THE BULLETIN OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE FOR INTER-FAITH STUDIES [BRIIFS] is a refereed annual academic journal that publishes essays, articles, notices and book reviews in English, French, and Spanish. BRIIFS is intended to provide a venue for interdisciplinary academic inquiry into all fields of the humanities and social sciences that bear upon cultural or civilizational interaction, such as anthropology, archaeology, fine arts, history, literature, politics, and sociology, and to situate cultural contact in a global context. The scope of articles submitted to the journal need not, therefore, be confined to the Middle East or to any fixed geographical region.

Submission guidelines for authors

Note on Submission Articles Unsolicited manuscripts may be sent to the editors provided they are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. (Please note that because it is an interdisciplinary journal, BRIIFS only publishes technical or highly specialized material in its special conference issues). Articles and essays must be accompanied by an abstract (max. 150 words) and a title page that includes the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and a brief biography (50-100 words). After being screened by the editors, papers will be anonymously reviewed by a minimum of two referees and then returned to authors for revision, if necessary, prior to acceptance/publication. All papers are copy-edited to conform to BRIIFS style. In essence, this means that English-language spelling should follow British usage and that endnotes or parenthetical references, bibliographies, or reference lists should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. A final proof will only be sent to the author, or lead author, for the correction of typographical or factual errors. Authors should respond to proofs within one week of approval may be assumed. The author is encouraged to refrain from making lengthy changes or additions to the text at that time. 

General: Essays and articles may be in English, French, or Spanish and should be 3,000-6,000 words in length; book reviews should not exceed 1,000 words. Articles may be sent to the editor by email attachment at ( and using a Microsoft .doc file. The text should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins on all sides, and pages should be numbered consecutively. 

Specifications and Transliteration: The tab key should be used for all indentation. The text should be neither justified nor hyphenated at the end of a line. Manuscripts must be prepared using the standard 12-point Times or Times New Roman and their italic and boldface variations (where necessary). However, there are a number of specifically-designed fonts that permit authors to add diacritics to words transliterated from Arabic, Hebrew, and other languages that do not use Latin characters which may be included. All transliterations of foreign languages can adhere to a system of the author’s choice but should remain consistent throughout the article. Unless they appear in the transliterated title of a work, all foreign words found in the Oxford English Dictionary shall be considered English words and do not need diacritics (e.g., sura, hadith). Authors citing Ottoman Turkish sources may either transliterate them or use modern Turkish orthography. 

Citations: Endnotes are preferred to parenthetical references. Citations should follow the rules in the Chicago Manual of Style; since this guide is the source of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (6 ed.), the latter may also be consulted. Authors are urged to avoid using the footnote insertion feature that exists on word processing programs. Instead, the number of the note should be inserted in the text in parentheses, and the number and the note typed at the end of the essay/article. No bibliography is required is a full citation is given in the notes when a source is first encountered.  

Offprints: The author or lead author of an essay or article is entitled to 10 free offprints of the article. For the purchase of additional offprints, the editor must be notified well in advance of publication. Late notification may lead to the assessment of a surcharge, payable by the author. 

Copyright: Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to quote copyrighted material in their own articles. The copyright for any article published in BRIIFS belongs to the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. Written permission must be obtained from BRIIFS for reprint rights. 

Submission of Book Reviews: Book reviews should be 1,000-500 words in length. The length of review articles will be set by the book review editor and the reviewer. All book reviews and review articles must follow the specifications mentioned above. Unsolicited book reviews may be accepted for publication, but review articles will not. Books for review may be sent to the editor.

Previous Issues

  • Volume 1 Number 1, Spring 1999
  • Volume 1 Number 2, Autumn 1999
  • Volume 2 Number 1, Spring 2000
  • Volume 2 Number 2, Autumn 2000
  • Volume 3 Number 1, Spring/Summer 2001
  • Volume 3 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 2001
  • Volume 4 Number 1, Spring/Summer 2002
  • Volume 4 Number 2 , Autumn/Winter 2002
  • Volume 5 Number 1, Spring/Summer 2003
  • Volume 5 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 2003
  • Volume 6 Number 1, Spring/Summer 2004
  • Volume 6 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 2004
  • Volume 7 Number 1, Spring/Summer 2005
  • Volume 7 Number 2, Autumn/Winter 2005
  • Volume 8 Number 1, 2006
  • Volume 13, 2011
  • Volume 14, 2017
  • Volume 15, 2019
  • Volume 16, 2020

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