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Author Guidelines

All articles should be written in English. The Chicago Manual of Style should be used. Footnotes can be linked to the text and can be descriptive as well as documentary, but should be used exclusively for commenting and supplementing the text.

Theoretical and/or empirical articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words long (inclusive of footnotes, tables, abstract, references, etc.). Research-in-progress papers could be also shorter.

Submissions must include the abstract (up to 200 words) and  key words (up to 5 words). All submissions are object of a blind peer-review process and should be anonymized. Authors should follow the instruction provided in the ensuring a blind peer-review section.

Electronic publication allows for the addition of images, maps, tables, and other visual or auditory aids, and the editors encourage authors to include such with articles when appropriate. Authors should make certain that all submitted materials are clear of copyright claims or that they obtain permission as required by law. Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe reserves copyright privileges for all materials published.


Book-reviews should be between 1,000 to 1,500 words long. The following information should appear at the top of the review:

Author. Full title of the book. Place of publishing: publisher, date of publication. number of pages. Reviewed by name of reviewer, affiliation.

All the relevant information on the reviewed book should be indicated at the beginning of the text. The reviewer should set the author's argument in a broad context of scholarly analysis. A critical analysis should follow (criticism should be made only on courteous and constructive terms).

Reviewer should supply page numbers for all quoted passages; also the publication dates of any books or articles mentioned in the review.

Reviewer should proofread the text of the review carefully before submitting.


Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual Style (Style B, author-data) in terms of citation style, references, figures, tables, and all other elements. For further information please consult the website:

Citation in the text

In the text, the sources are cited in parentheses in the following order: the author’s last (family) name, the publication date of the work cited, and a page number if needed. Do not use commas to separate the author and date (Berger 1969), but use a comma to separate date and page(s), if used (Berger 1969, 50). Include page numbers for direct quotation or specific pages. Use a, b, c with date if you cite several papers published by an author in the same year (Inglehart 1990a, b). Alphabetize by author’s name, or source name for a non-authored reference. In the case of multiple authors alphabetize references by the first author’s name. If there are more than three authors, use first author and et al. (Verweij, et al. 1997). Use a semi-colon to separate references in the in-text citations. If in press, use date or use “forthcoming” in place of a date.


List of references

References should be presented in a separate section , at the end of the text. All references cited in the text must be listed in the reference section, and vice versa. The reference list should be arranged alphabetically, all sources being listed by the last names of the authors.


Berger, Peter. 1969. The Sacred Cannopy, New York: Anchor Books.


Ingelhart, Ronald, and Pippa Norris. 2003. Sacred and Secular. Religiona and Politics Worldwide, Cambridge University Press.


Halman, Loek, and Veerle Draulans. 2004. "Religious beliefs and practices in contemporary Europe". In European Values at the Turn of the Millennium edited by Arts, Wil, Halman, Loek, 283-316. Leiden: Brill.


Tschannen, Olivier. 1991. "The Secularization Paradigm: A Systematization". Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 30 (4): 395-415.


Wohlrab-Sahr, Monika. 2010. Forced Secularity. Paper presented at The 9th Conference of International Study of Religion in Central and Eastern Europe Association, Brno.


Please include the following information: the author, title of web page or article, database, organization name, date of publication of the material, exact internet address, and date of retrieval.

Last name, First name. Date. "Title of article." Organization Name. www.exact.internet.address . (Date of retrieval: 11 January 2011).

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript we highly recommend you to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.

Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe (RASCEE) will provide free of charge language proof reading in English of all accepted papers prior to publishing.

All articles go through rigorous peer review process with initial editor screening. In most cases, authors will be notified about the editorial decision within ninety days. Authors receive the proofs of the typeset text electronically, and they usually have one week to make corrections. At this stage, the text may not be significantly changed anymore and major modifications impacting the typesetting may not be entered. If a submission is accepted, the author will sign a contract with ISORECEA, the publisher of RASCEE.

Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe (RASCEE) does not charge authors for submitting, processing or publishing papers

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, conduction or interpretation of the data presented in the submitted paper. All those who have made a significant contribution should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors are included in the process of submission and possible changes of the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its publication.
  • Information about any potential financial support of the research and the role of the funders should be clearly stated.

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