How It Works


SlavDok is a service offered by the Slavic Studies Information Service (FID). This platform is open to staff members of both university and non-university research institutions for scholarly open-access publishing. If you are currently affiliated with a relevant institution, and your academic activities focus on various fields of research in Slavic studies, SlavDok offers you the opportunity to publish original academic contributions as well as secondary publications of texts that have already appeared elsewhere in accordance with the principles of Open Access.




Before using the publication service for the first time, you must first register. To do so, please complete the registration form or alternatively send an informal e-mail with your contact details as well as details of the research institution to which you currently belong to: In both cases, please use your official e-mail address. Immediately afterwards, a link will be sent to the e-mail address you provided, the activation of which completes the registration process. With your access data, you can now log in to the SlavDok server at any time.


Document upload


Once you have registered, as the copyright holder, you can publish as many texts as you wish on SlavDok in accordance with our publication guidelines. To begin the publication process, please log in to the server. After entering and saving the bibliographic metadata for your contribution, upload the corresponding file(s) to the repository using the 'Actions' and 'Add a data object' menu fields. Please note that the contributions you intend to publish will only be released on SlavDok after formal and content-related checks have been carried out. You are responsible for ensuring that no copyrights or other rights of third parties are violated, for example in the context of joint publications. Your publication files should be in formats like MP3, PDF, or ideally PDF/A, among others, and should be DRM-free (Digital Rights Management), meaning they should not be password-protected or set to read-only, to enable long-term electronic archiving of the documents.

With the upload of your document and based on a written publication contract, SlavDok is granted a simple right of use for the distribution and public accessibility of the work on the internet, as well as the supplementary right to make changes to the respective file format, particularly for archiving purposes. The long-term electronic availability of the publications and metadata is guaranteed. Please send the completed publication contract in PDF format with your electronic signature via email to: On the other hand, modifications to the content of articles already published on SlavDok are only possible by uploading an updated version.

If the document intended for publication on SlavDok is a first publication, the exclusive right of use remains with you, allowing you to dispose of the work you've created in any other way you wish. Please also review the detailed information on the copyright framework for open access publishing in the SlavDok repository. To ensure unique personal identification, FID Slavonic Studies recommends using the free Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) and will assist you in uploading your contributions if desired. Instructions and multimedia training materials on how to use SlavDok will be available shortly.


Content indexing


All text contributions published on SlavDok are made searchable in full text using search engine technology. To ensure thematic browsing of all SlavDok content, you are also asked to index your work with descriptive metadata. For this purpose, please select the appropriate notation from the drop-down menu "SlavDok systematics" in the course of the submission process. In addition, you have the option of describing the content of your contribution using both freely selectable and standardised keywords. Please enter each keyword separately and - if you wish to use standardised vocabulary - check via "Search" that it conforms to the terminology of the Gemeinsame Normdatei der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek (GND), which is integrated in the background. Please use the preferred singular form of the GND keywords.


Contact details and deletion policy


If you have any further questions or encounter technical difficulties during the registration process, we are always available to advise you. Please send us an email at

The FID Slavonic Studies reserves the right to refuse registration with SlavDok as well as the publication of individual contributions in justified exceptional cases. Deletion and any subsequent alteration of documents published on SlavDok is also not envisaged. However, you are of course free to republish your contributions in updated versions. If - for example, for reasons of copyright - public access to a contribution that has already been published is not permitted, access to it will be blocked and this will be announced under its persistent web addresses.