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An Aries Special Issue

Together with Markus Altena Davidsen (Leiden University), I am setting up a special issue of Aries on “Esotericism and the Cognitive Science or Religion”. At this stage we are looking for abstracts from people who might be interested in contributing a full research article.

Please find details in the CfP, linked here and pasted below. Feel free to spread the word to anyone who might be interested in this project.

Call for Abstracts, Aries special issue on Esotericism and the Cognitive Science of Religion

(Edited by Egil Asprem and Markus Altena Davidsen)

The cognitive science of religion (CSR) and the academic study of Western esotericism have both made a significant impact on religious studies over the past two decades. The study of esotericism continues to deepen our understanding of the historical complexities of religion in the West, and has identified a number of blind-spots related to heterodox religion, radically experiential practices, and overlaps between “religion”, “magic”, and “science”.

Meanwhile, CSR is rapidly changing the way scholars think about and approach key processes of religious practice, adding important new experimental and analytic tools to the scholar’s toolbox. This special issue of Aries aims to explore the potential of bringing these two fruitful fields together. What happens when we apply CSR approaches to the empirical material studied by esotericism scholars? How can key areas of interest in the study of esotericism, such as the notion of (experiential) gnosis, correspondences, imagination, higher knowledge, rejected knowledge, magical thinking, secrecy, and initiation contribute to the development of new approaches in CSR? How can we think about ritual practices such as theurgy, divination, healing, and ceremonial magic in terms of CSR approaches to ritual? Moreover, how can we use CSR approaches to these issues to integrate the study of esotericism more firmly in the broader comparative study of religion?

We are looking to curate research articles that deal with these and related questions. We take an inclusive view of CSR, and are happy to consider approaches from e.g. personality- and social psychology. We are especially interested in hands-on approaches that demonstrate the use of CSR inspired methodology to esoteric subject matters. We look in particular for articles based on contemporary ethnographies, interview or experimental data, but are also open for articles that bring CSR to bear on historical sources. The important thing is that studies should be able to integrate cognitive and psychological perspectives with existing state-of-the-art scholarship on esotericism.

If you want to take part in this special issue, please send us an abstract of your proposed topic by June 15 2015. Please specify as far as possible the empirical scope of your proposed article, as well as the CSR approaches you plan to work with. Include a short bibliography of the key literature you intend to draw on. On the basis of received abstracts, we will invite authors to submit their completed articles for peer review. The deadline for receiving finished manuscripts will be February 1 2016.


Relevant subject matter includes but is not limited to:

  • New Age movement
  • Ritual magic
  • Channeling
  • Healing/holistic health
  • Correspondence thinking
  • Kabbalah / esoteric hermeneutics
  • Sex magic
  • Spiritualism
  • Neoshamanism
  • Contemporary paganism
  • Astrology
  • Alchemy
  • Western initiatory societies


Relevant CSR approaches include but are not limited to:

  • Epidemiological approaches to the spread of esoteric representations
  • Cognitive optimality theory (e.g., agency detection, promiscuous teleology, minimal counter-intuitiveness, theological correctness)
  • Cognitive ritual theory (e.g., ritual form hypothesis, two modes theory, cognitive resource depletion theory)
  • Embodied cognition
  • Neurocognitive, experimental, and psychological approaches to experiential practices
  • Personality and individual difference correlates for esoteric practitioners (e.g. positive schizotypy, absorption, hypnotizability)
  • Conceptual blending theory


Please email your proposed abstract to Egil Asprem ( and Markus Altena Davidsen ( If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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The European Journal of Business and Social Sciences (EJBSS) (Published online) is an opportunity for academics to share the latest thinking on research strategies, tactics and paradigms of Business and Social Sciences discipline. The editorial board is interested in obtaining both theoretical and practical papers concerning research models, as well as considering case studies that demonstrate how research strategies; tactics and paradigms are applied in practice.

We are indexed in following databases:

Cabell’s Directories, Ulrich Web, Index Copernicus, New Jour, Contemporary Science Association, EBSCO Host, Universe Digital Library, DRJI, DOAJ, Open J-Gate, Pro-Quest, Universal Impact Factor, Sjournals Index, EconBiz, Cite Factor, ISI (International Scientific indexing)


Aims and Scope
The European Journal of Business and Social Sciences (EJBSS) provide perspectives on topics relevant to research in the field of business and Social Sciences. Through its publication the journal contributes to the development of theory and practice. The journal accepts academically robust papers that contribute to the area of research in business and management.
Papers submitted to the journal are double-blind reviewed by members of the reviewer committee or other suitably qualified readers. The Editor reserves the right to reject papers that, in the view of the editorial board, are either of insufficient quality, or are not relevant enough to the subject area. The editor is happy to discuss contributions before submission. The journal publishes work in the categories described below.

Research Papers
These may be qualitative or quantitative, empirical or theoretical in nature and can discuss completed research findings or work in progress.

Case Studies
Case studies are welcomed illustrating business and management research methods in practice.

View Points
Viewpoints are less academically rigorous articles usually in areas of controversy which will fuel some interesting debate.

Conference Reports and Book Reviews
Anyone who attends a conference or reads a book that they feel contributes to the area of Business Research Methods is encouraged to submit a review for publication.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, Human Resource Management, Strategic Management, Trade, International Businesses, Marketing Strategies, Sales Management, Advertising, Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Economics, Econometrics, Economic Theory, Business Development, Sales Promotions, Investment, Portfolio Management, Product Development, Accounting, Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance, Social Policy, Public Administration, Business Laws, Statistical Inferences, Empirical Business Research, Total Quality Management, Consumer Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Insurance, Risk Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Management Information System, Crisis Management, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Societal Research, History, Geography, Education, Political Science, Linguistics, Library Science, Information Science, Media Studies, Law, Criminology, Gender Studies, Demography, Communication Studies, Business Studies, Journalism, Environmental Engineering, Archeology.

Contributions and Dates

Those wishing to make a submission should:

§  Transmit one copy of the paper (in MS Word), by e-mail to the Editor at  

§  Submissions should not be longer than 8,000 words including abstract, keywords and references.

§  Submissions are welcomed at any time.

§  An issue of the journal is published once there are at least four accepted papers.

§  Next issue is to be launched on 1st April, 2014 in online format.

§  Authors will be charged 150 Euros for a paper as a publication fee.


Please read the submission guidelines before submitting a contribution.

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I would like to invite opinion on an issue of immediate importance to all of us. In recent weeks I have been travelling around the UK attending university meetings to discuss my publications (Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory), open access issues generally and their response to the April 1st deadline for implementation of the new mandate. On practical issues, such as how open access funds are going to be administered, I have not met anybody yet that has got its house in order, which seems extraordinary since the RCUK decision was made over eight months ago and we are now six weeks to the start.

Whilst librarians are consistent and vocal supporters of reform (I was recently told that Social Sciences Directory is an ‘exemplar’ of a progressive publishing solution), the concerns of academics come up time and again. Researchers’ lack of understanding and refusal to accept either the need for change, or the new realities for UK research output in the light of Finch, is proving to be far more intractable than the supposedly entrenched resistance of publishing groups (which, whilst fearful that they will not be able to replicate subscription revenues from replacement article fees are already adapting and creating myriad new models).

Academics wish to continue to publish in high impact journals but, from April 1st, must publish in open access journals. I did some simple research into whether there is a body of open access journals that have impact factors, in the process finding this article:
and this list of OA journals with impact factors:

Although the data is now quite old (from 2009) it does not fundamentally alter the fact that, in many subject areas, there are not yet OA journals with impact factors.
So here’s the rub. How are librarians going to make recommendations about reconciling this problem? This would be a valuable discussion and I welcome comments.


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Greener Journals


The Greener Journals (GJ) is a publisher of multidisciplinary peer-reviewed Journals that publishes monthly ( GJ is dedicated to increasing the depth of research across all areas of its Journals. GJ has commenced publication of books online (see below). See our list of Journals below.

Call for Papers

IGJ welcomes the submission of manuscripts for each of our Journals
IGJ will publish in PDF and HTML Format:
* Original articles in basic and applied research
* Case studies
* Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

See Authors Instructions. Please ensure your manuscript is in the format stated in the Authors Instructions before submitting it. Also ensure the references are cited according to our pattern.

We can send you a hard copy of our publication if requested.

Benefits you stand to gain:
1.    Greener Journals publishes manuscripts at the lowest fees and charges (now 50 USD per manuscript) and still maintains a unique quality.
2.    We will give you a quality peer review process. Rather than outright rejection of your manuscript, we will put all efforts to ensure your manuscript is revised and good for publication.
3.    We are known for speed in processing manuscripts. Depending on the depth of corrections to be made on your manuscript, your manuscript can be ready for publication 3 – 6 weeks after submission of manuscript. However authors should be timely in their responses to the various editorial processes.
4.    A higher priority can be given to your manuscripts if you need them published as soon as possible.
5.    Our authors stand a better chance of getting appointments into our editorial board.
6.    We have added more renowned editors and reviewers worldwide to our editorial team.

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to and for publication in the Maiden Issue. Following acceptance, a paper will 
normally be published in the next issue. Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website. We are ready to receive your manuscripts anytime of the year.

Suggested Reviewers:
You can suggest 2 to 4 reviewers that can review your manuscript. 
Please provide the reviewer’s names and email as you submit your manuscript.

Fees and Charges:
We now charge a regular fee of 50 USD to process a manuscript and an optional fee of 50 USD for a hard copy. Processing and publishing can be concluded within three weeks to six weeks.
We also encourage you to gather and submit large numbers of manuscripts for publication to get a discount in publication charges.
Bulk Manuscripts that have already been reviewed and edited but meet ‘up to publication’ standards can also be submitted for a publication. 
Publication fee will be subject to negotiation. Hard copies can also be customized to meet the needs of your organisation. An interval of a week or two will be adequate to send the proof copies to you for verification and then for us to publish them. Please contact the accounts department ( to negotiate a price.

Greener Journals now publishes e-books online. We welcome the submission of books with topics related to our e-book’s categories. We do proper editing and review of books.
Submit your e-books as e-mail attachment to our editorial office emails: or A processing fee of 50 USD will apply on submission. Books can be published within 1-3 weeks after submission and payment.
In alliance with the authors, we will publish books either as free e-books or with a price tag. Free e-books in PDF will be downloadable by interested readers internationally without a cost. Books sold on our website will only be delivered to buyer as an email attachment. 
Our marketing strategies will allow you earn good from sales of your e-book on our website.
Authors can submit books to be published as free e-books on our website or they can as well submit their book to be sold on our website for a lifetime commission from each sale made via our website. 
There are no print copies.

To see a published sample, use the link

Our Journals:

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This is a new online progressive review, launched only last week – Review 31 (

With a diverse mix of scholars and journalists it will be reviewing the pick of the latest titles in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on politics, history, art and literature. 

Content is free – no subscription is required.

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The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Call for Papers
Measuring the Contribution of Dissident Scholarship
A Special Issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Peer review provides the foundation for academic research, and yet peer review and esteem can potentially be a self-reinforcing process.  Common training in a dominant paradigm can make academics prone to group-think.  The self-referential tendency is exacerbated in the social sciences and humanities where theories are evaluated based on interpretations of events and experiments cannot be used to explode shared fallacies. Non-mainstream economics alleges that this self-referential potential has been realized, and further that conventional metrics of quality scholarship based on citations and reputation essentially assume and fail to demonstrate the superior quality of the mainstream.

The failure of conventional measures to demonstrate the superiority of mainstream economics does not prove the comparable worth of non-mainstream economics. Documentation of mainstream economics’ flaws protected by self-referential peer review and demonstration of the value of non-mainstream economics has proved elusive, perhaps due to the extent of circularity.  This special issue solicits innovative attempts to assess the contribution of non-mainstream economics and economists.  Subjective evaluation by non-mainstream economists of the value of their research seems hopelessly self-serving, indicating the need for new metrics to measure the contribution of dissidents relative to the mainstream. Papers employing a wide range of methods are encouraged, including historical and contemporary case studies, quantitative approaches, and comparison of economics literature and other literatures.

Authors interested in submitting a paper are encouraged to contact the Guest Editor. Papers should be submitted to the AJES website, by February 15, 2012.

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Prof Crossick (V-C, University of London) predicted that 75% of government grants would be taken away from all degree courses and that ultimately arts, humanities and social sciences would get no teaching funding at all.

His fears were backed by Roehampton University vice-chancellor Paul O’Prey, who is also chairman of UUK’s longer term strategy group.

He said he was worried that the higher education system was being dismantled without a clear idea of what would replace it.

“What we are doing, with the current plan to remove a very high percentage of the teaching grant and for universities to replace that with much higher fees, is introducing an economic shock that will privatise university education overnight.

It’s the combination of Browne and the spending review. We are clearly expecting him to say that the graduate contribution will go up.”

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