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Author Guidelines

Submitting an Article to NDiF

NDiF strongly prefers that all submissions be made electronically via email to 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


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 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 John E. Price, reviews editor, at 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


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (*.doc or *.docx) or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. 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.

Copyright Notice

Materials published in New Directions in Folkloreremain the property of their authors.  NDiF strongly prefers and encourages authors to honor the journal with exclusive rights to their work for the period of one year following its initial publication; however, authors may offer their work for reprint as they see fit. Submissions may be withdrawn at any point during the review process. Once the material has been published in NDiF, however, it becomes part of the NewFolk record and cannot be removed.Likewise, NDiF may emend the appearance of materials to maintain a consistency of design, but will make as changes to the text only proofreading corrections requested by the author. At the author’s request, and with the agreement of the editor, additions and amendments may be added as separate files to the table of contents.


Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Derivative License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

4. While NDiF adopts the above strategies in line with best practices common to the open access journal community, it urges authors to promote use of this journal (in lieu of subsequent duplicate publication of unaltered papers) and to acknowledge the unpaid investments made during the publication process by peer-reviewers, editors, copy editors, programmers, layout editors and others involved in supporting the work of the journal.


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