Research Articles

Ethnologia Fennica publishes original scholarly articles, review articles, conference reports, and book reviews from the field of ethnology and other related fields. The text should be delivered via journal’s online submission system All manuscripts are required in MS Word format. Authors need to Register and Log in prior to submission. Please read first the About the Journal page for the Journal's policies. Before submission, read these guidelines carefully.

The language of the journal is English. British and American English can both be used, but consistently.  It is important that the author has the final manuscript version proofread by a professional if English is not her/his native language.

The authors should submit a separate cover letter indicating the significance of the manuscript.


Article Submission Checklist

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).

The submission file is in MS Word format.

Where available, URLs and DOI’s for the references have been provided as a full URL link.

The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide.

If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions of ensuring a double blind review have been followed.

Manuscripts submitted for the article section (both research and review articles) may not exceed 10,000 words.

All research and review articles must include the following:

  • a 200-word abstract
  • a short list of keywords
  • a list of references or bibliography
  • acknowledgments in the first footnote


Instructions of Ensuring a Blind Review

In order to ensure the integrity of the double blind peer-review process, please take the following steps with regard to the text and the file properties:

The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should be removed from the properties of the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.


Structure and content

A guiding structure and contents of a research article in Ethnologia Fennica is as follows:

Introduction introduces the research topic, research question (one main question is enough for an article), and explains how the research contributes to the existing scholarship about the topic. Introduction also mentions the methodological and theoretical framework used in the article. This section should also include information about the research project that the paper ties with. Ideally, this chapter is about 2-3 pages long.

Material and methods section introduces the methods of producing the material (e.g. ethnographic fieldwork, archival research) and the case/community/area where research was conducted and interview/archive/other materials used in the analysis. This section must also include ethical considerations. This section can also include the chosen theoretical perspective applied in the analysis of the material. This chapter can be about 2-3 pages long.

Theoretical Section introduces the key theoretical concepts used in the article. This may be tied together with introduction or methodology and earlier research.

Analysis chapters make reference to the research material and chosen theoretical perspectives, represents examples and excerpts of research material and author’s interpretations. There can be 2-4 analysis chapters each 2-5 pages long.

Conclusions summarize the key finds and answer to the research question set in the introduction. It is also important to reflect on the results in the light of chosen methods and concepts, and evaluate the knowledge that they have produced and the contribution it makes to earlier research. It is recommended that this chapter does not introduce any new literature but makes use of references introduced earlier.

Sources include both research material and bibliography. Research material can be listed according to different categories such as interviews, field notes, archival records, media materials/surveys etc. It is important to mention when and by whom the material was produced and where it can be found. Detailed examples of how to name and list sources can be found below under title “Sources”. References should include ethnological research as key bibliography.

The article text must include these sections but some of these sections can feature together (e.g. theory and methods).  The author can order and name the chapters freely.

In addition to these, the submission should include a 200-word abstract and a short list of keywords.

The texts need go through language revision prior to submitting, and additional round after the revisions. Support for language revisions services can be considered for Ethnos members (please consult the Editors-in-Chiefs in advance in this matter).