Spirituality Studies welcomes original contributions from various academic fields reflecting the phenomenon of spirituality in its multiple forms as well as cultural and religious contexts.
At the same time, the journal provides a forum for sharing personal spiritual experience of spiritual practitioners of various backgrounds elaborated in a form of a scholarly article, essay or poetry. By combining both academic and experiential aspects of spirituality Spirituality Studies aims at providing an original and exceptional multidisciplinary and multidimensional platform for constructive dialogue between a variety of viewpoints, approaches, and methodologies in the study of spirituality.
Spirituality Studies covers a wide range of theoretical and practical (living spirituality) issues relating to spirituality, including an encounter among various spiritual traditions on personal, interpersonal and social level. Particular emphasis is put on the processes of spiritual or personal transformation as given in various forms of mysticism (Christian, Muslim, etc.) and traditions of yoga across the global cultural and religious spectrum (e.g., Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, new religious movements, etc.).
The third area of the journal is devoted to didactics of somato-psycho-spiritual practices such as hathayoga. By publishing teaching and methodical materials that reflect practical experience of educators at the grassroots level, Spirituality Studies facilitates education related to spirituality and fosters the awareness of the importance of spirituality for personal, interpersonal as well as social well-being.
The journal is published by The Society for Spirituality Studies in cooperation with the Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (DIMMID) and European Union of Yoga twice a year (May 1, November 1) in English for an international readership. It is housed on the spirituality-studies.org website.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
The contents of these web pages are copyrighted in accordance with Act No. 618/2003 Bull. of the Slovak Republic, as amended by later Acts. If it is not stated otherwise, it is possible to view, print and copy the contents of these pages, but exclusively for non-profit and research purposes.
It is not permitted to take away any copyright related information included in the materials that one prints or downloads. The papers in The Spirituality Studies Journal are research based and they can be used under the condition of correct citation in accordance with the license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
All submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work of the author(s). Contributions are to be submitted in English. The author is not charged for publishing or submitting an article. The manuscripts are sent to the executive editor G. M. Timčák PhD. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Academic papers and scientific studies are peer-reviewed by two experts in the given field who evaluate the significance, originality, placement within the current state of research, clarity, relevance, formal requirements and language quality of the manuscript. The recommendations of reviewers are forwarded to the author for amendment by the editor. This process may be repeated three times, before the paper is either finally accepted or rejected. The result is communicated to the author by the editor. There is a time limit of one month for the reviewer to process the manuscript and another month for the author to execute the recommended changes. If the reviewed manuscript does not arrive back in a corrected form within the above mentioned time limit, it is rejected.
The text of the paper is submitted as a Microsoft Word file by using the Spirituality Studies Template.
The study usually consists of an abstract, key words, introduction, present state of a subject, and analysis of the chosen area of research or interest, methodology, findings, discussion of the findings, conclusion, and references. The research paper is usually structured into four parts: objective, method, results, and conclusions.
The total length of a paper, including illustrations and tables inserted into the text, does not exceed 50 A4 pages.
Illustrations must be of high quality while their size is not exceeding 2 MB in electronic form. Each illustration is identified by its number and described by a reference. Tables are incorporated into the text as an Excel table along with their descriptions. The position of illustrations and tables in the text is marked by indicating “Fig. X”.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
The abstract contains a concise description of the aims, content and main findings of the paper. It is usually not longer than 150 words.
A list of up to five keywords or key expressions should be provided separated by semicolon.
The submissions must follow the author-date system in accordance with the following edition of the Chicago Manual of Style
References at the end of a study are listed alphabetically. In the text, reference is given to the author’s name (without initials), followed by the year of publication (both in parenthesis), e.g. (McGinn 2008). If a reference in the text is made to a publication written by more than two authors, the name of the first author is used, followed by “et al”. In the list of References, names of all authors are given.
The author’s data include name, surname, degrees, affiliation, and email of author(s).
Doc. PaedDr. Martin Dojčár, PhD.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Doc. Ing. Gejza M. Timčák, PhD.
President, Slovak Yoga Association
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.
William Skudlarek, OSB, Ph.D.
Secretary General, DIMMID
Prof. Néstor Da Costa, Ph.D.
The Catholic University of Uruguay
Prof. PhDr. Slavomír Gálik, PhD.
University of SS. Cyril and Methodius
Doc. RNDr. Adrián Slavkovský, OP, PhD.
Yohanan Grinshpon, Ph.D.
Anuradha Choudry, Ph.D.
Doc. ThDr. Ivan Štampach
University of Pardubice
dr hab. Marek Rembierz
University of Silesia, Katowice
The Society for Spirituality Studies (SSS) is an independent NGO devoted to promoting theoretical and experiential research in spirituality. SSS fosters the awareness of the importance of spirituality for personal, interpersonal as well as social well-being. It facilitates interspiritual, interreligious, and intercultural understanding through dialogue and exchange of scholarly achievements in research of various spiritual traditions. One of its major goals is to publish the Spirituality Studies as an online, open access journal. Membership is available both to individuals and institutions.
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