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The Journal of Bahá’í Studies welcomes the submission of articles that are relevant to Bahá’í Studies as defined in the widest sense.

The article should demonstrate original thinking, present new information, open up new avenues of thought, or throw new light on a problem. The language should be clear and understandable by a general interdisciplinary audience, and technical terms should be used only when necessary and with sufficient explanation. The article should demonstrate coherence, adequate development of the topic, a proper balance of depth and breadth according to the length, and organization appropriate to the subject. It should likewise be fair-minded, evidence sound reasoning, and engage with literature in the field where relevant (as opposed to displaying erudition for its own sake). To ensure these standards are met, a process of peer review will be applied whereby submissions are evaluated by scholars in the field.

Bahá’í authors also do well to reflect on the following guidance from the House of Justice:

“Bahá’ís who are involved in various disciplines—economics, education, history, social science, philosophy, and many others—are obviously conversant and fully engaged with the methods employed in their fields. It is they who have the responsibility to earnestly strive to reflect on the implications that the truths found in the Revelation may hold for their work. The principle of the harmony of science and religion, faithfully upheld, will ensure that religious belief does not succumb to superstition and that scientific findings are not appropriated by materialism.”

General Requirements

The manuscript must not be under consideration elsewhere. If the material has been previously published in another form, including on the World Wide Web, that fact should be explained in the author’s transmission letter of the article. As a rule, the Journal will not consider articles that have been published elsewhere. Please send your submissions to editor [at]

Length and Format

There is no fixed limit on the length of submission, but most articles are between 5,000 and 14,000 words. Any articles longer than 14,000 words must have prior written editorial permission before being considered. The format for all articles will follow MLA guidelines as explained below.


The entire manuscript (including all text, references, and endnotes) should be double spaced with standard one-inch margins. The pages should be numbered consecutively and the type should be easily readable (a 11 or 12 point font is preferable). The print should be justified left (ragged right margin). The manuscript text should be an electronic copy (preferably in Microsoft Word) sent as an attachment to an email either as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) or in rich text format (.rtf). Figures or images for publication in the document must be submitted in high-resolution (at least 300 ppi) grayscale TIFF or EPS format. Bitmaps and layered TIFF files are not acceptable. Ideally, the maximum width of the figure should be 4.5”. Each figure needs to be submitted as a separate file and clearly named. Embedding pictures in the manuscript is acceptable only as a general indication of their position within the text.


Notes may be in the form of endnotes or footnotes, though the Journal will employ footnotes in the published form. According to MLA guidelines, it is preferable for footnotes or endnotes to be few and very concise.


Sources used should be provided according to MLA style as parenthetical citations within the text and a list of Works Cited at the end of the article.

Works Cited Page

The “Works Cited” page should follow the MLA guidelines and include every work (and only those works) referred to in the text, in alphabetical order by author. The author is responsible for the completeness and accuracy of quotations and for all publication information. Therefore it is important to check all such information carefully. For examples of citation format and format for Works Cited, authors are urged to examine the exemplar article (see below) for JBS house style. Further information on how to prepare a manuscript in MLA style can be found in the MLA Style Manual and in various online sites, such as the OWL at Perdue Resources.


The abstract should be from 50 to 100 words in length and should summarize the primary objective of the article.

Biographical Note

The author should also include an autobiographical note of not more than 100 words. This information generally includes the author’s field of expertise and academic credentials.

House Style

For matters of style, punctuation, spelling, formatting, citations, and Works Cited, authors are urged to examine: HOUSE STYLE EXAMPLE.

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