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 2024 is devoted for Periodicals and changing society. The journal will be published as a printed volume and on the internet as an open access journal.

Topics of the anniversary volume

The periodical press, as a means of mass communication, reflects the collective relationship with a society. It is the fourth estate governing humankind without any laws or punishments and responsible to readers and the state. East, Central and North Europe regions entered the age of the periodical press at different times–mid-17th c. to early 19th c.–however, all of them strived to adapt to the changing conditions of the period in a modern way.

Societies were changing simultaneously by immersing themselves into a multidimensional informational existence, and the press became an integral part of the image of a modern person. The first digital periodical in Lithuania was launched in 1998, nowadays, we have hundreds of them. The periodical press has transformed itself in a digital age; new ways of publishing, new forms and formats to present information have been invented. The issue is dedicated to celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Lithuanian periodical press and discussing the research on historical change of periodicals and their heritage, specific features of contemporary publishing and dissemination of the periodical press, highlighting the most important changes in publishing of contemporary periodical press faced by network societies in the Baltic States and neighbouring countries.

We invite you to submit research articles on the following topics:

  • Theoretical approaches to periodical research. Changes in the concept of periodical, continuous, serial publications. Methodology and sources of periodical research. Critical communication and information, book studies, source studies, interdisciplinary perspective. Formation of the bibliographic resource base for periodicals and the state of the art today.

  • History, historiography and bibliography of periodicals.Predecessors of periodicals (calendars, manuscript newspapers, dissertation theses, silva rerum) and changes in repertoire in the 16th and 19th centuries. Periodicals of the period of the National Revival. Discoveries in the history of the periodical press changing the understanding about the period, significant events for the press, etc. Synthetic results of the research on history and bibliography of periodicals.

  • Heritage of periodicals, its communication, digitalisation and research.Historical collections of periodicals and continuing publications, their development and composition. Heritage genres of periodicals, artistic decoration. Specialised digital resources of the heritage of periodicals, their creation and use. Technological and methodological issues of digitalisation of documentary heritage. The relevance of press research to processes of digitalisation.

  • Data analytics in research on periodicals. The concept of data and specificity in the publishing of periodicals. Opportunities and experiences in content analysis of the data of periodicals.

  • Periodicals and society groups. Periodical research from an ethnic, religious, regional, national, local identity or target audience analysis points of view. Illegal press of the Soviet period. Periodicals of emigrants. Periodicals of minorities. Users (readers) of periodicals.

  • Market of periodicals. State and business interests in shaping the periodical press market by ensuring access to different genre and purpose press. Dimensions of internationality, nationality and regionalism.

  • Periodicals and digital publishing.Emergence of the digital content of the periodical press, digitalisation of management of publishing processes, new models of publishing business.

Important dates

Please, inform us about your intention to write an article for the planned volume by November 30, 2023. The articles must be submitted by January 15, 2024. 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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