Opera Slavica

Slavistické rozhledy

ISSN 1211-7676 (print); ISSN 2336-4459 (online)

Registration No. by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic: E 18717.

The journal Opera Slavica is included in the international ERIH PLUS database.

Aims and scope

The main purpose of the journal is to make a broad communication platform covering all Slavic languages and literatures for researching Slavic philology with overlaps to translatology, cultural studies, and many other humanities and social sciences, and to cultivate main topics and new methodological approaches in the area of European Slavonic Studies. The Reviews section systematically monitors and critically reviews the relevant works of linguistic and literary Slavic Studies.

The journal is published by Masaryk University (The Department of Slavonic Studies Faculty of Arts of MU) from 1991.

The journal is published twice a year in print and electronic form. There are published two issues a year, in two parts: odd issues are dedicated to the problematics of literary studies, even issues to the problematics of linguistics. Each of them is edited by different editor. The editorial board is made up from Russianists from the whole Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia and Belorussia.

The journal has four sections: Studies, Overviews and Materials, News and Anniversary/Obituary Articles, and Reviews. The first two sections are published in Slavic or world languages. The last two are published in Czech, Slovak or Russian languages, in exceptional cases approved by the editorial board also in other languages. The articles printed under Studies are subjected to a peer review procedure, which is carried out at the request of the executive editorial board by a group of lecturers comprising Czech and foreign Russianists.

Digital access and archiving policy

Full texts of articles are available in the Digital Library of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University (built on the DSpace platform), which is the primary source and repository of academic publications at the Faculty of Arts. The journal websites (built in Open Journal Systems) contain links to the fulltext articles archived in the Digital Library. The journal website is used mainly as a presentation platform for accessing all the information about the journal.

This approach to long-term access and digital archiving of fulltexts "in one place" (i.e., in the Digital Library) is a strategic decision that was adopted by the Faculty of Arts many years ago. It allows us to ensure high-quality and consistent processing of metadata as well as long-term preservation (LTP) of digital documents, enabling users to search through all the texts.

Publication fees

The journal does not require authors to pay for any publication fees.

The expenses of publishing the journal are covered by the institutional support of Masaryk University.

Authors retain the copyright for all the materials published in the journal.

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