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Journal of Folklore Research Reviews Celebrates Its 15th Year of Publishing

Friday, January 31, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

By John H. McDowell, editor of Journal of Folklore Research Reviews (JFRR)--

To the Journal of Folklore Research Reviews community:

Dear JFRR readers and reviewers,

Remarkably, JFRR this month enters its fifteenth year of life, an achievement of some note in the publishing world. It was in January 2006 that we published our first JFRR review, sent out to a modest list of subscribers. Today, this list has grown to 1,100 subscribers all across the globe, and, as of this month, we have published nearly 1,500 reviews, written by hundreds of reviewers. Our concept is to provide readable and informative reviews, in a timely fashion, of scholarly work, primarily but not exclusively books, that is of interest to folklorists and ethnomusicologists and fellow travelers.

JFRR came into existence as a spin-off from the Journal of Folklore Research, the print journal tied to the Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and occasionally our reviews have also appeared in JFR. Back in 2006, it was Bill Hansen and I who created JFRR, taking our cue from the Bryn Mawr Classical Review but adapting that model to our own purposes; and it was Arle Lommel, our first student assistant, who created the online system for it. I continue to serve as JFRR editor, pleasantly accompanied by associate editors Bill Hansen and Henry Glassie. We have enjoyed the company and services of outstanding student assistant editors; our current assistant editor is the capable Eleanor Hasken. 

The onset of the 2020s seems like an auspicious moment to grow our readership. To that end, I ask that each of you bring to mind a colleague, student, or friend who would benefit from access to reviews of current work in folkloristics and related fields, and encourage these persons to contact us at so that we can add them to our list of subscribers. (You might reassure them that subscribing to JFRR is free of cost.) With your help, the reviews we publish will reach an ever-expanding audience, and, importantly, word of the vibrant intellectual labor in our fields of study will circulate in ever-widening circles.

Remember, you can find all JFRR reviews (plus reviews published in JFR from 2000 to 2005) in a searchable archive, here. Current subscribers will note that this is a new URL for JFRR and should update their bookmarks accordingly.

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