Orthodox Christian Studies Journal Being Developed
Fordham University

Leadership 100 awarded a Two-Year Planning Grant of $100,000 in 2015 to Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University to strategize and develop an academic Journal dedicated to Orthodox Christian Studies, broadly conceived.

A journal dedicated to Orthodox Christian Studies will, by definition, advance Orthodoxy by providing a viable platform to engage in serious academic dialogue, presenting the Orthodox point of view.  Currently, there is a vacuum within the academic literature which the journal will address.  There does not exist a scholarly, international and interdisciplinary research journal for advancing Orthodoxy.  The planning process will ensure academic integrity by bringing experts together to plan and launch this journal.

To initiate the planning process, a Journal Planning Committee of international experts was convened to discern the journal's mission and scope. Thorough planning will ensure that the journal's mission is both relevant and sustainable and that the proposed journal content is truly interdisciplinary and international.

The Journal Planning Grant will be used to underwrite the start-up costs of establishing and leading the Planning Committee, whose charge is to evaluate the most effective method and format to launch a journal dedicated to Orthodox Christian Studies.

The Planning Committee is exploring new media as well as traditional publishing outlets and will make a recommendation about the best practice model for forming a partnership with a university press.  The Committee is discerning the journal's publication schedule and format as well as issue requirements, volume themes, and abstracting and indexing services.

The Journal Planning Committee is responsible for identifying and recruiting the journal's inaugural editorial board.  This Planning Grant is funding an evaluation of the most cost effective model for eventually staffing and producing the journal.  

The Journal Planning Committee has been formed and met as a group on June 25-27, 2015 and on October 24--26, 2015 at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. Individual members have been tasked with researching various questions and topics that arose during the full Committee meetings.  They continue their dialogue in smaller groups, by email or conference call, but gathering face-to-face is essential to the planning process.

The Journal Planning Committee has written a draft mission statement that states:

This journal publishes leading scholarship on all aspects of the thought, history, theology, politics, art, and culture of Orthodox Christian Studies, broadly conceived. Submissions are subject to rigorous peer review. We particularly welcome multidisciplinary and methodologically innovative approaches to both historical and contemporary topics.

To start building an audience for the journal Orthodox Christian Studies has launched a curated blog site, PUBLIC ORTHODOXY:  BRIDGING THE ECCLESIAL, THE POLITICAL, AND THE ACADEMIC at PublicOrthodoxy.org.  

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