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Journal Ceļš (first published in 1935, renewed in 1988) is a peer-reviewed (submitted articles are reviewed anonymously), interdisciplinary scientific journal of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Latvia. The aim of the journal is to publish critical scholarship in the study of religion. A special attention is given to the analysis of religious life at the territory of Baltic states. Ceļšš does not represent any particular religious tradition – the task of the journal is to analyze religion critically, and it includes various sub-fields of theology and religious studies – church history, comparative religious studies, sociology of religion, philosophy of religion, biblical studies, political and social theology etc. The primary audience of the journal is scholars and students of humanities and social sciences. Journal is published once a year in Latvian and English. Articles in Latvian are provided with summaries in English.

Journal Ceļšš is currently available also in EBSO and at the webpage of the University of Latvia.


The previous issues of the journal you can find here.

Editorial Committee

Latvian members:

Valdis Tēraudkalns, Ph.D., professor, University of Latvia

Maija Baltiņa, Dr. philol., associate professor, Institution of Higher Education of Ventspils

Dace Balode, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Latvia

Deniss Hanovs, Dr. art., professor, Rīgas Stradiņšš University

Ralfs Kokins, Dr. theol., associate professor, University of Latvia

Elizabete Taivāne, Dr. theol., docent, University of Latvia


Foreign members:

Riho Altnurme, Dr. theol., professor, University of Tartu (Tartu Ülikool), Estonia

Juris Dreifelds, Ph.D., associate professor, Brock University, Canada

Thomas Ekstrand, Dr., senior lecturer, Uppsala University, Sweden

Stefan Schreiner, Dr., professor, Universität Tübingen, Germany

Jouko Talonen, Dr. theol., professor, Helsingin Yliopisto, Finland

Arvīds Ziedonis, Ph.D., Muhlenberg College, Allentown, USA

Hanss Georg Ziebertz, Dr. theol. habil. Dr. rer. soc. ,professor, Universität Wuerzburg, Germany



Editor: Valdis Tēraudkalns, Ph. D.
Compiler: Ilze Jansone, Dr. theol.


-) The paper, submitted for Ceļš, should not been published in another journal.

-) After submission of the paper its quality, novelty and conformity to the standards of the journal is evaluated by two anonymous experts.

-) The duty of the author is to edit the paper according to review given by experts or to explain his / her position in case of disagreement.

-) The paper is submitted in Latvian with summary in English. International authors can submit the paper in English with summary in English that later is translated by editors in Latvian.

-) The length of the paper is 20 000–40 000 characters (including spaces)

-) There is a possibility to add also an illustrative material to the paper (max. 5 illustrations). Authors are responsible for making sure that copyright laws are respected.

-) The paper must be sent  to e-mail; the same e-mail should be used for inquiries.

Guidelines for papers

-) At the beginning of the paper should be included: title of the paper and information about author: name, surname, degree, institution (university, institute etc.)

-) The paper must be submitted as MS Word document. The main body of the paper should be written in Times New Roman font, size 12 pt, space between lines: 1.5. The title of the paper – 12 pt (Caps Lock), subtitles in the paper – 12 pt (bold).

-) The paper should also include summary in English, 5000-6000 characters (including spaces)

-) Illustrations, tables etc. should be submitted separately in jpg or tif.

-) If there is an illustrative material included, authors should confirm in writing that there is no violation of the copyright law.

-) If there is an illustrative material included, author should submit also separate MS Word file where the title and information about author of the illustration is given. Author also should specify the exact place in the article where illustration should be included.

-) Full bibliographic references should appear in the document as footnotes. Please, look here for the example of the formatting bibliographic references.

-) Authors are responsible for listing all co-authors an for properly aknowledging their funding sources (if needed). Information about funding should appear in separate 'Acknowledgments' section. The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by…’

-) Nonstandard abbreviations should be defined at the first occurrence and introduced only where multiple use is made. Authors should not use abbreviations in headings.




The Responsibilities of the Editorial Board

1. The Editorial Board has rights to refuse the publication of the paper if there is any possibility of plagiarism, or, if paper demonstrates an attitude contrary to academic ethical codex of the University of Latvia (the codex can be found here).

2. The Editorial Board informs author about any possibility of any conflict of interest.

3. The Editorial Board itself evaluates only the research quality, novelty and conformity to the common theme of the new planned issue of Ceļš (if such a common theme is planned) of the paper.

4. The editor is responsible for sending the paper to two anonymous reviewers (double blind peer-review is practiced), who provide their qualified evaluation about the publication of the paper, refusal of the publication of the paper or any improvements, specifications and corrections for the paper in the time period, determined by the Editorial Board.

5. The Editorial Board takes full responsibility for the publication of the submitted article and confirms that no personal interests have influence upon the decision to include the paper in the journal.

6. Papers accepted for publication are subject to copyediting, though papers that are submitted may be returned if they are judged to be inadequately copy-edited by the author. Final proofs are submitted for author’s approval.


The Responsibilities of Authors

1. By submitting the article, author confirms that this is an original research work by him/her, and also that this article has not been published yet and is not submitted for the publication in another scientific journal.

2. If author makes references to the works of other authors, they should be properly quoted (see also: Guidelines for publication)

3. Author should be ready to give additional information about his/her research if this is required by the Editorial Board for confirming the authorship of the given author.

4. By submitting the paper author confirms that he  / she is the  corresponding/submitting author and that Ceļš may retain his / her email address for the purpose of communicating about the paper.

5. Authors should avoid linguistic biases, particularly sexism, in the text (for example, always use “people” instead of “men”).

Responsibilities of Reviewers

1. The reviewer should confirm that there is no any conflict of interests and that only the research quality, novelty and conformity to the academic standards is evaluated.

2. Reviewers are not allowed to send out any information (orally or written) which is related to the paper and its author.

3. If the reviewer has any information which may lead to the refusal of publishing the paper, it is a duty of the reviewer to pass such information to the editor in chief of the journal.

4. If reviewer has valid reason to decline evaluation of the paper, he / she should immediately inform the editor in chief about such a reason. In such a case, the paper should be passed to another reviewer for evaluation.