to reject, accept, modify or edit articles.
  • Articles submitted to the journal should not have been previously presented or published elsewhere or sent to other publications for publication at the same time.
  • Please note the journal uses Similarity Check / iThenticate to screen papers for unoriginal material. The authors should agree to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes.
  • The journal does not accept new articles from an author who has another manuscript in the review process.
  • Published articles reflect the opinions of their authors, and not necessarily those of the journal.


Indicators of Articles Extracted from other Works

The author must provide detailed information on the related work. Otherwise, at any stage, when the Journal realizes that the author does not inform the Journal, it will act following the regulations.

  • Thesis (the title, the Supervisor, the University)
  • Research project (the title, implementation date, project partners, relented organization)
  • The conference (the title, date, relented organization)


How to enter the Personal Details of the Authors

The responsible author must be clearly in the manuscripts that include several authors and must insert the title (Responsible Author) in front of it. The sender of the article is considered the responsible author, and all correspondence will be with him and all notifications sent to him.


Organizational Dependence of Authors should be according to one of the following patterns:

  • Faculty Members: Scientific Rank (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor), Department, University, City, Country, E-mail.
  • Students: Degree (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.), Field of Study, University, City, Country, E-mail.
  • Independent Scholars: Degree (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.), Field of Study, Workplace Organization, City, Country, E-mail.


Necessary Forms

There are a few forms that authors have to make and upload in the system. Submitting an article for judging is conditional on sending these files and registering the information correctly in the system.

  1. Main Manuscript File (without authors' specifications)
  2. Cover Letter (authors' specifications)
  3. Original Persian file (if the main article is in Persian, it is necessary to upload its Persian file)
  4. Author (s) Commitment Form (signed by all authors)
  5. Conflict of Interest Form (signed by responsible author)

Structure of Articles

  • The manuscripts should be set in Times New Roman font and saved in Word format (.docx).
  • The manuscripts should not exceed 6000 words.
  • The abstract should not exceed 200 words.
  • The keywords of manuscripts should be maximum of seven words.
  • All tables, pictures and charts should insert into the main manuscript.


Insert Footnotes

  • The specific titles and additional explanations should mention in the footnote.
  • Avoid indirect quotes and direct and long quotes,
  • It should write the direct quotes up to 40 words into quotation marks and insert a one-centimeter indentation.


Citation Method

The following examples illustrate the author-date system of the Chicago Manual of Style. There are several examples of a reference list and the corresponding in-text citation. For more details and many more examples, follow the link at:



  • Reference to a verse from the Bible or Surah Quran: (Cor. 13:4), (Luke 1:26-27), (al-Baqara, 5).
  • Reference to Nahj al-Balaghah: (Nahj al-Balaghah: Sermon, 50).
  • For Shamsi and Hijri Dates should insert the letters SH and AH, for example, (1376 SH / 1422 AH).
  • If an author uses a source in the text consecutively, he must repeat the source completely (do not use the phrases: id and ibid).
  • If more than one source is inserted in the text, with a semicolon (;) They are separated.
  • If there are four or more authors, it should list only the first in the text, followed by et al. (“and others”).



  • The Bible, the Qur'an, and Nahj al-Balaghah should list at the beginning of the list of references and should not list in alphabetical order.
  • The articles that have (DOI) ID should insert this code
  • The sources mentioned in In-Text, must be inserted in the References. (Resources that are introduced in the text solely for further study without being cited in the text should not be included in the resources section).
  • The order of the sources should be based on the authors' last name alphabet (to sort the references should not use numbering or another symbol).
  • If there are a few sources of an author should repeat the author's name in each reference (Do not enter a line (ــــــــــــــــ) instead of the author's name).
  • For a source that does not list a date publication or revision, use n.d. (for “no date”) in place of the year and include an access date.



  Journal article

  • Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Bernhardt, Reinhold. 2018. “Truth in the Context of Christian Faith and its Relation to Other Religions.” Religious Inquiries 7, no. 14 (Summer and Autumn): 37–57.

Keng, Shao-Hsun, Chun-Hung Lin, and Peter F. Orazem. 2017. “Expanding College Access in Taiwan, 1978–2014: Effects on Graduate Quality and Income Inequality.” Journal of Human Capital 11, no. 1 (Spring): 1–34.

Schmidt, Jochen. 2019. “Climate Virtues Ethics: A Proposal for Future Research.” Religious Inquiries 8, NO. 15 (Winter and Spring): 2936.

  • In-text citations

(Bernhardt 2018, 41–43; Worthington 2019, 109)

(Keng, Lin, and Orazem 2017, 9–10(



  • Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Grazer, Brian, and Charles Fishman. 2015. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Smith, Zadie. 2016. Swing Time. New York: Penguin Press.

  • In-text citations

(Grazer and Fishman 2015, 12)

(Smith 2016, 315–16)


  Translated book

  • Reference list entry

Lahiri, Jhumpa. 2016. In Other Words. Translated by Ann Goldstein. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

  • In-text citation

(Lahiri 2016, 146)


  Thesis or Dissertation

  • Reference list entry

Rutz, Cynthia Lillian. 2013. “King Lear and Its Folktale Analogues.” PhD diss., University of Chicago.

  • In-text citation

(Rutz 2013, 99–100)


  Website content

  • Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Bouman, Katie. 2016. “How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole.” Filmed November 2016 at TEDxBeaconStreet, Brookline, MA. Video, 12:51.

Google. 2017. “Privacy Policy.” Privacy & Terms. Last modified April 17, 2017.

Yale University. n.d. “About Yale: Yale Facts.” Accessed May 1, 2017.

  • In-text citations

(Bouman 2016)

(Google 2017)

(Yale University n.d.)