ISSN: 1522-5658
Publication Ethics
Authors and Contributors

All individuals who had a role in designing the study, gathering data, or analyzing data (research); and who assisted in the drafting or revision of the article (writing); and who are responsible for approving the submitted and revised versions of the article (approval) should be listed as authors. Individuals who contributed in one or two of the three areas above (research, writing, or approval), and thus do not fit the criteria for authorship, should be noted as contributors along with their specific contribution.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors must disclose all potential conflicts of interest and any organizations or corporations funding the research or subsidizing the writing at the time of submission. A conflict of interest is any relationship (person, institutional, or monetary) that may jeopardize the research, writing, peer review, or publication of the article.

Allegations of Research Misconduct

Research misconduct is a serious offense in the academic community. When presented with allegations of research misconduct, the editors will follow the guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Complaints and Appeals

All complaints regarding potential conflicts of interest, authorship, allegations of research misconduct, reviewer misconduct, editorial misconduct, plagiarism, etc., are handled by the editors, who may be advised by the editorial board when necessary, or by the Director of the Kripke Center in cases of editorial misconduct. Complainants must present their case in writing to the editors or, if the complaint is against the editors, to the Director of the Kripke Center (unless the director functions as the editor, in which case the complaint should be made to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University). All complaints will be handled confidentially to ensure the integrity of the complaints process and that no complainants receive retribution from authors, reviewers, editors, or any others. For all complaints not involving allegations of editorial misconduct, decisions are made by the editors and may be appealed to the Director of the Kripke Center or, if the director functions as the editor, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University. Complaints involving allegations of editorial misconduct will be decided by the Director of the Kripke Center or, if the director functions as the editor, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University. The decision of Kripke Center’s director (or, in the above circumstances, the college’s dean or their designate) may be appealed to the Provost of Creighton University, who may decide whether to hear such appeals. If the provost declines the appeal, the decision of the director or dean stands and the complaint is closed. If the provost hears the appeal of the director’s or dean’s decision, then the provost’s decision is the final word and closes the complaint.

Data Sharing and Reproducibility

Authors are encouraged to share and/or make publicly available any data informing their publication, unless there are valid reasons (privacy, human-subject research protection, proprietary considerations, etc.) for withholding such data sets. Authors should clearly state their policies surrounding data set dissemination within their articles, when applicable.

Intellectual Property

All articles are the intellectual property of the authors, who retain the copyright but assign the non-exclusive right to publish such articles to the Journal of Religion & Society. Authors may upload their article at any stage (preprint, accepted, and published) into institutional or subject repositories. See the Copyright Agreement for more information.

Post-Publication Corrections or Discussions

Authors may contact the editors for any post-publication corrections, revisions, or retractions. The editors will make such changes and, when applicable, upload the new version clearly marked as corrected or revised with a revision date. In the case of retractions, either requested by the author or decided by the editors, the journal will clearly mark the article as retracted with an explanation of the reasons and the date of the retraction. Statements of retraction will be sent immediately to all journal subscribers. Readers may discuss articles post-publication through submitted opinions or essays (not peer reviewed) or may submit articles for peer review that address directly the published article under discussion (there is no guarantee, however, that such an article will be published, and it will be subjected to the same standards as any other submission for peer review).

Ethical Oversight

The operations of the Journal of Religion & Society are overseen by the editors, who in turn report annually to the body of the editorial board (the Faculty Associates of the Kripke Center at Creighton University), regularly with individual members of the editorial board, and regularly to the Director of the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University. The Kripke Center’s director, in turn, reports periodically to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University. The journal adheres to the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics.