Guidelines for Contributors to Romani Studies


Romani Studies welcomes articles in all scholarly disciplines dealing with any aspect of the cultures of groups traditionally known as Roma/Gypsies as well as those of traveller or peripatetic groups. Reviews of books and audiovisual materials are also published. Fields covered include anthropology, art, folklore, history, linguistics, literature, political science, sociology, and their various branches.

Romani Studies is a peer-refereed scholarly publication. Article manuscripts are generally evaluated by the editor and two anonymous referees. Authors will be notified when a decision has been made to accept or reject a manuscript. Rejection may be outright, or with the possibility of revision and resubmission for a new evaluation. A manuscript submitted to the journal should not be under consideration by any other journal at the same time or have been published elsewhere.

Reviews and review articles are solicited by the editors. Persons who wish to review particular books should contact the Book Review Editor.

English is the publication language of the journal. Non-native speakers/writers are strongly advised to seek the support of a proof-reader with native-language competence before submitting their manuscript for publication. Subject to financial limitations and the availability of translators, the editor might consider articles submitted in languages other than English. Quotations in the texts of articles should be translated into English and the original text of the quotation should be supplied for editorial purposes. Linguistic data cited should be in the original language.

Electronic submission of articles in attachment (in Word or RTF format) is preferred for review, unless the text contains extensive picture material, in which case three hard copies of papers are required. Manuscripts generally should not exceed 40 double-spaced pages. Manuscripts, including notes, quotations, and lists of references cited, should be double-spaced on one side only of A4 or 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper.

Style and format
Each article should include an abstract of 100-150 words summarizing the essential points and findings of the paper, as well as up to ten keywords for indexing purposes. An author’s statement must be included with each manuscript on a separate page. It should follow the format:


Acknowledgments follow the text, and constitute the first paragraph of Notes, without a note number. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper. Include material in the text wherever possible, in order to minimize the length and number of footnotes. References to literature are carried within the text in parentheses with the author’s last name, the year of original publication, and page, e.g. (Kroeber 1948:205), or, if an author is mentioned in the text, merely by date and page, e.g. (1948:205). The complete list of references cited should appear at the end of the article (not in footnotes); the list of references should not include any publications not cited in the text. The format for references should be consistent with the following examples. Note that the full first names of authors (not merely initials) should be given. Titles of works cited – whether books, chapters, or articles – should appear in lower-case letters (except for grammatical capitals). Include full information on place of publication and publisher, and page numbers for chapters/ articles.

Kenrick, Donald, and Puxon, Grattan. 1972. The destiny of Europe's Gypsies. London: Heinemann.

Mayall, David. 1988. Gypsy-Travellers in nineteenth-century society. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Matras, Yaron, ed. 1998. The Romani element in non-standard speech. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Chapters in books/edited collections:
Piasere, Leonardo. 1987. In search of new niches: The productive organization of the peripatetic Xoraxane in Italy. In: Rao, Aparna, ed. The other nomads. Koln: Bohlau. 111-132.

Journal articles:
Salo, Matt T., and Salo, Sheila. 1982. Romnichel economic and social organization in urban New England, 1850-1930. Urban Anthropology 11(3-4):273-313.

Titles from the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society/ Romani Studies:
Friedman, Victor A. 1991. Case in Romani: old grammar in new affixes. Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society. Fifth Series. 1(1):85-102.

Jakoubek, Marek, and Budilová, Lenka. 2006. Kinship, social organisation and genealogical manipulation in Gypsy osadas in eastern Slovakia. Romani Studies. Fifth Series. 16(1):63-82.

Manuscripts should be sent to the editor,
Kimmo Granqvist

Books for review should be sent to the editor.