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General Information on Journals in Folklore Studies

Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University provides a list of print and electronic journals of interest to the field.

A listing of open access journals in folklore studies is also maintained as part of the Open Folklore portal site. Open Folklore is a joint project of the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.

Specific Journals

, the journal of The Folklore Society, is one of the earliest English-language journals in the field of folkloristics, first published as The Folk-Lore Record in 1878. Folklore publishes ethnographical and analytical essays on vernacular culture worldwide, specialising in traditional language, narrative, music, song, dance, drama, foodways, medicine, arts and crafts, and popular religion and belief. It reviews current scholarship in a wide range of adjacent disciplines including cultural studies, popular culture, cultural anthropology, ethnology and social history. Folklore aims to be lively, informative and accessible, whilst maintaining high standards of scholarship.


The Journal of American Folklore (JAF), 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 Journal of Folklore Research (JFR), a publication of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, was established in 1964 by Richard M. Dorson. Until 1983, it was known as the Journal of the Folklore Institute. The name change signaled an expansion in scope, and today JFR's editorial board includes scholars from around the world.

JFR is an international, peer-reviewed forum for current theory and research among scholars of traditional culture. Its pages include incisive examinations of vernacular or traditional expressive forms, as well as essays that address the fieldwork experience and the intellectual history of folklore and ethnomusicology studies. Since July 2002, JFR has been published and distributed by the Indiana University Press.

Visit JFR's "Authors" section to learn about submitting manuscripts via our online submissions portal; see the "About" page for general information about the journal, including its history, scope, editorial board, and subscription policies.

In addition to the print journal, the associated Journal of Folklore Research Reviews electronically publishes free, timely reviews of recent books and other work relevant to the fields of folklore and ethnomusicology. At the "Reviews Subscription" page, sign up to have these reviews delivered via email. To read past reviews, browse the "Reviews Search" page.


Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle (MCR) is Canada’s only scholarly journal dedicated to the study of material culture. It documents cultural artifacts, describing their historical context and role in society.

Museum Anthropology Review (MAR) is an open access journal whose purpose is the wide dissemination of articles, reviews, essays, and other content advancing the field of material culture and museum studies, broadly conceived. Since its founding in 2007, folklorists and ethnologists have been prominent and important contributors to the journal. MAR is published by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and the Indiana University Bloomington (IU) libraries as part of the IUScholarWorks Project and is edited by Jason Baird Jackson. MAR is indexed by the Open Folklore project and searchable from in the Open Folklore portal site.

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