Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

An important purpose of Studia Vernacula is the contribution it makes to the mission of the University of Tartu in preserving and developing Estonia’s cultural heritage: ‘In order to contribute to the preservation and development of the Estonian language and culture, the university promotes Estonian-language education and scientific disciplines which study Estonia and its people, preserves Estonia’s cultural heritage and provides services to the public in relation to that heritage’ (s. 2(4) University of Tartu Act).

For a number of years the Department of Estonian Native Crafts, the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy has been working towards establishing a cooperative network in support of crafts research. In crafts studies, practical experiences are combined with analytical thinking. Crafts scholars are expected to possess some of the traditional crafts skills. This competence – some of which is tacit knowledge – is expected to help the scholar achieve a better focus and understanding of the research object. Crafts studies’ focus and methodology partially overlap with those of ethnology, critical heritage studies, anthropology, folkloristics, archaeology, material culture studies, cultural and social history, arts, technology and design, etc.

Studia Vernacula intends to continue as an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, annual journal with an international board of editors which provides an academic forum for discussions of intergenerational skills.

The journal publishes original research, descriptions of best practices and translations in the field of crafts thus contributing to developing a corresponding specialised discourse in Estonian. We also publish literature surveys, reviews and columns of a scholarly nature. The primary target audiences of the journal are scholars of vernacular studies and craft practitioners with an academic background.


Section Policies


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Research Article

Studia Vernacula seeks to publish manuscripts based on original research. Specific relevance to the field of crafts studies is expected. Manuscripts should be about 5–10 pages in length, and should not exceed 22 pages (40,000 characters including spaces).

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Practitioner’s Corner

These manuscripts (2–8 pages/3500–14,500 characters including spaces) may be either broadly-scoped overviews of some particular field for non-specialists, or articles where practitioners share and pass on their experience-based knowledge. These papers are primarily aimed for practitioners, rather than academics.

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Notes, Reviews and Current Activities

This section includes overviews and commentary on recent events, publications, exhibitions and student work. Normally, these contributions should be 2–5 pages (3500–9000 characters including spaces) in length. Studia Vernacula will publish timely and concise overviews and reviews of recent work relevant to the discipline of crafts studies. We encourage reviews that give a summary of the content and purpose of the work or event, and a discussion of its meaning for current scholarship.

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Peer Review Process

Studia Vernacula employs a double-blind peer review process. To facilitate this, authors are requested to ensure that the article is submitted in two versions: a full version and an anonymized version. In the latter, the names and institutional affiliations of authors should appear only in a detachable cover letter. Throughout the paper itself, the name(s) of the author(s) should be replaced by ‘author’ (e.g. in references to the author’s own work).


Publication Frequency

SV is issued once a year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



Studia Vernacula welcomes the submission of three types of manuscripts: research articles; practitioner's know-how; as well as notes and reviews of recent events, publications, exhibitions or student works. The journal publishes both original research in Estonian and translations from other languages. Journal may be able to provide translation into Estonian on basis of individual agreements.

Authors from outside of Estonia are expected to contact editorial team to mutually agree on conditions. Both previously published and unpublished articles relevant to the field of crafts studies may be considered for publication. Journal may be able to provide translation into Estonian on the basis of individual agreements.