An International Journal on Charms, Charmers and Charming


General Editor: Mare Kõiva

Editorial Board: Alaric Hall, Claude Lecouteux, Lea Olsan, Éva Pócs, Jonathan Roper, Will Ryan, Emanuela Timotin, Andrey Toporkov, Daiva Vaitkevičiene


Incantatio is an peer-reviewed open-access electronic journal dedicated to publishing research on verbal charms, as well as on the practitioners of charms and their practice. From time to time the journal may also feature book reviews and conference reports. We are associated with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research’s Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming, and we are hosted on the webpages of the Estonian Literary Museum.

Have a look at our first issue, 2011.

Have a look at our second issue, 2012.

Have a look at our third issue, 2013.

Have a look at our fourth issue, 2014.

Have a look at our fifth issue, 2017.

Have a look at our sixth issue, 2017.

Have a look at our seventh issue, 2018.

Journal DOI: 10.7592/Incantatio




Incantatio Style Sheet:

Presentation of Manuscripts

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. We also welcome important articles in other major languages. 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:

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.

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.


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


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:

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, 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.