Online Journal of Baha'i Studies Launched

The Association for Bahá’í Studies New Zealand has launched its open access, internationally oriented, peer reviewed electronic periodical OJBS: Online Journal of Bahá’í Studies. The initial issue of the journal has contributions from scholars, new and established, professional academics and independent scholars alike from around the world. The journal seeks to publish both peer reviewed and essay material, translations, quantitative and qualitative research, research notes and bibliographic materials based on a broad range of topics under the rubric Baha’i Studies.

The journal has released the complete 2007 volume and will begin shortly to progressively publish the 2008 articles with the final volume wrap up in November of 2008. The editors have also released a Call for Papers for either a special issue or a special section of the 2008 volume dedicated to “Reflections on a ‘Culture of Learning’: Studies in a paradigm shift in Baha’i Community Life”.

The journal aims to publish in as a broad a range of topics as possible. This includes traditional studies of history, philology, scripture and theology as well as new human and social sciences, cultural studies trans and interdisciplinary studies. The journal competes with a number of other sister journals but hopes to develop an edge by establishing a rapid publication turn around for its authors.

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