Shofar seeks to publish rigorously researched and critically vetted new research. The editors are committed to publishing a diversity of beliefs, ideas, and opinions and do not accept responsibility for the views expressed in the articles they publish. The journal features several categories of material, including research articles, review essays, essays on contemporary critical Jewish studies themes, and book reviews.

Please use the Submit Article link to upload your submission to Shofar. Shofar uses double-blind peer review, which means that reviewer identities are concealed from the author, and vice versa, throughout the review process. Please ensure that your manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away your identity. Image files can be uploaded after the article is submitted, on the screen that follows.

Before you begin, be sure to have the following items:

  1. a 250 word abstract
  2. a 150-200 word contributor's brief, including your name, title, institution, research interests, and recent or important publications

Research Articles

Research articles are typically 6,000-10,000 words, including notes. Submissions to Shofar should be original work not published previously in any language. All articles are subject to double-blind peer review.

Review Essays

Review essays are typically up to 10,000 words, including notes. Review essays move beyond the traditional book review format by offering comprehensive analysis of broader movements, events, or questions. Putting several scholarly works in conversation with one another, the review essay is expected to have a significant scholarly apparatus and push the boundaries of scholarly debate. Pitches are welcome on a rolling basis. Prospective authors should one of the editors. View a sample review essay here.

Forum on Contemporary Critical Jewish Studies

Essays published in the forum Contemporary Critical Jewish Studies explore present-day controversies, debates, and issues in historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts. Using cutting-edge concepts and methods from the social sciences or cultural studies, the essays address particularly urgent political and cultural events, drawing on original scholarship. Pitches are welcome on a rolling basis. Prospective authors should one of the editors.

Book Reviews

Shofar does not accept unsolicited book reviews.