Focus and Scope

Český lid / The Czech Ethnological Journal is the leading peer-reviewed Czech ethnological journal, published in print and on-line in open access format. Established in 1891 and issued by the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the journal publishes high-quality scholarly articles in the fields of ethnology and sociocultural anthropology as well as interdisciplinary articles with corresponding theoretical and methodological focus in the Czech, English and Slovak languages. The journal publishes a wide range of book reports and news (not peer-reviewed). We welcome proposal for thematic issues and thematic sections of the journal.

Publication Frequency

Four issues per year are published on March 21, June 25, September 25 and December 15.

Section Policies


Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed

Thematic Sections/Issue Articles

Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed


Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed


Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Submitted manuscripts are first evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief (in case of doubt, the Editor-in-Chief consults the Editorial Board). If felt to be suitable for publication, manuscripts will be sent to two different reviewers selected by the Editor-in-Chief from a list approved by the Editorial Board as a part of the double-blind review process. Following the advice of reviewers, the Editor will decide whether the piece is appropriate to be a) published with minor or no changes; b) needs to be revised and resubmitted; c) is to be rejected; d) is to be sent to a third reviewer. The final decision is presented and approved by the Editorial Board. The Editor works closely with reviewers and authors to guarantee a swift review and publication, aiming to publish manuscripts within six months from their receipt.

A cover letter should include the title of the paper, abstract, keywords and all useful contact information—address, phone numbers, email address, etc. Any identifying references to the author(s) should have been removed prior to submission. Submission should be carried out via the journal online submission process.

Open Access Policy

The journal’s goal is to foster leading research in ethnology and social and cultural anthropology by maximizing the free exchange of scholarly knowledge. Český lid / The Czech Ethnological Journal provides open access to all of its content. The journal is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Details for the authors:
1. Fees: there is no article processing charges (APC) for authors or for article submission.
2. Copyright owner: the author.
3. License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY SA).
4. Self-archiving: author can archive pre-print, postprint, and publisher's version (PDF), but must provide title, volume, issue, pages and link to the website of journal.
5. Content freely available on journal website: Immediately upon publication.

Indexing, Abstracting and Archiving

Český lid / Ethnological Journal is regularly indexed and abstracted in Scopus, AIO, ERIH, CEJSH, JSTOR, PRO QUEST, GOOGLE SCHOLAR, EBSCOhost, IBR, IBZ, IBSS.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

COPE general guidelines http://publicationethics.org/

Publication decisions

The Editor-in-Chief of Český lid / The Czech Ethnological Journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The Editor-in-Chief follows the reviewers’ recommendations and consults and informs the Editorial Board of her decisions. The Editor-in-Chief must also follow the journal’s policies and legal requirements, such as those regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Fair Play

All manuscripts will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or political philosophy of the authors.


All manuscripts submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential. The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Team must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, as appropriate.

Against Ghostwriting

Academic integrity is a foundation of quality scholarship and readers should be certain that the authors of publications present the results of their work in keeping with the standards of transparency, integrity and honesty.

Scholarly ethics as well as the highest editorial standards require strict transparency of information about all persons and institutions that have contributed to the publication (to its ideas, content, production or funding, etc.). Providing complete information of this kind is not only a manifestation of good academic practice but also a proof of social responsibility. So-called „ghostwriting” and „guest authorship” are practices that violate this principle.

„Ghostwriting” takes place if a person has substantially contributed to a publication, but his/her participation as a co-author is not revealed or his/her role is not acknowledged in the acknowledgements included in the publication.

„Guest authorship” („honorary authorship”) takes place if an author’s/co-author’s contribution to a publication has been scant or none at all, and yet she/he is listed as the publication’s author or co-author.

In order to counteract „ghostwriting”and „guest authorship,” the journal’s Editorial Board has introduced the following principles:

1. The Authors are required to reveal the particular authors’ contribution to the publication (providing their affiliation and specifying the nature of their contributions).
2. The Authors are required to provide the financial disclosure, i.e. to report the sources of financing the publication and contributions of academic research institutions, associations and other bodies.
3. Information specified in points 1 and 2 should be provided in the declaration enclosed to the paper.
4. The Editorial Board will document all instances of violating and infringing on the principles of scholarly ethics and notify appropriate bodies and authorities.

Multiple, or Concurrent Publication

Submitted manuscripts cannot have been published elsewhere, and they cannot be currently under review elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


During the submission process the authors are asked to agree to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Copyright Notice, which will apply to the submission if and when it is published by this journal.



Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.