Spirituality Studies is a double-blind peer reviewed academic journal published twice a year in English. The journal welcomes original contributions from various academic fields reflecting the phenomenon of spirituality in its multiple forms and from multiple perspectives.
Spirituality Studies covers a wide range of theoretical and practical (lived spirituality) issues related to spirituality, such as processes of spiritual transformation as reported and described in various traditions of mysticism (in Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc.) or yoga (in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, new religious movements etc.). The journal publishes research studies, both theoretical and empirical, academic articles, essays, interviews, reviews and poetry.
Spirituality Studies also provides a forum for sharing personal spiritual experiences of spiritual practitioners elaborated in a form of an autobiographical essay or poetry. By combining academic and personal approaches to spirituality, the journal aims at providing an exceptional interdisciplinary platform for constructive dialogue between a variety of viewpoints, approaches, and methodologies in the study of spirituality.
The third area of the Spirituality Studies’ focus is spiritual education. When publishing studies on spiritual education as well as teaching and methodical materials, which reflect practical experience of educators, Spirituality Studies facilitates education related to spirituality and fosters the awareness of the importance of spirituality for personal, interpersonal and social well-being.
The Spirituality Studies Journal is published by the Society for Spirituality Studies in partnership with the Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (DIM·MID) and European Union of Yoga twice a year (May, November) in English for 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 can be used under the condition of correct citation in accordance with the license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
Spirituality Studies acknowledges, honors and applies all standards of Publication Ethics.
Peer Review Process
Academic papers and research 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. On the basis of the double-blind review process the Editor-in-Chief makes a decision whether the text is published or not.
In manuscripts assigned for reviewing all identification data on their authors are removed. The reviewers are appointed by the Editor-in-Chief from the internal database of reviewers based on the topic and character of the reviewed manuscript.
Spirituality Studies provides its reviewers with the standardized review form, which is available here: Review form
Spirituality Studies fully respects evaluations of its reviewers and makes its decisions as follows:
If both reviewers recommend publishing the manuscript, it is accepted.
If both reviewers recommend not publishing the manuscript, it is rejected.
If one or both reviewers recommend making a revision of the manuscript, the author(s) is asked to re-elaborate it. The revised manuscript is reviewed repeatedly by the same reviewers.
If reviewers significantly diverge in their conclusions, the final decision on acceptance or rejection of the manuscript is made by the Editor-in-Chief.
The author(s) is notified about the results of the review process as well as the decision of the Editor-in-Chief via e-mail. This process can be repeated two times before the paper is either finally accepted or rejected.
There is a time limit of 60 days for the reviewer to process the review of a manuscript, and 30 days for the author(s) to revise it.
Reviewing for Spirituality Studies is not remunerated.
Spirituality Studies accepts manuscripts edited in accordance with its Author Guidelines. All submissions must be the original work of the author(s). Manuscripts are to be submitted in English via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Publishing in Spirituality Studies is not remunerated.
The manuscript is submitted as a Microsoft Word file without any specific graphical and typographical edits.
The research study usually consists of an abstract, keywords, introduction, present state of a topic, and analysis of the chosen area of research or interest, methodology, findings, discussion of the findings, conclusion, and references. The research study is usually structured into four parts: objective, method, results, and conclusions.
The format of the manuscript is by default a one column A4 with no text header, footer, and page numbering; all style tags are removed. Paragraphs are separated by a space, not tabs. As a font standard, Times New Roman 12-points is required. The whole text is left-aligned. Automated citations and links are not applied. All direct citations are italicized, however, the quotation marks themselves are not italicized.
A list of Notes is located in a separate section between the text and the final list of References. In the text, the number of the note is given in Arabic numerals in square brackets.
All images, tables and figures are attached separately, while their descriptions are marked and included in the text. All figures are provided in curves. All images are provided with copyright license granted to the publisher.
The total length of a paper, including images, tables and figures inserted into the text, should not exceed 50 authors pages (90.000 characters including spaces).
The abstract contains a concise description of the objective(s), methodology and main findings of the paper. It is usually not longer than 150 words.
A list of up to five keywords or key technical expressions from a respective academic field 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 and page number(s) (both in parenthesis), e.g. (McGinn 2008, 12). Each in-text citation matches up with an entry in a reference list, where full bibliographic information is provided.
The author’s data include name, surname, degrees, affiliation, main professional achievements, professional headshot, and email of author(s).
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 Editorial Team of renowned experts on spirituality from around the globe is a management body of the Spirituality Studies Journal and guaranties its overall quality.
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 is an independent NGO devoted to promoting theoretical and experiential research in spirituality. The Society for Spirituality Studies 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 Spirituality Studies as an open access double-blind peer reviewed academic journal. Membership is available both to individuals and institutions.
The Society for Spirituality Studies
040 13 Košice
Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue is an international monastic organization that promotes and supports dialogue, especially dialogue at the level of religious experience and practice, between Christian monastic men and women and followers of other religions.
The European Union of Yoga is an organisation representing Yoga Associations, Federations and Bodies across Europe.
The International Network for the Study of Spirituality is a unique international network for people interested in bringing the study of spirituality to life through research, scholarship, education and practice.