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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 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 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


The Journal is transitioning to the below team.  While all new submissions should go to the new editors, the outgoing editors at Western Kentucky University and review editors will continue to handle submissions received prior to November 1, 2019, as they complete volume 133 (2020). For questions regarding existing submissions, please contact the outgoing editors


Incoming editorial team:


The Editorial team that will serve through 2023 is based at George Mason University:

 Lisa Gilman

Associate Editors: Benjamin Gatling, Debra Lattanzi Shutika, and Lijun Zhang

Editorial Assistant: Tanya Boucicaut

Folklore Program
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 3E4
Fairfax, Virginia  22030-4444


If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the Journal, please read the contributors' information prior to submitting a manuscript through the online portal. If you cannot access the online portal or have questions, please contact Lisa Gilman, Editor-in-Chief at


Book Review Editor: James Deutsch, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

To submit books for review (not using UPS or FedEx), mail three copies to:

James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
MRC 520

P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

To submit books for review using UPS or FedEx, mail three copies to:

James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 2001
Washington, DC 20024-2520

Exhibit Review Editor: Kelley Totten, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Film and Video Review Editor: Emily Hilliard, West Virginia Folklife Program

Sound Review Editor: Langston Collin Wilkins, Center for Washington Cultural Traditions

Digital Resources Review Editor: Natalie Underberg-Goode, University of Central Florida

Editorial Board:

Wanda G. Addison, National University
Christina Barr, Nevada Humanities
Norma E. Cantú, Trinity University

Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis
Rachel V. González-Martin, University of Texas at Austin

David Todd Lawrence, University of St. Thomas
Jim Leary, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael Atwood Mason, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dorothy Noyes, The Ohio State University

Arzu Öztürkmen, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Stephen D. Winick, American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Lihui Yang, Beijing Normal University, China
Juwen Zhang, Willamette University

Outgoing editorial team:

Editor-in-Chief: Ann K. Ferrell, Western Kentucky University
Co-Editor: Kate Parker Horigan, Western Kentucky University
Associate Editors: Michael Ann Williams, Brent Björkman, Erika Brady, and Timothy H. Evans, Western Kentucky University
Editorial Assistant: Ellie Dassler, Western Kentucky University
Book Review Editors: Debra Lattanzi Shutika, Joy Fraser, and Ben Gatling, George Mason University
Exhibit Review Editor: Carrie Hertz, Museum of International Folk Art
Film and Video Review Editor: Teresa Hollingsworth, SouthArts
Sound Review Editor: Jim Nelson, St. Louis Community College
Digital Resources Review Editor: Andy Kolovos, Vermont Folklife Center

Editorial Board:
Joey Brackner, Alabama State Council on the Arts
Yücel Demirer, Kocaeli Academy for Solidarity
James Deutsch, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Valdimar Tr. Hafstein, University of Iceland
Rosemary V. Hathaway, West Virginia University
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Simon Lichman, Centre for Creativity in Education and Cultural Heritage
Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Amy E. Skillman, Goucher College
Margaret R. Yocom, George Mason University


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, members should contact AFS at Institutional inquiries should be directed to the University of Illinois Press at

To request permission to use Journal materials published from 1888 through 2002, please contact AFS Executive Director Jessica Turner. To request permission to use Journal materials published since 2003, please contact Angela Burton 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 at

For information on advertising in the Journal, please contact Alexa Colella 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.

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)
Wilson Select Plus

Periodical Abstracts (this database offers access to Journal issues included in ECO and Wilson Select Plus at libraries subscribing to these databases)

ProQuest Research Library


Literature Online
Literature Online Reference Edition
International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text
International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text


Questia (primarily by individual subscription)
Journal Collection


H.W. Wilson
Humanities Index/Abstracts/Full Text
OmniFile Full Text Mega
OmniFile Full Text Select
OmniFile V Full Text

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