About Futhark

Futhark is an independent periodical, but has as its base of operations the Runic Archives at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, and the Department of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University.

Futhark takes the word runic to refer to all scientific study dealing with phenomena related to objects bearing runes (within the Germanic tradition). Not only runologists in the stricter sense are thus welcome, but also archaeologists, historians in various disciplines, theologians, etc., who work with runes or runic inscriptions, as well as phenomena otherwise connected with
runic objects.

The periodical encompasses some 200 pages per issue. Articles (made anonymous) will be peer-reviewed by at least two external referees of good academic standing. In addition, the editors and advisory board will ensure strict quality control of all the material. Futhark will have these sections:

  • Articles: Scholarly articles, mainly in English, German or Scandinavian languages. All articles will have an English abstract, and those in other languages will have an English summary. Doctoral disputations (opposition and defense) will also be published here.
  • Notices: Short notices with minor observations, usually in English. This section will also contain debate material.
  • Reviews: Longer reviews of major runological publications.

Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies

Main editors
Prof. James E. Knirk (University of Oslo) and Prof. Henrik Williams (Uppsala University)

Assistant editor
PhD Marco Bianchi (Uppsala University)

Advisory board
Prof. em. Michael P. Barnes (University College London), Prof. em. Klaus Düwel (University of Göttingen), Prof. em. Lena Peterson (Uppsala University), PhD honoris causa Marie Stoklund (National Museum, Copenhagen)



Futhark is published in digital form (Open Access), with facility for print-on-demand. All issues are available for purchase at http://futhark-journal.com/issues.

Institutions and individuals may place a standing order for the journal at acta@ub.uu.se.


    Deadlines for contributions

    • 1 May: Articles
    • 15 June: Book reviews, debate articles, and short notices