About the Journal

The Swedish Exegetical Society was founded as Uppsala Exegetical Society in 1936, but changed its name at the annual meeting on October 5th 2007. It is an association of academic teachers, students, and other people with an interest in biblical studies in its many different varieties. Each year in September or early October the society organizes Exegetical Days with lectures and seminars on current topics in biblical studies. These lectures are subsequently published in SEÅ, which is published in November each year, both in print and digitally. The journal also includes peer-reviewed articles and reviews of academic literature with clear relevance to the field of biblical studies.

Among the readers of SEÅ are scholars, teachers, and students in biblical studies, as well as people working within (Swedish) churches and the interested public. Articles are published in English, Swedish, German, Danish, Norwegian and French.


Submitted manuscripts are subject to an initial evaluation by the editor-in-chief of SEÅ, who decides if the manuscript is to be sent to peer review.

Manuscripts judged to be suitable for further review are sent to two peer reviewers whose task is to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript, according to the following criteria:

  1. Quality of subject and contribution (Are the problems and issues in focus of relevance to the field of biblical exegesis? Is the contribution original and innovative in relation to the issues covered? Does it contribute with new insight(s) or perspectives to the field of study?);
  2. Quality of research (Is the paper up to date with the latest findings? Is the research question clearly stated? Are various positions well represented? Is the argument clear and lucid, leading to well supported conclusions? Are methods appropriate and consistently employed?); and
  3. Quality of presentation (Are the results communicated in a satisfactory manner? Is the article well written (style, grammar)? Is it well structured (introduction, presentation of the problem, method, theory, analysis, conclusions etc.)? Are drawings, graphs, tables etc. (if any) clear and relevant? Does the work meet the formal requirements (style, footnotes, bibliography etc)?)

Proceeding from these evaluations, the reviewers provide one of the following recommendations to the editorial board:

  1. The text should be accepted without any revision.
  2. The text should be accepted, but requires revision in one or more parts.
  3. The text should not be accepted. The author is encouraged to rewrite the text for a new evaluation.
  4. The text should be rejected.

The journal employs double-blind peer review, which means that author(s) and reviewers remain anonymous throughout the entire process.

The peer-review process normally takes two months, but may vary.

Based on the peer review, the editor-in-chief makes the final decision about publication or rejection. The journal has an editorial board to assist the editor-in-chief in issues related to publication of individual manuscripts, the development of the journal, etc.

In cases where an author is connected to the journal, the author will be removed from all issues pertaining to the manuscript. A separate editor will be assigned to organise the peer-review process.

Articles are published in Swedish, English, German, Danish, Norwegian, and French. Submitted manuscripts need to consider issues relevant to the field of biblical studies. Book reviews are only published in Swedish. The review editor makes all decisions regarding what books are relevant for the journal.


Published articles are licensed with a CC BY-NC-ND license, and authors retain copyright for their work. There are no publication fees. The journal is published Open Access online, as well as in print for subscribers and members of the society.


SEÅ is published once a year.