For over ten years now work has been going on within the European Science Foundation to increase the visibility of European research in the Humanities. One tool that was developed was the ranking of journals in humanities. This led to the publication of the ERIH Initial List: Religious Studies and Theology (2007) which gave journals a ranking of A, B, C. This ranking induced confusion as to the quality of the publications.
Many students enrolled in a Ph.D. program hope to have their dissertation published at some point. I have been asked several times how I got mine published by de Gruyter. It was actually much more straightforward than I had imagined. No arm twisting or bribery or any unbecoming behavior. It all started in 2006. Here is how it happened.