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Ethnologia Europaea is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal founded in 1967 that focuses on European cultures and societies. In 2015, it was adopted by the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) as its flagship journal. Ethnologia Europaea is a membership journal supported by the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore.

Ethnologia Europaea was published by the Open Library of Humanities from 2019 to 2023. This site contains an archive of all published content from 1967–2023.

Focus and Scope

Ethnologia Europaea is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal focusing on European cultures and societies, past and present. The journal was first published in 1967, and since then, it has acquired a position as the international flagship journal within European Ethnology and related fields. It publishes interest for European ethnologists, cultural anthropologists and scholars of folklore, as well as cultural historians and cultural studies scholars worldwide.

Associated with the principal international society in the field, the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), the journal is A-ranked according to the European Science Foundation journal evaluation (ERIH+), a level 2 (top-level) journal according to the Norwegian model, and a top-level (level 3) journal according to the Finnish model.

The journal is published biannually. Some issues are open issues and some are thematic special issues. Each article manuscript is evaluated by a double-blind peer review, including those submitted together as a 'special issue'.

Manuscripts judged to be suitable as Ethnographic Snapshots (see more below under 'Acceptance Criteria') will undergo 1 double-blind review. 

The journal is edited by joint editors-in-chief Alexandra Schwell and Laura Stark together with production manager and publications editor Magdalena Tellenbach.

Ethnologia Europaea is funded by the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) and the Nordic Board for Periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOP-HS). In compliance with the ERIH+ criteria, all contributions published in Ethnologia Europaea are given an abstract in English and an author biography, including affiliation and contact information.

Submission 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 in Comments to the Editor).
  2. Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
  3. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. Please do not submit your article as a PDF.
  4. All DOIs for the references have been provided when available.
  5. Tables and figures are all cited in the text. Tables are included within the text document, whilst figure files are uploaded as supplementary files.
  6. All tables and figures must have captions within the text. All supplementary files must be labelled (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).
  7. Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).
  8. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  9. Every effort has been made to ensure that author names are removed from the anonymous version of manuscript. The following link provides information on ensuring a blind review.
  10. Please indicate in the 'Comments to the Editor' box below if this article is submitted to a forthcoming special collection.
  11. The article is scholarly in nature. Ethnologia Europaea does not accept general or creative writing submissions, including translations.
Copyright Notice

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in this journal and to use them for any other lawful purpose.

Authors retain copyright. Works are released under a Creative Commons license, which provides unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons License stipulates that: "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)."

Peer Review

All article submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed by active researchers. Articles will be reviewed by at least 2 peer reviewers, and Ethnographic Snapshots will be reviewed by at least 1 reviewer.  All communication will be through the joint editors-in-chief.

All submitted manuscripts are first reviewed by the editors. Those papers that seem most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent for formal review. The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts without sending them for formal review.

Promising submissions will be sent for formal review. The editors make a decision based on the reviewers' advice from among the following options:

Accept: The reviewer recommends that the submission has been accepted as is.

Minor revisions: The reviewer recommends that minor changes are made to the manuscript. 

Major revisions: The reviewer recommends that the manuscript is significantly reworked. A new file must be submitted and editors will evaluate whether another round of review needs to take place.

Reject: The reviewer recommends that your submission not be accepted for publication with this journal, either because it was not seen to be of high enough quality, or its subject did not match the journal.

The final decisions on manuscript publication rest with the journal editors. 

We recognise that some articles are exceptionally hard to anonymize. We therefore ask reviewers to disclose any conflicts of interest, disclose whether they know the identity of the author and to justify their comments solely on the basis of the article under submission. These factors will be considered at the discretion of the editors in reaching a decision.

In the case of editors, their close colleagues, or members of the editorial board submitting, the submission will be handled by other members of the team who must adhere strictly to the recommendations of external reviewers.

Articles submitted together in 'special issues' will be evaluated separately, and some may not pass the formal review and thus not be included in the end. These decisions are made together with guest editors, but the final decision resides with the Ethnologia Europaea's editors-in-chief.


Ethnologia Europaea allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Publication Fees

This journal is published by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). Unlike many open-access publishers, the Open Library of Humanities does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that our publisher does not have costs. Instead, OLH's costs are paid by an international library consortium.

If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost-effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while OLH cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with OLH.

Publication Cycle Ethnologia Europaea publishes two issues per year. Issues are of two types: open and themed.  If accepted, submissions are usually published within a 12 to 24 months, although this can vary. The editors give no guarantee of a specific publication date.

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