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Concept is a service provided by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) and offers…

  • an international multi-language research and publication portal for reviews on European History.
  • permanently free access to all of its content ­­­– is committed to the principles of Open Access.
  • highly improved visibility to journals and a central starting point to users, helping them to find reviews of specialized literature.


Open Access aggregator for reviews in the field of European historical studies aggregates a broad choice of reviews from journals in the field of historical studies from all over Europe.

Print and online journals can publish their review sections with enhanced visibility on whether or not they have already been published before (preprint or postprint). Users can browse each journal individually on its respective sub-page, also containing general information on the journal, or search it along with all other journals.

The editorial team of enhances all reviews with metadata (subject headings, classification information regarding time, region and topic of the title reviewed etc.) to improve their findability and to provide the means for browsing by subject. If they do not already have one, each review will will be given a citable DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

All reviews are searchable in full text and available for download on or via link to the respective journal’s own website.

The portal's navigation languages are English and German; the reviews themselves are written in a variety of languages, mostly in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, but also in Czech, Slovak or Russian.


Long-term archiving and reference in other search portals

The Bavarian State Library provides for the reference and linkage of the reviews in the cooperative library catalogue of the federal states of Bavaria, Berlin and Brandenburg (directly at the entry of the books reviewed), and cares for long long-term archival storage.

The database of is also integrated in historicumSEARCH, the central search portal of the Specialized Information Service for Historical Studies.


Cross-portal search allows you to conduct a cross-portal search concurrently in the databases of, recensio.regio and recensio.antiquitatis.


Publishing reviews

You are editor of a journal for Ancient Studies and you would like to make your review section available on Feel free to contact us!