Guide to Authors


The Mediterranea journal does not charge authors for publication or article processing fees (APC).

1. Submission of papers

Mediterranea accepts submissions of:

- articles

- notes

- book reviews

Contributors must submit their paper in a MS Word file. They should include their full name, their institutional affiliation (University, Institute, etc.), and a brief CV indicating their academic degree, postal and electronic address, and telephone number.

Authors of articles should also provide:

- a short abstract (no longer than 10 lines);

- ca. 5 keywords;

- a comprehensive bibliography of the sources cited in the article.

Accepted publication languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, although priority is given to papers submitted in English. If the contribution is not in English, please provide also an English translation of the title (for articles and notes) and of the abstract (for articles).

 2. Addresses

Papers must be submitted through the Open Journal System platform of the journal. Link:

In order to submit a paper, author must create an account in the OJS platform as ‘author’ at the following link:

Once registered and for successive submissions, please, use this link to login:

For any inconvenience within the platform and/or the submission process, authors may contact the editorial committee writing to

Books for review must be sent to: Prof. Dr. Juan P. Monferrer-Sala – Facultad de Filosofía y Letras – Universidad de Córdoba – Plaza Cardenal Salazar, 3 – 14071 Córdoba (Spain).

 3. Editorial Process

 1. Articles Reception

Reception of the articles will be acknowledged by e-mail in the briefest period possible. In this phase a preliminary editorial assessment will take place in which we shall evaluate:

(a) the pertinence of the paper content in relation to the editorial criteria, and

(b) the fulfilment of the formatting requirements demanded by the publishing rules. Reception of the paper does not guarantee its acceptance. In this first stage and before entering a second phase (peer reviewing), we will communicate to the author if the article has been accepted.

 2. Double blind peer review

Papers will be sent confidentially and anonymously to be analysed by two experts who are neither members of the Journal’s editorial body nor part of the Editorial Council. They may belong to the Assessing Committee, as long as they do not belong to the Journal Editorial Board. They will deliver a report concerning the suitability of the article for publication, which will be taken into consideration by the Editorial Board secretariat. Announcement of the publication of the paper, or recommendations for revision, will be communicated to the author. If the evaluating experts disagree, the paper shall be sent to a third evaluator. A revised paper may be considered for publication on condition that the changes are included. It must be corrected and returned to the editors of the Journal at the most within a month, whether the changes demanded be major or minor. If necessary, the new version will again be sent to the external evaluators; this process will continue until the paper merits a definitive acceptance from the Journal. The authors will receive a notification concerning the evaluation reports from the evaluators so that they may (if necessary) make some corrections. If the paper is printable but needs small changes, these will be made by a drafting committee in contact with the author; but may also be returned to the author for him to change those details that the drafting committee might consider necessary.

 3. Reviewers

The Journal uses specialised reviewers to compare methodological procedures used in papers. The choice of reviewers depends on the editors, who consider their academic and scientific merits, and their professional experience. As we have mentioned previously, members of the Assessing Committee may figure amongst the reviewers as long as they are neither part of the editing entity nor of the Editorial Board.

 4. Acceptations and Refusals

The editors’ decision to accept or reject a paper will take into account both the negative and the favourable judgements of the evaluators.

Criteria for rejecting a paper include:

- not being included under the scientific topics cultivated by the Journal;

- not using the proposed citation system;

- not sending the paper in the required format.

Criteria for accepting a paper include:

- conformity to the objectives of the section;

- the paper must be original, or at least offers a qualitative analysis proffering valuable information;

- novelty, freshness and advances in the themes covered by the Journal;

- coherence in the methodology;

- a good formal presentation—i.e., good writing and text organisation: logical coherence and presentation.

 4. Proofs Reading

In due time the authors will be sent only one set of proofs; these should be corrected and returned within 15 days of receipt.

 5. Style Sheet

 1. Spacing and Punctuation

- A single space should follow full-stops at the end of sentences.

- Punctuation generally goes outside quotation marks, unless it is part of the quotation.

- For short quotations use single quotation marks (‘…’); double quotation marks only within single quotation marks (‘… “…”…’).  Long quotations should be presented as indented paragraphs, without quotation marks.

- Place ellipses within square brackets when they indicate omitted text from a quotation ([...]); generally, avoid the use of ellipses at the beginning of a quotation or at the end.

- Use the hyphen in compounds (e.g. ‘well-being’ and ‘advanced-level’; when the first of two or more words is used adjectively (e.g. ‘a tenth-century manuscript’); for names (e.g. ‘Irène Rosier-Catach’).

- Use the en dash to indicate inclusive dates and numbers (i.e. ‘1244–1247’, ‘pp. 37–59’) and for places of publication and publishers (‘New York–London: Harper & Row–Collins, 1972’).

- Use the em dash to create a strong break in the structure of a sentence.

- No space either before or after hyphen, en dash or em dash, with exception of a hanging hyphen (e.g. ‘eleventh- and twelfth-century literature’), which will have a space after it.

 2. Spelling & Proper-names

- Use the Commonwealth and UK spelling (as given in the Oxford English Dictionary and its derivatives).

- Use the native form of the place-name, except cases where the English form is well known.

- Proper names ending in ‘s’, ‘x’ or ‘z’ take an extra possessive (e.g., Averroes’s works).

 3. Abbreviations

- Use a full stop only if the last letter is not the last letter of the word (e.g. cols, Dr, St, nos, vols; but col., p., pp., vol.).

- MS and MSS for shelf-mark citations and references to manuscripts; otherwise the word ‘manuscript’ in full.

c. (not ca.); b. (born); d. (died); r. (ruled); fl. (flourished).

- Do not use italics for cf., e.g., d., etc., viz., Ibid., Id., passim.

 4. Dates & Time Periods

- Centuries should always be spelt out in full (e.g. in the twelfth century; a thirteenth- century manuscript).

 5. Numbers

- Use Arabic numerals for chapter numbers, journal numbers, series numbers, figure and plate numbers.

- Use Roman numerals, for volume numbers, book numbers, and other major subdivisions of books.

- For inclusive numbers falling within the same hundred you should include all the figures (e.g. 1933–1939’, not ‘1933–39’).

 6. References in Footnotes

Please, provide:

- forenames for people cited—at least the first or principal name followed by initials, leaving a space between the initials (e.g. ‘Paul J. J. M. Bakker’);

- publisher and place of publication;

- series and series number.


Quote the city and library name in full (e.g. Vatican City, BibliotecaApostolicaVaticana, Vat. barb. 513, fols 1r–10v).


e.g. Anne Tihon, Le ‘Petit commentaire’ de Théon d’Alexandrie aux Tables faciles de Ptolémée: histoire du texte, édition critique, traduction, (Studi e testi, 282), Vatican City: BibliotecaApostolicaVaticana, 1978.

 Journal articles

e.g. Eugenio Randi, ‘La vergine e il papa: potentia absoluta e plenitudo potestatis papale nel XIV secolo’, History of Political Thought 5 (1984), pp. 425–445.

 Book chapters

e.g. Olaf Pedersen, ‘The Theorica Planetarum and Its Progeny’, in Graziella Federici Vescovini and Francesco Barocelli (eds), Filosofia, scienza e astrologia nel Trecento europeo: Biagio Pelacani Parmense, (Percorsi della scienza: storia, testi, problema, 2), Padua: Il Poligrafo, 1992, pp. 53–78.

 Unpublished thesis

e.g. Victoria Morse, ‘A Complex Terrain: Church, Society, and the Individual in the Works of Opicino de Canistris (1296-ca. 1354)’, Ph.D. Diss., University of California, 1996.


e.g. URL = <> (Accessed June 2017).

Bible references

e.g. II Cor. 5:13–15; Is. 22:17.


- If a reference is repeated in the next footnote: Ibid, p. … . For further references, use the surname of the author, followed by the abbreviated title (e.g. Tihon, Le ‘Petit commentaire’ de Théond’Alexandrie, p. … ; Morse, ‘A Complex Terrain’, p. …)

- For frequently used references, the author may use acronyms written in standard capitals (e.g. CCCM, PL, AL etc.). However, the first mention should be reported in full, followed by the abbreviation within square brackets (e.g. Abū al-Fidāʾ, al-MukhtārfīAkhbār al-Bashar, in Michele Amari (ed.), Bibliotecaarabo-sicula [= BAS], Torino–Roma: Loescher, 1881).

7. Transcription Convention

The authors must use the international transcription systems of non-Latin alphabets to fit the specific linguistic field of study.

 These guidelines should also be adapted by contributions submitted in Italian, Spanish, French or German —otherwise, they should be adapted to the respective standard conventions.