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Works of original scholarship published in volume 2 of Journal of the Mormon Social Science Association will receive a $500 honorarium for the author (or to be divided among coauthors) upon publication.

Journal of the Mormon Social Science Association (JMSSA) is the official publication of the Mormon Social Science Association. We welcome papers from all social science disciplines, as well as work in other disciplines using a social science approach. We accept original research, synthetic reviews, and theoretical or methodological essays on topics relevant to all aspects of the Latter Day Saint movement.

We encourage submissions from students, junior scholars, and underrepresented voices in Mormon Studies. We will not consider papers simultaneously submitted elsewhere, or previously published work. The journal is atheological and nonpolemical.

All submissions are screened by the editor(s) or editorial board to determine their suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are forwarded for peer-review. Subsequent to peer-review, papers may be rejected, returned for revision and possible resubmission, or accepted for publication.

All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract not to exceed 250 words. Abstracts should state the research question(s), identify basic methods, and summarize main findings.

Journal Style

Footnotes should be used sparingly, and only for essential clarification. The journal conforms to the “author-date” citation system outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (Chapter 15). Examples of reference list entries and in-text citations appear below:


Alexander, Thomas G. 1986. Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-day Saints, 1890-1930. Urbana and Chicago: The University of Illinois Press.

Arrington, Leonard J. and Davis Bitton. 1992. The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-daySaints. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Allen, James B., Ronald K. Esplin, and David J. Whittaker. 1992. Men with a Mission: The Quorum of the Twleve Apostles in the British Isles, 1837-1841. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book.

Jones, Dale E., Sherry Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin, and Richard H. Taylor. 2002. Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States, 2000: An Enumeration by Region, State and County Based on Data Reported for 149 Religious Bodies. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Chapter in an Edited Volume

Bahr, Howard M. and Renata Tonks Forste. 1998. “Toward a Social Science of Contemporary Mormonism.” In Latter-day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and its Members, edited by Jame T. Duke, 133-201. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University.

Journal Article

Stark, Rodney. 1984. “The Rise of a New World Faith,” Review of Religious Research 26, no. 1: 18-27.

Toney, Michael B., Chalon Keller and Lori M. Hunter. 2003. “Regional Cultures, Persistence and Change: A Case Study of the Mormon Culture Region,” The Social Science Journal 40, no. 3: 431-445.

Article in an Online Journal with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Halford, Alison. 2021. “‘Come, Follow Me’, The Sacralising of the Home, and The Guardian of the Family: How Do European Women Negotiate the Domestic Space in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints?” Religions 12, no. 5: 338.

Newspaper or Magazine Article

Davidson, Lee. 2017. “Latter-day Saints are overrepresented in Utah’s Legislature, holding 9 of every 10 seats.” Salt Lake Tribune, January 14, 2021.

Thesis or Dissertation

Marlowe, Eric-Jon. 2005. “Treatment of Religious Expression and Belief in Utah Public Schools: Perspectives of the Religious Minority.” PhD diss., Brigham Young University.

In-Text Citations for Books, Chapters in Edited Volumes, Journal Articles, Theses and Dissertations, and Newspaper Articles

(Alexander 1986, 24)
(Allen, Esplin, and Whittaker 1992, 213)
(Arrington and Bitton 1992, 139)
(Jones et al. 2002, 47-48)


Flake, Kathleen. 2005. The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. Kindle Edition.

In-Text Citations for e-Books

(Flake 2005, chap. 4)