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The Institute publishes the journal Literaturna misal” (Literary Thought), founded in 1957, the series Starobulgarska literatura” (Old Bulgarian Literature), founded in 1971 and "Scripta & e-Scripta": The journal of interdisciplinary mediaeval studies, started in 2003.

Literaturna misal journal has been published by the Institute for Literature since 1957. It is one of the most respectable literary periodicals and is the only Academic journal of literary theory, criticism. history and comparative studies in Bulgaria. Its main priority is the history of Bulgarian literature, but an emphases has been put as well on the achievements of Bulgarian and foreign theoreticians and specialists in the field of comparative studies
The journal is open to different methods and approaches and has provided a platform for reception aesthetics, psychoanalysis, feminism, cognitive science, literary anthropology, cultural studies, an so on. Speaking about this interdisciplinarity one should mark the interest in regional problems of culture, and especially the interest in the multicultural characteristics of the Balkan countries. The journal pays special attention to the literary attainments in the countries of Eastern Europe and seeks to present them thoroughly. There are several special issues devoted to Czech, Polish and Hungarian literary studies.
Literaturna Misal keeps a close watch on the topical debates which are going on in literary studies, trying to promote fresh, controversial ides, very often on the edge and even beyond the leading paradigm. It has initiated several national debates acting as a moderator and balancing among different contradictory positions. The journal invariably maintains a high criterion of scholarly level and innovativity of contributions. It can be said that the journal has been upholding the ground of non-dogmatic thinking even under unfavorable political circumstances.
The editorial board shares the opinion that the journal should always try to challenge the traditional literary conceptions and generalizations of all kinds. This is the general principle of many articles, focused both on traditional and modern literary problems which scrutinize the processes in the field of humanitarian knowledge and the motives of different methodological positions. In this way, the journal enriches the Bulgarian humanitarian studies and opens up broad vistas to new methodological researches.
Editorial board: as. prof. Radosvet Kolarov (editor-in-chief), prof. Nikolai Aretov, as. prof. Penka Vatova(since 2008 the third member is additionally elected). Advisory board: prof. Alexander Shurbanov, prof. Nikola Georgiev, prof. Ognian Saparev, as. prof. Petur Velchev, as. prof. Yordan Vasilev, as. prof. Liliana Grasheva. (Among the members there are representatives of various universities throughout the country). Members of the editorial and advisory boards are elected on the principle that they be prestigious scholars with expertise in various fields, so that they could competently assess the submitted manuscripts. The editorial and the advisory boards are chosen by the Scientific Council.
Each submitted article is read by one editorial board member and when it is disputable, it is read and discussed by the entire editorial board. Members of the advisory board are invited for consultation who orally or in written form express their view points on individual manuscripts.
Through the channels of the Department of international exchanges of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences the 'Literaturna Misal' journal is distributed to major centers of scholarship (libraries, universities and academies) in Europe (Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Finland) and in the USA. It runs a web-page, an electronic version of it is presented in the based in Germany online library CEEOL (
The journal has received an Erih-index. It comes out in two volumes per year. The journal has an on-line version at the address:

The series "Starobalgarska literatura" begins with two miscellanies under this name (1971, 1977) which provoked great interest, so since 1978 the edition has become periodical. It publishes research papers in the field of medieval Slavic literature and culture (in the context of the Byzantine and Latin civilizations), editions of unpublished medieval Slavonic literary works and their newly-discovered transcripts, critical reviews, surveys, information on national and international scholarly events on the Middle Ages, current bibliography.
The journal maintains several rubrics (three of them permanent - Research papers, Critical reviews, and Bibliography). The most important published materials belong to the field of literary and cultural history and theory, source studies, textual criticism and source edition. Their authors are leading experts from all Bulgarian scholarly institutions dealing with the medieval period, as well as young scholars. In compliance with the international interest towards the classical period of the history of the Slavic literature and culture, prominent foreign scholars regularly participate in the edition.
Until now are published 34 issues (three of them are double in size and comprise two numbers - 23-24, 25-26, 35-36, 37-38). Volume 39-40 for 2008 is in press.

Members of the editorial board:
Liljana Grasheva (editor-in-chief), Assoc. Research Fellow, PhD, Institute of literature
Main field of research: literary history (medieval Bulgarian literature; Cyryllo-Methodian studies)
Heinz Miklas, Prof., Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Vienna
Main field of research: palaeoslavistics (manuscript study; Old Bulgarian graphic systems; medieval Slavic literature; textual criticism)
Anatolij A. Turilov, Assoc. Research Fellow, PhD, Institute of Slavic and Balkan Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Main field of research: literary history (medieval Russian literature and culture; relations among the Slavic literatures in the Middle Ages; Byzantino-Slavic literary contacts)
Ivan Dobrev, corresponding member of the BAS, Prof., DSc, Sofia University
Main field of research: linguistics (Old Bulgarian language; palaeography; textual criticism)
Klimentina Ivanova, Prof., PhD, Cyryllo-Methodian Research Centre
Main field of research: literary history (medieval Orthodox literature and culture ? Bulgarian, Serbian, Russian, Byzantine; textual criticism; archaeography; source study and source edition)
Ana Stoykova, Assoc. Research Fellow, PhD, Institute of literature
Main field of research: literary history (medieval Bulgarian literature; Cyryllo-Methodian studies; Greek and Slavic hagiography; relations between medieval literature and folklore)
Maya Petrova, Research Fellow, PhD, Institute of literature
Main field of research: medieval history (medieval history and culture; medieval Bulgarian literature; Greek and Latin souse study).

"Starobalgarska literatura" publishes articles in Bulgarian and in several international languages - English, German, French and Russian. Since 2005 they are equipped with detailed summaries in English or in Bulgarian.

The articles submitted for publication are distributed between the members of the editorial board and sent for comments to external readers who are experts in the particular field. They are evaluated according to the following principles:
- importance of the research problem;
- importance of the proposed solutions and author's original contributions for medieval research in the field of palaeoslavic studies and in European medieval studies in general;
- presentation or edition of unknown or little-known souse material;
- the degree to which the materials are in step with new developments.

The journal is well-known to the specialists in medieval Slavic studies. It is distributed to more then 60 foreign scholarly institutions and libraries (via subscription and book exchange) in Europe and in the United States. "Starobalgarska literatura" is included in international reference lists, such as ULRICH's Periodicals Directory (, INION, section "Literary sciences" ( and in the Central and Eastern European Online Library ( Since 2003 all the articles included in the edition are annotated in the International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), Leeds, Brepols Publishers.
The journal applied to be enrolled in the ERIH (European Reference Index for the Humanities) and waits for the results of the application.

Scripta & e-Scripta. The journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies. Boyan Penev Publishing Centre. Sofia.
№ 1. 2003, 244 p.
№ 2. 2004, 454 p.
№ 3-4. 2006, 422 p.
№ 5. 2007, 296 p.
№ 6. 2008, 434 p.

Scripta & e-Scripta is a new journal dedicated to publishing reports of innovative approaches to the investigation of interdisciplinary issues in medieval studies from a wide range of fields: history, literature, language, information science, art, culturology, anthropology, etc. The journal promotes the analysis of medieval cultural phenomena at multiple levels: the medieval manuscript tradition, textual transmission, sources and their history, text structure, style, etc. The intended audience includes students, teachers, and specialists in all disciplines in medieval studies.
The medieval period is still unquestionably a fundamental component of our cultural heritage. In the present day, technological innovations have revolutionized the practical aspects of medieval studies, creating opportunities for new strategies of interpretation, presentation, publication, and distribution. Scripta & e-Scripta seeks to complement existing academic publications in both medieval studies and humanities computing by providing a forum that is particularly receptive to discussions of the implementation of computer applications in the field of Slavic and Byzantine studies.
The new generation of experts in Slavic, Byzantine, and comparative European medieval studies, who are starting their careers at the beginning of the twenty-first century, enter the field under newly favorable conditions. The corpus of known medieval manuscripts has been enriched significantly in recent decades and the tools of theoretical inquiry have been extended, enabling much more precise analysis. Although scholars sometimes lament a crisis in Slavic and Byzantine studies, and in medieval studies in general, it is nonetheless clear that a considerable number of problems and issues that were debated actively by our predecessors have recently found new and, in many cases, persuasive solutions.
Attitudes toward medieval studies have changed substantially since the early 1990s. New methods of description and publication based on computer-supported processing of manuscripts and texts have recently been tested in many projects in European, Central European, and Byzantine-Slavic studies. An international working team based in the Institute of Literature of BAS has taken a leading role in this process, implementing a series of projects involving the application of computer technologies to medieval Slavic literature and letters (many of the results are visible in www). The idea of designing of digital Repertory of medieval Slavic literature and letters which includes Byzantine sources and applies a generalized standard that makes the materials easily accessible for both scientific and educational purposes, has already been initiated and realized. One of the more important tasks for specialists in humanities in 21 century is to set up databases for bibliography and for archival sources, to develop electronic editions, etc. in order to support rapid and effective access to the information they contain. With this goal editorial board of Scripta is committed to published articles about computer applications in humanities, and these have a permanent place in the journal.
Journal content: Scripta & e-Scripta contains articles, book reviews, and news about the projects and activities of the Commission for Computer Processing of Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Early Printed Books of the International Commitee of Slavists (established in 1998). Articles will include surveys of research (Forschungsberichte), discussion of theoretical and practical approaches to medieval studies, and descriptions of new projects and resources. The editorial board hopes to stimulate and encourage professional research on the written heritage of the Middle Ages, from late Antiquity to the beginning of the eighteenth century. Archeological reports are not accepted, but papers that use archeological evidence, as well as articles based on all kinds of historical sources and methods of research, are welcome. A regular section titled "Debuts" will include first publications by graduate students and young specialists. Reviews and annotations of new books in the field of medieval studies are included.

Regularity: Scripta & e-Scripta appears once a year.

Acceptance of materials: Scripta & e-Scripta accepts submissions in English, German, French, and Russian, and requires one-paragraph abstracts in Bulgarian. Authors should also submit brief biographical statements to be published alongside articles. Texts are printed only after peer review (anonymous) of two specialist, outside the editorial board, and one of the editorial board.

Editorial board:
Slavia Barlieva (Classic Philology, Cyril and Methodius Research Center, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria), David J. Birnbaum (Computer Humanities, Slavic Philology, Pittsburgh University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA), Ralph Cleminson (Slavic Philology, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom), Sergej Ivanov (History, Byzantine Studies, Institute of Slavic Studies, Moscow, Russian Federation), Gabor Klaniczay (Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary), Sebastian Kempgen (Slavic Studies, Bamberg University, Germany), Anissava Miltenova (Slavic Studies, Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria), Elissaveta Mussakova (Art Studies, Archeography and Palaeography, National Library SS Cyril and Methodius, Sofia, Bulgaria), Tatjana Slavova (Linguistics, Slavic Studies, St. Clement of Ohrid University, Sofia, Bulgaria), Margaret Dimitrova (Linguistics, Slavic Studies, St. Clement of Ohrid University, Sofia, Bulgaria).

Dissemination: in the Institute of Literature, in the bookstore of BAS, after subscription and on line:

The Institute publishes also a Bibliographical bulletin Publications of the Institute for Literature.
№ 1. 2003, 71 p.
№ 2. 2004, 103 p.
№ 3. 2005, 96 p.
№ 4. 2006, 79 p.
№ 5. 2007, 90 p.
№ 6. 2008, 79 p.

The Bulletin for bibliography contains publications of the Institute of Literature, and an exhaustive classified bibliography of the Institute members, in printed and electronic editions. The items are sorted according to the following sources hierarchy: monographies, reference books, bibliographies, miscellanies, series, periodicals, and newspapers. It also contains sources and authors indexes.

Compilers and editors: Yonka Naydenova, PhD, Diana Raleva, Nelma Valcheva.

Regularity: The bulletin appears once a year.

Dissemination: in the Institute for Literature, through St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library and also on line - on the site of the Institute:

In the past, the Institute published the following periodicals:

  • Izvestija na Instituta za literatura (News from the Institute of Literature) (1948-1972).
  • Literaturna istorija (Literary History). 17 volumes appeared between 1977 and 1988.
  • Sravnitelno literaturoznanie (Comparative Literary Studies). 9 volumes appeared between 1982 and 1989.


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