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TRAMES. A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences
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Full article in PDF format | DOI: 10.3176/tr.2016.1.01

Kalmer Lauk


Folklore is a small area of research in the arts and humanities and it is fairly unique in every country or region. Because of these virtues it is hard to measure the impact of folklore research. This paper presents a detailed overview of the publications published by Estonian folklore researchers from 2005–2014 and verifies that Estonia is a highly active country with an impact as immense as its neighbors and the world in this area of science. One of the main reasons for this seems to be the indexing of Estonian folklore journal Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science Core Collections Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Since 2008 when the indexing started the journal has developed into a regionally important folklore journal which is publishing papers not only from Estonia but also from other countries far and near, and these papers have a visible impact not only on the area itself, but to other areas as well, meaning Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore is catching up with other big folklore journals. Estonia is on the huge map of world science not only with biology, genetics or physics, but also with folklore.


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