Aims and scope
The journal Istraživanja was founded in 1971 and is published by the Department of History of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad (Serbia). Istraživanja – Journal of Historical Researches is dedicated to publishing the best academic ideas regarding all aspects of socio-political processes and events primarily in the region of Central and South East Europe, as well as the Eastern Mediterranean. However, the geographical focus is not strict since the studies of all phenomena and processes which occur elsewhere but are relevant for mentioned geographical area are welcomed.
Since the University of Novi Sad is located in the part of the world where different civilizations, cultures, religions and peoples have met and intertwined for millennia, Istraživanja especially emphasizes the critical research of the impact and significance of these mutual interactions and entanglements. The Journal greatly values an interdisciplinary approach, which is why it publishes not only the papers that study “typical” political history, but also works which critically analyze social and cultural life in the past (material culture, political thought, literature, religion, etc.) and come from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, art history and classical studies. However, Istraživanja - Journal of Historical Researches does not publish "rough" unanalyzed materials, field, questionnaires and interviews reports, pure linguistic analyses or any kind of contributions limited to bare reproduction of data and uncritical synthesis of previous scholarship.
The basic commitment of the Istraživanja - Journal of Historical Researches is to inspire meticulous and comprehensive study of socio-cultural, political and economic aspects of the past with the following aims:
- Publication of articles and studies which in their content and approach fulfill the crucial demands of the historical disciplines, primarily in the fields of the dynamic understanding of social processes from the earliest period of human history to the present time.
- Employment of fresh theoretical views and methodological approaches, usage of critical historiography and conduction of original research that results in new viewpoints and conclusions.
- Dissemination, open access and sharing of the contributions both within the academic community and general public.