Balcania et Slavia

Studi linguistici | Studies in Linguistics
     topic: languages and linguistics  
  • e-ISSN 2785-3187
  • Periodicity biannual
  • Permalink
  • Language de, en, it, ru, uk
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

  • peopleBoards
    Iliyana Krapova, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Advisory Board
    Francesco Altimari, Università della Calabria, Italia    
    Paola Maria Cotta Ramusino, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia  
    Stephen M. Dickey, University of Kansas, USA    
    Victor A. Friedman, The University of Chicago, USA    
    Maksim Anisimovič Krongauz, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia    
    Brian Joseph, Ohio State University, USA    
    Svetlana Nistratova, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Vladimir Aleksandrovič Plungian, Institute of Linguistics and V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences; Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia    
    Aleksandr Jur’evič Rusakov, St. Petersburg State University, Russia    
    Andrej Nikolaevič Sobolev, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia    
    Giuseppina Turano, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Björn Wiemer, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Deutschland    

    Editorial Board
    Assia Assenova, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Tsvetana Dimitrova, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia  
    Pavel Duryagin, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Gëzim Gurga, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italia  
    Flora Koleci, INALCO, France  
    Julia Nikolaeva, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia  
    Laura Orazi, Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italia    
    Linda Torresin, Università degli Studi di Padova, 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.
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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

  • listCall for papers


    BeS invites contributions for the journal first and second issue to be published in 2024. 

    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.


    Abstract Submission – March 15, 2024 (issue 1) or July 14, 2023 (issue 2)

    Articles Submission – April 15, 2024 (issue 1) or August 31, 2024 (issue 2)

    Prospective publication – June 2024 (issue 1) and December 2024 (issue 2)

    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 for issue 1


    Go to the upload area to submit your proposal for issue 2


  • listComplete 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’s 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 Advisory Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors’ responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Advisory 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 Editor-in-Chief.

    The Balcania et Slavia Editor-in-Chief and Advisory 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. 

    Allegations of misconduct

    If the Balcania et Slavia Editor-in-Chief and Advisory 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. They will do their best to correct the published content whenever they are informed that it contains scientific errors or that the authors have committed unethical or illegal acts in connection with their published work. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation.

    All complaints are handled in accordance with the guidelines published by the COPE.

    Concerns and complaints must be addressed to the following e-mail The letter should contain the following information:

    • complainant’s personal information;
    • title, author(s), publication date, DOI;
    • complaint(s);
    • declaration that the complainant has no conflict of interest, or declaration of an actual or potential conflict of interest.

    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 Editor-in-Chief. 


    Authors are strongly encouraged to use their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. This will ensure the authors’ visibility and correct citation of their work.

    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. Please ensure that: the order of the author names is correct; the names of all authors are present and correctly spelled, and that affiliations are up-to-date.

    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 Editor-in-Chief 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. Quotations 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. 

    Any form of excessive, inappropriate or unnecessary self-citation, as well as any other form of citation manipulation, are strongly discouraged.

    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 Editor-in-Chief, 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 Editor-in-Chief and Advisory 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 Editor-in-Chief. 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.