About the Journal
Focus and Scope
The Yearbook is dedicated to the history of religious military orders. We publish original scientific texts in three world languages (English, French, German), based on the independent analysis of primary sources and using the current state of research. The chronological framework covers the period from the end of the 11th century (the beginning of the Crusades era) to modern times. We are interested in publishing articles discussing the activity of military orders in the Mediterranean region and Europe. The thematic scope of the journal encompasses all aspects of the activity of military orders: political, cultural, social, economic, military and religious, as well as their perception and reception in culture. By the term "military orders" we mean both large universal corporations (Templars, Hospitallers, the Teutonic Order) and smaller orders operating in specific territories and local communities (the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, the Order of Calatrava, Knights of St Thomas).
The aim of "Ordines Militares..." journal is the presentation of current state of research on religious military orders and the integration of the research community of this subject.
The journal is digitally archivized on the server of the Uczelniane Centrum Informatyczne of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (website).
Abstracting and Indexing Services
"Ordines Militares Colloquia Torunensia Historica. Yearbook for the Study of the Military Orders" is included in the following abstracting/indexing services:
- Scopus list of Journals - from 2019
- Index Copernicus - ICI Journals Master List - ICV 2019 = 100
- Pol-Index (Polska Baza Cytowań)
- ERIH Plus - approved on July 4, 2018 as an open access journal according to NSD
- Sherpa Romeo - as a green journal
- Google Scholar
The printing and online publication of the Volume 22 (2017) of the journal "Ordines Militares Colloquia Torunensia Historica. Yearbook for the Study of the Military Orders" were financed from the funds of the Minister of Science and Higher Education in Poland destined for the dissemination of scientific findings in accordance with the agreement 755/P-DUN/2016.
The printing and online publication of the Volume 21 (2016) of the journal "Ordines Militares Colloquia Torunensia Historica. Yearbook for the Study of the Military Orders" were financed from the funds of the Minister of Science and Higher Education in Poland destined for the dissemination of scientific findings in accordance with the agreement 698/P-DUN/2016.
The journal follows a fifteen-volume book series containing papers from international conferences devoted to the history of military orders “Ordines militares. Colloquia Torunensia Historica”, which have been organized in Toruń every two years since 1981. Thanks to the research done by Professor Karol Górski and his students the Institute of History of Nicolaus Copernicus University (created in 1945) became the most important Polish centre for research on the history of the Teutonic Order and the Teutonic State in Prussia. The idea to create an international forum of researchers of military orders in Toruń resulted from the cooperation between Polish and German historians established during conferences organized since 1974 under the auspices of UNESCO, and devoted to the role of the Teutonic Order in history textbooks. The founder of Toruń’s meetings of researchers of military orders and the editor of the first eleven volumes from the series “Ordines militares”was Zenon Hubert Nowak from the Institute of History and Archival Science of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. After his death in 1999 Roman Czaja from NCU and Jürgen Sarnowsky from the University of Hamburg took over the organization of conferences and the edition of the series. The subject of the first volumes from the series “Ordines militares. Colloquia Torunensia Historica” centred around the history of the Teutonic Order; however in the beginning of the 1990s the thematic scope started to include the history of the Hospitallers, the Knights Templar and orders set up in the Iberian Peninsula. Both the thematic scope of the conference and the growing number of participants have contributed to the fact that the conferences from the series “Ordines militares” have become one of the most important forums for meetings of researchers of military orders from all over the world. The meetings of young researchers dealing with the history of military orders constitute an important element of Toruń’s conferences organized since 2003.
The growing academic prestige of the series “Ordines Militares. Colloquia Torunensia Historica” led to its being transformed into a yearbook devoted to the history of military orders. In keeping with tradition, each volume includes a definite thematic scope, which refers to the subject of a conference from the “Ordines militares” series. Moreover, articles, polemics, research surveys, source monographs and reviews concerning the history of military orders are published there in English, German and French.