Magick in Theory – An Ongoing Peer-Review Project

August 28, 2014 by  
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Magick in Theory - An Ongoing Peer-Review Project


“Magick in Theory” is a peer review, online journal exploring historical and theoretical magic. We approach magic from an emic perspective, which is to say that we may or may not practice magic, but we respect the worldviews of those who do and try to see the practice from their perspective. Our mission is to support the academic and intellectual study of magic, and to carve out a place for reason, rationality, as well as inspiration and experience, in the study of magic. Ultimately, “Magick in Theory” strives to apply the best features of the peer review process to the study of magic, in order to encourage, promote, and advance research in the magical arts. Submit papers to

“Magick in Theory” is designed as an academic journal, but has no affiliation with any academic institution, nor should any personal or professional affiliation on the part of any member of the volunteer editorial board be construed as representing an endorsement of “Magick in Theory” by any particular institution.

Submission Guideline and Stylesheet for “Magick in Theory”

“Magick in Theory” is looking for articles and essays about the study and theory of magic. Acceptable topics include:

  • The application of socio-cultural theory to magical practice;
  • Historical analysis and research;
  • Translations and explanations of previously untranslated magical texts;
  • Magical experiments and operations;
  • Interdisciplinary essays on magic and its relationship to other academic or cultural areas;
  • Personal essays with a critical (in the academic sense) bent.

We are not looking for:

  • Spells, how-to, or rituals that do not have a historical context or significance (submit these to “Magick in Practice” instead);
  • Made-up, fantasized, or channeled texts (unless accompanied with a heavy dose of critical analysis or historical significance);
  • Rants, screeds, diatribes.

All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All texts in Word format. No PDFs or unusual file formats. They will be deleted unread.
  • There is no firm limits on size, but suitable articles will tend to fall between 2500 and 7500 words.
  • Include a header that includes your name, your pseudonym (if relevant) in parentheses after your real name, and any academic affiliation you want mentioned.
  • Your name or other identifying information should not appear elsewhere in the text.
  • All submissions must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. Use in-text citations — not footnotes or endnotes — and a properly formatted references page.
  • Do not quote more than 100 words from any individual source.
  • Any quotation or use of an idea not your own must be cited properly in Chicago Manual of Style format.
  • If you use any images, also submit proof that you own the right to use that image or have secured that right from the owner.
  • If you are submitting a translation, identify the source of the original text and, if applicable, provide proof that you have the legal right to do the translation.
  • Edit, proofread, and polish your writing before submitting.

The procedure for selection is as follows:

  • Your name will be stripped off and two copies will be sent to anonymous reviewers.
  • They will write a 100-200 word response, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and offering a recommendation.
  • If the reviewers agree that the essay should be published, it may be returned to you for edits or proofreading.
  • Whether published or not, the reviewers’ comments will be forwarded to you.
  • You will not receive monetary compensation for the publication of your article.

Submission email address:

©2014 by Patrick Dunn.
Edited by Sheta Kaey.

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3 Responses to “Magick in Theory – An Ongoing Peer-Review Project”

  1. Psyche says:

    This sounds like a neat project. Where and when will these articles be published, and on what kind of timeline? Is there a deadline for submissions?
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    • Sheta Kaey says:

      I’ve been in Comments a dozen times and never saw this comment. I’m sorry!

      The project is intended to be ongoing, to provide a library of content post-review, with the extra clout, I guess, of having your theories peer-reviewed. So spread the word, because it’s slow going over here, and we’d love to see some interest in this. We’ve also got the Magick in Practice side of it happening, and I’d welcome submissions for test rituals.

      Hope that helps!
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    • Sheta Kaey says:

      You might or might not have noticed the comment barrage on Patrick Dunn’s review. Your comment, it turns out, was buried under several pages-long comments in a row. It was so tiny, I missed it.

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