Romani Studies

Romani Studies

Romani Studies is an international, interdisciplinary journal publishing modern scholarship in all branches of Romani/Gypsy studies.

Founded in 1888, the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society was published in four series up to 1982. In 2000, the journal became Romani Studies. On behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society, Romani Studies features articles on many different communities which, regardless of their origins and self-appellations in various languages, have been referred to in English as Gypsies. These communities include the descendants of migrants from the Indian subcontinent which have been considered as falling into three large subdivisions, Dom, Lom, and Rom. The field has also included communities of other origins which practice, or in the past have practiced, a specific type of service nomadism. The journal publishes articles in history, anthropology, ethnography, sociology, linguistics, art, literature, folklore and music, as well as reviews of books and audiovisual materials.

Beginning with Volume 20 (1), 2010, the journal is indexed and abstracted in:

America: History and Life, Anthropological Index Online, Anthropological Literature, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Cabell's Whitelist, Historical Abstracts, IBZ/IBR, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, International Current Awareness Series, Linguistic Bibliography, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA Bibliography, RILM, Scopus, Sociological Abstracts and Social Sciences Citation Index.

Current issues of Romani Studies are also indexed in electronic format by OCLC FirstSearch and by RLIN's Eureka. Periodicals Contents Index indexes the tables of contents of the journal, 1888-1990. These services may be consulted in libraries.

Romani Studies' impact factor was 0.188 in 2019.
Romani Studies had a CiteScore of 0.5 in 2019.

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Romani Studies

Call for Papers for a Special Issue: Religiosity and Spirituality among the Gypsy/Roma.

The editorial team of Romani Studies invites submissions for a special thematic issue entitled Religiosity and Spirituality among Gypsy/Roma. 

The issue 2/2021 of Romani Studies (RS) would like to search the phenomenon of religiosity and spirituality among Gypsy/Roma in broader perspective, in order to amplify our knowledge on both official churches or faith-based organisations with active mission among the Gypsy/Roma on local or global scale, as well as traditional and non-traditional (non-institutional) forms of religiousness and spirituality among the Gypsy/Roma.

The thematic issue of Romani Studies Journal would like to grasp the phenomenon of religious movements operating among Roma in a complex manner, not omitting gender issues, (potential) multi-spectral polarization in Roma families and communities, potential connection with political participation, connection and impact on education and employment, change of life-style, moral code and code of behaviour in connection with conversion, phenomenon of multiplying stigma and limitations of (hybrid) religious network and (ambiguity) of symbolic capital gathered via religious path.

Final date for abstracts (extended): March 15th, 2021

Only the authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper. An invitation to submit a full paper does not constitute a commitment for publication; all papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following the submission. 

Final date for papers: May 15th, 2021 

With any queries regarding the issue, feel free to contact the guest editor, Tatiana Zachar Podolinská. If you would like to contribute, please send the title of your contribution and abstract to to the guest editor: email address

For more information download the full Call for Papers.

Elena Marushiakova, University of St Andrews 
Colin Clark, University of the West of Scotland   

Managing Editor 
Julieta Rotaru, Södertörn University    

Book Review Editor 
Małgorzata Kołaczek, Jagiellonian University

Editorial Board 
Colin Clark, University of the West of Scotland
Viktor Elšík, Charles University in Prague 
Juan Gamella, University of Granada
Slawomir Kapralski, Pedagogical University of Krakow 
Hristo Kyuchukov, University of Silesia 
Elena Marushiakova, University of St Andrews 
William New, Beloit College 
Tatiana Zachar Podolinská, Slovak Academy of Sciences 
Veselin Popov, University of St Andrews 
Carol Silverman, University of Oregon 
Daniel Škobla, Slovak Academy of Sciences 
David Smith, Anglia Ruskin University 
Sofiya Zahova, University of Iceland   

Past Editors 
Sheila Salo, 1990 - 1999 
Yaron Matras, 1999 - 2017 
Kimmo Granqvist, 2017 – 2019 
Colin Clark & Daniel Škobla 2019-


Manuscripts should be sent to the editors at:

Books for review should be sent to the book reviews editor: 

Asst. Prof. Małgorzata Kołaczek
Instytut Studiów Międzykulturowych
Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie

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2021 Subscription Rates
2 issues per year (standard subscription includes online access from 2002)

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Members: Romani Studies is available to individuals only through individual membership of the Gypsy Lore Society (US$40 per year for an individual membership).

For further membership information, contact the Treasurer, Gypsy Lore Society, 5607 Greenleaf Road, Cheverly, MD 20785, USA (email:

How to subscribe: email or telephone +44 (0)151 795 1080.

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Book Reviews:
Books for review should be sent to Assistant Professor Małgorzata Kołaczek.

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Editorial correspondence, including articles submitted, should be addressed to Assistant Professor Julieta Rotaru.

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