Jewish Folklore and Ethnology

Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines

Call for Papers

The editors welcome individual contributions for an open table of contents and proposals for special issues. They seek original analytical studies on the diverse ways in which Jewishness is expressed, conceived, transformed, and perceived by Jews and non-Jews through folklore, tradition, and social/cultural practice.

JFE’s coverage includes but is not limited to genres of narrative, song, music, speech, custom, ritual, belief, art, craft, architecture, dance, dress, and food; practices and performances of the body, faith, home, and community in the past and present; and ideas of tradition, identity, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, education and culture. JFE invites submissions from varied disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and methodologies/approaches. JFE strives for an international reach in content and authors and values engaging academic writing that will be of interest to lay as well as scholarly audiences.

Proposals for special issues should be sent as an e-mail attachment in MS Word to editor Simon J. Bronner.

JFE succeeds previous international serials of Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review and Jewish Cultural Studies sponsored by the Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section of the American Folklore Society.

Guidelines for the Submission of Manuscripts

Analytical essays in English (6,000–8,000 words, double-spaced, in MS Word) should be submitted through the Digital Commons platform. Submissions should be accompanied by a separate file that includes the title of the manuscript and a 100-word abstract.

JFE follows the in-text citation style with a reference list at the end according to the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Notes should be kept to a minimum and if necessary included as a list before the reference list. Disable automatic footnoting. When citing Hebrew, Ladino, Russian, Arabic, and Yiddish titles, the title should appear in transliteration. If the original has an English translation include that title with the original language indicated in brackets (e.g. “[in Hebrew]”). For guidance on transliteration from Hebrew and Semitic languages, see the standards for the Academy of the Hebrew Language. The titles of works in other foreign languages should appear in the original language or in transliteration from non-Roman scripts. To facilitate the review process, authors should avoid identifying references in their submissions.

The editors reserve the right to decline to send any submission for external review that does not meet JFE’s criteria or is deemed inappropriate. The decision to send submissions for external review is entirely at the discretion of the editors.


Submissions should include a 100-word abstract. JFE accepts black and white illustrations and photographs if they are relevant to the text. They should be included in separate files with a caption list. In the review stage, jpg formats are preferred. Only original essays that are not simultaneously under consideration by another journal will be considered. Submissions should not have been previously published in any language unless negotiated with the editors in advance.

Requirements upon Acceptance

Authors whose work is ultimately accepted for publication must submit the following three items prepared on a common word-processing program such as MS Word or as an RTF file:
  1. (1) the final manuscript (6,000–8,000 words);
  2. (2) a 100-word abstract; and
  3. (3) a 50-word biographical note.
  4. Permissions for Copyrighted Materials

    For contributions that include any copyrighted materials, the author must secure written permission (specifying "non-exclusive world rights and electronic rights") to reproduce them. The author must submit these written permissions with their final manuscript. Permission fees are the responsibility of the author.