The annual harvest of the monthly journal KEEL ja KIRJANDUS (‘Language and Literature’) comprises about 1000 pages on linguistics, literature, folklore, and cultural history. Being a primary source of philological information for students of any level, Keel ja Kirjandus is a periodical that no scholar of Estonian philology or history can miss reading. Undergraduates will find it a welcome extension of their lecture notes as well as a channel of discussion. Apart from scholarly articles the journal carries essays, reviews and news of the world of philology.

The journal Keel ja Kirjandus is indexed in ERIH (European Reference Index of the Humanities) category NAT, LLBA (CSA Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, ProQuest), MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, and Linguistic Bibliography of CIPL (Permanent International Committe of Linguists). Full text electronically available in CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library), and digital archive of the National Library of Estonia DIGAR. Prior to publication the article manuscripts submitted to Keel ja Kirjandus have been peer-reviewed since 2001.

This journal follows best practices in the ethics of scholarly publishing stated in the COPE’s (Committee on Publication Ethics) Code of Conduct and Guidelines for all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher; see

The articles are published under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, which  allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. 

Five volumes of indexes have been published (I: 1958–1967, II: 1968–1977, III: 1978–1987, IV: 1988–1997, V: 1998–2006); indexes 1988–1997 and 1998–2006 are published electronically, see Archive.

The book series “Keele ja Kirjanduse raamatusari” contains publications of article collections, studies and other texts consistent with the orientation of the journal.

Published since 1958  •  Copyright © Keel ja Kirjandus  •  ISSN 0131-1441  •  e-ISSN 2346-6014  •  
Journal of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and Estonian Writers’ Union  •  Foundation Kultuurileht