|Journal of American Folklore|
NOTE: As of January 1, 2014, in order to facilitate an effective transition to the new editor(s) of the Journal of American Folklore, current JAF editors Tom DuBois and Jim Leary are no longer accepting new submissions. They will spend 2014 working through the submissions received through the end of 2013 and those articles that are already in the editorial pipeline. When AFS names the new JAF editor in late spring 2014, the AFS website will post details about how and when to submit materials to the new editorial office.
The Journal of American Folklore, the quarterly journal of the American Folklore Society since the Society's founding in 1888, publishes scholarly articles, essays, notes, and commentaries directed to a wide audience, as well as separate sections devoted to reviews of books, exhibitions and events, films and videotapes, sound recordings, and web sites. Its contents are not restricted to folklore in the United States; in fact, the Journal publishes materials on folklore and from folklorists anywhere in the world.
The contents of the Journal reflect a wide range of professional concerns and points of view. Articles present significant research findings and theoretical analyses from folklore and related fields. Essays are interpretive, speculative, or polemic. Notes are narrower in scope and focus on a single, often provocative, issue of definition, interpretation, or amplification. Commentaries briefly address topics raised in earlier articles.
The Society and the University of Illinois Press now maintain a JAF multimedia site that onto which authors
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.
The Journal is published for the Society by the University of Illinois Press. It is also produced with the generous assistance of the following units at the University of Wisconsin: the Graduate School, the College of Letters and Science, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, and the Folklore Program.Journal of American Folklore Contact Information
The Editors of the Journal, who will serve through 2015, are Thomas DuBois and James P. Leary of the University of Wisconsin.
If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the Journal, please read the contributors' information before doing so.
The Book Review Editor of the Journal is Gregory Hansen of Arkansas State University.
The Exhibit Review Editor of the Journal is Lisa Higgins of the Missouri Folk Arts Program.
The Film and Video Review Editor of the Journal is Guha Shankar of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
The Sound Review Editor of the Journal is Willie Smyth of the Washington State Arts Commission.
The Website Review Editor of the Journal is Nicole Saylor of the University of Iowa Libraries, please click here.
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.
To request permission to use Journal materials published from 1888 through 2002, please contact AFS Executive Director Timothy Lloyd. To request permission to use Journal materials published since 2003, please contact Kathleen Kornell of the University of Illinois Press.
For information about, or claims related to, institutional subscriptions to the Journal, please contact Cheryl Jestis of the University of Illinois Press.
For information on advertising in the Journal, please contact Jeff McArdle 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
Journal of Folklore Research and its predecessor the Journal of the Folklore Institute
Western Folklore and its predecessor the California Folklore Quarterly
The JSTOR Arts and Sciences II Collection (which contains the Journal) and Project MUSE are not available at all colleges and universities, and just a handful of public libraries in the United States subscribe to these databases. However, full text from recent Journal issues is also available in thirteen other databases to which many public libraries subscribe. A few of these libraries allow cardholders to access some of these databases over the Internet as well as on site. Databases that include full-text coverage of recent Journal issues are listed below. Please note that the exact coverage years vary for each database.
OCLC First Search
Electronic Collections Online (ECO)
Questia (primarily by individual subscription)
9/19/2014 » 9/21/2014
A Fiend in the Furrows: Perspectives on "Folk Horror" in Literature, Film and Music
10/1/2014 » 10/4/2014
ISFNR Belief Narrative Network Conference: “Nature Spirits: Continuity and Change"
10/8/2014 » 10/12/2014
2014 Annual Meeting of American Society for Ethnohistory
10/8/2014 » 10/12/2014
2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting: Oral History in Motion