Luke John Murphy

Open Access Publishing

I’m a Medievalist and Historian of Religion who believes in Open Access publishing in academia, particularly where research is publically funded. Finding good quality, peer-reveiwed OA publication venues that target your intended audience or serve a particular field isn’t always easy, so I’ve put together this page with three lists: one of places to look for OA journals; one of journals for Old Norse Medievalists; and one of journals for Historians of Religion.

My thanks to Simon Nygaard, Stefan Drechsler, and many people on Twitter for their help in compiling these lists!

A List of Lists

Journals for Old Norse Medievalists

The Danish BFI and Norwegian NSD are systems for ranking the preceived quality of a journal. In both cases level 2 journals are judged to be superior to level 1, and both are assumed to be superior to unranked journals.

Title General Area Language(s) of Publication OA Status ISSN Danish BFI Norwegian NSD Issues Per Year
ARV. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore Folklore, esp. Nordic Scandinavian, English All volumes online, 6-month embargo 2002-4185 1 2 1
Collegium Medievale Interdisciplinary journal on medieval research English, French, German, Scandinavian All volumes online 2387-6700 1 1 1
Ethnologia Scandinavica Ethnology as practiced in Scandinavia English All volumes online 0348-9698 2 2 1
Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore Studies folklore studies, comparative mythological research, cultural anthropology and related fields English All volumes online 1406-0949 1 1 3-4
Fornvännen Generally archaeological, also antiquarianism and historiographical studies Scandinavian, English, French, German All volumes online 0015-7813 1 1 1
Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies Runic studies, archaeology of objects bearing runes Scandinavian, English, German All volumes online 1892-0950 1 1 1
Gripla Old Norse Studies, esp. literature & language Icelandic, Scandinavian, English, French, German All volumes online 1018-5011 1 1 1
Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures Comparative and cross-cultural studies in medieval literary culture English, French, German, Italian, Spanish All volumes online 2421-5503 - - 1-2
Kyngervi Student journal for gender and intersectionality in Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Studies English All volumes online tbd - - tbd
Leeds Studies in English Medeival Literary Studies, esp. Old Norse & Old English English All volumes online, two-year embargo 0075-8566 - 1 1
Maal og minne Nordic linguistics, medeival literature, place name studies, and folkloristics Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, German All volumes online 1890-5455 - 2 1
Magnificat (Cultura i literatura medievals) Broad ranging medeival cultural studies, publishes longer articles in particular Spanish, Catalan, Italian, English All volumes online 2386-8295 - - 1
Mediaevalia All aspects of medieval and early Renaissance culture English From Vol. 32 online 0361-946X 1 1 1
medieval worlds The Middle Ages, 400 and 1500 CE, esp. transcultural comparative approaches. Often themed issues. English All volumes online 2412-3196 1 - 2
Mirator Medeival Studies, generally understood English, Finnish, Swedish, other languages subject to editorial approval All volumes online 1457-2362 1 1 1-2
Namn och bygd Toponymy & Place-Name Studies Swedish All volumes online 0077-2704 1 1 1
Opuscula (Bibliotheca Arnamagnæana) Manuscript studies, textual philology, editions, historical linguistics, esp. Old Norse Scandinavian, Icelandic, English, German No online archive (yet), articles are freely shareable 1398-5345 2 1 varies, typically one issue every two years
Saga Book of the Viking Society for Northern Research Old Norse Studies, esp. literature & language English All volumes online, three-year embargo 0305-9219 1 1 1
Saga och sed Swedish folk culture, broadly understood Scandinavian All volumes online 0586-5360 - 1 1
Scandia: Tidskrift för historisk forskning Nordic history, focus on theory, method, and historiography Scandinavian, English All volumes online, six-month embargo 0036-5483 1 1 1-2
Scandinavian-Canadian Studies Scandinavian Studies, broadly understood English From Vol. 15 online 0823-1796 1 1 1
Scripta Islandica West Nordic culture Scandinavian, English All volumes online 0582-3234 1 1 1
Studia anthroponymica Scandinavica (SAS) Name Studies Scandinavian, English, German All volumes online 0280-8633 1 1 1
The Retrospective Methods Network Newsletter (RMN Newsletter) Broad, most aspects of History, Folklore, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, etc.; focus on Nordic material English All volumes online Print ISSN: 2324-0636, E-ISSN: 1799-4497 - 1 varies

Journals for Historians of Religion

The Danish BFI and Norwegian NSD are systems for ranking the preceived quality of a journal. In both cases level 2 journals are judged to be superior to level 1, and both are assumed to be superior to unranked journals.

Title General Area Language(s) of Publication OA Status ISSN Danish BFI Norwegian NSD Issues Per Year
Entangled Religions: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious Contact and Transfer Religious contact in contemporary or past societies English All volumes online 2363-6696 - 1 varies
Religion & Gender The intersection of religion and gender English All volumes online 1878-5417 - 1 2
History of Religions The History of Religion, broadly understood English (articles may be submitted in other languages, journal will cover some translation costs) Gold OA, author pays $2500 per article. Print ISSN: 0018-2710, E-ISSN: 1545-6935 2 2 4
Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions Study of Religion, broadly understood, with focus on contemporaryary religion English All volumes online 2516-6379 - - 1
Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (JISASR) Study of Religion, broadly understood, with focus on contemporary religion English, Irish All volumes online 2009-7409 - - 1
Marburg Journal of Religion Study of Religion, broadly understood Any All contributions online 1612-2941 1 1 rolling publication
Oral Tradition Oral Tradition, broadly understood English All contributions online Print ISSN: 0883-5365, E-ISSN: 1542-4308 1 1 2
Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception Reception history within and between religions English All volumes online 1179-7231 - 1 2
Religio: Revue pro religionistiku Study of Religion, broadly understood English, Czech, Slovak All volumes online Print ISSN: 1210-3640, E-ISSN: 2336-4475 - - 2
Religionsvidenskabelig Tidsskrift (RvT) Study of Religion, broadly understood Danish All volumes online Print ISSN: 0108-1993, E-ISSN: 1904-8181 1 1 1
Revue de didactique des sciences des religions/Zeitschrift für Religionskunde Study of Religion, broadly understood, with focus on contemporary religion French, German All volumes online 2297-6469 - 1 1
Temenos Study of Religion, broadly understood, with focus on Nordic religion English All volumes online 2342-7256 2 2 2
Uskonnontutkija - Religionsforskaren The Study of Religion and neighbouring disciplines Finnish, Swedish All volumes online 1796-4407 - - 2