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External sources for online journals:

The Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion

Saundra Lipton's Religious Studies Web Guide

Academic journals online

E and Print Journals online dealing with religion

Directory of open access religion journals

Religious Studies Open directory project

Free journals on the Internet

Online religion resources


The South African journal Koers (Direction) is now available online. The editors plan to publish all editions back to its founding in 1935. This is a free academic journal. N.B. it does not work well in the Firefox browser.

African Religions and Theology:

Journal for the Study of Religion - another excellent South African Journal

Scriptura:International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa

Missionalia - founded by David Bosch this is now a highly ranked international journal.

Social Dynamics

Journal of Southern African Studies

Journal of Southern African History

Communicatio: South African Jouranl ofr Communication Theory and Research

Asian religions - China, Indian, Japan, Korea:

Journal of Korean Religions

Japanese Religions

Journal of Religion in Japan

Politics and Religion:

Politics and Religion - Cambridge

Politics and Religion Journal

Poliitcs Religion and Ideology

Journal of Religion and Political Practice

Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion



Journals dealing with New Religions and New Religious Movements:

Nova Religio

Journal of Contemporary Religion

Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review

Sociology of Religion

Religion Compass

International Journal for the Study of New Religions - this is not open access but charges a fee.

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

NUREL-Lthis is an online discussion group dealing with new religions founded in 1992 and revived by Dr. Stephen Hayes in 2006

Other online journals:

Journal of Religion and Society

Coming soon - online journals by area:





Issues in the study of religion





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