Folklore. Electronic Journal of Folklore


    Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore requests the submission of manuscripts in electronic format. Articles can be sent as attachments to e-mails, but if the text contains unconventional special characters a pdf with embedded fonts is required. Please retain a backup copy of your files. After revision, make absolutely sure that you send the latest version of your manuscript (including tables and figures) in electronic format. Submission of articles and article processing is free of charge.
    For the purpose of reviewing, articles for publication should initially be submitted to:

    Vanemuise 42
    51003 Tartu
    Tel.: +372 7377 740
    Fax: +372 7377 706


    The journal welcomes manuscripts in the following areas of interest:
    Scientific Contributions (15 to 40 pages, 1 p. = 1800 characters with spaces): Original articles with a longer and argued exposition of problems, topics or problem areas. These should include an abstract and key words.
    Practical Viewpoints/Discussion Point (5 to 15 pages): Short communications, e.g. case discussions, current issues, research project overviews (5 to 15 pages): Special surveys and articles on programmes and courses in folkloristics, cultural studies, popular religion, ethics and philosophy, education, or exposition of research programmes and results from various centres, departments and institutions.
    Comments: The articles can be commented by experts in the field.
    Review Articles (1 to 5 pages): Analyses and critical reviews of major recent publications in the area of main themes.
    News in Brief (1 to 2 pages): Summary reviews of recently published books and reports, main conferences, degrees in the field, etc. The section focuses particularly on reports on literature in non-English languages, aiming to enhance public awareness of the studies that would otherwise remain inaccessible.
    Letters to the Editor (1 to 4 pages)): Readers’ responses to publications. In principle, authors will be encouraged to react upon responses of readers of their publications.


    We appreciate any efforts that you make to ensure that the language is corrected before submission. This will greatly improve the legibility of your paper if English is not your first language.
    The journal‘s language is English. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used, but either one should be followed consistently throughout the article. Please double-space all material, including notes and references. Quotations of more than 40 words should be set off clearly, by indenting the left-hand margin. Use double quotation marks for direct quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations and for words or phrases used in a special sense.
    Number the pages consecutively with the first page containing:

    • running head (shortened title)
    • article type
    • title
    • author(s)
    • affiliation(s)
    • full address for correspondence, including telephone and fax number and e-mail address

    a) Abstract and keywords

    Please provide a short abstract of 100 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Please provide 5 to 10 keywords or short phrases in alphabetical order. Since the abstract and the keywords will be used to select appropriate reviewers, it is essential to make them as informative as possible.

    b) Abbreviations

    Abbreviations should be explained at first occurrence.

    c) Section headings

    First-, second-, third-, and fourth-order headings should be clearly distinguishable.

    d) Illustrations

    Figures should be saved in separate files. Figure legends should be included in the text file.
    All photographs, graphs, and diagrams should be referred to as ‘Figure’ and they should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.). Multi-part figures ought to be labelled with lower case letters (a, b, etc.). Please insert keys and scale bars directly in the figures. Relatively small text and great variation in text sizes within figures should be avoided as figures are often reduced in size. Figures may be sized to fit approximately within the column(s) of the journal. Provide a detailed legend (without abbreviations) to each figure (source of the figure / name of the photographer / date), and place it in its approximate location in the text.
    Figures have to be submitted electronically, in TIFF, EPS, PS, or JPG format. For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS. For bitmapped graphics, the preferred format is TIFF. The following resolutions are optimal: line figures - 600-1200 dpi; photographs - 300 dpi; screen dumps - leave as they are. Colour figures may be submitted in the RGB colour system. Font-related problems can be avoided by using standard fonts such as Times Roman, Courier, and Helvetica/Arial.

    e) Appendices

    Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix which comes before the Notes and Reference sections.

    f) Notes

    Please use endnotes only. Bibliographic information should be listed in a separate Reference section (see ‘References‘ for further information). Notes should be indicated by consecutive superscript numbers in the text and collected at the end of the article before the references. A source reference note should be indicated by an asterisk after the title. This note should be placed at the bottom of the first page.

    g) Cross-referencing

    Please make optimal use of the cross-referencing features of your software package. Do not cross-reference page numbers. Cross-references should refer to:

    • the number of a displayed equation
    • the number of a table
    • the number of a figure
    • the name / year of a reference entry

    In the text, a reference identified by means of an author‘s name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses and page number(s) where appropriate. If there are more than two authors, only the first author‘s name should be mentioned, followed by ‘et al.‘. In the event that the author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the citation and the reference should contain a lower case letter like a and b after the date to distinguish the works.

    (Loorits 1949: 122)
    (Loorits, 1932a)
    (Loorits 1932b)
    (Loorits 1932; Viires & Vahtre et al. 1994)
    (Poikalainen & Ernits 1992)

    h) Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References.

    i) References

    References to books, journal articles, articles in collections and conference or workshop proceedings should be collected in a list at the end of the paper and listed in alphabetical order following the style below. Please add DOIs (digital object identifier) of articles or books if available, to enhance the visibility and quotability. Articles submitted for publication are included in the Reference list with remark ‘forthcoming’. Articles in preparation, personal communications, unpublished observations, etc. should not be included in the Reference list but should only be mentioned in the article text (e.g., A. Moor, personal communication).
    References to books should include the author‘s name; year of publication; title in full in italics; place of publication; publisher; page numbers where appropriate. For example:

    Bakhtin, Michail 1968. Rabelais and His World. Cambridge MS: M.I.T. Press.

    References to essays in an edited collection should include the author‘s name; year of publication; title of essay; editor‘s name; title of volume in italics; place of publication; publisher, and page numbers for the essay.
    References to essays in (conference) proceedings should include the author‘s name; year of publication; title of essay; editor‘s name (if any); title of proceedings in italics; publisher and/or organisation from whom the proceedings can be obtained; place of publication, and page numbers for the essay.
    References to articles in periodicals should include the author‘s name; year of publication; title of article; full title of periodical in italics; volume; number where appropriate, and page numbers for the article.
    References to technical reports or doctoral dissertations should include the author‘s name; year of publication; title in italics; institution; location of institution: e.g. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Tartu, Estonia.

    j) Tables

    Each table should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.). In tables, footnotes are preferable to long explanatory material in either the heading or body of the table. Such explanatory footnotes, identified by superscript letters, should be placed immediately below the table. Please provide a caption (without abbreviations) to each table, and place the table with the caption in its approximate location in the text.


    Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore follows a double-blind reviewing procedure. Each submitted manuscript will be reviewed by two anonymous reviewers. Authors are therefore requested to place their name and affiliation on a separate page. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors will be expected to reinsert self-identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.
    The reviewing procedure is regulated according to Elsevier´s Publishing Ethics Resources and Ethics in Research and Publication, Code of Ethics of Estonian Scientists, as well as according to COPE Code of Conduct. For more detailed information please read "Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement" and consult the "Reviewing Procedure Flowchart"


    • Proofs

      A pdf version of the edited manuscript will be sent to the author for final approval by e-mail. The author should submit comments/approval within at least three days.

    • Charges

      No page charges are levied on authors or their institutions. In case guest editors of authors require extra copies of the journal, the number and price thereof can be agreed upon before publishing.

    • Copyright

      Authors will be asked, upon acceptance of an article, to share copyright of the article with the Publisher. This will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information under copyright laws.
      According to Creative Commons licence BY-NC-ND, persons wishing to photocopy or print out articles of Folklore: EJF for classroom use or share in any noncommercial way with mention to original are free to do so.

    • Permits

      It is the responsibility of the author to obtain a permit for a quotation from unpublished material, or for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of illustrations or tables or poems from unpublished or copyrighted material.


    Additional information can be obtained from:

    Vanemuise 42
    51003 Tartu

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