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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 in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, 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.
  • Images are at a resolution of 300 dpi, in TIF or EPS format. Images are sized to no more than 5 inches horizontally. Images must be submitted as supplemental files.

All submissions must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format or Rich-Text Format (.rtf). The text, quotations, and endnotes should be single or double-spaced with 1 inch margins for copy-editing and should conform to the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. If you do not have ready access to the Chicago Manual, please consult a recent issue of the Journal or consult our style guide.

The following sample article gives a sense of the content and style of JFR articles:

Foster, Michael Dylan. "The UNESCO Effect: Confidence, Defamiliarization, and a New Element in the Discourse on a Japanese Island. Journal of Folklore Research 48 (1): 63–107.

If a manuscript includes notes, endnotes should be used rather than footnotes. All submissions should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words, as well as a 50-word author biographical statement (uploaded as a separate file).

Visual elements should be submitted in digital form. Please scan images (including slides) at a resolution of 300 dpi, in TIF or EPS format. Size all images to no more than 5 inches horizontally. All images, tables, diagrams, and figures should be uploaded as supplemental files rather than embedded in the manuscript itself. In the text file, please indicate where each graphic should appear by placing a "callout" description in the appropriate location (e.g., <figure 1 about here>). Drawings and maps must be submitted in a form suitable for publication without redrawing. Submit captions for all graphic elements by completing the supplemental file information form during the manuscript submission phase.

All articles should include keywords of the author's choosing. These help to index JFR publications when they are electronically distributed through services like JSTOR. You will be able to add keywords as part of the online submission process. It is not necessary to include them in the text of your submission. If you are uncertain which keywords to use, consult the American Folklore Society's Ethnographic Thesaurus.

Any inquiries concerning manuscript submission should be directed to the JFR editorial staff at jfr@indiana.edu.