About the Journal


"Krakowskie Pismo Kresowe" is a scientific, peer-reviewed historical journal devoted to the cultural richness of the eastern border of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The main goal of the journal is a modern, critical and interdisciplinary look at the history of this area, which in Polish literature and historiography was already called "Kresy" since the modern period. Due to the collapse of Poland, subsequent changes of its borders in the 20th century and the crystallization of new nations in the eastern territories of the former Polish-Lithuanian state, the concept of the Borderlands began to take on new meanings and arouse controversy, especially among representatives of national historiography that inhabited these areas, but also parts of Polish historiography, which wanted to cut itself off from the Jagiellonian heritage. As a result of this state of affairs, what was treated as common for several hundred years was separated in the light of new narratives, to the detriment of the extraordinary cultural heritage of the eastern border of the former Polish Republic and its heirs.

Kresy is an area of ​​interest for all types of research on intercultural relations, including inter-ethnic and inter-faith relations, which is also of great importance for understanding contemporary relations between the nationalities of Central and Eastern Europe. That is why the editorial team makes every effort to create a forum for the exchange of thoughts for both Polish and foreign researchers representing various scientific fields. Hence, the journal publishes not only Polish, but also Ukrainian, Belarusian, Lithuanian and Latvian authors, whose texts are translated into Polish.

Therefore, the editors of the journal want to restore Kresy's due interest in science, but not as sentiment or resentment. Due to its academic nature, the journal aims to transfer the Eastern Borderland discourse to the scientific level by publishing articles, critical editions of sources and polemical reviews of publications devoted to Kresy, including studies published abroad.

The journal is a year-book published since 2009, published by the Ksiegarnia Akademicka Publishing in cooperation with the Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Its primary version is the electronic version, but it also appears in the printed version. Scientific articles have abstracts in English and Ukrainian, Belarusian, or Lithuanian. The editors make effort to publish thematic issues. During the 11 years of the journal's existence, 11 volumes of the journal have been published, most of which are monographic and address various issues such as: Polish-Lithuanian relations, the history of Galicia, Kresy in the Russian context, the issue of family functioning on the cultural border, Armenians, women in Kresy or also the issue of peripherality in Kresy.

Aims and Scope

The "Krakowskie Pismo Kresowe" publishes articles on the broadly understood history and culture of the eastern border of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the so-called “Kresy Wschodnie”, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The idea of ​​the journal is a modern and interdisciplinary look at this part of the history of Central and Eastern Europe. We accept scientific articles in Polish and congress languages. Particularly interesting topics include:

  • history of the eastern territories of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the nationalities inhabiting them (especially Poles, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Jews, Armenians and others),
  • issues of cultural borderland,
  • multicultural heritage of Kresy (monuments of literature, art),
  • memory studies in the context of Kresy,
  • reception of the Borderlands in culture (literature, art, political thought).

Besides the journal publishes editions of interesting historical sources related to this part of Central and Eastern Europe, polemics, review articles and reviews of current studies, as well as reports on important scientific and cultural events related to the subject of the journal.


Abstracting and Indexing Services

  • Central and Easter European Online Library
  • The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • EBSCO: Academic Search Ultimate
  • Index Copernicus Master List (ICV 2018: 68,28)
  • Journal List B of Polish Ministry of Education and Science (according to evaluation in 2020: 20 points)
  • Pol-index

Peer Review Process

The journal uses a two-step review procedure. Firstly, each manuscript sent to the editor is subjected to internal evaluation within the editorial team, and secondly a double-blind review takes place. The manuscript is directed to the reviewer external to the scientific center at which the author is affiliated. The reviewer and author remain anonymous to each other. If both stages of the review are positive, the text is accepted for the publication.

The list of reviewers is published each year in the paper version of the journal, as well as on the website.

The editors reserve the right to postpone the text for publication in a subsequent issue due to the excessive number of applications or other subject of the issue. There is no fee for publishing in the journal.

Copyright and Access

Since 2016 the journal is made available on the basis of Open Access, it means free, common, permanent and quick access to electronic publications with the scientific and educational content contained in this journal. Each network user has the right to read, copy, print, distribute, index, cite and search open resources, including full texts of articles, research reports, conference materials, academic lectures and books published in the Open Access model. The user uses materials without financial, legal and technical limitations, while maintaining copyrights. The CC license is in the magazine. Recognition - Non-commercial use - No dependent works 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Detailed copyright and licensing information is described on websites of each article.


The electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content is provided by the publisher.