Problems of Onomastics

peer-reviewed academic journal ISSN 1994-2400 (Print)
ISSN 1994-2451 (Online)

Voprosy onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics) is a peer-reviewed academic journal published three times per year. Edited since 2004, it attracts an international authorship and provides complete and balanced coverage of the latest research and theory in the study of proper names.

Aims and Scope
Voprosy onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics) publishes original research papers on all aspects of onomastics: theory of proper names and methods of onomastics; lexicography of proper names (presentation of old and new dictionaries); source studies in onomastics; functioning of proper names in different contexts: in dialects and popular language, in folklore and literature, in scientific and administrative discourses; historical studies of anthroponyms and toponyms (including the study of substrate toponymy); onomastics as a cross-road of different disciplines (history, archaeology, ethnology, geography, anthropology, ethnolinguistics, etymology, regional studies, etc.); methods of documentary fieldwork and data processing in onomastics. Preference is generally given to the Slavic, Finno-Ugric, Romance, Germanic, Baltic, Celtic and Turkic languages. However, authors are invited to contribute papers on other languages as well. 

Additionally, the journal publishes materials of discussions, conference reviews, expedition reports, memoirs on renowned onomatologists, books, journals and dissertation reviews, bibliographies, information on forthcoming scientific events in the field of onomastics.

The journal publishes papers in the Russian, English, German, and French languages

The journal was established jointly by the Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) and Ural Federal University formerly known as Ural State University (Ekaterinburg). Ekaterinburg is the home for one of the most numerous and authoritative East European scientific groups working in the field of onomastics. For many years this group of researchers edited an eponymous periodical collection of research articles which became an important forum for the study of proper names in the Soviet Union in the 1960-1980s. First issued in 2004, the journal Voprosy onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics) substantially continues its traditions. The first editor of the journal was Prof. Aleksandr Matveyev. Since 2010, the journal has been edited by Prof. Elena Berezovich.

The journal operates on a no-fee open access basis: the journal does not charge any publication fees, all publications are freely available to the reader on the journal's website immediately after publication.

Izdatel'stvo Ural'skogo Universiteta (Ural University Press)
4, Turgenev str., Ekaterinburg, 620083, Russia


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According to Scimago Journal & Country Rank, Voprosy onomastiki is ranked Quartile 2 (Q2) within the category Language and Linguistics.

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