Focus and Scope

Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion is published by the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion. The journal was founded in 1965 as a joint-publication with the learned societies of Comparative Religion in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden to promote the research and communication of ideas between scholars. Temenos publishes scholarly articles, academic discussions, conference reports and book reviews within the field of the study of religion and culture. The notion of religion is looked at both as a folk category and a scholarly construct the various uses of which in diverse socio-cultural arenas and contexts - whether in traditional, modern, or late-modern settings - are important objects of critical inspection.

Temenos is peer reviewed open access journal. In the Finnish Publication rating system it has been rated on top level (3). We are currently in the process of digitizing back issues, and past articles will be published in the archives section of this website as the project progresses. Please note that article abstracts are available only from 2005 and forward.

Temenos hopes to capture the actual intellectual climate in which present-day scholars of religion and culture work, not only in the Nordic countries, but throughout the world. One of the major themes that the editors wish contributors to pay growing attention concerns the role of religious traditions, religious ideas and representations in the making of nationalities, history, individual identities and various sorts of socio-cultural and political formations in different geographical locations. The old and new conversation partners in the fields of cultural and social anthropology, archaeology, folklore studies, cognitive science, economics, geography, history, political science and sociology are invited to join in. Papers addressing the northern aspect are given special consideration.

Temenos is a Nordic journal, which means our primary focus is on Nordic topics and researchers. Secondary aims are to publish articles from outside the Nordic context which deal with central methodological and theoretical themes, articles based on presentations given at conferences organised in the Nordic countries and special thematic issues. It is published twice a year (one volume, two issues).

Manuscripts should be written in English and submitted to the Chief Editor Måns Broo. All manuscripts undergo peer review. Articles should not exceed 8.000 words and they should be accompanied by keywords and an abstract of no more than 200 words.

Temenos follows a double-blind peer review system. After a preliminary examination, articles deemed suitable for the scope of Temenos are sent out by the editor to two experts in the particular field of the article (expert here meaning having a doctoral grade or equivalent expertise) that are independent of each other and of the author of the article. Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the editor decides whether or not to publish the article, as such or with revisions, or if it needs to be resubmitted for review. Along with the decision, copies of the written statements of the reviewers are sent to the author of the article.

Book Reviews
The journal welcomes proposals concerning newly published books in the field of religion to be reviewed. Scholars who want to submit reviews to the journal should contact the book review editor Sofia Sjö.