Onomastica is an annual journal devoted to proper names, published by the Committee on Linguistics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Institute of the Polish Language at the Polish Academy of Sciences. It has appeared continuously since 1955. It used to be edited by such eminent Polish linguists as Witold Taszycki, Mieczysław Karaś, Kazimierz Rymut or Aleksandra Cieślikowa. Its editor-in-chief is currently Barbara Czopek-Kopciuch. The journal is internationally renowned and its editors cooperate on a permanent basis with universities abroad and with periodicals of similar profile. The authors who publish in Onomastica in various languages are not only onomasticians from Poland but also those from Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and other European and non-European countries.
The journal appears primarily in its printed version. Full-text versions of the journal are available on the website of Czytelnia Czasopism PAN.
According to the most recent index of scholarly journals, published by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland, an author publishing an article in Onomastica receives 12 points.
The history of the journal until 2005 can be found in the article by Kazimierz Rymut Pięćdziesięciolecie „Onomastików” [Fifty years of Onomastica], Onomastica, vol. 50, 2005, pp. 5–9.
In the article Jak onomaści piszą o onomastyce i o sobie [How onomasticians write about onomastics and about themselves], Onomastica, vol. 50, 2005, pp. 49–68, Katarzyna Skowronek analyses the scholarly discourse in the journal.
Onomastica journal is indexed in the following databases:
CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities)
ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)