You can find a tutorial on how the Open Folklore website can be used to discover and access Open Access folklore journals here.
The journal literature in folklore studies is rich and variegated. In it, one can encounter everything from entertaining jokes and tall tales to rigorous analyses of complex global social problems. Folklore studies–and its journal literature–is worldwide in scope and touches upon nearly all aspects of the human condition. The work of folklorists–much of it gathered and conveyed to the world in the field's scholarly journals–should be of value to anyone interested in the lives of individual communities, the nature of specific expressive forms, and the significance of particular cultural practices. It should also be of use to everyone interested in humanity, and the human condition, in general. Since the 19th century beginnings of their field, folklorists have combined a deep curiosity about the rich particulars of specific ways of life with a comparative concern for both human difference and the commonalities bridging different peoples, places, and times.
If you are new to the world of scholarly journals, welcome. You may find the Wikipedia article "Academic Journal" a useful primer.
If you are new to the field of folklore studies (a.k.a. folkloristics), you are invited to visit the website of the American Folklore Society. The American Folklore Society is a partner in the Open Folklore project and a scholarly society representing the field in the United States.
|Folklore||The Folklore Society||United Kingdom|
|Journal of Folklore Research||Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Bloomington||USA|
|The Journal of American Folklore||American Folklore Society||USA|
|Western Folklore||Western States Folklore Society||USA|
An extensive list of these restricted-access journals is available from the Indiana University Folklore Collection here.
A growing number of current folklore studies journal titles are published in free or open access formats that makes their content available online without subscription or access costs. Interested readers can access these titles directly from this website via the links given here. These titles include:
|Journal||Publisher||Access Point||Country||Edit link|
|Aisthesis||Instituto de Estética, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile||Publisher Website||Chile|
|Asian Ethnology||Nanzan University||Publisher Website||Japan|
|Children's Folklore Newsletter (1979-1990)||American Folklore Society||IUScholarWorks Repository||USA|
|Children's Folklore Review (1990-2010)||American Folklore Society||IUScholarWorks Repository||USA|
|Cultural Analysis||CA Editorial Collective and the Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF)||Publisher Website||USA|
|Digest (Back Issues)||American Folklore Society||IUScholarWorks Repository||USA|
|Digest (Current Content)||American Folklore Society||Publisher Website||Canada and USA|
|Elore||Finnish Folklore Society||Publisher Website||Finland|
|FF Network Bulletin||Folklore Fellows||Publisher Website||Finland|
|Folklore and Folkloristics||Department of Bengali, St. Paul's Cathedral Mission College||National Folklore Support Center Portal for Journals||India|
|Folklore Forum (Back Issues)||Trickster Press||IUScholarWorks Repository||USA|
|Folklore Forum (Current Content)||Trickster Press||Publisher Website||USA|
|Folklore Historian (Back Issues)||History and Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library||USA|
|Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore||Estonian Literary Museum||Publisher Website||Estonia|
|Folklorica: Journal of the Slavic and East European Folkore Association||Slavic and East European Folklore Association||Journals@KU||International|
|HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory||Network of Ethnographic Theory||Publisher Website||International|
|Indian Folklife||National Folklore Support Centre||National Folklore Support Center Portal for Journals||India|
|Indian Folklore Research Journal||National Folklore Support Centre||National Folklore Support Center Portal for Journals||India|
|International Journal of Intangible Heritage||The National Folk Museum of Korea||Publisher Website||Korea|
|J@rgonia||Registered Association of Hela Researchers||Publisher Website||Finland|
|Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics||University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum, and the Estonian Literary Museum||Publisher Website||Estonia|
|Journal of Ethnomusicology||National Folklore Support Centre||National Folklore Support Center Portal for Journals||India|
|Journal of Folklore Research Reviews (JFRR)||Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Indiana University||Publisher Website||USA|
|Journal of Language and Popular Culture in Africa||Language and Popular Culture in Africa||Publisher Website||Netherlands|
|Locale: The Australasian-Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies||Regional Food Research Network Australasia and Southern Cross University||Publisher Website||Australia|
|Material Culture Review||Cape Breton University Press||Digital Collections at Cape Breton University||Canada|
|Midwestern Folklore (Back Issues)||Hoosier Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library (Full Text Forthcoming)||USA|
|Museum Anthropology Review||MAR Editorial Collective and Indiana University Bloomington Libraries||IUScholarWorks Journals||USA|
|Narodna Umjetnost - Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research||Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research||Publisher Website||Croatia|
|New Directions in Folklore (Back Issues)||NewFolk@AFS Section of the American Folklore Society||IUScholarWorks Journals||USA|
|New Directions in Folklore (Back Issues)||NewFolk@AFS Section of the American Folklore Society||IUScholarWorks Repository||USA|
|New Directions in Folklore (Current Content)||NewFolk@AFS Section of the American Folklore Society||IUScholarWorks Journals||USA|
|Oral Tradition||Center for Studies in Oral Tradition||Publishers Website||USA|
|Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology||UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology||Publishers Website||USA|
|Pioneer America Society Transactions: P.A.S.T.||Pioneer America Society||Publisher Website||USA|
|Play and Folklore||Museum Victoria||Publishers Website||Australia|
|Public Programs Bulletin||American Folklore Society||IUScholarWorks Repository||USA|
|Quotidian: Dutch Journal for the Study of Everyday Life||Amsterdam University Press||Publisher Website||Netherlands|
|Revista Transcultural de Música | Transcultural Music Review||Sociedad de Etnomusicología||Publishers Website||Spain|
|RMN Newsletter||Folklore Studies, University of Helsinki||Publisher Website||Finland|
|Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America||Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America||DigitalCommons @ Trinity University||International|
|Tradition Today: The e-Journal of the Centre for English Traditional Heritage||Centre for English Traditional Heritage||Publisher Website||United Kingdom|
|Uzance: Revue d’ethnologie européenne de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles||Ministère de la communauté française de Belgique, Secrétariat du Conseil d’ethnologie||Publisher Website||Belgium|
In the history of folklore studies, there have been many significant titles that have ceased publication but that remain very important as archives of valuable scholarship in the field. Some of these titles have not yet been made available in accessible digital form, but the Open Folklore project and its partners are working to make more of these historical titles freely available. This work is being accomplished in a variety of ways, as is illustrated by the titles enumerated--and linked to--here:
|Journal||Steward or Rights Holder||Access Point||Country||Edit link|
|Folklore and Folk Music Archivist||Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University||IUScholarWorks Repository||USA|
|Indiana Names||Hoosier Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library (Full Text Forthcoming)||USA|
|Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Newsletter||Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section of the American Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library||USA|
|Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review||Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section of the American Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library||USA|
|Keystone Folklore||Pennsylvania Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library||USA|
|Keystone Folklore Quarterly||Pennsylvania Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library||USA|
|Mid-America Folklore||Mid-America Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library (Full Text Forthcoming)||USA|
|Mid-South Folklore||Mid-America Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library (Full Text Forthcoming)||USA|
|Midwestern Journal of Language and Folklore||Hoosier Folklore Society||Hathi Trust Digital Library (Full Text Forthcoming)||USA|
|Papers in Anthropology||Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma||Hathi Trust Digital Library (Full Text Forthcoming)||USA|
The Open Folklore project is collaborating with publishers and rights-holders to make additional folklore studies journals freely available. If you publish a current folklore studies journal or manage the affairs of a legacy journal in the field and would like help to make it freely available online, we would love to work with you. Contact information for the Open Folklore project is available here.
The journals section of Open Folklore will be re-curated annually. Please forward recommendations via the contact information available here.
If you would like more information on the wider effort to make more of the scholarly literature freely (i.e. at no cost) and openly (i.e. without most copyright restrictions) available online, you may benefit from the Open Access Overview compiled by Peter Suber. It provides an introduction to the core issues in this area and offers links to a wider range of additional resources.
Interested in learning about new titles added to the OF database of open access journals? Use this RSS feed to keep up with this growing catalog of titles. Want to learn more about RSS (Real Simple Syndication)? Consult RSS in Plain English, a video available here.