One of the most widely respected academic journals dedicated to religion and science, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, is now freely available online via the Open Library of the Humanities. 

Issues going back to 1966 can be viewed on the publication’s new website. The journal covers the whole range of sciences from cosmology and physics to biology and the neurosciences, sociology, psychology and anthropology. The peer-reviewed articles are published from both religion and non-religious perspectives but are generally rooted in Judaism, Christian, Islam, Hindu and Buddhist traditions in addition to religious naturalism and secular humanism. 

The journal is a not-for-profit corporation and succeeds the joint venture originally set up in 1965 between the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS); the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS) and the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). 

Previously published under a subscription model with a different publisher, this year Zygon opened its entire back catalogue under what is called the diamond open access model that is funded by an international network of 340 supporting libraries. 

Journal Editor Prof. Arthur Petersen (University College London) said he had been seeking ways of opening up access to Zygon since 2020.

The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, diamond open-access publisher of 30 journals based at Birkbeck, University of London. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and subsequent support from Arcadia, a charitable fund, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium rather than any author fee. This funding mechanism enables equitable open access in the humanities disciplines, which charges neither the readers nor authors. 

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