Secularism and Nonreligion is the world's first journal dedicated to the investigation of secularism and nonreligion in all forms. Articles are published on a continuous basis, ensuring publication as soon as submissions are accepted and formatted. Secularism and Nonreligion is an interdisciplinary, fully open access, peer-reviewed journal with the aim of advancing research on various aspects of 'the secular.'

The journal encourages submissions that explore all aspects of what it means to be secular. To submit a manuscript, please read our author guidelines.



Books available for review


Secularism & Nonreligion have the following titles available for review. Please contact the Book Review Editor, Jonathan Jong ( for more details.

Michael Ruse. Atheism: what everyone needs to know. Oxford University Press.
Stephen Bullivant. Faith and unbelief. Canterbury Press. 
Dale McGowan & Anthony B. Pinn (eds.) Everyday humanism. Equinox Publishing.

Book reviews need not be solicited. If you are reading or planning on reading a book related to the topics of interest to the journal, feel free to email the Editors of Secularism and Nonreligion to find out if we would be interested in a review of that book. Book reviews should be less than 1,000 words in length. References should be formatted using Harvard style. If you have any questions, please contact one of the Editors.

If you are a publisher and would like a book reviewed by Secularism and Nonreligion, please contact us about where to send the book.

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Call for papers: Intersectionality and Power

Call for papers: Special Issue of Secularism & Nonreligion: Intersectionality and Power
Guest Editors: Penny Edgell, Evan Stewart, and Jacqui Frost, University of Minnesota

The past 30 years has seen a renewed interest in scholarship on secularism and  non-religion, fostered by a variety of factors, including: the decline of religiosity and the visibility of “new atheist” groups and spokespersons in the United States and Europe, critiques of Western bias in scholarly secularization accounts, and growing awareness of the complexity and variety of non-religious identities, experiences, and movements across social contexts. This work shows the non-religious exist in sizable numbers when considered as a group, but has also done a remarkable job of highlighting the diversity and contextual embeddedness of the beliefs and practices of nonreligious individuals, the variety of secular organizations, and perceptions of the nonreligious.

We see a pressing need for a more robust consideration of intersectionality: how do secular identities intersect with other identities? How are secular identities, organizations, and discourses embedded within relations of power? For example, current scholarship focuses on the “gender gap” in religious involvement; an intersectional approach might consider how norms of religiosity are differentially enforced across genders, or what dimensions of masculinity allow for different expressions of secularity.

For a special issue of Secularism & Nonreligion, we invite research articles and analytic book reviews concerned with the intersectionality of secularity with other social locations and structures of power in society. This could include a wide range of topics including discussions about stratification along lines of race, gender, or class, analyses of institutional dynamics that determine when secular perspectives are privileged and when they are marginalized, or accounts of how individuals and groups navigate secularism and nonreligion in relation to the rest of their social lives or organizational practices.

Though our editorial perspective is predominantly informed by sociology, we invite contributions from a wide range of social science subfields and methodological approaches.

All manuscripts (7-10k words), research notes (2.5-6.5k words), and analytic book reviews (2,000 words) will undergo the double blind peer review process. General formatting and author guidelines can be found here:

The deadline for submission is August 15th, 2015. Please submit manuscripts in a Microsoft Word document or PDF file to Penny Edgell (

To download a PDF of this CFP click here

Posted: 2015-02-12
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