Folklore Forum Submission Guidelines

Folklore Forum publishes articles presenting research and analysis in the fields of folklore, ethnomusicology, and related disciplines.  Our online format facilitates incorporation of images, video and sound, but authors should verify that copyright on any such material is respected.  We also publish solicited and unsolicited reviews of books, websites, blogs, and other media relevant to the fields of folklore and ethnomusicology.


  • All documents should be submitted to
  • In the subject line include attn: (appropriate) editor and your name
    • ex. attn: submissions editor, Jane Smith
    • ex. attn: review editor, John Donne
  • Only electronic submissions in .docx, .doc, .txt, or .rtf will be accepted. If using images in a submission we recommend also including a .pdf version to guarantee image placement is correct.
  • Each copy should have a separate title page. On the title page, please give your name, e-mail address, and telephone number
  • Your name should not appear on the document pages
  • Folklore Forum‘s publication format allows for incorporation of images, video and sound. It is the responsibility of the author to verify that he or she has the right to use said media or that the use of any such materials falls within the realm of “fair use.”


Book Reviews


  • Maximum 10,000 words including endnotes.
  • Spacing: Double
  • Font: Times New Romans 12

Bibliographic Style

  • Use Chicago Style date first for in text and bibliography citations.
    • Dolby, Sandra. 2008.  Literary Folkloristics and the Personal Narrative. Bloomington: Trickster Press.
    • Lindahl, Carl. 2001.  “Two Tellings of ‘Merrywise’: 1949 and 2000.” Journal of Folklore Research 38:39-54.
  • Use endnotes instead of footnotes
  • Provide parenthetical internal citations with author, date and page numbers of any passage quoted or referred to as follows (Chandler 2001: 24).


Review Process


Submissions are acknowledged on receipt and are evaluated in “double blind” review by Forum editorial staff.  Acceptance may be either outright or contingent on the completion of recommended changes.  Authors may also be asked to revise and resubmit articles.  The editors reserve the right to reject or return for revision any material submitted, on the grounds of inappropriate subject matter or quality. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published elsewhere and must not be under concurrent consideration by any other journal.


Copyright Notice

Folklore Forum is currently publishing under a Creative Commons Attribution License; authors retain complete copyright privileges and grant Folklore Forum the right of first publication, and allow others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.  Articles accepted to Folklore Forum are published in our online journal and archived electronically at IUScholarworks.  Authors are encouraged to review IUScholarworks’ copyright and licensing information.  Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.