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The academic journals published by the IOS are regarded as the leading publication media for the history of, and economic and societal change in, East and Southeast Europe. As refereed journals with contributions from international authors, they reflect the current state of research.

Comparative Southeast European Studies

Comparative Southeast European Studies (COMPSEES) is a peer-reviewed open access quarterly for scholars in Political Science, Sociology, Contemporary History, Anthropology, Economics, International Relations, Law Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and related disciplines. Taking a comparative and broad multidisciplinary perspective, it explores critical processes and societal issues related to the area bounded by the eastern Adriatic, the eastern Mediterranean, and the Black Sea.

Economic Systems

Economic Systems is a refereed journal for the analysis of causes and consequences of the significant institutional variety prevailing among all developed, developing, emerging, and transition economies, as well as attempts at and proposals for their reform.

Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas

Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (East European History) is a refereed journal presenting contributions from across the field of East European history. In addition to the articles, the issues also contain an extensive review section, which provides information on German and international research on East European history.



The Länder-Analysen (Country Analytical Digests) publication series deals with current developments in East-Central Europe and the CIS. This renowned series is freely accessible online and is targeted at a non-specialist audience in politics, business, and the general public. The IOS is one of the institutional editors and is responsible for ten issues per year consisting of analyses on Russia and Ukraine.


The journal Südost-Forschungen (Southeast European Research), which was first published in 1936 in the form of a yearbook, is the IOS’ periodical publication covering historical research on Southeast Europe. The journal takes an interdisciplinary approach and is open to contributions on subjects ranging from the Byzantine era to contemporary history. It is also the most important review publication in the German-speaking world for the history and culture of Southeast Europe.

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