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ARCHÆVS: General Information Abstracts and Summaries
General Information Regarding the ARCHÆVS Journal
ISSN: 1453-5165
1. Overview

ARCHÆVS. Studies in the History of Religionsis an international and generalist journal for History of religions founded in Bucharest on the initiative of Eugen Ciurtin. ARCHÆVS was thus launched by the Romanian Association for the History of Religions (RAHR) in 1997 and, since 2008, co-edited by the RAHR and the Institute for the History of Religions (IHR) of the Romanian Academy. 

A first series (1997-1999/2000) was published in Romanian (with extensive abstracts in French). The second series (since 2000/2001) is currently published in English, French, German, Italian, Romanian, and Spanish. A full Index of contributions (articles, review articles, critical reviews and notes) was published in November 2011 (Archaeus 15 [2011], fasc. 4, pp. 559-588). Since its inception, the journal benefited from the financial support of various institutions, e.g. the Soros Foundation, Romanian Ministry of Culture (including AFCN), Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie – Bureau de l’Europe centrale et orientale, as well as of private grants and bequests.

Within already 15 years of constant publication, currently amounting to 21 volumes (since 2006 hardbound, available online since volume 5 [2001]), a wealth of 6,570 pages and some 450 contributions in six languages and about fifteen reviews every year, ARCHÆVS distinguishes itself as the main platform for the academic study of religions in contemporary Romania. It also represents the largest forum of research in this field in the whole cultural history of Romania, being in the same time the oldest periodical with international contributors and standing founded and edited by a generation of scholars moulded in Bucharest after 1989. In this respect, it is worth mentioning that more than one scholars of religion, by now active in Europe or USA dynamic research centres and being of Romanian origin, started their career in the field by contributions to ARCHÆVS. Some of them were instrumental for the foundation of the first academic institution ever, in Romania, devoted to the academic study of religions: the Institute for the History of Religions of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest. Together with the twin-periodical STVDIA ASIATICA. International Journal for Asian Studies(2000-), it constituted the main collective scholarly endeavour which sustained the candidature of Romania for the membership to the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) and International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR). One of the most important consequences of this was the organisation at Bucharest (September 2006) of the first Congress for the History of religions in Eastern Europe – the 6th EASR / IAHR Special Conference. The largest part of the Proceedings of the Congress were published in these two journals (2007-2010). The 5 volumes are by now the proof of the best represented EASR annual conference in terms of publications.


Our contributors come chiefly from all-over Europe and North-America, consisting of scholars affiliated to universities and research institutes in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, and certainly Romania (from seven academic centres).

Archaeus Publishing Information

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2. International Honorary Board

(for the past ten years)

Prof. Dr Douglas ALLEN (University of Maine, Orono)

Prof. Dr Peter ANTES (Universität Hannover, Past President of the IAHR)

Prof. Dr Gérard CAPDEVILLE (Université de Paris-IV, Sorbonne)

Prof. Dr Giulia Sfameni GASPARRO (Università di Messina, Past President of the EASR)

Prof. Dr Moshe IDEL (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Prof. Dr François de POLIGNAC (then CNRS, now École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section des Sciences religieuses, Paris)

Prof. Dr Michael PYE (Universität Marburg – University of Otani)

Prof. Dr Mac Linscott RICKETTS (Independence, Virginia)

Prof. Dr Bryan S. RENNIE (New Wilmington College, Pennsylvania)

Prof. Dr Emilio SUÁREZ DE LA TORRE (then Universidad Valladolid, now Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Furthermore, we benefited from the contribution of
the late Prof. Dr Paul CERNOVODEANU (†)(honorary member of the Romanian Academy)

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3. Contributors List

||| Xavier ACCART | Andreas ÅKERLUND | Ezio ALBRILE | Vlad ALEXANDRESCU | Nuccio D’ANNA | Cătălin AVRAMESCU | Barbara BAERT | Francesco BARONI | Ionuţ Daniel BĂNCILĂ | Daniel BENGA | Ileana BENGA | Jeremy BILES | Ionuţ Claudiu BILIUŢĂ | Martin BODINGER | Radu BORDEIANU | Corin BRAGA | Bogdan BURTEA | Giovanni CASADIO | Mihai CARATAŞU | Augustine M. CASIDAY | Matei CĂLINESCU | Paul CERNOVODEANU | Eugen CIURTIN | Coziana CIURTIN | Roland CLARK | Andrei CORNEA | Sorana CORNEANU | Ovidiu CRISTEA | Ioan Petru CULIANU | Tereza CULIANU-PETRESCU | Gabriela CURSARU | Gabriel H. DECUBLE | Th. DECUSEARĂ | Francisco DÍEZ DE VELASCO | Radu Harald DINU | Radu DRĂGAN | Radu DRĂGULOIU | Guillaume DUCŒUR | Daniela DUMBRAVĂ | Jacques DUPUIS | Mircea ELIADE | Ioana FEODOROV | Mario GANDINI | Philippe GARDETTE | Cristian GAŞPAR | Iuliana GAVRIL | Armin W. GEERTZ | Norman GIRARDOT | Dragoş-Andrei GIULEA | Aurélie GOUDAL | Leonard J. GREENSPOON | Frantz GRENET | Petre GURAN | Hans Thomas HAKL | Daniel HANC | Jess HOLLENBACK | Bogdan HONCIUC | Eduard IRICINSCHI | Moshe IDEL | Daniel ILEA | Lindsay JONES | Tim JENSEN | Horst JUNGINGER | Michael KALER | Kim KNOTT | Kseniya A. KOLKUNOVA | Pavel N. KOSTYLEV | Jeffrey J. KRIPAL | Zorica KUBURIĆ | Teuvo LAITILA | Alvina LAZEA | Robert LAZU | Marius LAZURCA | Bernard LE CALLOC’H | Jean LECLANT | Bruce LINCOLN | Pierre LORY | Andrew LOUTH | Silviu LUPAŞCU |  Alexandru MADGEARU | Natalia MARANDIUC | Grazia MARCHIANÒ | Amedeo MAIELLO | Dănuţ MĂNĂSTIREANU | Ivan Y. MIROSHNIKOV | Dragoş MÎRŞANU | Fabio MORA | Evanghélos MOUTSOPOULOS | Adrian MURARU | Bogdan NEAGOTA | Cristina NEAGU | Mihail NEAMŢU | Andrei OIŞTEANU | Michiaki OKUYAMA | Ovidiu Victor OLAR | Viorel PANAITE | Henri PAUL | Adrian PIRTEA | Andrei PLEŞU | François DE POLIGNAC | Ilaria RAMELLI | Bryan RENNIE | Mac Linscott RICKETTS | Leonardo SACCO | Roman O. SAFRONOV | Enio SANZI | A. SÂRBU | Giulia SFAMENI GASPARRO | Dan SLUŞANSCHI | Leo STAN | Alessandro STAVRU | Ilinca TĂNĂSEANU-DÖBLER | Ana-Stanca TABARASI-HOFFMANN | Bogdan TĂTARU-CAZABAN | Marina Elena TĂTĂRÂM | Tudor TEOTEOI | Andrei TIMOTIN | Emanuela TIMOTIN | Mihaela TIMUŞ | Anton TOTH | Marco TOTI | Ionuţ A. TUDORIE | Philip VANHAELEMEERSCH | Elena VAOU | Milan VUKOMANOVIĆ | Jean-Claude WAQUET | Ali Shehzad ZAIDI |||

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4. International Indexing

Since 2003, Archaeus is indexed in Science of Religion. Abstract and Index of Recent Articles (SoR - the International Association for the History of Religions bibliographical journal), yearly published by Brill.

Archaeus is also indexed in Brill Online Reference Works (together with Studia Asiatica)

Archaeus was selected since 2007 in ERIH - European Reference Index for the Humanities of the ESF – European Science Foundation, section “Theology and Religious Studies” (the ‘initial lists’ were unfortunately not updated since then).

Since 2012, the ANVUR - Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del sistema Universitario e della Ricerca / National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes has evaluated ARCHÆVS among the Riviste Classe A.

LITaRS – Louvain Index of Theology and Religious Studies for Journals and Series: Archaeus is indexed among I-Journals 3: journals that are international qua quality, but regional qua resonance, see

Internet Journal of Religion

Université de Genève – Histoire des religions. Bibliographie 

École Pratique des Hautes Études : Périodiques en sciences religieuses

Bibliographia Historica Romaniae / Bibliografia istoric` a României, Academia Româna: Editura Academiei Române (vol. XI / 2004-2006).

Classica et Christiana. Anuar al Centrului de Studii Clasice şi Creştine / Periodico annuale del Centro di Studi Classici e Cristiani, Iasi: Universitatea “Al. I. Cuza”, since 2006.

Online edition, indexing and library subscription:
Central and Eastern European Online Library (Frankfurt a. M.)

Area 10 - Class A Journals
ESF Indexing

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5. International Reviews & Scholarly References

“At the end of 1997 there appeared suddenly in Bucharest a new journal called Archaeus. Studii de istorie a religiilor. […] The sheer quantity of the material published in the nine fascicles that have been issued to date — totalling approximately 2000 pages — is astonishing, as is likewise the variety the subject matter. Space does not permit a listing of these articles here, but suffice it to say they are in no way inferior to those found in other scholarly journals. […]  In short, with these recent developments promoted by the ‘Archaeusgroup’, the study of the history of religions has reached a stage of maturity never before attained in Romania, a field eager to take its place alongside HR studies in other European and in North American universities. And now that Archaeusis being published in major languages, it should be made available in libraries where other periodicals of its type are found. […] Today these studies are flourishing as never before and bidding to attract worldwide attention.” | Mac Linscott Ricketts, “The History of the History of Religions in Romania”, Religion 32 (2002),pp. 71 and 81-82

“In the European context of the last ten years various journals on the history of religions have come to life […] in 1997, the Rumanian journal of the history of religions, Archaeus, also came to be […] Published by the Romanian Association for the History of Religions, Archaeus was ‘the first Romanian journal for the history of religion after the collapse of Communism in 1989. […] each volume of Archaeus is the result of collaboration between scholars of religion across the world. […] Being a forum of international debate, Archaeus is issued in five major languages (English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish), including only occasional brief notes or book reviews in Romanian.’ (from the Website of the journal). […] Here is not the place to enter in a discussion on the organisation, the editorial guidelines and on the scope of these journals; what is perhaps more interesting, for our intent, is to ask ourselves what could be the reasons for this newfound academic bloom. Some of these reasons will fall under the more general process of enlargement at the European level of the International Association for the History of Religions, which, as Gregory Alles has pointed out in a recent collection of essays, is part of an establishment of a global view in this field of study – this is the case […] of Archaeus.” | Giovanni FILORAMO, “What Future for a Review of History of Religions?”, Historia Religionum. An International Journal of History of Religions1 (2009), pp. 159-160.

“If one examines the journals devoted specifically to the study of religion [...] find[s] also that these journals, although open to foreign scholars, tended to publish work produced in a specific language [...] This is a trend that continues in the case of periodicals established later in the twentieth century [...] some of which are the publications of national associations. [...] Another exception, although in the opposite direction, is Archaeus: Études d’histoire des religions / Studies in the History of Religions (1997), a Romanian journal that publishes studies in English, French and Italian.” | Gustavo BENAVIDES, “Periodical literature”, in Lindsay Jones (Editor in Chief), Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition, Detroit, etc.: Thomson Gale (Macmillan Reference USA), 2005, vol. 15, pp. 10056a-10057b.

“Post-World War II scholarly journals and reference works. Among the international journals launched after World War II [...] Archaeus (1997-), edited [...] on behalf of the Romanian Association of the History of Religions [...] operates as an international journal, effectively crossing the boundaries between Eastern and Western Europe (and the rest of the world).” | Michael STAUSBERG, “The Study of Religion(s) in Western Europe [III]: further developments after World War II”, Religion [London: Elsevier] 39 (2009), p. 262.

A broader selection of International Reviews & Scholarly References

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6. Subscriptions

The institutions listed have access to full-text articles in the Central and Eastern European Online Library. For more information about the subscription possibilities, see the Institutional Subscription Information page.

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien
Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz
Universität Salzburg
Universität Wien
Zentrum für soziale Innovation (Centre for social Innovation), Wien

Commission européenne – Direction générale de l'éducation et de la culture Direction – Jeunesse, société civile, communication Unité – Bibliothèque centrale
Council of Europe / Conseil de l'Union Européenne
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad
Centre for Advanced Studies, Sofia
New Bulgarian University, Sofia

University of Alberta
Carleton University, Ottawa
University of Manitoba Libraries
University of Toronto
The University of Western Ontario

Czech Republic
Palacký University Olomouc
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences
Ústav pro studium totalitních režimu / The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes

Statsbiblioteket/State and University library, Århus
The Royal Library/Copenhagen University Library
Syddansk Universitet/University of Southern Denmark

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus Library, Joensuu
University of Helsinki
University of Turku

Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines(ENS LSH), Lyon
B.D.I.C. – Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine, Nanterre Cedex
Bibliothèque des langues et civilisations – GIP Bulac, Paris
Collège de France – Bibliothèque byzantine, Paris Cedex

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
UB Bochum
UB Chemnitz
UB Frankfurt/Main
UB Freiburg
UB Gießen
UB Greifswald
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg
Hochschule Heilbronn
UB Leipzig
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, München
ULB Münster
UB Potsdam
UB Regensburg

Università di Bologna – Biblioteca centralizzata ”Roberto Ruffilli”
European University Institute, Firenze
Università degli Studi di Trieste

Hebrew University Library, Jerusalem
Tel Aviv University – Elias Sourasky Library
The National Library of Israel

The University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo

University of Amsterdam
University of Groningen
Erasmus University Rotterdam

University of Oslo
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, The NTNU Library, Trondheim

University of Bielsko-Biala
University of Silesia, Katowice
Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury, Kraków
Lodz University
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
University of Warsaw, Warsaw
Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau

Universitatea de Vest "Vasile Goldiş" – Arad
Universitatea din Bucureşti
Universitatea Babeş Bolyai – Cluj-Napoca
Universitatea "ANDREI ŞAGUNA", Constanța
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza – Iaşi
Universitatea de Vest – Timişoara

Univerzitná knižnica v Bratislave / University Library in Bratislava
Štátna vedecká knižnica v Prešove

South Korea
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Universidad de Málaga

Södertörns Högskola/Södertörn University, Huddinge
Uppsala University Library

Universitätsbibliothek Basel
Schweizerische Osteuropa-Bibliothek, Bern
Bibliothéque cantonale et Universitaire, Fribourg
University of Lausanne
Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek KANTON LUZERN
Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Kantons-, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek

United Kingdom
University of Bath University of Glasgow
London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)
The British Library, London
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
The University of Manchester
University of Oxford, Bodleian Library
University of Sussex

United States
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.
University of California Berkeley, Doe/Moffitt Libraries
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Chicago
Center for Jewish History, New York
Columbia University in the City of New York
Cornell University
Creighton University
University of Denver
Duke University
Emory University, Atlanta
University of Florida
Georgetown University
Harvard College, Harvard University Library
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
University of Iowa Law Library, Iowa City, IA
Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Kansas
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh
Princeton University
Rice University
Stanford University
The Library of Congress
University of Wisconsin Madison
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University
Yeshiva University

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