Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity
     topic: philosophy, anthropology and religion   history  
Aims & Scope

This open-access, peer-reviewed journal offers a space to investigate, according to the criteria of historical research, the phenomena related to Christianity and the Christian Churches from the eighteenth century to the present day. This is an age in which Christianity and the Churches are confronted with advanced modernity and the dynamics of secularisation; and during which they develop a process of progressive globalisation, which has become increasingly evident in the last century, especially in the last decades. The journal is the result of the collaboration of scholars from different countries. Published every six months, the journal will alternate between monographic issues (including call for papers) and miscellaneous issues. As an expression of its international openness and awareness of the different languages that characterise the scientific community of historians of Christianity and the Churches and its articulations, the journal will publish each year an issue entirely in English and another one with contributions in French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and German.

General info

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    Claus Arnold, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Deutschland    
    Valentina Ciciliot, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Giovanni Vian, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Advisory Board
    Alejandro M. Dieguez, Archivio Apostolico Vaticano    
    Gerd-Rainer Horn, SciencesPo, Paris, France    
    John Maiden, The Open University, UK    
    Charles Mercier, Université de Bordeaux, France    
    Laura Pettinaroli, École française de Rome, Italie    
    Eva Salerno, Institut Catholique de Paris (ISP-Faculté d’Education), France    
    Rafael Serrano García, Universidad de Valladolid, España    
    Klaus Unterburger, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Deutschland    

    Editorial Board
    Enrico Baruzzo, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia    
    Patrizia Luciani, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italia    
    Saretta Marotta, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Koninkrijk België    
    Daiana Menti, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Italia    
    Ivan Portelli, Istituto di Storia Sociale e Religiosa, Gorizia, Italia    
    Francesco Tacchi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Carlo Urbani, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia, Italia    

    Managing Editor
    Federica Ferrarin, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Proposal / Submission

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Peer review

Every article published by ECF was accepted for publication by no less than two qualified reviewers as a result of a process of anonymous reviewing (double-blind peer review).

The reviewers are independent of the authors and not affiliated with the same institution.

The Journal’s/Series’ Scientific Director guarantees the proper execution of the peer review process for every article published in the Journal/Series. The evaluation is conducted in accordance with the following criteria:
Revision policies for the different sections:

  • Complete volume/issue: subject to peer review
  • Monographs/essays/articles: subject to peer review
  • Introductions, prefaces: no peer review
  • Reviews: no peer review
  • Editorials: no peer review
For a complete description of the process, please visit: Scientific certification .

  • call_to_actionCall for papers

    Crossing the stained-glass ceiling? Case studies on female Catholicism and its transnational developments (1960s-2000s)
    Editor: Valentina Ciciliot (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
    Guest editors: Charles Mercier (University of Bordeaux, France) and John Maiden (The Open University, UK)

    The historical and sociological literature has shown how women in various spheres of life are often confronted with a glass ceiling. The religious field is no different, and within Christianity a “stained-glass ceiling” has often prevented women from accessing certain responsibilities. This is despite the fact that various studies suggest women are more “religious” than men and that in certain Christian churches/denominations a process of “femininization” has occurred. Women have been excluded from various hierarchical and other functions not only by subtle mechanisms of disqualification but also by explicit criteria, as in Catholicism. Until today, a symbolic barrier prevents women from becoming priests or bishops. In the recent history, John Paul II’s pontificate was marked by the irrevocable refusal to ordain women as priests (see Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, June 1994).

    This call for articles aims to collect contributions with the aim of studying the extent to which women have managed to “cross the stained-glass ceiling”, or at least acquire positions of influence and responsibility in the transnational Catholic world from the 1960s to the early 2000s. The development of feminist theologies enabled, for example, the empowerment of some women, whereas the spiritual upheaval of charismatic renewal also produced potential new contexts in which women could take new spiritual roles. Beyond ideological and spiritual factors, the rise in power of some women could also result from the decrease in the number of priests and the new division of religious work, as well as by logics of tokenism. In several cases, gender-based obstructions remained in place, often as new ones appeared, and, paradoxically, some women rejected changing attitudes towards gender through a “bidding war for conformity” and a form of anti-feminism. Case studies that emerged from this call can shed light to changes but also continuities on Catholic women’s experiences and to what extent has influenced Catholicism as a as a whole. They will also fill a gap: while the Catholic Church’s history has a long tradition of women’s experiences within it, little has yet been studied of the contemporary participation of Catholic women in the development of global Catholicism.

    Possible topics:
    - Catholic female leadership
    - Catholic women religious orders and transnational networks
    - Ecofeminism
    - Catholic feminism/anti-feminism
    - Female diaconate
    - Catholic laywomen’s experiences

    Proposal submission deadline
    July 15th, 2022
    (Authors may submit a complete article or an abstract or extended abstract)

    Notification of acceptance
    September 15th, 2022

    Submission deadline for final and complete articles
    January 15th, 2023

    Articles should be written in English and range between approx. 30,000-50,000 characters (space included). The instructions for authors can be consulted on the journal’s website: Editorial Guidelines.

    Submitted articles must be suitable for blind review. Each submission should also include a brief abstract of no more than 650 words and five keywords for indexing purposes. Notification of intent to submit, including both a title and a brief summary of the content, will be greatly appreciated, as it will assist with the coordination and planning of the issue.

    For any questions, please use the following address:


    Bonavoglia, A. (2010). “One Woman Who Refused to Wait: The Ordination of Mary Ramerman”. Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church. New York: Harper One, 239-56.
    Coste, F. (2010). “Conservative Women and Feminism in the United States: Between Hatred and Appropriation”. Caliban. French Journal of English Studies, 27.
    De Gasquet, B. (2009). “La Barrière et Le Plafond de Vitrail: Analyser Les Carrières Féminines Dans Les Organisations Religieuses”. Sociologie Du Travail, 51.
    Langlois, C. (1995). “‘Toujours plus pratiquantes’. La permanence du dimorphisme sexuel dans le catholicisme français contemporain”. Clio. Femmes, Genre, Histoire, 2.
    Nesbitt, P.D. (1997). “Gender, Tokenism, and the Construction of Elite Clergy Careers”. Review of Religious Research, 38(3).
    Portier, P. (2019). “Introduction”. Carnac, R.; Guidi, D.; Roucoux, G. (éds), Les Autorités Religieuses Face Aux Questions de Genre: Reconfigurations Contemporaines Des Mondes Confessionnels Autour Des Nouvelles Questions Sexuelles. Rennes: PUR, 9-17.
    Scaraffia, L.; Pelaja, M. (a cura di) (2008). Due in una carne. Chiesa e sessualità nella storia. Roma-Bari: Laterza.
    Valerio, A. (2016). Donne e Chiesa. Una storia di genere. Roma: Carocci.

    Go to the upload area to submit your proposal   


  • codeComplete journal policy

    Ethical Code of the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity

    The Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

    Publisher responsibilities  

    The Publisher must provide the Journal with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.

    The Publisher must have a written agreement that defines the relationship with the owner of the Journal and/or the Editor-in-Chief. The agreement must comply with the Code of Behavior for Publishers of Scientific Journals, as established by COPE.

    The relationship among the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

    Submitted articles, after having been checked for plagiarism by means of the anti-plagiarism software Compilatio that is used by the University and is made available to us, will be sent to at least two reviewers. Final acceptance presumes the implementation of possible amendments, as required by the reviewers and under the supervision of the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity Editors.

    The Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity Editors and Editorial Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Journalʼs policy, i.e. exclusively on the basis of its scientific content, without discrimination of race, sex, gender, creed, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the scientific, academic and political position of the Authors. 

    If the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity Editors and Editorial Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation. 

    Authors responsibilities


    Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity website. 

    No multiple submissions

    Authors must explicitly state that their work is original in all its parts and that the submitted paper has not been previously published, nor submitted to other journals, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper gets published without significant revision, earlier dissemination in conference proceedings or working papers does not preclude consideration for publication, but Authors are expected to fully disclose publication/dissemination of the material in other closely related publications, so that the overlap can be evaluated by the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity Editors. 


    Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the article is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. The respective roles of each co-author should be described in a footnote. The statement that all authors have approved the final version should be included in the disclosure.

    Conflicts of interest and financing

    Authors, under their own responsibility, must avoid any conflict of interest affecting the results obtained or the interpretations suggested. The Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity Editors will give serious and careful consideration to suggestions of cases in which, due to possible conflict of interest, an Author’s work should not be reviewed by a specific scholar. Authors should indicate any financing agency or the project the article stems from. 


    Authors must see to it that all works consulted be properly quoted. If works or words of others are used, they have to be properly paraphrased or duly quoted. Citations between “double quotes” (or «angled quotation marks» if the text is written in a language other than English) must reproduce the exact wording of the source; under their own responsibility, Authors should carefully refrain from disguising a restyling of the source’s wording, as though it was the original formulation. 

    Ethical Committee

    Whenever required, the research protocols must be authorised in advance by the Ethical Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 


    When Authors find a mistake or an inaccuracy in their own article, they must immediately warn the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity Editors, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity Editors and Editorial Board in taking decisions on the articles submitted. They are expected to offer the Authors suggestions as to possible adjustments aimed at improving their contribution submission. 

    Timing and conflicts of interest

    If a reviewer does not feel up to the task of doing a given review, or if she/he is unable to read the work within the agreed schedule, she/he should notify the Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity Editors. Reviewers must not accept articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous contributions or to a competition with a disclosed author (or with an author they believe to have identified). 


    The content of the reviewed work must be considered confidential and must not be used without explicit authorisation by the author, who is to be contacted via the editor-in-chief. Any confidential information obtained during the peer review process should not be used for other purposes.

    Collaborative attitude

    Reviewers should see themselves not as adversaries but as advocates for the field. Any comment must be done in a collaborative way and from an objective point of view. Reviewers should clearly motivate their comments and keep in mind the Golden Rule of Reviewing: “Review for others as you would have others review for you”. 


    Reviewers should report any similarity or overlapping of the work under analysis with other works known to them.