About VSWF Quarterly


world folklore quarterly

Vancouver Society of World Folklore's World Folklore Quarterly is a peer-reviewed publication in English (with excerpts in original source languages).

Types of submissions and guiding principles:

To submit work to this Quarterly, authors must first become a member of the Vancouver Society of World Folklore.

In general, all submissions should be previously unpublished and should have references to sources before 1917AD.

Submissions may reference belief systems, religions, cultures, or nationalities if they relate to the context of the specific historical folktale in question, but the article must not disparage other belief systems, religions, cultures, or nationalities.  If the tale involves a conflict between these types of groups and this conflict is essential to the historical folk tale being described, there must not be a perceived bias toward one group on the part of the author.  The Board will have final say as to whether these criteria have been met.

Nudity/ violence/ gore may be included in the context of the submission if referenced by sources before 1917AD.  It must be done "tastefully and with tact."  The Board will have final say as to whether this criterion has been met in the articles and in the illustrations.

Feature Article:

This type is 20 or more pages.  It may be on on one specific story, a story group, or a comparison study of similar stories or creatures from different cultures in historical folklore.  It must contain between 5 and 10 sketches.  If possible, it should also contain one image from a work related to the article topic over 100 years old.  (This image should be a photo from the author of the Feature Article of a work in the public domain.)  The Article must contain an abstract.  If the story is not originally in English, the abstract should also be in the original source language.  If the abstract is too difficult to create in the original source language, there should be a portion of the story in the original source language submitted in lieu of the abstract, with its translation in English.

Feature Articles must be referenced in-text, and have a Reference section, using the Harvard style of referencing (common to the field of Anthropology).  Feature Articles should be formal and well-referenced using several sources.  Beware/ be aware of self-plagiarism.  Reference yourself if you refer to your own blog or other works.


Mini-feature Article:

This type is 10 to 15 pages.  The same amount of rigor in research and referencing as the Feature Article should be applied.  The same topic guide should be followed as the Feature Article.  2 to 3 sketches must be included.  Abstract and Reference section must be included.


Dictionary Additions:

This type is 5 or less pages per "definition."  The goal is to define a creature/ item/ tale/ place found in historical folklore.  It must include one sketch.  The name of the Dictionary Addition must be written in English, with IPA in brackets, and in its original language if the original language is not English.  The Addition must define clearly what it is/ they are.  It must contain at least one reference, but more are preferred.

Common as well as obscure tales will be accepted.  Something like fairies are a gigantic topic more suited for a Feature Article, but one particular fairy story in a specific county may work as a Dictionary Addition.


Publication Reviews:

This type is 5 or less pages per Review.  Folklore books, blogs, and other publications both old and new may be reviewed.