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About and editorial policies



The name of the journal is Historia naturalis bulgarica. Do not capitalise ‘naturalis’ and|or ‘bulgarica’. We do not recommend using an abbreviation, ISO 4 or other.


Historia naturalis bulgarica, c/o National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria · e-mail:


Founded in 1989, Historia naturalis bulgarica is a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. We publish primarily scientific contributions on mineralogy, palaeontology, botany, zoology, as well as original articles on history of natural sciences and natural history institutions. In the period before 2018 the majority (65.6%) of papers published consisted of research articles. Almost two-thirds of these appeared in English, but also in Bulgarian, French, German, Russian. Other types include short notes, ‘personalia’ (biographies, anniversaries), news articles, book reviews. Currently, research articles form the entire content and are all published in English.

Publishing schedule, versions

Since 2018, volume 25, Historia naturalis bulgarica is published online only. Volumes 25—40 were published in 2018—2019 at irregular intervals and in issue format size.

At the end of 2019, the newly elected editorial board decided to switch to monthly publication of issues. In 2020—2021, articles of volumes 41 and 42 were published, 13 times each, although no issue was numbered. The ‘volume (issue)’ numbering scheme started with volume 43, with 6 issues published in September—December 2021. Volume 44, consisting of 11 issues, was published in the next, 2022. Numbered or not, 43 issues were published during these three years.

Currently, the periodicity is one volume per year; issues are published strictly monthly.


Currently the entire publication process is supported by the National Museum of Natural History. There is no article processing charge (APC) or any other fee charged to authors.


Open access

The periodical provides immediate open access to its content. All content is freely available without any charge. Everyone is allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the author or the publisher. Making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Submitting a manuscript to Historia naturalis bulgarica, the authors certify that:
All authors agree to its submission and the corresponding author has been authorised by co-authors.
The work described has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
They secure the right to reproduce any material that has already been published or copyrighted elsewhere. The work does not violate any copyright or other personal proprietary right of any person or entity and it contains no abusive, defamatory, obscene or fraudulent statements, nor any other statements that are unlawful in any way.
They agree to the following license and copyright agreement: The copyright on any article is held and is retained by the author(s). Authors grant Historia naturalis bulgarica a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. The article and any associated published material is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Privacy statement

The names and e-mail addresses entered in Historia naturalis bulgarica’s site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Peer review

The manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before acceptance by at least two peers qualified to evaluate them. We are using the traditional method — single-blind peer review (i.e. reviewers know the identity of authors, but authors don’t know the identity of reviewers). The vast majority of reviewers are external, but members of the editorial board may also act as reviewers. For details read the appropriate section at our Publication ethics and malpractice statement.

Publication ethics and malpractice statement [separate page]

Last updated: 26 January 2024