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About and editorial policies


Founded in 1989, Historia naturalis bulgarica is a peer-reviewed international 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.


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.

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.

Publishing schedule, versions

Currently, the periodicity is one volume per year; as of February 2022, issues are actually published every month. Since 2018, volume 25, Historia naturalis bulgarica is published online only.

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).

Peer review

The manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before acceptance by at least two peers qualified to evaluate them. For details about the process read our Publication ethics and malpractice statement.


The editors can check the manuscripts for possible plagiarism using ‘Antiplagiat’ or similar service. Because plagiarism is a theft of intellectual property all manuscripts submitted to Historia naturalis bulgarica which contain significant non-attributed texts copied from other articles will be rejected. When there is a case of plagiarism in an already published article, an announcement will be published in both journals and the paper can be retracted, but only after a very careful consideration by the editors. The PDF document of the retracted article will remain on the site, clearly marked ‘Retracted’.


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.

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.

— Please also read our Publication ethics and malpractice statement.