Practical Matters is now accepting submissions on religious practices and practical theology for 2016-2017. The journal will feature articles and multimedia projects on the theme of money, class, and religion. Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

  • religious giving (e.g. dāna, tzedakah, zakat, alms, tithing)
  • religious strategies to pursue poverty or wealth (e.g. monastic renunciation, voluntary poverty, prosperity gospel)
  • religiously-informed acts of solidarity or compassion (e.g. living wage campaigns, advocacy for Dalits, youth “sleep-outs”)
  • the impact of social class or socioeconomic status on religious activity.

Beyond this theme, Practical Matters seeks submissions that promote the dialogue between religious studies and practical theology through scholarship on religious traditions as embodied in religious practices, methods for engaging research questions that emerge in and about religious communities, theories of practice and praxis, and structures of scholarship that allow for more robust interactions between academic institutions and religious practitioners. We invite contributions on or from any religious or spiritual tradition as well as from any theoretical position or discipline (including, but not limited to, anthropology, political science, law, and sociology). The journal includes both peer-reviewed articles (Features and Analyzing Matters) as well as non-peer reviewed content that present the thoughtful reflections of teachers and practitioners (Practicing Matters and Teaching Matters). Practical Matters accepts submissions that incorporate a variety of media and genres.


Submissions are accepted and published on a rolling basis throughout the year. For consideration in

Issue 10: Wealth, Poverty, and Practice, submissions must be received by October 1, 2016.


Practical Matters is a multimedia, online journal interested in submissions that investigate the broad topics of religious practices and practical theology, past or present, in any context or tradition. While each issue features work around a specific theme, we welcome all submissions that promote the dialogue between religious studies and practical theology through scholarship on religious traditions as embodied in religious practices, methods for engaging research questions that emerge in and about religious communities, theories of practice and praxis, and structures of scholarship that allow for more robust interactions between academic institutions and religious practitioners.

Practical Matters is aimed at scholars, religious leaders and practitioners, teachers, students, journalists, and the general public. Submissions from various disciplinary perspectives are encouraged. This includes (but is not limited to) work originating in religious studies, theology, anthropology, literary criticism, cultural studies, sociology, psychology, history, political science, philosophy, media studies, the arts, journalism, or the sciences.  We encourage submissions from those both inside and outside the academy as well as work about and from diverse religious traditions.

Practical Matters publishes four general categories of content in each issue:

1. Feature Matters

This section features both peer review scholarship and scholarship solicited from major scholars in the field that is relevant to a pre-announced theme. Multimedia scholarship might include submissions in the media of film, video, soundscape, audio, new media, photography, art, or performance.

2. Analyzing Matters

Analyzing Matters features scholarship, usually peer reviewed, on a wide range of topics related to religious practices and practical theology, with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary dialogue between scholars in a variety of fields.

3. Practicing Matters and Teaching Matters

In each issue, we are committed to publishing both practitioner and pedagogical reflections. Content may include personal reflections, pedagogical experiences, essays by practitioners on experiences in the field, etc. Practitioners, religious leaders, teachers, and activists are encouraged to submit work on their engagement with religious practices or practical theology. Submissions that engage the annual theme are especially welcome. Teachers of various forms might reflect on how they have introduced or would like to introduce their students to these topics. If accepted, submissions focusing on teaching and pedagogical experiences will be published in the category Teaching Matters and those focusing on practitioner experiences will be published in the category Practicing Matters.

In addition to these specific reflections, the journal encourages a wide variety of engaging and creative submissions. These might include extended topical review essays, art, syllabi, curricula, or field notes. Submissions might also be in the form of video, audio, or new media pieces not produced with specific scholarly aims in mind. If you have other ideas, please feel free to contact our Issue Editor.

4. Matters Under Review

This section includes reviews of recent books, films, or conferences on the topic of religious practices or practical theology. We do not accept reviews as submissions; however, reviews are regularly assigned to qualified scholars and practitioners for each issue.  Those interested in reviewing material for the journal or recommending media for review are invited to contact the Reviews Editor or to consult the Reviews Policy below.


  1. Every submission, including multimedia submissions, should include an abstract of no more than 200 words.
  2. Peer-Review: Please note by checking the appropriate box on the submission form if you would like your manuscript to be considered for our peer review process. If your submission is intended as a non-peer reviewed reflection on pedagogy or practice, please leave this box unchecked.
  3. Practical Matters engages a wide audience of scholars and practitioners from a variety of religious traditions.  Therefore, submissions should be accessible and comprehensible beyond disciplinary and confessional boundaries.
  4. Submissions should not be currently under review by another journal or have been published in another venue.
  5. COPYRIGHT: Authors, understood to be the creators of content in media and genres, retain copyright for content published in Practical Matters, with publication rights granted to the journal. Any reproduction of original content from Practical Matters must a) seek copyright from authors and b) acknowledge Practical Matters as the site of original publication.  Authors are responsible for obtaining the appropriate permissions for any copyrighted material reproduced in their work.
  6. Please submit your work via the links on the right hand side of this page.
  7. Submissions are accepted and published on a rolling basis throughout the year.  For consideration in Issue 10: Wealth, Poverty, and Practice submissions must be received by October 1, 2016.



  1. As a general rule, text submissions for peer review (articles and critical essays) should be between 3,000-7,000 words, although we will consider those that fall outside of this range. Non-peer-reviewed content, such as pedagogical and practitioner reflections will most often be shorter, no longer than 4,000 words.
  2. Text submissions may be submitted via our online platform. If your submission includes accompanying media (photos, graphics, audio, video, etc), please complete the Accompanying Media form through the link provided following the submission of your manuscript.   Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word files, either .doc or .docx
  3. No text files over 5 MB will be accepted. If your submission includes photographs or visual components, please take care that your submission is under this size requirement. You will be asked to submit publishable media files separately in the Accompanying Media form. All media must be accompanied by an attribution and authors are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions for items reproduced in their work. For more information about media submissions, see below.
  4. Because the peer review process requires anonymity, please do not include information that identifies the author(s) by name in the content of your submission.
  5. Text submissions should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Please use endnotes with full bibliographic information and no separate bibliography.



  1. Stand-alone multi-media presentations may be submitted using the Multimedia Submission form to the right. All submissions must include an Abstract summary of the work. If you are submitting media in conjunction with a written manuscript, you should first complete the manuscript submission form and then complete the Accompanying Media form through the link provided.
  2. Visual images should be submitted as .jpg files, video submissions should be submitted as .mov files, and audio tracks should be submitted as .mp3 files. Prezi and Powerpoint files are also acceptable. Files must be no bigger than 30 MB. You may also submit audio, video, and presentation files by posting them to a personal website or media account without identifying information and providing a working URL.
  3. If it is not possible to conform to these guidelines for the kind of submission you intend, or if you have questions about the format of your submission, please email the Issue Editor at least two weeks in advance of the submissions deadline.


Practical Matters reviews material that pertains to the study of religious practices and the discipline of practical theology. The journal values scholarly inquiry across a broad range of media including (but not limited to) traditional print essays, articles, books, film, video, audio, soundscape, new media, photography, art, and performance. We are committed therefore to reviewing the same.

Reviewers are chosen among scholars, practitioners, and others who have expertise in the above fields. Practical Matters does not accept unsolicited reviews.  However, the journal welcomes suggestions for materials to be reviewed. Those who are interested in reviewing material or who have suggestions for review material are invited to contact the Reviews Editor. For those interested in reviewing material, please indicate areas of expertise and include a curriculum vitae or resume.

Practical Matters features work by and for scholars, practitioners, and teachers. With this diverse audience in mind, our reviews explore and evaluate material in terms of its primary themes as well as its contribution to the study of religious practices and practical theology. Reviews typically range in length from 500 to 1,500 words. The Reviews Editor works with reviewers toward the submission and publication of reviews, including editing for stylistic and substantive content, formatting, and submission requirements. Practical Matters retains final editorial discretion over the content and publication of reviews.