Open access policy

Theofilos is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

The journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Theofilos follows the guidelines provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Theofilos permits the published articles to be deposited and made openly available in an institutional repository without embargo.

Authors retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restriction.

Theofilos was transformed into a fully open access journal in 2020, with immediate effect from 2020/1. All previous issues of the journal are available in the open access online archive. Reuse rights of this online archive material from 2009-2019 are regulated by the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

Authorization, indexing, and partnerships

Theofilos is authorized as a publication channel on level 1 in Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.

The journal is in the process of establishing various partnerships.

The journal is covered by the following indexing and discovery services:

All content in Theofilos is exported to Portico, a preservation archive that safeguards perpetual access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections.

The journal receives grants from the Swedish foundation Samfundet Pro Fide et Christianismo, förvaltare av kyrkoherde Nils Henrikssons Stiftelse.

This website is established and operated by Damaris Norge, an externally based activity (“randsonevirksomhet”) serving NLA University College.

Publication ethics and research ethics

The Theofilos editorial team is committed (i) to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics and (ii) to supporting and promoting responsible ethical research practices.

The journal is guided by the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (DOAJ and COPE) and the Guidelines for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Law and Theology (The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees).

This includes the following practical guidelines from COPE: What to do if you suspect an ethical problem  with a submitted manuscript


The editorial team at Theofilos understands plagiarism in line with the following widely used definition: “(i) to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source; (ii) : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source” (plagiarize, Merriam-Webster).

Theofilos has a policy of “Zero Tolerance on Plagiarism”. We check the plagiarism issue through two methods: reviewer check and plagiarism prevention tool ( All submissions will be checked by plagiarism prevention software before being sent to reviewers. (Presently, the latter method is being introduced gradually.)

The editors are guided by COPE’s guidelines on Cooperation between research institutions and journals on research integrity cases.