Sightings Policies

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Articles may be quoted with clear and full attribution to the author and Sightings

Articles may not be republished until permission has been granted by Managing Editor, Myriam Renaud.

To request permission, e-mail the following information to name of article, author, date of publication, URL of the article, name of your publication, and URL of your website. If permission is granted, columns may appear in full with clear and full attribution to the author of the column, Sightings, and the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School. This attribution should be presented clearly at the beginning and end of the article, with a link to the original article and the Divinity School website.

Sightings authors may not be designated as contributors to publications that reprint their articles, nor may their names be presented in such as way that they might appear to be contributors to the reprinting publication.

Titles and content of articles may not be modified in any way.

We run 500-750 word pieces relating to religion in the modern world.

We only publish original pieces that have never been published elsewhere.

Most of our pieces respond to a news item, placing the event or trend in context of its history and other relevant background, and analyzing its media coverage.

We do not use footnotes, but a brief references section can follow the essay. Please only list citations of works written in English.

Please do not use hyperlinks within the essay. You may include links, however, in the references section. For example:

Lisa Miller, "Feminism's Final Frontier? Religion," Washington Post, March 8, 2012.

We follow the Chicago Manual of Style (only one space between sentences, books of the bible are capitalized but not italicized, etc).

Please include a short bio of one or two sentences, and let us know if you have a Twitter account (we link to the essay on Twitter after it has been published).

We do not run pieces written from a religious perspective. Rather, our essays look at religion in public life from an academic perspective.

We do not publish op-eds, opinion pieces, book reviews, movie reviews, poetry or fiction. We do publish pieces that discuss certain books, movies, poetry or fiction if they represent a trend relating to religion.

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Sightings' goal is to serve as a starting-point for well-informed, reasoned, and nuanced conversation about religion in public life. Sightings is committed to the idea that discussion can lead to new insights and deeper understandings. Readers are thus invited to leave comments regardless of identity, politics, ideology, and religious conviction.

Difference of opinions can help individuals and communities sharpen and develop their views; hence, comments that disagree with those of Sightings' authors and fellow commenters are not only welcomed but encouraged. However, nothing stops a conversation faster than personal attacks and name-calling.

To ensure respectful and constructive exchanges, all comments are reviewed. This may delay the appearance of comments on the website. It is the prerogative of Sightings to decide which comments to make public. Comments containing profanities or abusive language will not be shared. Nor will comments that are off-topic or that promote a business or a commercial product.

All comments are forwarded to Sightings authors who, depending on constraints on their time, may or may not respond. 

Please email your comments to Managing Editor, Myriam Renaud, at . If you would like your comment to be archived on the Martin Marty Center's website please provide your full name which will be posted, along with your comment, at the bottom of the appropriate article. Also, indicate, in the subject line of your email: POST COMMENT TO [Sightings title].