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Focus and Scope

Secularism and Nonreligion is an interdisciplinary journal published with the aim of advancing research on various aspects of 'the secular.' The journal is interested in contributions from primarily social scientific disciplines, including: psychology, sociology, political science, women's studies, economics, geography, demography, anthropology, public health, and religious studies. Contributions from history, neuroscience, computer science, biology, philosophy, and medicine will also be considered. Articles published in the journal focus on the secular at one of three levels: the micro or individual level, the meso or institutional level, or the macro or national and international levels. Articles explore all aspects of what it means to be secular at any of the above levels, what the lives of nonreligious individuals are like, and the interactions between secularity and other aspects of the world. Articles also explore the ideology and philosophy of the secular or secularism.

NOTE: Secularism and Nonreligion welcomes articles that replicate prior studies as well as articles that have non-significant findings or findings for the null.  Where applicable, we may also ask authors to include their data when submitting their article so peer-reviewers can verify their statistical analyses.

Publication Frequency

One of the benefits of Open Access publishing is that articles can be published within days of having been accepted rather than having to wait for open space in an upcoming issue of the journal. That is the model Secularism and Nonreligion employs. Once an article is accepted for publication, the files will be typeset. There will then be an opportunity to proof the final PDF before the publication is released. This process should take between one and two weeks.

Theoretically, an article could be submitted to Secularism and Nonreligion, be reviewed within four weeks, have a decision rendered within one week, and be published a week later: six weeks from submission to publication. That is, of course, the ideal scenario and may not be the standard time from submission to publication.

Articles published in Secularism and Nonreligion will be added to the current volume and only one volume will be published per year. There are no separate issues of the journal within this volume, however, article collections can be collated and displayed separately from the open volume, allowing conference proceedings, themed series etc to be published in a clearly identifiable way.

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.

Authors of articles published in Secularism and Nonreligion remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Secularism and Nonreligion is indexed by the following services:

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH. To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSSarchiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If Secularism and Nonreligion is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2020 volume:

Submissions received114
Reviews requested257
Reviews received327
Total Rejections45
...of which, Desk rejects52
Acceptance rate769%
Time from submission to publication8315 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.



Secularism and Nonreligion was founded in 2012 as a collaboration between the Non-religion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN) and the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC), under the leadership of Barry Kosmin, Lois Lee and Ryan Cragun. In 2018, with Barry's retirement and the closure of the ISSSC, Secularism and Nonreligion became the journal of the NSRN, with new co-editors Jesse Smith and Chris Cotter. Serawit Debele served alongside them from March 2019 until June 2021, when Isabella Kasselstrand joined the team. In February 2022, Jesse Smith stepped down and Melanie Brewster became a co-editor.

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