Volume 1, No. 1

Coming Spring 2019

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About Us

Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM) is a biannual, not-for-profit, peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes the latest social scientific, historiographic, and ecclesiastic research on religious institutions and their practices. SHERM is dedicated to the critical and scholarly inquiry of historical and contemporary religious phenomena, both from within particular religious traditions and across cultural boundaries, so as to inform the broader socio-historical analysis of religion and its related fields of study.

SHERM’s Mission & Purpose

The purpose of SHERM is to provide a scholarly medium for specialists to publish advanced studies on religious trends, theologies, rituals, philosophies, and cultural influences in the hopes of generating enthusiasm for the academic and vocational study of religion while fostering collegiality among religious specialists. Its mission is to provide academics, professionals, and nonspecialists with critical reflections and evidence-based insights into religion and ministry.

Open Access

In partnership with the FaithX Project, SHERM is a full, no-fee, open access academic journal, which means it publishes and publicly makes available your research without charging subscription dues or publishing fees. Whereas other open access journals still require authors to pay for making their publications available, SHERM believes in making high-quality scholarship accessible to the public while promoting the wide dissemination and visibility of your published article free of charge. This means that authors will never be asked for money to publish their research with SHERM. There are a significant number of “predatory” publishing companies that attempt to take advantage of scholars and their research by charging fees; we are not one of them. Instead of intending to make a profit, our goal is simply to increase the opportunity for erudite academicians to publish their work, gain a larger readership outside the confines of conventional journals, and receive citations from future researchers. For more details on how SHERM promotes and disseminates your academic research, see the Benefits of Publishing with SHERM.

Social Science Research:

  • Religious History
  • Historical Theology
  • Historical Jesus
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religious Trends and Demographics
  • Issues in Contemporary Theology
  • Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary Christian Literature
  • Patristic, Medieval, and Contemporary Exegesis
  • Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Writings
  • Ancient Israelite Religion and Second Temple Judaism
  • History and Literature of Contemporary Judaism
  • Hebrew Bible
  • New Testament
  • Textual Criticism
  • Islamic Studies
  • Mormon Studies
  • Native American Religion
  • Hinduism, Buddhism, and Other World Religions
  • Historical and Contemporary Religious Revivals and Sects
  • New Religious Movements (Cults)
  • General Religious Studies

Ministerial Research:

  • Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary Ministry Practices
  • Experimental Faith Communities
  • Ecclesiastical Trends and Issues
  • Economic, Political, Social, and Ecological Issues in Ministry
  • Ethical, Racial, Sexual, and Gender Issues in Ministry

Because SHERM specializes in the social-scientific investigation of religion and the resultant consequences for vocational ministry, SHERM will prioritize articles that employ sociological, psychological, and historiographical methodologies in the formation of theological, philosophical, ecclesial, or missiological analyses.

Copyright Privileges

When publishing an article through SHERM, authors are able to retain copyright privileges over their research. As part of the rights agreement, however, all authors wishing to publish their research through SHERM must transfer exclusive licensing rights over to SHERM, thereby granting SHERM the right to claim the article as part of its publishing proprietary corpus. In other words, authors retain copyright credit for the article but SHERM becomes the sole publisher of the material. Nonetheless, SHERM is a non-restrictive licensing publication, which means authors (as copyright owners of their research) are allowed to share and repost their article on any website of their choosing.

This transfer of exclusive licensing rights does not mean authors forfeit their copyright privileges. As partners with SHERM, upon acceptance and publication of an article, authors are automatically granted the right to share, disseminate, use, and repost their article in any way they deem necessary to expand the visibility of their publication. Likewise, authors retain all intellectual property rights, including the specific research content and data employed throughout the article, as well as the right to retain attribution rights as the article’s original creator and writer.