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.

Ethical Standards

The Journal of Sociology and Christianity adopts as its own, and adheres to, the American Sociological Association's Code of Ethics (see ASA Code of Ethics).  This Code includes the general principles of academic competence and integrity, professional, scientific, and social responsibility, and respect for people's rights, dignity, and diversity.  Ethical standards of the research process include informed consent, protection from harm, and privacy (anonymity or confidentiality) regarding the planning, implementation, and dissemination of research (Sections 10-12).  Ethical standards of the publication process include matters of authorship and plagiarism, manuscript submission, responsibilities of editors, and responsibilities of reviewers (Sections 13-15).

Editorial Board


Dennis Hiebert, PhD (University of Manitoba)
Adjunct Professor of Sociology
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Managing Editor:           

Matthew S. Vos, PhD (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Professor of Sociology 
Covenant College, Georgia

Editorial Board:

Brad Breems, PhD (University of British Columbia) 
Professor of Sociology Emeritus
Trinity Christian College, Illinois

Lisa McMinn, PhD (Portland State University) 
Professor of Sociology 
Writer in Residence
George Fox University, Oregon

Steven K. Mittwede, PhD (University of South Carolina)
Randolph School (Huntsville, Alabama) and
EQUIP! Team (Ankara, Turkey)

Scott Monsma, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
Professor of Sociology 
Northwestern College, Iowa

Jenell Paris, PhD (American University)
Professor of Anthropology
Messiah College, Pennsylvania

Joshua D. Reichard, PhD, EdS (University of the Western Cape)
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant Superintendent
Valley Christian Schools, Youngstown, Ohio
Associate Faculty, Forbes School of Business, Ashford University
Faculty, Oxford Graduate School, Tennessee

Joe Scimecca, PhD (New York University) 
Professor of Sociology 
George Mason University, Virginia

Bruce C. Wearne, PhD (La Trobe University, Melbourne)
Former Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Monash University, Australia

Editorial Board Composition:

  1. 1. The editorial board will be composed of individuals who are Christian in their worldview, who are connected with either Oxford Graduate School or the Christian Sociological Association, and who agree with either of their respective missions and visions.
  2. 2. The editorial board will be responsible for reading, assessing, editing, and approving materials for inclusion in each issue, and for the final approval of copy layout.
  3. 3. The editorial board will notify authors whose articles, essays, or book reviews are approved, and will secure their permission to include their submissions prior to publication.
  4. 4. The editorial board does not necessarily endorse or affirm all the contents of what the journal publishes.

Journal History

The Journal of Sociology and Christianity, formerly known as the Journal for the Sociological Integration of Religion and Society (JSIRS),was founded in 2011, and is published bi-annually. The JSC is a peer-reviewed, academic publication designed to provide a forum for the latest research and commentary relative to the intersection of Christianity and society.