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International journal of folkloristics that publishes research on vernacular culture including traditional music, language and popular religion.

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Journal metrics

Understanding and using journal metrics

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We strongly recommend that you always use a number of metrics, alongside other qualitative factors such as a journal’s aims & scope, its readership, and a review of past content published in the journal. In addition, a single article should always be assessed on its own merits and never based on the metrics of the journal it was published in.

Aims and scope

A fully peer-reviewed international journal of folklore and folkloristics.

  • Folklore is one of the earliest journals in the field of folkloristics, first published as The Folk-Lore Record in 1878.

  • Folklore publishes ethnographical and analytical essays on vernacular culture worldwide, specializing in traditional narrative, language, music, song, dance, drama, foodways, medicine, arts and crafts, popular religion, and belief. It reviews current studies in a wide range of adjacent disciplines including anthropology, cultural studies, ethnology, history, literature, and religion.

  • Folklore prides itself on its special mix of reviews, analysis, ethnography, and debate; its combination of European and North American approaches to the study of folklore; and its coverage not only of the materials and processes of folklore, but also of the history, methods, and theory of folkloristics.

  • Folklore aims to be lively, informative and accessible, while maintaining high standards of scholarship. 

Peer review policy
Taylor & Francis is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.

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Aims and scope

Instructions for authors

COVID-19 impact on peer review As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we understand that many authors and peer reviewers will be making adjustments to their professional and personal lives. As a result they may have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process.


Please let the journal editorial office know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be flexible. Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us.


These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements.

Instructions for authors

Society information

Folklore is the journal of The Folklore Society (FLS), which was founded in 1878 and was one of the first organisations in the world devoted to the study of traditional culture. The term ’folklore’ describes the overarching concept that holds together a number of aspects of vernacular culture and cultural traditions, and is also the name of the discipline which studies them.


The Folklore Society’s interest and expertise covers topics such as traditional music, song, dance and drama, narrative, arts and crafts, customs and belief. We are also interested in popular religion, traditional and regional food, folk medicine, children’s folklore, traditional sayings, proverbs, rhymes and jingles.

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