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Focus and Scope

JRFM is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication without author fees. It offers a platform for scholarly research in the broad field of religion and media, with a particular interest in audiovisual and interactive forms of communication. It engages with the challenges arising from the dynamic development of media technologies and their interaction with religion.

JRFM publishes peer-reviewed articles in English that focus on visual and audiovisual media, feature film, documentary, advertising, interactive internet-based media and other forms of communication in their interdependencies with contemporary or historical forms of religion. It critically reflects on theories and methods, studies on intermediality, phenomenological and comparative approaches to media and religion across different cultures and periods. The main focus lies on contemporary phenomena, but diachronic analysis of the interaction between religion, film and media is also promoted as an essential facet of study.

JRFM is edited by a network of international film, media and religion experts from different countries and with professional experience in research, teaching and publishing in an interdisciplinary setting, linking perspectives from the study of religion and theology, film, media, visual and cultural studies, and sociology. It emerges from the cooperation between different institutions in Europe, particularly the University of Graz and the University of Zurich, and is published in cooperation with Schüren publishing house, Marburg (Germany). It is an online, open-access publication with print-on-demand as an option. It appears twice a year in May and November and encompasses generally 4-6 articles.

Peer Review Process

Only original articles not under review elsewhere are considered for publication. The incoming articles are reviewed first by the responsible editors and then forwarded to peer review, given that they follow the style sheet provided.

Reviewers evaluate the articles whether they may be published with no changes, minor changes, or major changes, or be rejected. If an article is rejected, it is returned to the author for publication elsewhere. If substantial revisions were required, the article may be re-submitted and will be forwarded to the reviewer in order to make sure that all requests for revision were satisfactorily addressed. If this is not the case, the article may be rejected.

More information on submission, review and production

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 content of this journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

The copyright for the Logo of the journal is held by Schüren Verlag, Marburg, Germany.