About OstDok

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 55,000 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!


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      Contents in OstDok

      The over 55,000 electronic full texts in OstDok (as of February 2021) currently consist mainly of the following digital and retro-digitised titles:

      Issues of the following journals (with the exception of the two most recent volumes) are available via 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.

      Participating Institutions and Their Content in OstDok

      The following research institutes currently publish their own collections digitally via OstDok. The majority are series of books, research analyses or journals.

      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.

      Collegium Carolinum

      Contents of the Collegium Carolinum in OstDok: 

      Bad Wiesseer Tagungen des Collegium Carolinum 

      Berichte zur Entwicklung von Staat und Recht in der ČSFR 

      Bohemia: Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur der böhmischen Länder


      Digitale Reihe der Graduierungsschriften: Universitäten Deutschland

      Digitale Reihe der Graduierungsschriften: Univerzity Česká republika

      Veröffentlichungen der Deutsch-Tschechischen und Deutsch-Slowakischen Historikerkommission 

      Veröffentlichungen des Collegium Carolinum 

      The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig conducts comparative research on the history and culture of the region between the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea from the Early Middle Ages to the present. The scientific reference library of the institute is the largest specialized library on Eastern and Central Europe in the eastern part of Germany.

      Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa

      Contents of the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in OstDok:

      Forschungen zur Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Mitteleuropa

      Mitropa: Jahresheft des Leibniz-Instituts für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO)

      Oskar-Halecki-Vorlesung: Jahresvorlesung des GWZO

      Studia Jagellonica Lipsiensia

      Visuelle Geschichtskultur

      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.

      Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies

      Contents of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in OstDok:


      Schriften zur Geistesgeschichte des östlichen Europa

      Südosteuropäische Arbeiten 

      Südost-Forschungen: internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte, Kultur und Landeskunde Südosteuropas

      Untersuchungen zur Gegenwartskunde Südosteuropas

      Veröffentlichungen des Osteuropa-Institutes München

      Wissenschaftlicher Dienst Südosteuropa: Quellen und Berichte über Staat, Verwaltung, Recht, Bevölkerung, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Veröffentlichungen in Südosteuropa

      The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) is an independent academic institution. It advises policymakers on issues of foreign and security policy and international and European policy on the basis of its own practice-oriented research.

      German Institute for International and Security Affairs

      Contents of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in OstDok: 

      Berichte des Bundesinstituts für Ostwissenschaftliche und Internationale Studien

      The Hungarian Institute Munich e.V. is a scientific and cultural institute with a focus on history, politics, culture, regional studies, literature, music, art and language. The content contributed to OstDok by the Hungarian Institute Munich e.V. is scientifically supervised by the Hungarian Institute of the University of Regensburg.

      Hungarian Institute Munich

      Hungarian Institute of the University of Regensburg

      Contents of the Hungarian Institute Munich in OstDok:  

      Studia Hungarica: Schriften des Ungarischen Instituts München

      Publishing on OstDok

      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!


      Institutions in Charge

      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.

      Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies

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      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.


      Your contact in osmikon regarding OstDok:

      dr Norbert Kunz

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