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Aims and Scope

Littera Aperta. International Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal and, as such, adheres to a strict selection policy. The journal is published yearly in Autumn. Each contribution is evaluated anonymously by at least two referees, and is not published unless there is significant agreement as to its suitability. The purpose of the journal is to reflect the great range of research undertaken by experts in all areas of the humanistic discipline. Consequently, it invites contributions across a broad spectrum of classical and contemporary methodologies, from traditional, philologically-oriented approaches to (post)modern, cultural strategies. Didactic reports, interviews and book reviews are also welcome. Annually, the journal publishes 5-15 articles and didactic reports, 1-10 book reviews and 1-5 interviews.

We only publish original materials, and therefore the editors do not accept manuscripts that are simultaneously under consideration elsewhere. Articles should have a recommended length between 3,000 and 8,000 words and book reviews should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words.

Manuscripts may be submitted at any time; the review process generally takes between 4 and 8 weeks. Manuscripts can be submitted in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Latin. Authors must consistently follow spelling conventions and must follow the littera aperta template.doc, in which the basic formatting and quotation rules are clearly stated.

No ASC (article submission charges) or APC (article publication charges)

The journal Littera Aperta is edited by non-profit Cultural Association "Littera Aperta" (Reg. no. 603531). The journal does NOT charge ASC (article submission charges) nor APC (article publication charges). Publication is decided on the sole basis of scientific value and/or cultural interest of contributions.


Articles published by Littera Aperta must be of the research type rather than mere re-statements of facts already known to the academic community. Littera Aperta seeks scholarly essays which clearly state its scope, either provide a new dimension to conventional approaches, or investigate new ways of interpreting literature. Reports about innovative teaching experiences, related to the scientific areas covered by the scope of the journal, are also eligible for publication.

Ideally, articles should have the following sections, though these need not be explicitly indicated in the text nor appear in this order as independent stages—they can merge into one another:

1. An introduction providing the context of the research and formulating the research question to be substantiated, i.e. what the author intends to claim or prove.

2. A state-of-the-art section containing a brief review of the relevant bibliography and justifying the validity, originality, and scientific interest of the hypothesis or research claim in the light of existing scholarship on the subject.

3. The body of the article, in which evidence and facts are marshalled and assessed in order to prove the hypothesis or substantiate the research claim.

4. A concluding section, in which the contribution made to scholarship is neatly delimited and emphasized.

It is highly desirable that articles should have a single, sharp, clearly-stated focus, rather than a sprawling development. From the very outset, the reader should be aware of what the author aims at, and every word in the article should contribute to convincing the reader that the author's position is sound. Articles should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words.

Book Reviews

The book review should be written according to the usual standards of scholarship in Literary and Cultural studies. Apart from offering an accurate description of the contents of the book, the review should be a reasoned attempt at assessing its relative value and scope with reference to similar works in the same field. A critical assessment of the debates involved and the book’s contribution to them is to be aimed at. Therefore, a bibliographical revision of previous publications and a balanced judgement of the true contribution of the book under review should never be absent. Vague summaries couched in terms of lavish praise are to be avoided. Formal aspects such as style, layout, critical apparatus, reference system, etc. should also be attended to.

Reviews will be considered for publication only if the book under review has appeared within four years of the date of submission. Book reviews should be between 1,000 and 4,000 words.

Should you wish to a send a copy of a book for review in Littera Aperta, please contact previously the Book Reviews Editor at


Interviews should develop a line of questioning and response which provide insight into central aspects of the interviewee’s significance. An interview is not an academic article, but neither should it be a casual piece of writing where questions and answers have been jotted down without due thought. An acceptable interview should contribute to revealing information hitherto unknown about the interviewee's work and relevant personal circumstances, and this seems difficult to achieve unless the method of approach has been carefully planned and successfully applied. An interview should never be reduced to a series of hackneyed prompts, followed by the interviewee's rambling discourse. Apart from this essential concern, referees should also consider whether (a) the interviewee's personality is sufficiently relevant to the field of Literary and Cultural studies; (b) the interviewer's background knowledge allows him/her to conduct a competent and searching interview, and thus glean original information; (c) both the structure and the linguistic composition of the interview contribute effectively to promoting the principles of originality and relevance.

Guidelines for the preparation of bibliographic references

Always give full bibliographical information of the sources that you have cited. This section of your paper should begin in a new page. The title Works Cited (or Obras citadas) should be centered, 11pts and bold. Then leave a 10pts space and begin your list in the following line. Your bibliography list should be 10pts, single-spaced and flushed left. Always use French indentation of your sources by 0,5 cms.

Sources usually fall within different categories: books; chapters in books, or papers in conference proceedings; and articles in a journal. However, other categories can be found too. Below you can find some examples of the aforementioned different types. Follow them strictly.

Works Cited

Allen-Randolph, Jody (1993). “An Interview with Eavan Boland.” PN Review 20.1: 52-57.

Allen-Randolph, Jody (2008). Eavan Boland: A Critical Companion. New York: W.W. Norton.

Aristotle (2007). Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive. Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. URL: Last access: 4 Feb 2013.

Avison, Margaret (1991). Selected Poems. Toronto: Oxford UP.

Laguna Mariscal, Gabriel (2013). “El vegetarianismo de Plutarco y su proyección en la cultura moderna: la canción ‘Sarcofagia’ de Franco Battiato.” In Germán Santana Henríquez (ed.). Plutarco y las Artes: XI Simposio Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Plutarquistas. Madrid: Ediciones Clásicas, 411-420.

Moore, Jennifer (2012). “‘Something that stutters sincerely’: Contemporary poetry and the aesthetics of failure.” Jacket2 2: n. pag. URL: Last access: 10 Feb 2013.

Traver Vera, Jacinto (2014). “Templa serena against Acherusia templa: Materialistic Explanation of Ghosts in Lucretius.” Littera aperta 2: 25-46. URL: Last access: 10 December 2015.

Vonnegut, Kurt (1969). Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Delacorte Press.