Named after a Carolingian peasant made famous by historian Eileen Power (1889-1940), BodoArXiv gathers scholarly literature in medieval studies across the disciplines. It provides an open, non-profit repository for papers at different stages of gestation, including works that may later find themselves in article form and/or behind a paywall. Anyone can access and download any item on BodoArXiv freely and immediately, in adherence to the basic tenets of the Open Access movement. Beyond helping authors make their scholarship more visible and discoverable, BodoArXiv fosters collaboration and mentoring as a platform that supports various forms of peer review.

Upload your work in progress, delivered paper, draft chapter, article or book manuscript, texts already accepted for publication and after peer review, or even fully formatted texts–if you have permission to do so! Any text you upload does not immediately undergo a full peer review. Instead, within a few days it will be checked for compliance under our moderation policy. If all is in order, the paper’s “pending” status will end, making it accessible to anyone. From that point on, your work will be safely and permanently stored and have a stable digital object identifier (DOI), which you can share and embed. If and when the work is published in another venue, you may add that DOI to your paper page in BodoArXiv. You may also use the platform’s capacity for collaboration by allowing people (including co-authors) to comment on your work.


BodoArXiv is a non-profit initiative of ScholarlyHub and is run for and by scholars across medieval studies. It uses free, open-source infrastructure developed by the Open Science Framework (OSF), a program of the non-profit Center for Open Science (COS). The federation of repositories the OSF supports now provides full access to upwards of 2 million indexed items. Find out more about preprints here; why humanities scholars in particular should care about them here; and why repositories like BodoArXiv can play a crucial role in the future of scholarly communications here.

BodoArXiv is generously supported by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) at the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SOPHIS) at Monash University; The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) at the Australian Catholic University; and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS). Items uploaded to Bodo are automatically indexed by the Regesta Imperii project, the largest public bibliographical tool for medieval studies.