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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the editor beforehand).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (*.doc or *.docx).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URLs); and all illustrations (.jpeg), figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


Stylistically, including the formatting of citations and references, the Children’s Folklore Review conforms to style guidelines of the Journal of American Folklore, the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Papers requiring notes should use endnotes rather than footnotes.

Bibliographic Examples

Bronner, Simon J. 1988. American Children's Folklore. Little Rock, AR: August House.

Geertz, Clifford. 1973. "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight." In The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays by Cliffor Geertz, 412-53. New York: Basic Books.

Roberts, John M., and Brian Sutton-Smith. 1962. "Child Training and Game Involvement." Ethnology 1 (2):166-85.

Book Reviews

If you are interested in being a reviewer for the Children’s Folklore Review, please email Brant Ellsworth, editor, at brantellsworth@centralpenn.edu with your areas of expertise.

Book Review Content

Remember, the first and foremost goal of a book review is to inform the journal's readers. While you read, take note of the potential audience of the book and how the book furthers scholarship within the field.

With that in mind, a book review should generally be broken into five parts:

1. Introduction
a. Why is the topic important?
b. What are the big questions the author asks?

2. IntellectualFramework
a. Topics including: premise, thesis, methodology, theory

3. Topics covered
a. Usually a chapter or section breakdown of the content
Note: For edited collections, be sure to examine the dominant themes tying the individual sections together
b. Structure of the work
c. Themes of the work

4. Evaluation
a. What are the book's strengths?
b. What are the book's weaknesses?
Note: evaluation should be constructive

5, Conclusion
a. What is the value of the author's conclusions or thesis?
b. What is the author adding to the discourse?
c. The reviewer's overall conclusions

Book Review Format

Children’s Folklore Review utilizes Chicago-style parenthetical (in-text) citations. All reviews must adhere to standard document formatting: 12 point Times New Roman, double-spaced.

Book review bibliographic information should be listed first, including:
Title of book.
Author(s) or editor(s) full name(s).
Place of publication.
Year of publication.
Number of pages.
Number and type of images.
Section breakdown.


Single author:
Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies. By Lynne S. McNeill. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2013. pp. xvi + 90, 4 diagrams, 7 black and white images, preface, acknowledgments, foreword, index).

Edited collection:
Latter-day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies. Edited by Eric A. Eliason and Tom Mould. (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2013. x + pp. 591, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, contributors, sources of previously published chapters, index.)

At the conclusion of the review, include your full name and your institutional affiliation, right justified.


Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg