FFC is a peer-reviewed monograph series that focuses on the non-material aspects of traditional culture, especially oral literature, belief systems, mythology and ritual, as well as methodology and the history of research related to these. The series is centered at an intersection of folkloristics, comparative religion, cultural anthropology and ethnology. We do not charge publication fees, but we have constraints on individual publications and the number of publications in a year.
To propose a manuscript for publication in the FFC series, kindly submit a prospectus, table of contents and sample chapter to the editor (see Contact information). The prospectus should provide an overview of the work’s aims and scope, the materials it handles, its methodology and approach, and what it contributes to the field.
Our three-stage process
FFC is a peer-reviewed series with a three-stage process following the manuscript submission:
- The submitted manuscript is subject to an editor’s assessment of suitability for the series and readiness for the peer-review process. A manuscript may be rejected at this stage or returned to the author with requests for revisions, returning for additional rounds of assessment until the manuscript is considered suitable for peer-review. If the manuscript is considered suitable for peer-review, it may be sent directly forward to peer-review, in which case comments from the editorial assessment may be held and provided to the author with the peer-reviews.
- The manuscript is assessed by two peer-reviewers. Peer-reviews are anonymous by default, although reviewers may request that their reviews are not anonymized when presented to the author. Both reviewers are normally external, invited by the editor; when appropriate, one of the two reviewers may be an editor or on the editorial board. Peer-reviewers are provided with a reviewer report form, but free-form reviews are also acceptable. A peer-reviewer may accept the manuscript for publication; accept it conditional on revisions; reject the current manuscript but invite the author to revise and resubmit it; or reject the manuscript and recommend it be proposed to another venue. The editor assesses the reviews, and reserves the right to edit the peer-reviewer’s report and any attached comments for civility of tone, relevance and anonymity. The peer-reviewers’ reports and any related documents are provided to the author along with an editor’s statement on the reviews. Additional comments and requests for revisions by the editor may be provided alongside the peer-reviews. If the peer-reviews accept the manuscript to go forward for publication and the editor agrees, the author is asked to make revisions on the basis of the peer-reviews.
- The revised manuscript is assessed by the editor in relation to the requirements and other comments from stage 2. If the requirements have not been met, further revisions may be required. If the requirements have been met, the manuscript is subject to final editing to polish the manuscript for publication, which may involve additional cycles for minor corrections, after which it can be approved to move forward to copy-editing and publication layout.
Authors retain rights to their work and the ability to grant rights to others. FFC retains the right to publish work submitted to the series and to republish books and articles published in the series in the same or new editions in any format or media; FFC also retains the right to grant, upon formal request, reproduction rights for quotations, sections, chapters, or other parts of a work in other publications by the same or other publishers.
FFC supports open access. FFC currently a five-year embargo on the official published version that appears in print, but authors are welcome to make available their author’s version of a work (i.e. pre-layout) as soon as the book has appeared in print.