Focus and Scope

KARAITE ARCHIVES is a peer-reviewed print journal which appears annually and which focuses on the literature, languages, history and culture of the Karaites in Eastern Europe. It is designed as a forum for specialists in Karaite studies to promote research and exchange ideas. The journal was established on the initiative of a group of European and Israeli scholars. Although formally connected with the Department of Asian Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, scholars from other academic institutions are also involved in its editing.


Peer Review Process

Procedures for the acceptance of submitted articles for publication in Karaite Archives

  1. The Editorial Board guided by the criterion of competence and impartiality performs the initial verification of submitted articles and appoints reviewers.
  2. The Editorial Board adopts resolutions by vote.
  3. If an article fails to meet academic standards, the Editorial Board does not have it reviewed and informs its author that it has not been accepted for publication. The Editorial Board does not justify its resolutions.
  4. The Editorial Board might not accept an article for publication if it does not adhere to the principles of community life.
  5. Upon submission of the article, the author agrees to have their article reviewed by two reviewers appointed by the Editorial Board by vote and accepts the Procedures for the acceptance of articles submitted for publication in Karaite Archives.
  6. The Editorial Board consults its decisions with the Advisory Board.
  7. Only original and previously unpublished articles can be accepted for publication in Karaite Archives with the exception of articles which were previously published in a language other than English.
  8. Submitted articles are sent to reviewers without the name of its author(s), thus are anonymous.
  9. An article can be reviewed only by a person with prolific output in the discipline which the article regards. It cannot be reviewed by a person who works in the same academic unit as the author, is conflicted with the author, is in any conflict of interests as for their academic activity or a member of their family.
  10. The list of Karaite Archives reviewers is published on the journal website.
  11. The reviewers are obliged to preserve confidentiality and must not use the knowledge of the article they are reviewing before it is published.
  12. A positive review with comments and suggestions is sent to the author anonymously. If the Author rejects the charges of the reviewer(s), the Editorial Board asks the Author to provide a written response to the review and then asks the reviewer(s) for an opinion again. In exceptional cases, the Editorial Board can appoint an additional reviewer.
  13. The Editorial Board’s decision to publish an article might depend on the introduction of changes suggested by the reviewers.
  14. In case of divergent opinions of the reviewers, the Editorial Board consults the Advisory Board and adopts a resolution regarding the accepting or not accepting of the article by vote.
  15. The Editorial Board consults the final list of articles accepted for publication with members of the Advisory Board.
  16. Article reviews and articles which have not been accepted for publication are archived for five years.

Open Access Policy

The journal provides immediate and open access to all its contents, in accordance with the assumption that an unlimited access to research facilitates and stimulates the global development of science and exchange of knowledge. The editors encourage authors to place their articles published by the journal in open repositories (after the review or final publisher's version) by providing a link to journal's website and article's DOI number.


Reviewers in 2014
dr Gulayhan Aqtay (Adam Mickiewcz University)
prof. Hendrik Boeschoten (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
prof. Gedeon Bohak (Tel Aviv University)
prof. Éva Á. Csató (Uppsala University)
dr Maxim Gammal (Moscow State University)
prof. Tapani Harviainen (Helsinki University)
prof. Avner Holzman (Tel Aviv University)
prof. Philippe Miller (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)
dr Zsuzsanna Olach (Hungarian Academy of Sciences/University of Szeged)
prof. Elchanan Reiner (Tel Aviv University)
dr Kamil Stachowski (Jagiellonian University)
prof. David Sklare (Ben-Zvi Institute)
dr hab. Maciej Tomal (Jagiellonian University)
dr Riika Tuori (Goethe-Universität)
prof. Jurgita Verbickienė (Vilnius University)
dr Barry Dan Walfish (University of Toronto)

Reviewers in 2013
dr Gulayhan Aqtay (Adam Mickiewicz University)
dr Tülay Çulha (University of Kocaeli)
prof. Éva Á. Csató (Uppsala University)
dr hab. Jan Doktór (Jewish Historical Institute)
dr hab. Stefan Gąsiorowski (Jagiellonian University)
prof. Tapani Harviainen (University of Helsinki)
dr Mikhail Kizilov (Universität Tübingen)
dr Zsuzsanna Olach (Szeged University)
prof. Dan Shapira (Bar Ilan University)
dr Dorota Smętek (Adam Mickiewicz University)
dr hab. Maciej Tomal (Jagiellonian University)
dr Barry Dov Walfish (University of Toronto)
dr Yuri Vartanov (Saint Petersburg State University)
dr Marzena Zawanowska (Warsaw University)