Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science

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Editorial office

Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60615-5112
Telephone: +1 773 256 0671
Facsimile: +1 773 256 0782
E-mail: zygon@lstc.edu
Zygon on the web: http://www.zygonjournal.org/
To submit a manuscript or book review: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/zygon
Published articles on the web: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-9744
(The March issue of the most recent yearis offered free of charge; you may wish to review this issue to become more familiar with our journal prior to your submission.)


Following acceptance of your submission by the Editor or Book Review Editor, a link to the licensing agreement will be sent to you via email.

It is the policy of the Zygon to obtain the copyright to your manuscript/book review when it is published, and you will need to sign a licensing agreement to assign copyright. Prior or simultaneous posting of material on the internet automatically disqualifies the material for publication in Zygon. Zygon also allows for Open Access; this involves a substantial fee for the author or the author’s institution. When filling out your copyright form, you will have the option to choose this (‘gold’) Open Access option. The regular contract, without the additional fee, allows authors to make the submitted version available online on a personal or institutional website, provided a proper reference and link to the published version is made (‘Green’ Open Access).

Manuscript Submission Process and General Characteristics

Zygon is an interdisciplinary journal with readership throughout the humanities as well as the social and physical sciences. Our article submission process and documentation requirement is a compilation of general practices found throughout all of these disciplines so specific details contained within our guidelines may be new or unfamiliar to potential authors. We ask that you thoroughly familiarize yourself with the following guidelines before submitting a manuscript for consideration.

Zygon conducts a double-blind peer review process which begins when an author registers with our article submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/zygon and submits a manuscript. Our online system asks submitting authors to provide the following:

(1) the names of all authors
(2) an article title of no more than 15 words
(3) between three and ten keywords (the website provides a list of Zygon’s most common keywords but authors can supply words of their own choosing as well)
(4) an abstract of no more than 160 words (abstracts and keywords are important for indexing services and modern search tools, and thus deserve proper attention.)
(5) a file containing the anonymous manuscript text (preferably MSWord but other formats are also supported)
(6) a separate “author note” file containing information about the author(s) (this note is published along with the manuscript and briefly informs our multidisciplinary readers of your position [or vocation], institutional affiliation, full mailing address, and [optionally] e-mail address; it will not be seen by the referees)
(7) any figures or graphic file(s) to which authors refer in their manuscript text sent as separate files (Please note that Zygon prints only in black and white. Zygon cannot accept any color figures or photos for final publication. All figures must be submitted in grayscale format before final publication of the article is possible.)

The files can be uploaded in Word or another common word processing program. Uploaded files will be automatically converted into HTML and PDF formats to facilitate peer review by our referees. Authors are asked to review these files for completeness and correct conversion into these formats. Please feel free to contact the office if the native format which you are using does not correctly convert into these review formats. Our staff may be able to help.

In order to facilitate our issue planning process, we ask for the following additional information:

(1) the number of words in the article (our preferred manuscript length is between 5,000 and 9,000 words, including notes and references; the manuscript is less likely to be accepted if it is over 11,000 words)
(2) the number of manuscript pages
(3) the number of tables and figures
(4) whether or not the manuscript is intended for one of our special sections.

As a courtesy to authors, the online submission system also provides submitting authors with the opportunity to list the names of individuals whom they feel should not referee the paper, their “non-preferred” reviewers of the manuscript.

Finally, the submission system asks authors to verify that they are familiar with our copyright assignment policy. Please see below for details about this policy.

The online submission system allows authors to track the progress of their manuscript through review. However, it does not allow the authors themselves to directly make changes to the manuscript once it has been submitted. If an author identifies a missing point of clarification, a mistyping, or missing reference, the editorial office will gladly work with the author to see that the information is quickly added to the manuscript as it goes forward through the review process.

Zygon follows the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), with an author-date system for references. Zygon publishes in American English. For word usage and word division, our authority is Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary supplemented by Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

Zygon uses inclusive terms when speaking about humanity and people (both women and men). We also suggest speaking about nature and divinity in inclusive language unless an author intentionally wants to argue for their gender.

Because Zygon is an interdisciplinary journal, many readers may be outside the author’s primary field. To make your article readable for our diverse audience, please define all technical terms, minimize the use of non-English terms (and translate all that remain), and give first and last names of all persons mentioned, even if you believe that they are well known. All quotations, even those you may deem familiar to everyone, must be documented.

References: Author-Date System

Zygon uses the author-date system of documentation. With a quoted passage, place the reference after the quoted material. Here are some examples of common citations:

(1) (D’Aquili and Laughlin 1979, 165). There is no punctuation between the authors and publication year, but there is a comma between the year and the page reference.
(2) (Piaget [1929] 1969, 2:26). This cites a newer edition of an older work with both a volume and page number.
(3) (Johnson 1979, sec. 24.5). This is the form to use for a section, note, and so on.

If the name of the author is integrated in the sentence, it need not be repeated it in the citation. Use semicolons to separate multiple references.

Endnotes are for explanatory purposes only. Please consider whether the note is needed: If the remark is important, why not integrate the remark into the main text? If it is not important, why have the note? References to endnotes are indicated by superscript numbers in the text. Within endnotes, the author-date system is used as it is used in the main text.

The reference list is organized in alphabetical order by last name of the author. Please Note: We Require Authors’ first names (not just initials). If more than one work by an author is cited, the list is then ordered from the earliest to latest year of publication. The 3-em dash followed by a period is substituted for the author’s name in all but the first reference. If more than one work by an author(s) is published in a single year, the list is then alphabetically ordered by the first word of the title, and the letters a, b, c, etc. are placed after the year both in the main text and on the reference page.

The order of individual references is as follows: author (last name first for initial author and first name first for all others in a multiple-author work), year (original publication date, if any, in brackets, followed by date of edition cited in the text), title of work, publication information (place of publication, publisher). Titles of periodicals are italicized and not abbreviated. (The latter requirement is important for our diverse readership who may not be familiar with the literature of every specific discipline or sub-discipline cited by a particular author.)


Lay Out

This includes abstract, quotations, endnotes, and references. All margins should be at least 1-1/4 inches (2.5 cm) wide.

Use a single space after all punctuation.

Underline or italicize words when they are referred to as words.

Quotations shorter than seven lines should be run into the text, but longer quotations should be set in block form.

Give the full name of the person when that person is first cited in the text, but give only the last name in subsequent citations.

Tables and Figures Tables should have horizontal lines above and below the headings, and a horizontal line at the bottom—no vertical lines. Be sure to include a table title and a source note indicating where your data came from.

All tables should be placed sequentially at the end of the text, before the reference list. Grayscale figures and artwork must be submitted as separate files. There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp. Please verify that all submitted images are encoded in grayscale format (not as RGB or CMYK) before sending them to us for final publication.

Be sure to provide a caption line and, if needed, a credit line.

It is the author’s responsibility to secure any needed permissions for reproducing a figure or table from another source.

Biblical Citations should indicate the version cited (e.g., John 3:16 NRSV). Do not abbreviate books of the Bible or other religious literature.

Unnumbered Endnote/Acknowledgments: Information on any conference or symposium at which the paper has been presented and on any grant that supported work on the article may be provided as a separate file that will not be seen by the anonymous referees. For instance, “A version of this essay was presented at a symposium on ** during the annual meeting of the ** Society, place, country, date.”


If Zygon accepts your article, you are responsible for obtaining permission to use copyrighted materials. These include direct quotes of more than 500 words, even a single line of poetry that is not in the public domain, tables, figures, and illustrations which you may want to republish within the context of your article.

Book Review Submission Process and General Characteristics

Book reviews submission begins when an reviewer registers with our article submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/zygon and submits a review for consideration by the Book Review Editor. Our online system asks submitting reviewers to provide the following:

(1) their name;
(2) an title, which may be simply “Review of …”;
(3) a file containing the text of the review (preferably MSWord but other formats are also supported);
(4) a separate “author note” file containing information about the reviewer which will be used to produce the reviewer by line.

The files can be uploaded in Word or another common word processing program. Uploaded files will be automatically converted into HTML and PDF formats. Reviewers are asked to check these files for completeness and correct conversion into these formats. Please feel free to contact the office if the native format which you are using does not correctly convert into these review formats. Our staff may be able to help.

In order to facilitate our issue planning process, we ask for the following additional information:

(1) the number of words in the article (our preferred book review length is between 300 and 500 words, and MUST NOT exceed 1,300 words);
(2) the number of review pages; its length;
(3) the book’s title;
(4) the book’s author(s) or editor(s);
(5) the book’s ISBN;
(6) the number of pages in the book;
(7) the book’s price;
(8) the book’s publisher and location;
(9) the book’s date of publication;


It is essential that both the book and the review address Zygon’s interdisciplinary audience and religion-and-science concerns. Please keep the following in mind:

(1) We would like you, if possible, to state the relevance of the book for Zygon’s aims: to explore scientific grounds for understanding the origins of values and religion, and their functioning in the lives of individuals and in societies; to examine critically the theory and practice of the many manifestations of religion in light of the best contemporary scientific knowledge about human nature, society, and the world; and to reformulate insights from the world’s religious and philosophical traditions about what is of essential value and ultimate meaning for human living in a manner that is credible in a scientific age. Even if this relevance is only implicit in the book, we would like you to draw it out.
(2) Zygon’s readership includes physical, biological, and psycho-social scientists; scholars of religion; philosophers; theologians; and practitioners of various faiths. Because a specialist in one field is usually not a specialist in another discipline, your review should translate technical language into plain English and should not assume a background of highly specialized knowledge.
(3) We like reviews to include a brief exposition of the contents of the book: chapter titles, subjects covered, etc. A word about the author’s background and current position is fairly standard. In addition, a brief statement about the technical level of the book would be helpful to potential readers.


Please include the following information with your review; much of this is also “captured” by the data questions and author note files for ease of transfer into indexing systems.
(1) Begin by giving the full title of the book, including the subtitle; full name of author(s), editor(s), and/or translator(s) as given in the book; facts of publication, including publisher’s name, location (only the city listed first needs to be included), and publication date; number of pages in the book, including any roman numbered front matter; and the price of the book in both hardcover and paperback if applicable. Please use the prices listed on the publisher’s website, not the price provided by amazon.com, and indicate (hardcover) or (softcover) following each price.
(2) At the end of your review, please provide your name, professional title, institutional affiliation, location of your institution, and your email address.
(3) We use the American, not the British, style for spelling and quotation marks.
(4) Be sure to include page numbers for any quotations you include, and cite them parenthetically within the text.
(5) When citing other works, please include complete information regarding author, title, and facts of publication parenthetically in the body of the review. Although we occasionally make exceptions, we strongly prefer that reviews not have endnotes or reference lists.

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