The aim of LSJ is to be a forum for the study of wells and their place in the community, their history, construction, architecture, archaeology, sociology, hagiography, religious significance, folklore and ritual.



   A well, for the purposes of this publication, is defined broadly as a place where a living spring now flows, or used to flow. The emphasis on living is deliberate - such a well or spring will have been a central feature of the life of a family or community, and as such may occasionally be a shaft-well rather than a dipping well or spring.



   While the bulk of wells featured in LSJ are likely to be holy wells, other wells of sociological or historical importance may also be studied. The aim is to widen the terms of reference to give a broad picture of the study of water-sources, so that holy and healing wells may be set in the wider context of water in the community.

   LSJ is not a forum for the study of industrial or commercial wells and boreholes, although some spa wells may be featured.



The Living Spring Journal is divided into seven streams:-

   Not all streams may flow in every issue, and the major part of the journal will consist of articles and reports in the first three streams.



   It is expected that LSJ will be read by anyone interested in wells, from local historians & amateur enthusiasts to academic researchers. Similarly, it is hoped that many of those readers will be encouraged to write for the journal.


Editorial Policy

   All submissions to LSJ will be considered on their own merits for publication, but the decision to publish rests with the editors/publishers.

   Articles and other submissions must focus upon wells and their place within a given context. Two examples of how this might work in practice:-

   LSJ has no bias toward any particular religious or ideological viewpoint: all points of view have the potential to contribute to the understanding of wells and their place in the community past and present.

   Guidelines for Authors elsewhere on this site specify acceptable methods of referencing & citation. Articles where bibliographic sources are not adequately cited cannot be accepted for publication. Briefer publications (notes, letters, observations etc.) are less rigorously edited.

   Any author who wishes to do so can submit their article for peer review. Reviewers will be for the most part academics whose research touches largely or in part on wells. It is envisaged that this option will be mainly of interest to academic researchers, but it is open to all.



   Copyright of all articles rests with the authors. Website design and presentation rests with the named editors/publishers.


Offprints Service

   LSJ is essentially an electronic journal, published and maintained online for the electronic community. However, as the holy wells community is a small one, and the editors recognise that some people have no access as yet to the Internet, the editors also offer an offprint service. Once an issue is complete, a contents list from the issue will be circulated to members of a postal mailing list, and offprints of individual articles sent out on receipt of an SAE and standard charge to cover copying costs. Contact the editors if you would like to be included on this postal mailing list.


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