About the Journal

The “International Journal of Homiletics” (IJH) is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal aiming to promote the global homiletical dialogue.

The Journal publishes articles from scholars around the world and works on the development of methodology, the exchange of research results, and the theological, interdisciplinary, and interreligious discussion on preaching in all its different forms. IJH welcomes theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions.

It is the first journal which brings together homileticians from different national, religious, and cultural contexts. Articles can be published both in English to serve international readership and in the original language of the author to better facilitate homiletical exchange and reflection. Currently the journal offers language support for Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese. If an author submits an article in a language not listed here, the editorial team will attempt to support translation to English in coordination with the author.

Open Access Policy
IJH provides immediate open access to all content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Articles in this journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

Peer Review Process
The International Journal of Homiletics is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted manuscripts are read by the Editor. Only those papers that are deemed most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent for formal review. Those papers judged by the Editor to be of insufficient general interest or otherwise inappropriate are rejected promptly without external review.

The criteria for this initial judgment are threefold:
- content (the submission falls within the scope of the journal),
- quality (the submission has the minimum required academic level),
- formal (the submission is between the 6,000-8,000 words and is sufficiently anonymized).

Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent for formal double-anonymous peer review to one or two external reviewers. Reviewers will anonymously fill in a peer review form, make suggestions and comments on the submitted manuscript, and suggest ‘acceptance’ (with minor or major revisions) or ‘rejection’.  The editors make a subsequent decision based on the reviewers' assessment.

The Editor will make every effort to reach a decision on a manuscript within two months of the submission date. Authors of accepted articles will receive a “Review Report” detailing any revisions that are required. Revised articles should be submitted within one month of acceptance.

Authors may indicate the names of reviewers by whom they do not want their articles be reviewed.