Author Guidelines

What does Ethnologia Europaea publish?

Full articles (max. 8000 words) and 'Ethnographic snapshots' (max. 2000 words). To be published, all manuscripts need to be firmly anchored in the theoretical concepts and methodologies of ethnology, cultural anthropology and folklore studies. This includes for instance ethnography, narrative, textual and media analysis, historical anthropology and ethnology, but precludes manuscripts that draw their data solely from surveys, questionnaires, and quantitative data. 

General information for authors (please read)

Submissions must be made electronically through this website platform. Please submit both a full version and an anonymized version, as well as any illustrations. When anonymizing, please remember not only to omit reference to your own titles from the text and the bibliography, but also to remove personal information from the file (e.g. via the file info, inspect document feature).

Please note that manuscripts judged to be suitable for articles in Ethnologia Europaea will undergo at least 2 double-blind peer reviews. After that, reviews will be discussed by the journal editors and sent to you. After authors resubmit their revised versions to the journal platform, the journal editors will give their own round of comments and suggested changes, and authors will be asked to make a second round of revisions (to then be resubmitted to the journal platform). 

Manuscripts judged to be suitable as Ethnographic Snapshots will undergo 1 double-blind review. 

Authors should also note that if they log in to the journal platform and see information about reviews with dates, this information does not necessarily indicate that reviews have been completed for their paper. Dates can refer instead to requests to potential reviewers that were declined, or to promises by reviewers to submit reviews that have not yet arrived. As soon as the journal receives two completed reviews, the journal editors will confer and send the reviews to the author in a timely manner.

Instructions for authors

Please ensure that you adhere to the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission. Please avoid formatting the text too much, hidden formatting can cause problems in production.

Research article submissions should be a maximum of 8,000 words in length, including endnotes and bibliography. It should include a title, subtitle, and headings within the text.

Ethnographic Snapshots submissions should be a maximum of 2000 words in length.

Please use double quotation marks for quotes, single quotation marks for quotes within quotes. Long quotations (approx. 50 words of more) should be set off in a separate paragraph. 

Please do not use endnotes. Footnotes may be used for comments, but only sparingly, as well as for references to newspaper articles, websites, and other sources not listed in the bibliography. Acknowledgments (including funding information) can be included in a section prior to the footnotes but should also be limited to around 50 words, if possible. In-text references (inside parentheses) may be moved to a footnote if they are of awkward length (such as websites) and would disturb the flow of reading. But if the reference in the footnote is an actual source, and not just a piece of information or example, it should also be listed in the References section (the bibilography). 

Authors may choose either British or American English, which should be used consistently throughout the article. For non-native speakers of English, we expect authors to get their manuscript checked for grammar and style by a native speaker or professional editor/translator with native competence before final submission. This can take place either before or after peer review. If we receive a final, accepted manuscript that has not been checked, we reserve the right to delay publication until the author has brought the English up to the appropriate quality.

In all article revisions sent to the editors or Production Manager, the editing process continues in Word, and all changes made by the author should be left visible using the Track Changes mode.

Abstract and keywords

The abstract should be between 100 and 125 words in length. It should outline the research question and/or main arguments, mention methods and/or sources, and briefly summarize conclusions. Please list five keywords after the abstract. 

Author bio

Please state your academic title(s), current position, institutional affiliation, email address, and some information about research interests and/or a recent publication.


The editors will make the final decision on illustrations submitted. Authors are welcome to suggest/submit photos that add value to the article. A separate document with captions for illustrations should be uploaded with the illustrations. Captions should present and explain the depictions and include information about photographer or source, year or date, and if needed, statements regarding permissions. Desired positions of illustrations should be marked in the text, and a reference to the figure is appreciated, to help the typesetter make a link between the two.  Authors are also welcome to send suggestions for thumbnail (the small illustration preceding the title of the article in the Table of Contents) and a "cover" image for their article, the latter in landscape format. Please be aware that under the CC-BY 4.0 license, anyone who is looking at the article will be able to redistribute and share the images. The author must therefore secure publishing rights for all illustrations with this in mind. The journal does not pay for illustration costs and authors must submit written proof of the permissions granted before publication (this can be an email confirming that the rights holder is happy for the image to be shared under the CC BY 4.0 license). Please choose photos from which it is not possible to identify persons or their homes without their written permission. Please also make sure that the photos do not portray situations or themes of a sensitive nature.


Bibliographic references in the text are given as (Ortner 2005: 32) and (Czarniawska & Löfgren 2012; Shaw 1995, 2000). 

Three or fewer co-authors should all be listed (Smith, Müller & Lindberg 2005). Four or more co-authors requires the use of "et al." after the first author name (Smith et al. 2007). If citations are used from the same author and the same year, then a lowercase letter, starting from "a", should be placed after the year (Bourdieu 1997a, 1997b).

Please check that all references are included in the bibliography and that the bibliography only includes works cited. In the bibliography, the following system is used:

Halbwachs, Maurice 1992: On Collective Memory. Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press.

Czarniawska, Barbara & Orvar Löfgren (eds.) 2012: Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies. London: Routledge.

Bauman, Zygmunt 1990: Modernity and Ambivalence. In: Mike Featherstone (ed.), Global Culture: Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity. London: Sage Publications, 143–169.

Ortner, Sherry B. 2005: Subjectivity and Cultural Critique. Anthropological Theory 5(1): 31–52. DOI:

Rajaram, Prem Kumar 2015: Beyond Crisis. Rethinking the Population Movements at Europe’s Border. Focaal Blog, (accessed February 11, 2019).

Sources other than books, articles or chapters should be listed under suitable subheadings such as Websites, Archive Material, Interviews, Internet Sources, and/or Unpublished Sources.