2005 | 40 | 9-18
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50th Anniversary

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In 2005, 50 years elapsed since the first volume of 'Studia z Filologii Polskiej i Slowianskiej' (Studies in Polish and Slavonic Philology -SPSP) was published. The initial idea was to set up and publish once a year a journal presenting works and achievements in this discipline and for many subsequent years it appeared in that very form and with such contents under the patronage of the 'Komitet Slowianoznawstwa PAN' (Slavic Studies Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences). Since 1990 it is published by the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), more or less regularly. Despite all obstacles, continuity was maintained and the character of the publication was consistent throughout the entire half of century - altogether 40 volumes were published in that time. The eminent scholars: Wladyslaw Kuraszkiewicz, Tadeusz Lehr-Splawinski, Zdzislaw Stieber, Witold Taszycki, Antonina Obrebska-Jablonska and Karol Dejna were the jour nal editors and gradually, younger generations of editors were incorporated. Although initially the SPSP was intended as a medium for publication for those scholars who were somehow involved and associated, albeit informally, with the PAS, very shortly the group of co-operating authors begun to grow in numbers, and involved also scholars from other scholarly centres - from Poland and abroad. There were two periods of more intensive inflow of papers to be published in SPSP: the first in the early period of the journal existence, and the second in the last decade, after 1990. The first peak might be predominantly attributed to the scholars who at that time managed and edited the SPSP and who belonged to the generation that had rebuilt the Polish humanities and sciences after the WWII. In the quest to fulfil their noble tasks, those scholars were supported by their contemporaries and peers - scientists and scholars from other countries. The second peak of papers' supply occured after 1990. Their authors predominantly belonged to a new generation of Slavists from a variety of countries. At present, their contacts with SPSP is based on much more than exclusively - as it was in the past - on personal ties with the journal editors. Undoubtedly the journal itself and its location in an important Slavistic centre in Europe became a major attractant for authors submitting high class linguistic papers. There were never barriers set to any authors due to their position and age. For long years the good rule of accepting papers from young scholars recommended by their scholar guides was strictly observed. The SPSP openness was further enhanced by the fact that neither subjects nor topics of the forthcoming or planned volumes were imperatively defined.
  • K. Handke, Instytut Slawistyki PAN, ul. Bartoszewicza 1b, m. 17, 00-337 Warszawa, Poland
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