Book Science


Aims & Scope

The scholarly journal “Knygotyra” (Book Science) seeks to promote interdisciplinary research on book and digital media culture, including all the varied possibilities of textual communication and related issues. Topics the journal covers include the theory and methodology of book science, book history and historiography, traditional and digital publishing, research on media literacy and reading, book art, bibliophily, studies in printed and digital heritage, book sociology, and closely related topics from the humanities and social sciences: epigraphy, codicology, the history of the library and librarianship, bibliography, archival studies and records management, etc.
“Knygotyra” publishes original scientific articles, scientific publications of historical sources, reviews of books, and chronicle of events that are important for book science. “Knygotyra” accepts articles in Lithuanian and English. Regarding submissions in other languages, please contact the editorial team. 


The scholarly journal “Knygotyra” has been published without interruption since 1961. Its initial title, from 1961 to 1969, was “Bibliotekininkystės ir bibliografijos klausimai” (Issues of Librarianship and Bibliography), which in 1970 was changed to “Knygotyra”. The journal was originally published in two parts: one focused on book history and publishing, and the other on librarianship, bibliography and information science. As of 1994, the second part has acquired independent status and is published as “Informacijos mokslai” (Information Sciences). From 1990 to 2001 “Knygotyra” was published in a single annual volume; since 2002, two volumes have been published each year, in June-July and October-November. 

Publication policy and ethics

Peer review

“Knygotyra” uses a process of double-blind review, which means that the authors and reviewers are not known to each other. Authors and reviewers should report any possible conflicts of interest to the editorial board. Authors are given reviews with due time to make revisions. Note that this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of matching and similar text in submitted manuscripts. The rejection of papers on the grounds of plagiarism is final. Authors may re-submit for review articles declined due to insufficient quality after substantial revision.


Knygotyra’s editorial team and reviewers follow the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines, which define best ethical practices in scholarly publishing. Authors who submit articles for publication to “Knygotyra” are strongly recommended to follow the Code of Conduct for Researchers of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences or the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. They should also acknowledge any grants received from public or private bodies for their research.

Open access and copyright

“Knygotyra” is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission of the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative) definition of open access. The journal does not charge fees for article processing or submission.

Articles published in “Knygotyra” are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share and cite the work so long as they acknowledge its authorship and its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) when it is published, as that can lead to productive exchanges as well as facilitate earlier and greater citation of published work (see: The Effect of Open Access).

“Knygotyra” is indexed in the following international databases:

Book History Online (BHO)  

EBSCO Electronic Journals Service

Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) 

Modern Language Association International Bibliography 

Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB): Electronic Journals Library 

Ulrich’s Web




The deadline for submission to “Knygotyra” is February 1 (first volume) and September 1 (second volume).
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