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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) or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • By submitting a manuscript for potential publication in New Directions in Folklore, authors acknowledge that they have read and agree to the journal's Copyright Notice.

Submitting an Article to NDiF

NDiF strongly prefers that all submissions be made electronically via email to newdirectionsinfolklore@gmail.com. Please follow the labeled instructions to do so.  If you have any difficulties or have not received confirmation that your manuscript was received within a week of submission, please contact David J. Puglia, editor, at jep311@psu.edu.


NDiF publishes two kinds of articles: reviewed scholarship, in the section of the journal labeled “Articles” and informal submissions for the “Notes” or “Letters” sections which are not refereed. All submissions will receive an initial response from the editor based on relevance to the mission of the journal, and on the clarity and completeness of presentation.When received, articles are reviewed for scholarly rigor as well as for relevance, clarity, and completeness. When an article has met the minimum standards for consideration, it is matched to resident experts in the topic or area of specialization for review. The review process at NDiF is designed not to eliminate articles from consideration but to assist scholars to meet the journal’s high standards for rigor and accessibility. Reviewers therefore have the option to remain anonymous or to make themselves available to their authors in a relationship of ongoing constructive criticism through to satisfactory conclusion of the project.


Stylistically, including the formatting of citations and references, New Directions in Folklore conforms to style guidelines of the Journal of American Folklore, the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Papers requiring notes should use endnotes rather than footnotes.Authors wishing to submit works longer than 8,000 words are advised to discuss their proposed projects with David J. Puglia, editor, via email at dpuglia@psu.edu. Include in your email the approximate length of your submission and the size and quantity of graphic or sound files to accompany it.


Submitting a Review to NDiF

Please contact Jared L. Schmidt, reviews editor, at jschmidt29@wisc.edu for information on submitting a book, exhibit, or media review to New Directions in Folklore.To see a list of available titles for review, please visit http://newfolk.net.