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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

General points about submissions

The journal's language is English. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used, but either one should be followed consistently throughout the article. We also welcome important articles in other major languages.


The journal welcomes manuscripts in the following areas of interest: 
Scientific Contributions (15 to 40 pages, 1 p. = 1800 characters with spaces): Original articles with a longer and argued exposition of problems, topics or problem areas. These should include an abstract and key words. 
Practical Viewpoints/Discussion Point (5 to 15 pages): Short communications, e.g. case discussions, current issues, research project overviews (5 to 15 pages): Special surveys and articles on programmes and courses in folkloristics, cultural studies, popular religion, ethics and philosophy, education, or exposition of research programmes and results from various centres, departments and institutions. 
Comments: The articles can be commented by experts in the field. 
Review Articles (1 to 5 pages): Analyses and critical reviews of major recent projects, publications in the area of main themes. 
News in Brief (1 to 2 pages): Summary reviews of recently published books and reports, main conferences, degrees in the field, etc. The section focuses particularly on reports on literature in non-English languages, aiming to enhance public awareness of the studies that would otherwise remain inaccessible. 
Letters to the Editor (1 to 4 pages)): Readers’ responses to publications. In principle, authors will be encouraged to react upon responses of readers of their publications.

NB! Quotations of more than 40 words should be set off clearly by using a smaller typeface. Use double quotation marks for direct quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations and for words or phrases used in a special sense.


Abstract and Key Words 

Please provide a short abstract of 100 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Please provide 5 to 10 key words or short phrases in alphabetical order. Since the abstract and the key words will be used to select appropriate reviewers, it is essential to make them as informative as possible. 


Abbreviations should be explained at first occurrence.

Section Headings 

First-, second-, third-, and fourth-order headings should be clearly distinguishable.


Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix which comes before the Notes and Reference sections. 


Please use endnotes only. Bibliographic information should be listed in a separate Reference section (see ‘References’ for further information). Notes should be indicated by consecutive superscript numbers in the text and collected at the end of the article before the references. A source reference note should be indicated by an asterisk after the title. This note should be placed at the bottom of the first page. 


Please make optimal use of the cross-referencing features of your software package. Do not cross-reference page numbers. Cross-references should refer to:

  • the number of a displayed equation
  • the number of a table
  • the number of a figure
  • the number of an enunciation
  • the name / year of a reference entry

In the text, a reference identified by means of an author’s name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses and page number(s) where appropriate. When there are more than two authors, only the first and second author’s name should be mentioned, followed by ‘et al.’. In the event that the author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the citation and the reference should contain a lower case letter like a and b after the date to distinguish the works. 


(Loorits 1949: 122)
(Loorits, 1932a)
(Loorits 1932b)
(Loorits 1932; Viires & Vahtre et al. 1994)
(Poikalainen & Ernits 1992)


Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References. 


References to books, journal articles, articles in collections and conference or workshop proceedings should be collected in a list at the end of the paper and listed in alphabetical order following the style below. Articles submitted for publication are included in the Reference list with remark 'in Press'. Articles in preparation, personal communications, unpublished observations, etc. should not be included in the Reference list but should only be mentioned in the article text (e.g., A. Moor, personal communication). 
References to books should include the author’s name; year of publication; title in full, underlined or in italics; place of publication; publisher; page numbers where appropriate. For example:

Bakhtin, Michail 1968. Rabelais and His World. Cambridge MS: M.I.T. Press.

References to essays in an edited collection should include the author’s name; year of publication; title of essay; editor’s name; title of volume, underlined or in italics; place of publication; publisher. 
References to essays in (conference) proceedings should include the author’s name; year of publication; title of essay; editor’s name (if any); title of proceedings underlined or in italics; publisher and/or organization from whom the proceedings can be obtained; place of publication; first and last page numbers. 
References to articles in periodicals should include the author’s name; year of publication; title of article; full title of periodical, underlined or in italics; volume; number where appropriate; first and last page numbers. 
References to technical reports or doctoral dissertations should include the author’s name; year of publication; title of article, underlined or in italics; institution; location of institution. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Tartu, Estonia. 
Web Address Referencing: it is important that you provide as many details as possible when referencing a web address. This includes, author, title, series name or title of webpage, full URL address, and date accessed.


All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as a 'Figure' and they should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.). Multi-part figures ought to be labeled with lower case letters (a, b, etc.). Please insert keys and scale bars directly in the figures.

Provide a detailed legend (without abbreviations) to each figure, refer to the figure in the text and note its approximate location in the margin. Please place the legends in the manuscript after the references. 


Each table should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.). In tables, footnotes are preferable to long explanatory material in either the heading or body of the table. Such explanatory footnotes, identified by superscript letters, should be placed immediately below the table. Please provide a caption (without abbreviations) to each table, refer to the table in the text and note its approximate location in the margin. Finally, please place the tables after the figures legends in the manuscript.

 More specific points about submissions

Authors are kindly requested to follow these guidelines as consistently as possible. Please use the template provided here when submitting articles. If the general guidelines are not properly followed, converting your manuscript might slow down the publication schedule.


A pdf version of the edited manuscript will be sent to the author for final approval by e-mail. The author should submit comments/approval within at least three days.


Authors will be asked, upon acceptance of an article, to share copyright of the article with the Publisher. This will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information under copyright laws.


It is the responsibility of the author to obtain a permit for a quotation from unpublished material, or for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of illustrations or tables or poems from unpublished or copyrighted material.



The editorial staff of the Incantatio reserves the right to edit articles and book reviews, both for content and style. All substantial changes will be referred back to the author before publication.

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