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Journal of American Folklore

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, commentaries, creative work, and reviews of books, exhibitions and events, films, sound recordings, and digital/online resources.

As the flagship publication of the Society, JAF reflects concerns of members in both academic and public spheres, and it publishes materials on folklore from anywhere in the world.



JAF is produced by the American Folklore Society with the generous support of the Folklore Program and College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. It is published by the University of Illinois Press.



Hard copy:


  • 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 only 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.

Multimedia: The Society and the University of Illinois Press maintain a JAF multimedia site where authors publish audio and visual materials to supplement their JAF-published work.


Open Access: JAF is a Green open access [OA] 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 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 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



Click this link for instructions CONTRIBUTOR'S INFORMATION and to access the online portal.



JAF is transitioning to a new editorial team. 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:

Editor-in-Chief: 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

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

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

James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 2001
Washington, DC 20024-2520


Exhibit and Events Review Editor: Kelly Totten Memorial University of Newfoundland, 

Film and Video Review Editor: Emily Hilliard, West Virginia Folklife Program at the West Virginia Humanities Council,

Sound Recordings 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



To request permission to use JAF materials published from 1888 through 2002, please contact AFS Executive Director Jessica Turner. To request permission to use materials published since 2003, please contact Angela Burton of the University of Illinois Press.


For information about, or claims related to institutional subscriptions, please contact Cheryl Jestis of the University of Illinois Press.


Please contact Alexa Colella of the University of Illinois Press for information about advertising. 



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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