This bibliographic database relies on iSybislaw, a modern information retrieval system whose concept was presented at the International Congress of Slavists in Kraków in 1998. The project – affiliated with the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences – is developed in cooperation with Polish and foreign Slavic academic institutions and with the organisational support of The Slavic Foundation; in previous years the project also received organisational support from Towarzystwo Naukowe Warszawskie, TNW [The Warsaw Learned Society]. The effect is a widely available system of bibliographic information of Slavic linguistics which currently contains records of over 21,000 documents. Access to bibliographic descriptions, as well as to full texts in dedicated archives (through hyperlinks), is open and free of charge under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 PL licence.

Range of topics

The range of topics of the iSybislaw system includes not only Slavic linguistics, comparative linguistics and Slavic–non-Slavic contrastive linguistics, but also, to a lesser extent, theoretical and general linguistics, significant in the field of Slavic linguistics. The system directs users to different types of documents containing relevant information: non-serial publications (monographs, collective volumes, dictionaries, etc.), serial publications (periodicals), as well as articles, reviews, and so on.

Geographical and language scope

The iSybislaw system features information about Polish and world Slavic linguistics. The language scope of the system is unlimited – it includes the languages of documents in the system. The application of an innovative information retrieval language enables cross-language information retrieval in a multilingual data collection.

Chronological scope

The iSybislaw information retrieval system presents works in Slavic linguistics published since 1992 until the present day.

The recorded data

The bibliographic descriptions are prepared by experienced Polish and foreign Slavic linguists and then verified and edited at the Slavic Academic Information Centre of the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. The appropriate structuring of the collection enables users to access required information fast and easily. The structure of records (formal and substantial) in the iSybislaw system is extensive and includes such elements as keywords, classification, abstracts and annotations (sometimes in two languages: in the original language of the publication and in Polish). Using iSybislaw information resources is simplified thanks to a dictionary of keywords in the field of Slavic linguistics.

In the years 2017–2018, the project was financed under contract 695/P-DUN/2017 from the funds of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education intended for the dissemination of science.

In the years 2019–2020, the project was financed under contract 570/P-DUN/2019 from the funds of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education intended for the dissemination of science.

In the years 2021–2023, the project was financed from the program “Scientific Social Responsibility” of the Ministry of Education and Science under contract SONP/SN/513542/2021.


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