Folklore. Electronic Journal of Folklore request 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 printed copy of the manuscript 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 paper and electronic format.
We prefer manuscripts submitted in word processing packages such as Open Office Writer, MS Word, Rich Text Format or plain Text.
For the purpose of reviewing, articles for publication should initially be submitted to:
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.
a) Hard-copy figures
Original or good quality printouts of all figures should be submitted with the manuscript. Computer generated printouts should be flawless and printed on quality paper. Non-computer generated line figures should be drawn with Indian ink on white matte paper or tracing paper. Photographs should be in black-and-white or coloured on glossy paper. On the reverse side of each figure, the name of the (original) author and the figure number should be added; the top of the figure should be clearly indicated.
b) Electronic figures
You are expected to submit the electronic versions of your figures. We prefer figures in TIFF, EPS, PS or PDF format. Be aware that we may not be able to use other file formats and that the hard copy may be scanned instead. 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. Figures should be saved in separate files. Figure legends should be included in the text file.
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. Manuscripts should be printed or typewritten on A4 or US Letter bond paper, one side only, leaving adequate margins on all sides to allow reviewers‘ remarks. Please double-space all material, including notes and references. Quotations of more than 40 words should be set off clearly, either by indenting the left-hand margin or by using a smaller typeface. 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:
a) Article Types
The journal welcomes manuscripts in the following areas of interest:
Scientific Contributions (10 to 30 pages): 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 programs and courses in folkloristics, cultural studies, popular religion, ethics and philosophy, education, or exposition of research programmes and results from various centers, departments and institutions.
Comments. The articles will 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 will focus particularly on reports on literature in non-English languages, aiming to enhance public awareness of studies, which 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.
b) Abstract and Key Words
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 key words or short phrases in alphabetical order. Since the abstract and the key words will be used to select appropriate reviewers, it is essential to make them as informative as possible.
Abbreviations should be explained at first occurrence.
d) Section Headings
First-, second-, third-, and fourth-order headings should be clearly distinguishable.
Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix which comes before the Notes and Reference sections.
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.
Please make optimal use of the cross-referencing features of your software package. Do not cross-reference page numbers. Cross-references should refer to:
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. When there are more than two authors, only the first and second 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.
Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the 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. Articles submitted for publication are included in the Reference list with remark 'in Press'. 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, underlined or in italics; place of publication; publisher; page numbers where appropriate. For example:
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, underlined or in italics; place of publication; publisher.
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 underlined or in italics; publisher and/or organization from whom the proceedings can be obtained; place of publication; first and last page numbers.
References to articles in periodicals should include the author‘s name; year of publication; title of article; full title of periodical, underlined or in italics; volume; number where appropriate; first and last page numbers.
References to technical reports or doctoral dissertations should include the author‘s name; year of publication; title of article, underlined or in italics; institution; location of institution. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Tartu, Estonia.
All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as a 'Figure' and they should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.). Multi-part figures ought to be labeled 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, refer to the figure in the text and note its approximate location in the margin. Please place the legends in the manuscript after the references.
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, refer to the table in the text and note its approximate location in the margin. Finally, please place the tables after the figures legends in the manuscript.
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. One corrected proof, together with the original edited manuscript, should be returned to the Publishers within three days of receipt by mail (airmail overseas).
Ten offprints of each article will be provided free of charge. Additional offprints can be ordered by means of an offprint order form supplied with the proofs.
No page charges are levied on authors or their institutions.
Authors will be asked, upon acceptance of an article to transfer copyright of the article to the Publisher. This will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information under copyright laws.
Persons wishing to photocopy or print out articles of Folklore for classroom use are free to do so. Those wishing to reproduce an article for any other purposes, please obtain permission from the editors. Also please contact the editors if you want to link an article or the whole Folklore journal to your WWW-pages.
It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission 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:
Folk Belief and Media Group of
Estonian Literary Museum, Andres Kuperjanov, Estonian Folklore Institute
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