Mormon studies, secular studies, religion, academic journal
In my editorial in the first issue of BYU Studies that I edited, I noted that from its inception the journal was to be a "Voice for the Community of LDS Scholars." Since there are enough scholarly journals that will publish secular scholarly studies by LDS authors, BYU Studies was distinctively to be the journal in which faithful Latter-day Saint scholars could publish articles that explored the correlation of their secular studies and their religious convictions. As most of the rest of the world does not believe in modern revelation as a viable medium of scholarly information, none of the "regular" academic journals would take the kinds of articles BYU Studies was interested in publishing.
Tate, Charles D. Jr.
"BYU Studies from 1967 to 1983,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 38:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol38/iss1/4