About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Theological Reflections: Eastern European Journal of Theology publishes scholarly articles by authors in the Evangelical tradition, who are connected to the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, for the purpose of supporting the development of the Evangelical theology in these countries and acquainting the contemporary Christian scholarship with theological thought in Eurasia. Its target audience is researchers, theologians, religious scholars, teachers, and students of evangelical theological colleges, seminaries, and theological faculties, as well as church leaders.

Publication Frequency

The periodicity of the journal is two issues a year - in April and October. As a rule, regular and special (thematic) issues alternate with each other. The editorial board asks the authors to take into account the publication schedule of the journal and try to submit their articles to the editorial board no later than two months before the planned publication of the journal.

Open Access Policy

Theological Reflections: Eastern European Journal of Theology is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. The journal adheres to the policy of maximum visibility of its content, which is expected to contribute to the sustainable development of scientific knowledge. Therefore, the Journal provides immediate open access to all articles published therein on the basis of principles formulated in the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition. This framework permits any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles published in the journal, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from having access to the Internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

Immediate open access

All articles published in the Journal are made available on the Journal’s website and in PDF format for each article without any embargo period.

Copyright Notice

All articles published in the Journal are distributed under a Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits readers to use its content under the condition of providing proper attribution to the work in the manner specified by the licensor. 

By submitting an article for publication in Theological Reflections: Eastern European Journal of Theology the author grants the editors the right to publish the article and distribute it in electronic and print form.

The author reserves all copyrights and the right to use the materials of the article in whole or in part for educational purposes, to write his own dissertations, to prepare abstracts, conference reports, oral presentations, etc., as well as post electronic copies of articles (including the final electronic version downloaded from the journal’s official website) on non-commercial web-resources without the consent of the editorial board and founders.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Relationships between authors, editors, and reviewers in our journal are based on academic benevolence, the objectivity of ratings, and the priority of scholarly quality. We are following the principles of Code of Conduct for Editors as defined by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).

Financial Policy of the Journal

Theological Reflections journal provides services to authors free of charge. Publication and other fees are not levied from authors, readers, or organizations with which they are affiliated.


Eastern European Institute of Theology (EEIT)

Journal History

In 2002, the Euro-Asian Accreditation Association of Evangelical Educational Institutions established Theological Reflections: Euro-Asian Journal of Theology, as a professional specialized periodical scientific and theological publication of Evangelical Protestantism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with the aim of helping national authors publish their works and familiarize the modern Christian world with evangelical theological thought in post-Soviet countries.

The first issue of the magazine was published in 2003 and immediately attracted the attention of the theological audience with its professional level and academic approach. All articles in the journal were published in two languages - the original language and in full translation into English.

The administrative editor was Sergey Viktorovich Sannikov (executive director of the EAAA at the time), the international editor was Mary Rayber (a researcher at the EAAA at the time), the technical editor and designer (and unofficially acting editor) was Lev Golodetsky. The members of the editorial board were leading experts and theologians from various theological educational institutions: A. Glukhovsky, S. Golovin, V. Lyubashchenko, A. Negrov, P. Penner, A. Prilutsky, G. Pshenichny, G. Sergienko, M. Soussi, I. Shkulis. The editorial and publishing team in this composition prepared and published the first 10 issues of the magazine. The journal was published in the form of regular issues until 2011, and then the regular issues alternated with special thematic issues.

From 2011 to 2014 Sergei Sannikov was the editor-in-chief and editor-in-chief, Taras Dyatlik was the administrative editor, Mary Rayber was the international editor, and technical editor and designer was Lev Golodetsky. The editorial board was renewed and expanded to 12 people (among them - Roman Soloviy and Mikhail Cherenkov). For 10 years (from 2003 to 2014), the journal has developed as a professional scientific periodical of the domestic evangelical theological community, gained authority in the scientific world, and firmly took a leading position among domestic theological journals.

In 2015, only one special issue was published, dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (chief ed. - S.V. Sannikov, admin. Ed. - R.P. Soloviy, technical ed. - L.A. Golodetsky). Starting in 2016, the question arose about the further development of the journal and raising its official status as a professional scientific periodical, indexed by national and international scientometric agencies, which ensures the authority and wide recognition of the scientific publications of authors in the scientific world. Fresh scientific forces and specialists theologians were involved in the work on the journal, the composition of the editorial board changed: Roman Pavlovich Soloviy (director of the EAAA research center at that time) became the editor-in-chief and chairman of the editorial board. Oleksandr Geychenko (academic dean of the Odessa Theological Seminary at the time), international ed. - there was still Mary Rayber (by this time - Doctor of Divinity), technical ed. - Tatiana Dyatlik, designer - Alexander Pavlichenko. The editorial board was renewed and expanded. The design and style of the magazine have changed - it has become more modern and original.

In the renewed staff, the editorial and publishing team continued to regularly publish the journal - two issues a year. 2016 to 2020 9 issues were published - regular and special. The main change in the journal's policy during this period was that the journal became a peer-reviewed scientific periodical.

In total, from 2003 to 2020, 29 issues were published. Due to the fact that some special issues were not taken into account in the sequential numbering of regular issues, there were 24 numbered issues (5 issues less than the actual number published). This discrepancy should be kept in mind by librarians and readers who wish to review and compile a selection of all published Theological Reflections magazines. All 29 issues of the journal are presented on this site in the "Archive" section.

The Euro-Asian Accreditation Association published the journal from 2003 to 2020. From the second half of 2020, the Eastern European Institute of Theology became the publisher of the journal.

Today Theological Reflections is the leading scientific and theological journal of evangelical Protestantism in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. The journal is indexed in leading national and international scientific databases and library catalogs.