|Journal of American Folklore|
The Journal of American Folklore, the quarterly journal of the American Folklore Society since the Society's founding in 1888, publishes scholarly articles, notes, and commentaries directed to a wide professional audience. Other sections include those devoted to poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction on matters fundamental to the field; and reviews of books, exhibitions and events, films, sound recordings, and digital/online resources. Its contents are not restricted to folklore in the United States; the Journal publishes materials on folklore and from folklorists anywhere in the world.
The contents of the Journal reflect a wide range of topics and points of view. As the flagship publication of the Society, the Journal reflects concerns of members in both academic and public spheres. Content is grounded in past and current folklore scholarship, and is based on recognized disciplinary methods. Articles present significant research findings and theoretical analyses from the disciplinary perspective of folklore. Notes are narrower in scope and focus on a single, often provocative, issue of definition, interpretation, or practice. Commentaries briefly address topics raised in earlier articles.
The Journal is published for the Society by the University of Illinois Press. It is also produced with the generous assistance of the Potter College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University.
The Society and the University of Illinois Press maintain a JAF multimedia site that onto which authors can publish audio and visual materials to evidence and supplement their JAF-published work. We encourage authors to submit multimedia materials to supplement their text submissions. These components may include still-image files, moving-image files, sound files, and other materials that enhance published articles.
Members of the American Folklore Society receive four issues of the Journal each year as one of their member benefits. Members can also access online versions of JAF issues from 2001 through the present via Project MUSE.
The contents of the Journal from 1888 through 1987 are indexed by author, subject, and title in The Centennial Index: One Hundred Years of the Journal of American Folklore, published as JAF 101:402 in 1988. This index was extended by seven more years in the 1988-1994 Supplement to The Centennial Index, published as JAF 107:426 in 1994. PDFs of the Centennial Index and the 1988-1994 Supplement are openly available in the AFS collection in the Indiana University ScholarWorks repository.
In 2012, the American Folklore Society adopted policies that make the Journal a Green open access publication. (For more information on the various color-named levels of open access, please visit www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeoinfo.html.) Green OA means that AFS encourages authors to post pre-prints and post-prints of their Journal contributions in temporary locations, such as personal websites, until such time as the publisher’s version is available. Authors may post publisher’s versions of their Journal contributions to the repository of their home institution as soon as those versions are available. To read the Society's complete Green OA policy, please click here.
Journal of American Folklore Contact Information
Benjamin Gatling, Joy Fraser, and Debra Lattanzi Shutika
JAF Book Review Editors
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
The Film and Video Review Editor of the Journal is Teresa Hollingsworth of SouthArts.
The Sound Review Editor of the Journal is Jim Nelson of St. Louis Community College.
The Website Review Editor of the Journal is Ian Brodie of Cape Breton University.
Joey Brackner, Alabama State Council on the Arts
Available back issues of the Journal are available to AFS members for $15 and to non-members for $25. To purchase a copy of a back issue of the Journal, please contact Cheryl Jestis of the University of Illinois Press.
Online Access to the Journal of American Folklore
The full text of issues of the Journal from Volume 114 (2001) to the present is available online through Project MUSE. AFS members receive complimentary access to the issues of the Journal available through Project MUSE as a benefit of membership.
Those with access to a university library should have access to the full text of back issues of the Journal from 1888 to the present through JSTOR. Those without such access can receive individual access to these materials for a year by paying an additional $15 at the time of their AFS membership renewal. This program also provides access to back issues of these other journals in our field: Folklore, the Journal of Folklore Research and its predecessor the Journal of the Folklore Institute, and Western Folklore and its predecessor the California Folklore Quarterly.
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