Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College is pleased to announce the launching of a new journal, dedicated to exploring questions about the nature of the university in the twenty-first century.  Its specific mission is to foster conversation about the ways that faith traditions incite researchers and teachers to ask new questions about the world and the place of human beings within it.  It invites reflection on the ways that these traditions act as catalysts for inquiry in the sciences and social sciences, the professions, and the liberal arts.  It asks researchers to reflect on the ways that new developments in their fields help them to raise questions of transcendence, and offer insights into moral questions.  It offers a forum for reflection on the ways that universities today relate to religious congregations and traditions, both in their organizational structures and in their teaching and research, while at the same time operating with the freedom of inquiry that characterizes academic life today.  Finally, it addresses the neuralgic question of how universities today iterate an approach to knowledge that might be described as rooted in religious faith.


Section Policies

Roundtable Observer Reflections

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Both the authors and reviewers of essays in this journal are members of the Boston College Roundtables.  Authors submit essays in advance of the biannual meetings, and these drafts are the subject of conversation during the meetings.

Following each meeting, authors take the feedback from their peers and revise the essays accordingly.  The final versions, printed here in the Journal, reflect the collegial process of conversation and insight.


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.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...