Journal Policies

Ethnographica et Folkloristica Carpathica is an international platform devoted to the research and current theory of Ethnology and Folklore. The journal is published once a year in the third quarter. Our journal’s aim is to provide an international forum for researchers where the 21st century’s cultural and social questions can be discussed with the hope of shedding light and understanding their wider historical-geographical-social-cultural background and presenting one or two answers to these increasing challenges. The topics of cultural, linguistic and religious co-existence among communities, assimilation, acculturation and the integration processes have never gained such an importance as nowadays. That is the reason why we think that Ethnographica et Folkloristica Carpathica can fulfill a role of moderator and intermediary among the international contributors due to its heritage of more than four decades (and three more if we take into consideration the opening of the Department of Ethnography in 1949 in the University of Debrecen) of analyzing the intellectual and material heritage of the region. Since the beginning, the department focuses its studies on the methodology of field trip interconnected with the theory of cultural anthropology and we have a long history of investigating the different communities of the Carpathian Basin, emphasizing the topics of diversity and cohabitation of cultural, ethnical, and religious groups and minorities. We believe that the conclusions we can draw from them can be perfectly extrapolated to other intercultural relationships and communities of Europe. 

The journal has four principal columns: Cultural Anthropology, Historical Ethnology, Ethnology and Folklore, and Cultural Geography, therefore we accept submissions of research which use the ethnological, folkloristic and cultural anthropological methods and focus on the above mentioned topics and areas. 

The journal accepts articles in English and German and the authors should follow in them the requirements posted on the submission guidelines. Once having received the manuscripts, all these submissions go under an internal editorial review, and if they meet the requirements, they are sent for double blind peer review. The reviewing process is supervised by the deputy editor who is closest to the contribution discipline and who has been nominated to lead the article through the whole publishing process. Comments from the reviewers are sent to the executive editor who takes the decision of accepting, accepting with revisions or rejecting the manuscript. Taking the reviewers' comments into consideration, the executive editor rejects manuscripts for the following reasons: 1.) The manuscript's topic falls outside of the aims and scope of the journal; 2.) The manuscript is incomplete and/or lacks a significant, novel contribution to the field. The executive editor provides information in his response letter explaining what parts of the manuscript require minor or major changes or needs to be substantially improved before it can be accepted. Also, he provides information why the manuscript was not considered for publishing. This information might be helpful to consider when choosing another journal. The manuscript that has been rejected will be sent back to the author so that it can be submitted to other jounals. The editor's decision is final. We strive to complete the review process within three months of receipt.

Authors should submit original work that is not plagiarized, and has not been published or being considered elsewhere. To avoid plagiarism the journal uses plagiarism detection software at all times. 

The process from the acceptance of the article until the publication takes no more than six months: the current deadline of the submission of each issue is published in the Call for paper, we kindly ask the authors to respect that date.

The journal does not require Article Processing Charge (APC) and it provides open access to its readers on its online platform. In case its requested, we can handle a print-on-demand example. 

Ethnographica et Folkloristica Carpathica is indexed by MATARKA (Hungarian Periodicals Table of Contents Database) and the Committee on Ethnography of the I. Section of Linguistics and Literary Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.