Call for the articles for a thematic volume of “Knygotyra”

An open-access peer-reviewed international scholarly journalKnygotyra” (Eng. Book Science) has been published without interruption since 1961. “Knygotyra” seeks to promote interdisciplinary research on the book and documentary 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 a chronicle of events that are important for book science.

Since 2018, “Knygotyra” is indexed in the database “Elsevier Scopus”.

This special volume of “Knygotyra” of 2021 devoted for the studies of children’s reading and literature and related research is designated to the 90th anniversary of Dr. Genovaitė Raguotienė, the Associate Professor of the Faculty of Communication at Vilnius University. The journal will be published as a printed volume and on the internet as an open access journal.

Topics of the anniversary volume

Associated Professor dr. Genovaitė Raguotienė (1931 06 27) is a Lithuanian scholar and librarian investigating history of Lithuanian culture, Lithuanian literacy and press, Lithuanian book and reading; the problems of children’s reading, history of children’s periodical press and bibliography of children’s book, reading culture, and history of Lithuanian libraries. The volume designated to mark her 90th anniversary aims to reveal the contemporary development of the research field explored by Dr. G. Raguotienė, paying special attention to children’s literature and general reading problems. The scholars working in the wider research area related to the studies of honourable Scholar are also invited to submit their studies.

Lithuanian and foreign scholars are invited to submit research articles on the following subjects:

general issues of reading and book culture: reading public and its historical development; reading in the past and present; readers’ audience; reading culture, process, habits, practices; reading transformation in digital age; reading of books in different languages; reading and reception of fiction and non-fiction, its impact on readers; reading research (lectology) issues; bibliotherapy; book culture and its change in different historical periods and cultures;

children’s reading: reading characteristics of children of different ages; impact of reading on children; promotion of reading; institutions promoting reading for children; development of children’s reading habits in the family, school, and society; children’s media literacy;

children’s literature and children’s book publishing: children’s literature, its development and situation in the age of digital media; children’s book publishing and its development: history, authors, genres, formats, dissemination, market, etc.; history and present situation of children’s periodical press; children’s book promotion in the past and in the modern society; bibliography of children’s literature and information systems of children’s literature; children’s media and its function in the modern society;

library work with children: history of children’s and school libraries and their place in library systems; studies of children as library users; reading promotion in libraries and their impact on children and their families; cultural activity of libraries for children; innovation of children’s library buildings and adaptation to children’s needs; participation of children in the design of library spaces; children’s librarians’ competence and activities.

The wider research area included history of libraries, development of library and information science research and education, entertainment cultures, media audiences, relation between modern and traditional media studies.

Important dates

Please, inform us about your intention to write an article for the planned volume by June 15, 2020. The articles must be submitted by December 15, 2020. The journal publishes articles in Lithuanian and English languages. More requirements can be found on the “Knygotyra” website in the Instructions to the authors (

Editor-in-chief Prof. Aušra Navickienė
Deputy of the editor-in-chief Prof. Elena Macevičiūtė
Deputy of the editor-in-chief Prof. Domas Kaunas
Responsible secretary PhD Kšištof Tolkačevski
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