Celtic & Scottish Studies

Review of Scottish Culture

An annual, online journal that focuses on the cultural heritage of Scotland, specifically its ethnology (folklore and folklife).

Founded in 1984, the Review of Scottish Culture (ROSC) is an international, fully peer-reviewed journal. It is hosted by the European Ethnological Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh (EERC) and published by Edinburgh University Press (EUP).

The journal encourages multi and interdisciplinary research with a focus on the ethnology of Scotland, tangible and intangible heritage. It welcomes submissions considering the culture of Scotland – both as it is expressed today and as it connects to the past and future. These could include considerations of:

  • Theory and methodology, including new approaches to ethnology; ethnicity and identity; cultural comparisons; migration; contested and at-risk heritage; public and private performance
  • Material culture, and the culture of making
  • Narrative and narratology: written, spoken and sung
  • Music and song in text and performance
  • Foodways and food culture
  • Custom and belief, continuity and change
  • Visual culture, including photography and film
  • Audio and online ethnology including social media
  • Exhibition, interpretation and tourism as it relates to ethnology

Editorial Team


Dr Valentina Bold, University of Edinburgh

Editorial Board

Steve Byrne (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland)

Professor Hugh Cheape (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands)

Dr Stuart Eydmann (Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)

Dr Nancy Groce (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

Professor Terry Gunnell (University of Iceland)

Dr Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh (National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin)

Dr Karen McAulay (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Dr Margaret Mackay (University of Edinburgh)

Dr Catriona Mackie (University College Isle of Man)

Dr Neill Martin (University of Edinburgh)

Professor Robert McColl Millar (University of Aberdeen)

Dr Jennie Morgan (University of Stirling)

Dr Jonathan Murray (Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)

Professor Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow)

Tawona Sithole (University of Glasgow)

Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands)


In 2023, the journal relaunches  as a solely online publication. We welcome articles of up to 5,000 words as well as submissions which include images, video and audio.

All submissions should follow the general style guide for EUP journals. Audio should be submitted as MP3 files and video in MP4 or MPG formats. Clips of up to 2 minutes can be included alongside your text, along with links to longer audio or video clips.

Please submit your 350 word proposal to our editor, Valentina Bold, by 1 July 2023. We will advise you of the Editorial Board’s decisions by 1 September 2023, and we expect our new issue will be published in January 2024.

Edinburgh University Press Journals Style Guide


Email ROSC editor Valentina Bold