This is a guest post by Franklin Kramer. He is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a member of the the Illini Secular Student Alliance (ISSA).
“Secularism and Nonreligion,” the first academic journal devoted solely to topics about nonbelievers, is set to begin publication in January 2012. It will take contributions from primarily social scientific disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, and economics, although other disciplines will be accepted as well. It is a joint project of Trinity College in Connecticut and the Non-religion and Secular Research network. While the articles will be peer reviewed, it will be open-access, so everybody will be able to access it for free and download articles on the journal’s website.
This is exciting news for the atheist community, as it is just another way that society is recognizing our presence. This is especially relevant when you compare the number of secular journals to the number theological ones. Hopefully having an academic journal devoted to secularism will encourage more people to do research on the topic, hopefully educating us more about the various aspects of our subculture. And, if nothing else, it will give those people majoring in Secularism at Pitzer College in California some journal articles to study.