LABedia (Late Antique Balkans encyclopedia) is an encyclopedia of the history of the Balkans that focuses in the period of Late Antiquity. The thematic and chronological scope includes articles that present the political, religious, social and cultural processes, which take place in Southeast Europe from 2nd to 7th c. AD. For the three-year period of the project we have planned to publish 100 articles both in Bulgarian and English. LABedia is online encyclopedia with open access. The published papers meet the necessary academic requirements and can be used by academics, researchers, state and municipal representatives, employees in the fields of cultural and historical heritage, professionals in tourism business and others.
As publication of the Institute of Balkan Studies & Center of Thracology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences all the articles in LABedia meet the requirements of high academic quality. There is an editorial board of established researchers, a clear academic policy regarding published material, a strictly established process of acceptance, evaluation and publication of the proposed papers. A clear distinction is made between the different types of material according to the nature of each publication. The articles are divided into three main groups: core articles, which present a new scientific thesis, unpublished sources or archaeological material, having a generalizing character on an important issue for the period; supplementary article that provide new material to an already published article; indexes—articles that provide basic information about the terms used in an already published article and contain references and information about terms in other papers of LABedia and other databases.
The encyclopedia is organized in a way that allows each Balkan country to add papers related to its own cultural and historical heritage from Late Antiquity. The papers are expected to be in English and in the language of the respective country. In such a way the information can be used by the global academic community and as well as by the local researchers.