Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies annually offers a forum for innovative, national and international research in the field of ritual and liturgical studies. As with the book series Liturgia Condenda, the rationale of this journal is that liturgy and ritual are complex, multidimensional research objects that are to be investigated both contextually (in past and present) and from a variety of (sub)disciplinary perspectives. This rationale gives this journal a distinct multidisciplinary, societal and cultural oriented profile.

Since 1996 the Yearbook is co-published by IRiLiS and the Institute for Christian Cultural Heritage at Groningen University. In 2009, the English subtitle of this multilingual series was added to its official Dutch title Jaarboek voor Liturgieonderzoek. As of 2017, the Yearbook will no longer appear in print, but online via University of Groningen Press (Open Access).

The Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies is ranked as a B-journal according to the most recent Dutch DGO-list.


Section Policies


  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Summaries of PhD Theses

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All submitted articles are subject to peer review. If a manuscript is not rejected when first received, it is sent out for review to (a minimum of) two peer reviewers who are part of the series’ academic cadre of reviewers. Review by associate editors or staff may compliment this process. This is done according to a double‐blinded review procedure,
in which the reviewer’s identities are withheld from the authors and vice versa. Once reviewers return their reports and recommendations, the editor-in-chief makes a decision (either on his own or in consultation with other editors) on whether to reject the manuscript (either outright or with encouragement to resubmit), to withhold judgment pending major or minor revisions, to accept it pending satisfactorily completed revisions, or to accept it as written. Once a manuscript that is not rejected has been revised satisfactorily, it will be accepted and put into the production process to be prepared for publication.


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.


Editorial Board

Prof. dr. Marcel Barnard (editor in chief, Amsterdam/Stellenbosch) 
dr. Andrew Irving (Groningen)
dr. Martin Hoondert (Tilburg)
dr. Mirella Klomp (Amsterdam)
dr. Mary E. McGann (Berkeley, CA)
prof. dr. Paul Post (Tilburg)
prof. dr. Thomas Quartier (Nijmegen/Leuven/Rome)
prof. dr. Gerard Rouwhorst (Utrecht/Tilburg)
prof. dr. Eric Venbrux (Nijmegen)


Advisory Board

Prof. dr. Sible de Blaauw (Nijmegen)
prof. dr. Joris Geldhof (Leuven)
prof. dr. Bert Groen (Graz)
prof. dr. Benedikt Kranemann (Erfurt)
dr. Jan Luth (Groningen)
prof. dr. Peter Jan Margry (Amsterdam)
prof. dr. Keith Pecklers (Rome/Boston)
dr. Susan Roll (Ottawa)
prof. dr. Martin Stringer (Swansea)
prof. dr. Teresa Berger (New Haven, CT)