Style Guide

Religion: Going Public blog posts are aimed at the general public (in addition to academics and stakeholders), and must therefore be reader-friendly and easy on the eye. This requires that authors exemplify their arguments, use simple language, short sentences, and stick to the set maximum length. Our goal is to provide socially relevant and fetching research-based blog posts that speak to public debates about religion. Please visit our blog for inspiration.

We sincerely ask that all contributions comply with the following requirements:

  • Blog posts should range between 1000 and 1500 words.
  • All authors are required to index their blog posts with a minimum of three keywords.
  • Titles and subtitles must be provided in all submissions. In addition, the submission should contain a lead paragraph of no more than 200 characters (with spaces).
  • Pictures should be included, if possible. Note that submitted pictures must comply with applicable copyright regulations. At a minimum, this includes appropriate credit to the creator and a link to the applicable Creative Commons licence. Please consult for more information on correct licensing practices. If you have taken the photo yourself, these regulations do not apply.
  • If the submitted text does not include all these elements, we reserve the right to provide them for you.
  • Please note that the editorial board may suggest a few improvements to your text.

Any editorial changes will be sent to contributors prior to publishing.

In addition to these formal guidelines, we kindly ask all contributors to meet the following requirements:

  • Referencing should be kept at a minimum, and only in running text. No footnotes, bibliographies or author-date quotes will be published.
  • Web links are allowed, as long as they are included as hyperlinks in the submitted text.
  • Complex academic terminology should generally be avoided. If applied, such terminology should be clearly explained. (e.g. “Epistemology”)
  • Document files should generally be formatted in Word (.doc or .docx) or OpenOffice (.odt)
  • The Religion: Going Public blog has very limited funds for copyediting.

Contributors are advised to pay close attention to editorial details such as language, formatting and style before submitting.


Except where otherwise noted, content published on Religion: Going Public is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. This license permits you to copy, distribute, and display such content as long as you mention and link back to the blog, attribute the work appropriately (including both author and title), and do not adapt the content or use it commercially.