Focus and scope

Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship is an open-access peer-reviewed journal that welcomes original research papers, book reviews and bibliographic supplements dedicated to the topic of paremiology, a linguistic and folkloristic subfield concerned with the study of proverbs and proverbial expressions. 

Proverbium aims to promote research on paremiology and addresses international readership and contributors.

Open Access Policy 

The open access policy of Proverbium  means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful non-commercial purpose without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Journal history

Volumes 1:1984 to 4:1987 were issued by the Ohio State University, in cooperation with the University of Vermont and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Volumes 5:1988 to 38:2021 were published exclusively by the University of Vermont. From volume 39:2022 Proverbium is published by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Osijek, Croatia.

Volumes 1:1984 to 38:2021 of Proverbium were printed. From volume 39:2022 Proverbium is published online, as an open-access yearbook.

Wolfgang Mieder, a distinguished professor of German and folklore at the University of Vermont, is the founding editor of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Scholarship and served as editor-in-chief until 2021.

First year of publication

The yearbook was first published in 1984.


The journal is archived in the PKP Preservation Network through the LOCKSS archival system and in the hrčak database.

Chief editors

As of 2022, the chief editors are Melita Aleksa Varga (Osijek, Croatia) and Hrisztalina Hrisztova-Gotthardt (Bottmingen, Switzerland)

Peer review process

All submitted articles undergo a double-blind, peer-review process. Authors will be informed about the review results and all relevant comments will be forwarded to them. The final decision will be taken by the chief editors in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions.

Publication ethics and malpractice

The journal adheres to the publication ethics and malpractice policy which can be downloaded from the following document: Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Publication languages

Articles and book reviews are welcome in the following languages: English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

Publication Frequency

Proverbium is published annually, in July, as a yearbook.

Submission Deadline

January 31 of the publication year.


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Osijek, University of Osijek

ISSN 2806-7568


Filozofski fakultet Osijek, L. Jaegera 9, HR-31000 Osijek, Croatia