Balcania et Slavia

Studi linguistici | Studies in Linguistics
     topic: languages and linguistics  
Aims & Scope
Balcania et Slavia. Studi linguistici | Studies in linguistics is a newly founded international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the modern Slavic and Balkan languages from the perspective of theoretical, areal-typological, and contrastive linguistics. The Journal intends to promote high-quality scholarly work on all topics relevant to the theoretical description and analysis of Slavic and Balkan languages in synchrony as well as in diachrony. The main areas of interest include, but are not limited to, their structural make-up, contact in space and time, variation and microvariation in the Balkan-Slavic area, first and second language acquisition in bilingual and multilingual environments. Although it is based at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the Journal aims at providing an international academic platform where scholars and researchers working within both the traditional and the more recently developed experimental frameworks can share novel ideas and advance theoretical proposals in the field of Slavic and Balkan linguistics.

General info

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    Iliyana Krapova, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Svetlana Nistratova, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Luisa Ruvoletto, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Giuseppina Turano, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Advisory Board
    Francesco Altimari, Università della Calabria, Italia    
    Petya Assenova, University of Sofia, Bulgaria    
    Rosanna Benacchio, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia    
    Stephen M. Dickey, University of Kansas, USA    
    Steven Franks, Indiana University Bloomington, USA    
    Victor A. Friedman, The University of Chicago, USA    
    Lucyna Gebert, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia    
    Maxim Anisimovič Krongauz, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia    
    Brian Joseph, Ohio State University, USA    
    Igor Grigorjevič Miloslavsky, Moscow State University, Russia    
    Vladimir Alexandrovič Plungian, Institute of Linguistics and V.V Vinogradov Russian Language Institute; Russian Academy of Sciences; Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia    
    Catherine Rudin, Wayne State College, USA    
    Alexander Jurijevič Rusakov, St. Petersburg State University, Russia    
    Andrej Nikolajevič Sobolev, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia    
    Hannu Tommola, Tampere University, Finland    
    Björn Wiemer, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Deutschland    

    Editorial Board
    Assia Assenova, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Pavel Duryagin, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Laura Orazi, Università di Macerata, Italia    

    Managing Editor
    Giuseppe Sofo, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Proposal / Submission

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Peer review
Submitted articles are initially assessed by the editorial board for eligibility after which they are considered for further reviewing. Articles that do not meet the Journal’s standards or do not correspond to the relevant areas outlined in Aims and scope will be returned to the author without further consideration. Articles are published after successfully passing the anonymous peer-reviewing by the editorial board and/or other external referees according to the subject matter. In order to facilitate the double-blinded reviewing process, authors are encouraged to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. Each article receives two reviews; in case of contradictory reviews, the article is sent to a third reviewer. Article reviews are discussed by the editorial staff for approval.
Editorial Guidelines
  • listEditorial Guidelines

    To be published all manuscripts must comply with the following guidelines. In case of blatant violation of the guidelines, the editor (ECF) can suspend at any time the manuscript’s publication.

    The instructions for the preparation of your manuscript, its abstract and its bibliography, are an integral part of the requirements for the manuscript submission. They are downloadable from the menu ‘Publish with us’ at the item ‘Editorial Guidelines’.

    • Manuscript Preparation
    • Document Basic Structure
    • Document Composition
    • Source Citation System
    • General Bibliography

    To find out more, please contact Edizioni Ca’ Foscari’s editorial staff at

  • call_to_actionCall for papers

    Balcania et Slavia is a newly founded International open-access, peer-reviewed journal which aims at publishing articles with a clear contribution to the study of the Slavic and the Balkan languages in a synchronic or a diachronic perspective. 

    BeS invites contributions for the journal first and second issue to be published in 2022. 

    Possible areas for contributions include:

    • Issues in the phonology, morphology, syntax and lexical semantics of the modern Slavic and Balkan languages;

    • Contrastive or area-typological studies of particular aspects in the syntax of Slavic and Balkan languages;

    • Contact-induced properties and patterns of grammaticalization in the Slavic and the Balkan linguistic areas;  

    • Morphosyntactic variation and micro-variation in the Balkan-Slavic area.

    Potential authors can submit (a) original research papers or (b) 'state of the art' articles which offer a critical evaluation of current theoretical concepts and approaches in the field of Slavic and Balkan linguistics.  

    Space limitations:

    The submitted articles should not exceed 5,000-6,000 words, 30,000-35,000 characters, spaces included.

    Authors are invited to send a one page abstract (in English, maximum 1,000 characters including spaces) by May 31, 2022. Please attach a short bio note and 5 keywords (in English). 

    The deadline for submission of the full-length articles is September 15, 2022. All contributions must be submitted in *.docx format and must respect the editorial and bibliographical norms of the journal (for information, please visit A PDF copy of the manuscript should also be submitted if it contains special symbols, phonetic transcription, or characters from languages other than English. 

    Manuscripts will be accepted preferably in English. Italian and Russian, as well as any other Slavic language are also admissible (consistently with the topic of the contribution). For more information, please write to

    Go to the upload area to submit your proposal


  • codeComplete journal policy

    Ethical Code of Balcania et Slavia

    Balcania et Slavia is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

    Publisher responsibilities  

    The Publisher must provide the Journal with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.

    The Publisher must have a written agreement that defines the relationship with the owner of the Journal and/or the Editor-in-Chief. The agreement must comply with the Code of Behavior for Publishers of Scientific Journals, as established by COPE.

    The relationship among the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of Balcania et Slavia alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

    Submitted articles, after having been checked for plagiarism by means of the anti-plagiarism software Compilatio that is used by the University and is made available to us, will be sent to at least two reviewers. Final acceptance presumes the implementation of possible amendments, as required by the reviewers and under the supervision of the Balcania et Slavia Editors.

    The Balcania et Slavia Editors and Editorial Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Journalʼs policy, i.e. exclusively on the basis of its scientific content, without discrimination of race, sex, gender, creed, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the scientific, academic and political position of the Authors. 

    If the Balcania et Slavia Editors and Editorial Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation. 

    Authors responsibilities


    Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the Balcania et Slavia website. 

    No multiple submissions

    Authors must explicitly state that their work is original in all its parts and that the submitted paper has not been previously published, nor submitted to other journals, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper gets published without significant revision, earlier dissemination in conference proceedings or working papers does not preclude consideration for publication, but Authors are expected to fully disclose publication/dissemination of the material in other closely related publications, so that the overlap can be evaluated by the Balcania et Slavia Editors. 


    Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the article is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. The respective roles of each co-author should be described in a footnote. The statement that all authors have approved the final version should be included in the disclosure.

    Conflicts of interest and financing

    Authors, under their own responsibility, must avoid any conflict of interest affecting the results obtained or the interpretations suggested. The Balcania et Slavia Editors will give serious and careful consideration to suggestions of cases in which, due to possible conflict of interest, an Author’s work should not be reviewed by a specific scholar. Authors should indicate any financing agency or the project the article stems from. 


    Authors must see to it that all works consulted be properly quoted. If works or words of others are used, they have to be properly paraphrased or duly quoted. Citations between “double quotes” (or «angled quotation marks» if the text is written in a language other than English) must reproduce the exact wording of the source; under their own responsibility, Authors should carefully refrain from disguising a restyling of the source’s wording, as though it was the original formulation. 

    Ethical Committee

    Whenever required, the research protocols must be authorised in advance by the Ethical Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 


    When Authors find a mistake or an inaccuracy in their own article, they must immediately warn the Balcania et Slavia Editors, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Balcania et Slavia Editors and Editorial Board in taking decisions on the articles submitted. They are expected to offer the Authors suggestions as to possible adjustments aimed at improving their contribution submission. 

    Timing and conflicts of interest

    If a reviewer does not feel up to the task of doing a given review, or if she/he is unable to read the work within the agreed schedule, she/he should notify the Balcania et Slavia Editors. Reviewers must not accept articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous contributions or to a competition with a disclosed author (or with an author they believe to have identified). 


    The content of the reviewed work must be considered confidential and must not be used without explicit authorisation by the author, who is to be contacted via the editor-in-chief. Any confidential information obtained during the peer review process should not be used for other purposes.

    Collaborative attitude

    Reviewers should see themselves not as adversaries but as advocates for the field. Any comment must be done in a collaborative way and from an objective point of view. Reviewers should clearly motivate their comments and keep in mind the Golden Rule of Reviewing: “Review for others as you would have others review for you”. 


    Reviewers should report any similarity or overlapping of the work under analysis with other works known to them.