Zeszyty Cyrylo-Metodiańskie (Cyrillo-Methodian Papers) is an annual academic journal published by the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. The journal is dedicated to promoting up-to-date research in language, literature and culture in the fields of Slavic and Balkan studies. Its long-term ambition is to provide a platform for scholarly debates and the popularization of the widely understood Cyrillo-Methodian heritage, foreign Bulgarian studies and the Polish-Bulgarian cultural dialogue. The Editorial team welcomes scholarly or polemical articles and reviews written in English or all Slavic languages.
The journal was established in 2012 as an outcome of annual international conferences in Slavistics held in Lublin and the town of Biała Podlaska. As a result of the Cyril and Methodius in the Language and Culture of Slavs conference series several collective volumes were published. The newly formed Editorial team, initially consisting of members of the UMCS Department of Slavic Linguistics, accepted the challenge of switching from collective volumes to an open access academic journal as a major task for editors in the field of Slavic studies.
The Editorial team recognizes the constant community need for a high-quality platform for foreign Bulgarian studies. From the beginning we adopted a diamond open access philosophy based on the concept of freely available research and global exchange of expertise. This is in full accordance with our aim of reaching a wide international audience.
Due to its non-commercial nature the journal relies heavily on building a strong community of readers, authors and reviewers. Advertising, financing and donations are considered options, however they do not affect the journal’s aims and policies. We believe that research findings in humanities should be open and free of charge with contributors able to share their analyses and expertise without any national, racial, gender, religious, worldview or language restrictions.
Although we are striving to be a niche journal, we share the conviction that wider comparative research in Slavic and Balkan studies is an invaluable part of today’s scholarly activities in the humanities. This is why the Editorial team has always been open to new approaches towards the field subjects, as well as to independent views of foreign academics on separate national traditions.
The official title of the journal is Zeszyty Cyrylo-Metodiańskie with the form Cyrillo-Methodian Papers also in use. The title does not suggest exclusive focus on Cyrillo-Methodian studies or paleoslavistics; it refers to the brother saints as patrons of the Slavic world and co-patrons of Europe.