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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe (OPREE) is committed to upholding the highest standards for research integrity and publishing ethics. The editor-in-chief, with the guidance of co-editors and advisory editors, is ultimately responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal to publish. Manuscripts are evaluated without regard to the authors' ethnicity, religious affiliation, race, gender, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics. The decision is based on the paper’s importance, academic quality, and relevance to the journal's scope.

Articles accepted are expected to be unique and not previously published elsewhere. On rare occasions OPREE may accept an article, exploration, or report that has been published elsewhere, usually from a source or in a language not read widely. In such cases there is a clear statement to that effect, and that permission by the copyright holder has been granted. Those authors who request peer-reviews will be provided such service, which will indicate an even greater professional level. Peer-reviewed articles are clearly marked as such.

The initial purpose of OPREE was to counter the misinformation and propaganda that the communist governments of Eastern European countries disseminated in regard to religious liberties. Therefore we decided to offer reliable and truthful insights and analyses expecting that our authors will abide by scholarly norms in their articles. This continues to be the guiding editorial principle of OPREE even under the changed situation of the post-communist times.

Authors should follow common ethical guidelines by submitting only their own original work (no plagiarism), and by contacting the editor if they discover a significant error or inaccuracy which requires an erratum. The practice of purchasing articles written by anonymous professional and publishing them under their own name is odious and endangers the reputation of those who avail themselves of this unethical practice. Authors must not make deceitful use of data, plagiarize, falsely claim authorship written by others, or coincidentally submit articles to several journals.

Authors retain copyright. OPREE is open-access, but endeavors to protect the author's copyright by intervening against unauthorized republication. OPREE neither pays fees nor charges the authors for publishing articles.

Guidelines for Submissions

Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, multi-religious journal. We accept submissions on any aspect of the religious history, life and situation of the former socialist countries of eastern and central Europe and Eurasia (former Soviet Union).

We will be publishing other material besides journal articles under a separate heading (such as travel or meeting reports, announcements of conferences, instructions for certain activities, responses to articles, reprints from other publications, documents, etc.) If you wish to publish in this section, please let the editors know.

Materials intended for publication may be sent to editor-in-chief Paul Mojzes (pmojzes@rosemont.edu), or the two co-editors: Ines Murzaku (ines.murzaku@shu.edu) and Beth Admiraal (bethadmiraal@kings.edu).

Submissions that are to be published as scholarly articles should follow these guidelines:

File Type

1. Submissions should be sent by email in .doc or .docx format (Microsoft Word).

  • We do not accept PDF submissions.
Quality and Length

2. Submissions of any length will be considered, though the standard is between four and thirty pages (1,000 to 10,000 words).

3. Authors must ensure the accuracy of citations, quotations, diagrams, tables, and maps.

Formatting

4. Submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style for citations (also known as the “Classical Style”) using footnotes instead of endnotes or in-text references.

  • Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the relevant page in 10-point font and should contain the first and last name of author, the italicized title of the publication, and then (in parenthesis, the place of publication: publisher, date) and the page number(s) after p. or pp.
  • For repeated footnotes, use either the abbreviation “Ibid.” or the last name of the author (with or without op.cit.) and page number.
  • A sample footnote: Nancy Petrovski, History of Romania (London: Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, 2001), pp. 31-34.
  • Although submissions must be written in English, titles must appear in the original language with an English translation immediately following in brackets. For example, Islam i mi [Islam and We].

5. Submissions should be sent in 12 point, Times New Roman font, with 1-inch justified margins, and double spaced lines. No additional space should separate paragraphs. Indent paragraphs by 5 spaces.

6. If using subheadings, they should be in bold (starting at the left margin), with a single line of white space before and after.

7. Although submissions must be written in English, titles must appear in the original language with an English translation immediately following in brackets.

Additional Notes

8. Along with your article submission, submit a brief biographical note (3-5 sentences), which should be placed directly after the title and author’s name upon publication. There should be information of your present position, educational experience, any relevant publications or experiences.

9. We will not seek a quick turnaround time for peer review of your manuscript, seeking at minimum two peer responses to articles. After the peer-review process, authors will be contacted with the decision to publish as submitted (minor issues of grammatical or formal editing will be made without consulting author); revise-and-resubmit; or not suitable for publication at this time in this journal.

10. There are no hard and fast deadlines for submission. Publication is sporadic but consistent. A new issue is released with the acquisition and editing of every three or four articles.

11. OPREE will continue to publish book reviews (see guidelines for book reviews below).

Book Review Guidelines

Book reviews in OPREE will allow readers of the journal to become familiar with the landscape of publications on religion in Eastern Europe and hear an informative and critical voice on texts in the field.

OPREE is an international, interreligious, and multidisciplinary journal. Therefore, it is helpful if the review acknowledges the intended audience for the text, background information about the author, and helpful contextual details. The book review should not merely summarize the content but critically address the main ideas and primary objectives of the book and give insight into whether the objectives are met, offering constructive comments about the strengths and weaknesses of the text. If helpful, the book reviewer can compare the text with other texts on the subject.

The header of your review should include:

  • Author(s) or editor(s) first and last name(s), including a middle name or initial if used by the author (indicating if it is an edited book)
  • Book title (italicized)
  • If relevant, translator (Trans. from [language] by [translator]).
  • Place of publication, publisher, and date.
  • Number of pages
  • Price if available (indicate if paperback or hard cover)
  • ISBN

Below the header, please include:

  • Reviewed by: Your first and last name
  • Institution affiliation

General guidelines:

  • OPREE is committed to providing reviewers with creative license to write reviews of any length. A suggestion, though not a requirement, is to write reviews in the range of 900-1200 words.
  • All references should be made in-text, rather than as footnotes or endnotes.
  • All reviews will be published with American English spelling. Non-English words that are necessary for the review should be translated in brackets.
  • Book reviews should be sent to the book review editor via email unless other arrangements are made.
  • If the book review editor decides that significant changes are needed, the review will be sent for approval to the reviewer. The book review editor will seek out clarifications if necessary.


This publication is entirely a labor of love. OPREE neither receives nor pays out financial compensation for contribution or involvement. The intellectual fulfillment of contributing is its own reward.

For previous issues see http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/. All issue beginning with Vol. I, No. 1 to the current issue are available at no cost.