About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Bibliothecae.it is a scientific, peer-reviewed, open access e-journal, published twice a year. It publishes original research and reviews on bibliography, information science, books, libraries and documentations across historical and geographical boundaries. In these fields the journal aims at highlighting processes of knowledge management and dissemination in the past and in the present societies. Bibliothecae.it is rated “Class A” by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) for the academic fields: 11/A1 (medieval history), 11/A2 (modern history), 11/A3 (contemporary history) and 11/A4 (science of books and documents, history of religions).

Section Policy


Original innovative research in library science, bibliography, the history of the books and the history of libraries, archives and documentation, and the theory of information.

Peer Reviewed


Editions (with or without transcription) of primary sources, and unpublished documents (letters, catalogs and inventories) or the publication of subject and special bibliographies.

Peer Reviewed

Notes and discussions

Analytical discussions of more than one book (i.e not a single book review); research reports or reports about a conference or a seminar, reflections on academic issues in the field of information science, or news relevant for the journal.

Not Peer Reviewed


Not Peer Reviewed

Voices of living libraries

Not Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Articles submitted for publication are initially screened by the editorial board and the directors of each session, in order to verify whether the article fits into the journal’s main scope. As part of the initial quality assessment, each article will undergo plagiarism detection through iThenticate. At a second stage the article is forwarded to peer-reviewers.

Bibliothecae.it uses a double-blind peer review system, which means that manuscript author(s) do not know who the reviewers are, and that reviewers do not know the names of the author(s). The editorial board chooses reviewers whose expertise most closely matches the manuscript’s topic and invite them to review the paper.

Peer-review has the aim of providing author(s) with the report of an expert, who can propose minor or major changes in order to improve the article’s structure and content. The author is expected to consider the received suggestions. The editorial board will verify that the suggested improvements have been included in the final version.

The review process is managed through the platform OJS. The editor or journal manager may inform the authors or respond directly to them about any critical issues. Reviewers are required to declare any potential conflict of interest before accepting the text review. Authors are required to declare any potential conflict of interest at the time of submission. For more information on conflicts of interest, see the relevant section in the Code of Ethics of the AlmaDL Journals Service through which the journal is published.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published twice a year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.

Authors are welcome to post pre-submission versions, the original submitted version of the manuscript (preprint), and the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories. Self-archiving can happen only upon the acceptance of the submission.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

Publication Fees

The journal has neither submission charges nor article processing fees.


Bibliothecae.it adopts the AlmaDL Journals Code of Ethics.

The code is inspired by the guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), in particular to the COPE Core Practices and its Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

All parties involved in the editorial process, editorial staff members, authors, reviewers must know and apply the ethical principles of that document.

Data Policy

When relevant, authors are encouraged to follow Open Science and FAIR principles by publishing the research data associated to their articles in trusted data repositories, according to the international best practices and data management guidelines.

Detailed information is reported in the AlmaDL Journals Data Policy.

Authors who are affiliated to the University of Bologna can publish their data in AMSActa, the institutional research data repository.

Indexing & Abstracting

The Journal is indexed in the following databases and search engines:

  • ACNP – Italian Catalogue of Serials
  • BASE – Bielefield Academic Search Engine
  • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek – Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg
  • ERIH PLUS – European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • Google Scholar – Academic search engine
  • LPI – Lettura Professionale Italiana, Bollettino AIB
  • OPAC SBN – Catalog of National Library Service
  • ROAD – Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources
  • Scopus – The largest database of peer-reviewed literatureScopus button
  • Ulrichsweb – Global Serials Directory
  • Worldcat – The world’s largest library catalog

History of the Journal

After a previous experience of publishing in print format with the Morlacchi publishing house in Perugia, which lasted from 2012 to 2015, Bibliothecae.it became the property of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna.
It is now directed by Fiammetta Sabba, Associate Professor of Library Science and Archivistics at the Department of Cultural Heritage, and co-directed by Alfredo Serrai formerly of the ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, a distinguished name in bibliographical disciplines, as well as the first founder of the journal, who through him inherited a solid tradition built up with the journals ‘Il Bibliotecario’ (Rome, Bulzoni, 1984-2011) and ‘Bibliotheca’ (Milan, Sylvestre Bonnard, 2002-2007).

They were part of the journal’s Scientific Committee: Lorenzo Baldacchini, Concetta Bianca, Rosa Marisa Borraccini, Attilio Mauro Caproni, Anna Giulia Cavagna, Mauro Guerrini, Mario Infelise, Mauro Perani, Alberto Petrucciani, Graziano Ruffini, Luigi Tomassini e Paolo Traniello.

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.


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