About the Journal

Aims and scope

SLEDVA is a journal of humanities and arts published by the New Bulgarian University twice a year, in May and November. It is both multi- and interdisciplinary, covering the fields of literary studies, philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, art theory and art history, and related fields, with an emphasis on the culture of Eastern Europe and the Balkans in the 20th and 21st centuries. Academic articles by established specialists in their field are published, as well as works by young scholars. There is a separate section for reviews of scholarly works in these fields. The main languages are Bulgarian and English. The journal is open to a wide range of researchers in and outside Bulgaria. Each paper is reviewed by two anonymous reviewers. The edition is open-access, published in full text online on the NBU website and in a limited print run.

Editorial Policies


SLEDVA is an open open access journal in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). This means that all published articles are freely available and free of charge to users and their institutions. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of articles, use them for any other legitimate purpose without asking prior permission from the publisher or author, as long as the original authors of the article, the citation details and the publisher are indicated.


The copyright of articles published in SLEDVA is retained by the authors, with the right of first publication granted to the journal. Authors retain full publication rights and are encouraged to upload their work to institutional repositories, academic social networks, etc. SLEDVA is not responsible for subsequent use of the work. In the event of copyright infringement, it is the author's responsibility to take legal action if deemed necessary.

Authors are allowed to archive the submitted version, the accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript) and the published version (Version of Record) in any repository as long as the status of the version is clearly indicated.

Exceptions to copyright policies

Occasionally, SLEDVA may publish articles jointly with other publications, and different licensing terms may then apply.

Open data

SLEDVA encourages authors to make the research data for their published articles available as open data. Data that are integral to the article should be made available in such a way as to enable readers to reproduce, verify and build on the conclusions in the article. Any restriction on the availability of these data must be disclosed at the time of article submission.

Submission of material for publication

The journal is open to submissions from researchers inside and outside Bulgaria; authors do not need to have an affiliation with New Bulgarian University. Submission of a manuscript of an article means that it has not been previously published and will not be submitted elsewhere unless rejected or withdrawn. Manuscripts should be formatted according to the "NBU Guidelines for Bibliographic Reference and Citation of Information Resources"


Materials with more authors

When submitting such materials, authors declare that all roles of co-authors and collaborators are adequately described and agreed between them.


Authors do not pay a submission or publication fee.

Publication Ethics

The editorial team subscribes to the principles of publication ethics of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as set out in the Core Practices and is committed to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

Plagiarism statement

Every manuscript submitted for publication in SLEDVA is subject to checking for plagiarism, duplicate publication and recycling of texts.

Malpractice statement

SLEDVA strives to follow best practices in ethical issues, errors, and retractions. Preventing publication abuses is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is unacceptable, and plagiarism in any form is not tolerated. By submitting articles to SLEDVA, authors confirm that the content of the manuscript is original.

Peer review

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed, and research manuscripts are subject to double-blind peer review. The process guarantees the anonymity of reviewers and authors. The reviewers can be members of the editorial board or Bulgarian and international specialists in the field external to the journal. 

Conflict of interest

All authors, reviewers and members of the editorial team must disclose promptly any affiliation that constitutes a conflict of interest in relation to manuscripts submitted to SLEDVA.

Confidentiality; GDPR

We respect the privacy of personal information and the rights of both authors and visitors to our website when collecting personal data. They are processed according to the European Union's data protection regulations.

Filing complaints

We strive to meet the highest possible criteria in our work. However, omissions and imperfections are possible. Do not hesitate to point them out to us. Feedback is particularly important in such cases. We do our best to correct any mistakes.


SLEDVA is archived in:

NBU Library (both print and digital formats);

Bulgarian National Library St. Cyril and Methodius  (print format);

Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) (digital, full text).