About the Editorial Advisory Board

SHERM journal is a division of the non-profit organization, FaithX Project (a religiously affiliated institute), and therefore, receives endowments from the association to maintain a significant presence within academia in order to publish social-scientific research on religion and to become a leading advocate for the scientific study of religion. However, SHERM is overseen by an independent, religiously unaffiliated Editorial Advisory Board to ensure its content meets stringent standards of critical religious scholarship uninfluenced by theological or ideological allegiances.

General Editor

Darren M. Slade, PhD (Rawlings School of Divinity)

Peer-Review Advisory Board

Abimbola A. Adelakun, PhD (University of Texas, Austin)

Abbas Aghdassi, PhD (University of Tehran)

Gbenga Emmanuel Afolayan, MA (University of York, UK)

Peter Antoci, PhD (Catholic University of America)

Robert Gregory Cavin, PhD (University of California, Irvine)

Mike Clawson, PhD (Baylor University)

Sandra Cohen, MaHL (Hebrew Union College)

Carlos Colombetti, PhD (University of California, Irvine)

Jack David Eller, PhD (Boston University)

Evan Fales, PhD (Temple University)

Anthony Gill, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)

Ken Howard, MDiv, MEd (Virginia Theological Seminary)

Charles David Isbell, PhD (Brandeis University)

Mark A. Moore, PhD (Liberty University)

Judith Oleson, DMin (Episcopal Divinity School)

Josh Packard, PhD (Vanderbilt University)

Josfin Raj S.B, MDiv, ThM (New Theological College)

Elisa Robyn, PhD (University of Colorado, Boulder)

George Sanders, PhD (Vanderbilt University)

William Sipling, MBTS (Dallas Theological Seminary)

Book Review Advisory Board

Amy Beth Rell, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)

Robert R. Stains, Jr., MEd (Northeastern University)


Have any questions for the journal's editorial team or suggestions for an upcoming issue? Would you like to see a particular topic discussed or a particular question about religion, theology, or history answered in one of our articles? Feel free to send us a message, and we'll be sure to return your email as soon as possible.

Mission and Purpose

The purpose of SHERM is to provide a scholarly medium for the social-scientific study of religion where specialists can publish advanced studies on religious trends, theologies, rituals, philosophies, socio-political influences, or experimental and applied ministry research in the hopes of generating enthusiasm for the vocational and academic 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 the socio-historical study of religion and, where appropriate, its implications for ministry and expressions of religiosity.

Interested in Joining the Board?

SHERM is currently accepting applications from qualified academics in the fields of religion and ministry to join the Editorial Advisory Board. If you have the credentials, training, and knowledge necessary to contribute to the high scholastic standards of SHERM, please contact the editor for more information.

We accept applicants from all religious and non-religious traditions and backgrounds.

Editorial Advisory Board, Darren Slade, Kenneth W. Howard, Atheist Evan Fales, Atheist Robert Cavin, Carlos Colombetti

Responsibilities of the Board

As religious specialists in SHERM’s various fields of study, the Editorial Advisory Board is responsible for promoting and maintaining the high academic values and integrity of SHERM journal. In addition to peer-reviewing manuscript submissions that apply directly to their field of study, as well as attracting new authors and new board members, each Board member provides guidance on journal policies, advertising, publication themes, conferences, publishers, academic societies, and other scholastic measures necessary for the overall growth and stature of the journal.

SHERM believes in contributing to and advancing the academic analysis of religion in all its varied forms, including the social scientific study of religion, religious philosophy, religious history, and theology. Being an academic journal, however, entails certain assumptions (or lack thereof), ethical and pedagogical principles, and scholarly practices. Therefore, the SHERM journal and its Board strive to uphold and promote the most stringent of academic ideals.

SHERM's Editorial Advisory Board also acts as an independent ethics oversight committee, which will review every issue prior to publication to ensure each article adheres to SHERM's ethics and plagiarism policies.

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.

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