About the Journal

Journal of Gypsy StudiesFocus and Scope of The Journal of Gypsy Studies 

Journal of Gypsy Studies is an international, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed Open Access journal publishing research and scholarship in all areas of Gypsy/Romani studies. Journal of Gypsy Studies invites articles on the cultures, demography, economy, politics, health and identities of all groups traditionally known as and associated with Gypsies, Travellers and peripatetic groups. Although these groups are often referred to as Gypsy, Roma, Traveller etc., the journal is titled with the most widely used name. Journal of Gypsy Studies aims at publishing articles in humanities, social sciences, business and management, economics, law, anthropology, politics, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, literature, folklore, music, geography and health sciences. A variety of formats are available including research articles, debates, conversations/interviews, book reviews, opinion and viewpoints and letters.

Journal of Gypsy Studies offers a universally accessible venue where sound scholarship and research as well as reviews and debates are disseminated. The journal establishes a genuine forum for serious discussion and exchange among the researchers in the field, reaching out to a broad audience of students, professionals, policy makers and enthusiasts alike. Journal of Gypsy Studies aims to maintain a fair balance between theoretical analyses and empirical studies. Critical and novel approaches and methods are particularly welcome.

Journal of Gypsy Studies aims to be a quality venue for scholarly exchange and therefore follows a strict editorial review policy with double blind reviewing and adhering to ethical publishing principles to ensure the Journal is included in indexes such as SSCI, SCOPUS, EBSCO and others.

Journal of Gypsy Studies is indexed and abstracted by RePEc and included in American Sociological Association’s Publication Options Journal Directory.


Peer Review Process

Journal of Gypsy Studies follows a double blind peer review policy. Articles submitted to the journal are screened by the editorial team and then, if appropriate, sent to two reviewers. Finally, in the light of reviewer comments, the editorial team reaches a decision about publication. This decision is final.

Research Articles, Letters, Brief Communications, Case Studies, Reports, Analysis, Reviews, and Viewpoints are peer-reviewed. All forms of published correction may also be peer-reviewed at the discretion of the editors. Other contributions are not usually peer-reviewed. 

All submitted manuscripts are read by our editorial staff. Only those papers that seem most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent to reviewers. Those papers judged by the editors to be of insufficient general interest or otherwise inappropriate are desk rejected without external review. Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent to two or more reviewers. The editors then make a decision based on the reviewers' advice.

Reviewers are welcome to recommend a particular course of action, but they should bear in mind that the other reviewers of a particular paper may have different technical expertise and/or views, and the editors may have to make a decision based on conflicting advice. The most useful reports, therefore, provide the editors with the information on which a decision should be based. Setting out the arguments for and against publication is often more helpful to the editors than a direct recommendation one way or the other.

Our editors evaluate the strength of the arguments raised by reviewers and by the authors, and may also consider other information not available to either party. Our primary responsibilities are to our readers and to the scientific community at large, and in deciding how best to serve them, we must weigh the claims of each paper against the many others also under consideration. Reviewers' criticisms are taken seriously, particularly the technical criticisms.


Journal of Gypsy Studies follows the rules of publication ethics to ensure academic objectivity and rigour of the journal.

Publication Frequency

Journal of Gypsy Studies is published once a year in December.


Code of Conduct and Publishing Ethics

Transnational Press London is committed to maintaining the highest publication ethics standards. We, therefore, ask that all contributors and reviewers adhere to publishing ethics. Further guidance can be found through the COPE Core Practices and on the COPE website.

Full Publication Ethics Statement 


Open Access Policy

This journal provides free access to its content subject to funding available. 

Article Processing Charges

Journal of Gypsy Studies DO NOT normally charge any fees for submission or publication.

However, the following OPTIONAL fees can be applicable on request:

To obtain an invoice and settle the fees, please email sales@tplondon.com indicating the Journal title, name(s) of author(s) and the title of the paper.


Journal History

Journal of Gypsy Studies is founded in 2015 by a group of academics led by Dr Başak Akgül, Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, Dr Ozge Burcu Gunes, Dr Danielle van Dobben Schoon, and Dr Deniz Eroglu Utku.

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