Editorial Policies

Publication Procedure

Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts online or via email: editor@njrcs.org  in a format defined by the author guidelines. Each submitted manuscript will be pre-screened by plagiarism detection software before passing it to independent reviewers. Any manuscript that does not pass the plagiarism test will be rejected and returned to the corresponding author.

Once a manuscript is accepted for publication by the Editor-in-Chief, the editorial committee will work towards ensuring that the manuscript is published online. The author(s) must incorporate all reviewers’ corrections before final publication.

Article Processing Charges (APC)

Our current article processing charge is N45, 000.00 (non-refundable). Payment can be made via credit card or direct deposit.


The author(s) retain copyright on all articles published on NJRCS unless stated otherwise.

Protecting intellectual property

The author(s) have the primary responsibility for acknowledging third-party copyright. Furthermore, the Editorial Board, NJRCS, and Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka at large accept no responsibility for any views or opinion expressed in all the articles published in NJRCS website, and hence will not accept any responsibility for the infringement of third-party copyright.

Publication licensing

Author(s) of any article published in NJRCS are mandated to grant the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka the unrestricted rights to publish the article in any format (e.g. PDF, DOC, PPT, etc), language and platform (including online), for any lawful purpose.

The Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka requires all authors to publish their articles in open access in our official journal website (https://www.njrcs.org) under the provision of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Read more here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Criteria for publication

To publish your scholarly work in NJRCS, the manuscript must meet these criteria:

  1. It must have  a clear statement of problem
  2. Its argument must be persuasive and very convincing.
  3. It must have a clearly spelt out methodology.
  4. It must contain a convincing evidence for its conclusions.
  5. It should be relevant to scholars in the specific field.
  6. It must show an advance in knowledge or trigger interest in the field.

Corresponding author

Group of authors are encouraged to choose a corresponding author who will act on behalf  of others throughout the processes of submission, review and publication. The corresponding author may not necessarily be the first author but a representative of all the authors. He/she is responsible for submitting the manuscript, as well as all additional information requested by the editorial team of NJRCS. All communications from submission to publication will be directed to the corresponding author’s email address.


Author(s) have a right to appeal to editorial decisions if they are not satisfied with peer-review outcome. The editor of NJRCS shall take into consideration author’s appeal and mediate between the author and peer-reviewers. If no resolution is reached, the editor may re-assign the manuscript to new peer-reviewers. Upon receipt of reviewers’ decisions, the Editor-in-Chief will then pass the final verdict on the manuscript.

Article Processing Charge Policy

NJRCS has ensured that its authors and readers enjoy the benefits of open access publication. We strongly believe that making our journal open access removes barrier to knowledge and promotes academic scholarship, accessibility and scientific uptake globally.

Since we do not charge any fees for accessing all our articles, the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka offsets all publication expenses such as website hosting and archiving, peer review management fee, journal production and so on, by asking the authors to pay  publication fees, also regarded as Article processing Charges (APC) for each article accepted for publication.

In a situation whereby the authors request for retraction of their article(s) after acceptance, they shall be reliable for all cost incurred by the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka up to the point of retraction.

Authors are encouraged to contact the editor of  NJRCS via editor@njrcs.org  for more details of possible change in APC.

Our publication decisions are  not influenced by the amount of money the authors paid but exclusively and solely based on editorial and scientific criteria.