Approaching Religion and Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies get a level 2 classification

Publication Forum is a classification of publication channels, created by the Finnish scientific community, with the aim to support the quality assessment of academic research. During 2022, the Publication Forum panels for different research areas carried out a re-evaluation of levels 2 and 3. The panels decided to upgrade a total of 1 497 journals and series to levels 2 and 3.

At the Donner Institute, we are happy to announce that Approaching Religion (AR) and Nordisk judaistik / Scandinavian Jewish Studies (NJ) have both been upgraded from level 1 to level 2. This is a significant acknowledgement of the quality of both journals and the hard work of their editorial teams.

“The fact that both AR and NJ are now raised to level 2 of the Publication Forum’s classification system is an important and valuable recognition of our editorial work, which we greatly value”, says DI’s Research Director Ruth Illman. “For many years, we have worked purposefully to strengthen the scientific quality of the journals, improve editorial processes, increase transparency in the review process and keep up with developments in open science. We have been ambitious and set the bar high, now we are pleased that both journals are classified as leading publication channels in their field, both in the Nordic region and internationally.”

You can read more about the results of the re-evaluations process in an article on the Publication Forum webpage. All changes can be found in a table provided by Publication Forum.

The Donner Institute’s open access publication Approaching Religion publishes current research on religion in a cross-disciplinary perspective and offers a platform for scholarly cooperation and discussion in this field of research. From 2011, Approaching Religion has appeared in two issues a year and consists of articles, book reviews, reflections, and discussions. It addresses an international readership and, as the title suggests, approaches the field of religion from a broad perspective, engaging contributors from different theoretical and methodological traditions. We are happy to receive proposals for thematic issues from research groups in our field of research!

Nordisk judaistik / Scandinavian Jewish Studies aims to promote Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys, and documents and by reviewing recent literature. The contributions are published in one of the Scandinavian languages, or in English, German or French, with an abstract in English. The journal is strictly academic and does not pursue any special religious, political or cultural policy. NJ was established in 1975 and was for several decades the leading academic journal in its field. It appeared in twenty-six volumes between 1975 and 2008. NJ was re-launched as an open access journal in 2016. The editorial activities of NJ are tied to the Donner Institute, Editors are Ruth Illman (DI) and Svante Lundgren (Lund University).