Call for Papers: Journal of Chaplaincy in Higher Education

This new, broad project is to enable higher education chaplaincy practitioners and researchers to publish in a generous, broad, diverse, inclusive and international open access online journal.

The journal has a broad-based board representing many regions of the world and includes both chaplaincy staff and academics.

The journal’s design is to be of direct and immediate interest, relevance and usefulness to chaplaincy practitioners and those teaching and researching in chaplaincy studies.

The journal invites a diverse range of contributions: issues will contain a combination of academic articles with narratives about practice, case studies, news and book reviews, spiritual writing and poetry. The call for contributions  / items / articles / pieces is always open.

New volumes will come out each calendar year, beginning in 2023: each volume will usually consist of two issues—May (issue 1) and November (issue 2). This means that the call for papers will close for issue 1 on 31 January and for issue 2 on 31 July.

This form invites responses to a Call for Papers, those who have responded will receive a confirmation message and once reviewed, feedback plus a submissions guidelines form to complete where the paper can be uploaded.

We accept submissions in the following forms. Please note and adhere to word length guidance. You will need to indicate which format your piece will take when submitting to the call for papers.

*Please complete the form below indicating which of the following you plan to write on and note the word length guidance for each item*

Reflective practice narratives (1500–2000 words)
These will describe the design, delivery and review of an aspect of chaplaincy practice, and the elements of reflection that took place at some or all moments of the practice described and what final conclusions are drawn. (Peer review by those experienced in this process.)

Service evaluation / assessment (2000-2500 words)
Adjacent to Reflective practice narratives but with a different approach and emphasis, where some process (qualitative or quantitative or both) has been undertaken to consider the service being provided by a chaplaincy or chaplaincies. A summary of collated research materials and/or data can be included but more extensive data must be sign-posted to rather than included in the submission. (Peer review by those experienced in this process.)

Case studies (1000–4500 words);
Using the academic principles and methods of a close, detailed analysis of a specific case of the use or delivery of chaplaincy. The length of the case study will depend on whether it is a singular or repeated process in different locations and the space given to comparative analysis. (Academic peer review.)

Chaplaincy and religion or belief policy development (1000–4500 words);
Pieces explaining how higher education policy within and beyond Chaplaincy has been contributed to from a chaplaincy perspective. Shorter pieces will be primarily be descriptive and longer submissions will give space to providing analysis of methods, approaches and the broader policy context and lessons learned for other practitioners seeking to contribute to policy development. (Policy development peer review.)

Social scientific research (4,000–6,000 words);
Such articles for our journal are to present research processes and findings while keeping in mind the international readership of the journal—a mixture of chaplaincy practitioners and those researching chaplaincy and teaching in chaplaincy studies. (Academic peer review.)

Political, religious, theological and humanistic interpretations of chaplaincy work (4,000–6,000 words);
Such articles for our journal are to present analysis and interpretations while keeping in mind the international readership—from many different religions, beliefs and secular identities. (Academic peer review.)

News of conferences and other events (500–1,000 words);
Informal pieces that are largely descriptive and which draw out the principles, purposes and networks of an event or conference as well as its content will be welcome. Such items are to be written in a discursive style and which can signpost to how to book but not fall into an ‘advertisment feature’ mode.
Book reviews (700–1200 words);
A review needs to first, very briefly, summarise what the book contains, its authorship and whether it’s similar to or complements existing literature. The personal response then provided to elements of the contents or the overall reading experience should be written from a suitable perspective; such as another practitioner or as an academic.

Conference proceedings (500–3,500 words);
Descriptive pieces explaining that a conference has taken place may be very brief, a news-story style would probably run between 800 and 1,200 words, a piece that describes the intentions and purposes of the conference, its design, delivery, and an analysis of evaluative feedback may be much longer.

Poetry (no fixed length);
Using (with permission) Padraig O Tuama’s poems offered at IACHE 2022 as a springboard for this.

Spiritual / contemplative / humanistic writings (maximum 1,200 words);
Items expressing an individual’s spiritual, contemplative or humanistic reflections / thoughts / meditation in a way that is relatable to the journal’s readership. The writing can address broad topics of significance as long as it is written in a way that will be useful for those in higher education chaplaincy (or teaching / researching) across many beliefs / no belief.

Housestyle principles for call (style guidelines will follow on the submissions form)
Chicago manual of style (author-date version) for references
Consistent use of either / or US or UK or International English.

If proposing more than one paper please complete one form per proposal
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Draft description of your proposed submission (for consideration by the journal board: this must be a maximum 150 words)
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Please indicate in the question below by when you want to prepare your proposed paper. Bear in mind there is one journal per annum with two issues, submissions for issue 1 need to arrive by 31 January and for issue 2 need to arrive by 31 July.

You can submit at any point in the year, once you have received the go ahead in response to this form. 
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