The subject repository OstDok is the central Open Access platform for research on East, Central East and Southeast Europe. It offers electronic access to over 52,000 full texts such as scientific monographs, sources, theses and series.
OstDok focuses on the history, politics, philology and culture of the countries of Eastern, Central Eastern and Southeastern Europe - regardless of the reference period and publication language.
OstDok makes many resources available to scholars and scientists electronically in Open Access for the first time: over 9,000 copyright-protected publications from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as well as a large number of titles in the public domain, mainly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but also from earlier periods.
All publications are indexed, long-term archived and permanently accessible via long-term identifiers. With the help of sophisticated search options in the full text and description data of all documents, you quickly find what you need!
The following digital series are originally published electronically or as hybrid series on OstDok:
Issues of the following journals (with the exception of the two most recent volumes) are available via OstDok in Open Access format:
The following publication series which are still subject to copyright are only accessible on OstDok in Open Access format:
Since August 2015, the entire copyright-free Eastern Europe Collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been electronically accessible on OstDok in the form of retro-digitised copies. In addition, OstDok contains relevant retro-digitisations of works still subject to copyright, for example from the publishing programmes of Otto Sagner, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Wilhelm Fink, Schöningh, as well as a large number of other titles.
OstDok offers scientists and scholars the opportunity to publish their research results electronically in Open Access. In the digital series “DigiOst” and “Digital Series of Graduation Publications” they can publish their original research results electronically, or electronically republish works already available in print. It is also possible to write thematic dossiers on osmikon.de, whereby all essays and contributions of a dossier are additionally published in the OstDok special repository.
We offer research institutions the option of electronically hosting scientific journals issued under their own editorship. The individual issues of the hosted journals also feed into the OstDok repository and are indexed for research purposes. The establishment of a moving wall is possible.
Inform yourself about your publishing opportunities with OstDok!
OstDok is a joint project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Collegium Carolinum, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association and the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, funded by the German Research Foundation from 2009-2015. Since 2016, OstDok has been continued and updated as part of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich owns one of the internationally leading Eastern European collections with historically grown holdings. Since the beginning of the 1950s, it has fulfilled the function of a reference library for the countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe throughout Germany as part of the programme for the nationwide supply of literature funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The Eastern Europe Collection of the BSB comprises about 1.3 million volumes, including valuable manuscripts as well as diverse electronic media, microfilmed archival material and about 4,500 current journals. Since 2000, over 1.1 million of its own books have been digitised and made available in Open Access format. The library and the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies have also been intensively engaged in electronic publishing for several years.
The Collegium Carolinum in Munich, a research institute for the history of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, brings together internationally renowned scholars who deal with the history of and present situation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Eastern Central Europe. The associated institute organises conferences, produces numerous publications such as the journal Bohemia and maintains a subject library with the largest special collection on Bohemica and Sudetica in Germany.
The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association in Marburg is one of the most important institutions for historical research on Eastern Central Europe. With its research library and scientific collections, it fulfils the function of a central research centre and academic service institution.
The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg investigates the economy and history of this region. With the publication of specialist journals and its internationally important subject library, it offers an excellent infrastructure for the academic study of Eastern Europe.
We are looking forward to receiving enquiries from research institutions, scientific libraries and publishers who would like to cooperate with us! Write to us if you would like to publish your own publications electronically, provide digitized collections, are interested in mutual harvesting, or want to host electronic journals.