About the Journal
Focus and Scope
The Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies annually offers a forum for innovative, national and international research in the field of ritual and liturgical studies. As with the book series Liturgia Condenda, the rationale of this journal is that liturgy and ritual are complex, multidimensional research objects that are to be investigated both contextually (in past and present) and from a variety of (sub)disciplinary perspectives. This rationale gives this journal a distinct multidisciplinary, societal and cultural oriented profile.
Since 1996 the Yearbook is co-published by IRiLiS and the Institute for Christian Cultural Heritage at Groningen University. In 2009, the English subtitle of this multilingual series was added to its official Dutch title Jaarboek voor Liturgieonderzoek. As of 2017, the Yearbook no longer appears in print, but online via University of Groningen Press (Open Access).
The Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies is ranked as a B-journal according to the most recent Dutch DGO-list.
Peer Review Process
All submitted articles are subject to peer review. If a manuscript is not rejected when first received, it is sent out for review to (a minimum of) two peer reviewers who are part of the series’ academic cadre of reviewers. Review by associate editors or staff may compliment this process. This is done according to a double‐blinded review procedure, in which the reviewer’s identities are withheld from the authors and vice versa. Once reviewers return their reports and recommendations, the editor-in-chief makes a decision (either on his own or in consultation with other editors) on whether to reject the manuscript (either outright or with encouragement to resubmit), to withhold judgment pending major or minor revisions, to accept it pending satisfactorily completed revisions, or to accept it as written. Once a manuscript that is not rejected has been revised satisfactorily, it will be accepted and put into the production process to be prepared for publication.
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.
In 1984, the Mededelingen (Announcements) of the Liturgical Institute of the University of Groningen were continued in the form of a yearbook entitled Jaarboek voor Liturgie-onderzoek (ISSN 0924-042X, Yearbook for Liturgical Research), which was published together with the Liturgical Institute (later Institute for Ritual and Liturgical Studies, IRiLiS) of the the University of Tilburg. From 2014 this institute has been located at the Protestant Theological University (PThU) in Amsterdam. Over the years, the yearbook has established itself as the publication organ for Dutch researchers from the full range of liturgical science and ritual studies.
Since 1996, the yearbook has been published jointly by IRiLiS and the Institute for Christian Cultural Heritage, later Centre of Religion and Heritage (CRH) at the University of Groningen. In 2009, the English subtitle of this multilingual series was added to the official Dutch title Jaarboek voor Liturgieonderzoek. From 2017 the yearbook will no longer appear in printed form, but online via University of Groningen Press (Open Access) with a new title: Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies.