Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The purpose of the On Knowing Humanity Journal is to promote the development of a Christian faith-based approach to anthropology.  This new school of thought in Christian anthropology, parallel to Marxist or feminist anthropologies, will be located within the larger discipline.  It will encourage all anthropologists to incorporate insights from theology into their accounts of people and cultures, and will allow religiously committed anthropologists to speak freely of the ways in which their commitments inform their theory and practice.  It will also raise new questions and lines of research on subjects such as:  the significance of humanity's unique calling in nature for personhood and the construction of culture; the underlying reasons for humanity’s destructive behavior toward self, others, and the environment; and the role that divine redemption and hope play in human lived experience and practice.  Special emphasis will be placed on the reincorporation of teleology, in the sense of purpose, into scientific understanding.  Through collaborative research and scholarship, the OKH Journal will invite dialogue between anthropologists and theologians of all persuasions around a deeper understanding of the human condition, and will encourage the doing of anthropological research and writing “through the eyes of faith.”


Section Policies


We welcome the submission of scholarly articles of 6,000-9,000 words (excluding references and other supplementary material) that fall within the mission of the journal as stated above.  All scholarly articles should conform to the style guidelines listed under "Author Guidelines"and be submitted directly to the journal website following the submission guidelines.  Scholarly articles will be reviewed by a double-blind peer review process to be considered for publication.

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Book Reviews

We also welcome reviews of books relevant to the mission of the journal.  Reviewers should prepare a review of 800-1,200 words that conforms to the style guidelines listed under "Author Guidelines" and submit the review directly to the journal website.  Special effort should be made to orient the review to the purposes of the OKH journal.

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News and Opinions

The OKH Journal reserves space for more informal written pieces, discussing either previous journal articles, news events, or opinion pieces on topics that are central to the mission of the journal.  The discussion pieces should be 1,000-2,000 words in length and conform to the style guidelines listed under "Author Guidelines".  Publication decisions for discussion pieces will be made by the editors based on the quality of the submissions.

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Peer Review Process

Full length articles will be reviewed by two reviewers using a double-blind process.  The journal editor will make the final decision regarding publication.  Articles will be judged according to the following criteria:

1. Relevance of Article:  How does the article relate to the mission of the OKH journal?  In what ways does it bring Christian theology into the study of anthropology?

2. Quality of Article:  What is the quality of the scholarship in the article? Is it properly cited and are the citations recent and relevant?  Is the level of discourse appropriate for a peer reviewed journal in an academic field?

3. Clarity of the Argument:  Is there a clear argument based on good research? Does it provide new information or insights? Is the information likely to be interesting to readers of this journal?

4. Use of Supporting Evidence:  Is the argument supported by a depth understanding of the relevant scholarship and literature? Does it present supporting evidence appropriately to make a convincing argument?

5. Quality of Writing:  What is the quality of the writing? Is the writing clear, concise, logical, and accessible to both scholars and the general public?


Publication Frequency

The OKH Journal will be published twice annually, in January and July.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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