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Journal of American Folklore

Access the Journal

The Journal of American Folklore is available in digital and hard copy through a variety of resources, including your AFS membership benefits.

Hard Copy

  • Members of the American Folklore Society receive four issues each year.
  • Available hard copy back issues are available to AFS members for $15 and to non-members for $25. To purchase a copy of a back issue, members should contact AFS at [email protected]. Institutional inquiries should be directed to the University of Illinois Press at [email protected].

Online Access 

The contents of JAF from 1888 through 1987 are indexed by author, subject, and title in The Centennial Index: One Hundred Years of the Journal of American Folklore published as JAF 101:402 in 1988. This index was extended by seven more years in the 1988-1994 Supplement to The Centennial Index, published as JAF 107:426 in 1994. PDFs of the Centennial Index and the 1988-1994 Supplement are openly available in the AFS collection in the Indiana University ScholarWorks repository.


The Society and the University of Illinois Press maintain a JAF multimedia site where authors publish audio and visual materials to supplement their JAF-published work.

Open Access

JAF is a Green open access [OA] publication. Green OA means that AFS encourages authors to post pre-prints and post-prints of their contributions in temporary locations, such as personal websites, until such time as the publisher’s version is available. Authors may post publisher’s versions of their contributions to the repository of their home institution as soon as those versions are available. Read the Society’s complete Green OA policy in this PDF

Databases with JAF Materials

The JSTOR Arts and Sciences II Collection (which contains the Journal) and Project MUSE are not available at all colleges and universities, and only a handful of public libraries in the United States subscribe to these databases. However, full text from recent Journal issues is also available in thirteen other databases to which many public libraries subscribe. Some libraries allow cardholders to access these databases over the Internet as well as on site. Please note that the exact coverage years vary for each database.

OCLC First Search
Electronic Collections Online (ECO)
Wilson Select Plus
Periodical Abstracts (this database offers access to Journal issues included in ECO and Wilson Select Plus at libraries subscribing to these databases)

ProQuest Research Library

Literature Online
Literature Online Reference Edition
International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text
International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text

Questia (primarily by individual subscription)
Journal Collection

H.W. Wilson
Humanities Index/Abstracts/Full Text
OmniFile Full Text Mega
OmniFile Full Text Select
OmniFile V Full Text

Questions about accessing the journal? Contact AFS staff at [email protected].