About the journal

Contemporary Southeastern Europe has been established in autumn 2013 as an international scholarly journal that published peer-reviewed articles open-access and online and since 2016 accepted into Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

CSE is a fully open access journal, and that means that all articles - research articles, event analyses, election analyses, conceptual analyses and book review essays - are available on the journal homepage to all users upon publication. Non-commercial use, distrubution and copy of all published articles in any medium is allowed, free of any charges, provided the author and the journal are properly/fully credited. CSE definitely does not charge article processing and there are no submission charges in any form. It serves as a platform for interdisciplinary, scientific understanding of societal issues and processes in South Eastern Europe. The disciplinary foci of CSE are political science, history, law, sociology, economics, cultural studies, gender studies and anthropology; preferring the interdisciplinary social science research. The core area of interest for the journal is South Eastern Europe, broadly defined to include Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. The journal especially welcomes the analysis of those countries put in broader inter- and transnational contexts. CSE is focused on the contemporary to cover the period since the end of Communism and particularly concerns itself with current developments. Nevertheless, the journal appreciates research on historical background and linkages to current developments in selected societies. CSE welcomes equally all different schools of thought in social sciences; supports the diversity of analytical approaches; as well as exploration of well reflected thematic fields, but also of uncharted scientific waters in Southeast European studies. In doing so, the journal hosts empirical analyses, comparative empirical research and social theory conceptualizations linked to societies in Southeastern Europe.

This orientation of the journal ensures the cross-fertilization of different approaches from varying disciplines, school of thoughts, thematic foci and fields and thus provides the scientific community with new stimuli for the analysis of South Eastern Europe. The open access policy of the CSE makes the stimuli available to the broad scholarly and non-academic public.

Contemporary Southeastern Europe publishes research articles, election and event analyses and book review essays, while simultaneously providing a platform for deeper understanding and lively debates. In doing so, the journal offers short video interviews with authors of the research articles on their central arguments, approaches and research outcomes; supplemented with space for the exchange of ideas on each publication – a debate forum. The establishment of a Contemporary Southeastern Europe community has its purpose in creating a new, additional level of academic debate about Southeastern European Studies. The journal has therefore decided to offer an option to authors and reader alike to engage in an interactive form of intellectual exchange. Through the framework of a moderated comment section for each published contribution, Contemporary Southeastern Europe aims to present an addition to traditional forms of academic critique and debate, which are generally restricted to peer-reviewed responses in academic journals. The forum will hence enable CSE community members to engage in a more contemporary form of debate; characterized by a quicker, more direct and more concise reaction located in a widely spread and easily accessible medium.

We would therefore like to invite readers and (prospective) authors to create an account on the Contemporary Southeastern Europe (CSE) webpage in order to become a CSE community member. As a CSE community member you will be able to post comments on each of the published articles and thereby participate in the broadening and deepening of academic debates on contemporary Southeastern European issues. Each of the comments will be fully accessible to non-CSE community members and hence quotable in other forms of academic knowledge production.

Contemporary Southeastern Europe is gathering an eminent, international, editorial board, representing various disciplinary and thematic foci of the journal which guarantees a high quality level of the journal publication activities. The Contemporary Southeastern Europe is a non-profit journal, with one issue in the summer and one winter issue. It is based at the Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz, Austria.