Bulgarian Folklore
Journal of Folkloristics, Ethnology, Anthropology and Arts

Published by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum
at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


Bulgarian Folklore is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. It is the only Bulgarian academic periodical dedicated to folklore studies and popularising folkloristic research. The journal was founded in 1975 as an edition of the Institute of Folklore at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1973–2010). Since 1995 Bulgarian Folklore has been published with the subtitle Journal of Folkloristics, Ethnology and Anthropology which reflects the real processes of broadening the research fields and approaches in Bulgarian folkloristics. Since 2019 the subtitle was changed to Journal of Folkloristics, Ethnology, Anthropology and Arts.

Aims & Scope

In the course of its history Bulgarian Folklore has earned the reputation of a respected interdisciplinary academic edition. The journal aims at publishing folkloristic, ethnological and anthropological research on the practices, forms and modes of cultural activities and expressions through which individuals and communities construct their lifeworlds and perceptions. The journal is open to scholars from different fields of the humanities and social sciences, and also to researchers from museums, cultural community centres and educational institutions who would like to share their theoretical views, approaches, analyses, observations, fieldwork experience or materials. For that purpose the journal has rubrics which reflect the various aspects of research practice. Being a leader in its field Bulgarian Folklore is addressed to everyone interested in critical analysis of the cultural processes in the past and present.

Periodicity and editing

Bulgarian Folklore comes out in four issues per year. The journal publishes articles, research reports, book reviews and conference reviews from authors working in the field of folkloristics, cultural anthropology and ethnology.

The editorial policy of Bulgarian Folklore also includes the publication of thematic issues. These are included in the publication plan after the concept is discussed and approved by the Editorial Board. Thematic issues may be also edited by scholars outside the Editorial Board.

The editors support innovative ideas for thematic issues and texts which shed light on unexplored fields, research questions and scientific perspectives.

Submission and publication of articles. Reviewing

Bulgarian Folklore publishes articles in Bulgarian and English language. The submitted articles should be original and not in press or already published in other editions.

The copyright remains with the authors as per Bulgarian law; thus, they can decide about the eventual republication of their texts. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

The authors should obtain the necessary permission for the reproduction of any material already published. Authors should ensure they hold the copyright to whatever images, pictures or other material they reproduce in their articles.

Each article is subjected to peer reviewing by two independent scholars who are not members of the Editorial Board and are well established experts in the respective research field. The reviewing is based on the double blind principle: both the reviewers and the author of the article remain anonymous to each other. The articles are evaluated according to their original scientific input, good argumentation of the thesis, style and language. The authors are expected to answer the recommendations of the reviewers.

The final decision referring the publishing of the article is made by the Editorial Board taking into account the evaluation and recommendations of the reviewers.

No manuscripts are returned to their authors. Manuscript processing fees are not required. Authors pay neither submission nor publication fees for their articles.

Here you can see in Bulgarian, English and Russian the peer review answer sheet used to evaluate the manuscripts submitted to Bulgarian Folklore Journal (opens in a new tab)


The Editorial Board of Bulgarian Folklore works hard to provide up-to-date, rich and professionally presented information at a high academic level. At the same time we share the opinion that the content of published materials is the exclusive right and responsibility of their authors. That does not exclude editorial interference when necessary and when required by the interest of the audience of Bulgarian Folklore. The expression of whatsoever views and standpoints which are in disagreement with the Bulgarian Law or the publication ethics of the journal is not accepted.


Bulgarian Folklore is abstracted in EBSCO Discovery.

Bulgarian Folklore is indexed in ERIH PLUS and Anthropological Index Online (AIO).


Bulgarian Folklore is financed by the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum. The journal also raises funds from subscriptions and sales of printed and electronic versions, from the Bulgarian Scientific Periodicals competitions of the National Science Fund, from projects financed by governmental organizations and NGOs.

The different sources of funding do not influence the decisions of the Editorial Board regarding the publishing plans, as well as the reviewing and publication of the incoming texts.