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Editions (with or without transcription) of primary sources, and unpublished documents (letters, catalogs and inventories) or the publication of subject and special bibliographies.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Not Peer Reviewed


Not Peer Reviewed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Not Peer Reviewed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.

Referees 2012-2023

  • Barbara Allegranti, Biblioteca della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
  • Murilo Artur Araújo da Silveira, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Enrico Pio Ardolino, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Lorenzo Baldacchini, Università di Bologna
  • Diego Baldi, ISMA - CNR
  • Roberto Balzani, Università di Bologna
  • Raphaelle Bats, ENSSIB
  • Concetta Bianca, Università di Firenze
  • Carlo Bianchini, Università di Pavia
  • Anna Bilotta, Università di Salerno
  • Monica Bocchetta, Università degli Studi di Macerata
  • Elisa Boffa, Biblioteca Città di Arezzo
  • Rosa Marisa Borraccini, Università degli Studi di Macerata
  • Andrea Capaccioni, Università degli Studi di Perugia
  • Alberto Casadei, Università di Pisa
  • Claudia Catalano, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Anna Giulia Cavagna, Università di Genova
  • Marcello Ciocchetti, Velletri
  • Carla Colombati, Centro di documentazione europea (CDE) Università di Teramo
  • Ana Cristina de Albuquerque, Universidade Estadual de Londrina
  • Paula Carina de Araújo, Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • Paola Degni, Università di Venezia
  • Tania Regina de Luca, Universidade Estadual Paulista
  • Rodrigo de Sales, Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Giovanni Di Domenico, già Università degli Studi di Salerno
  • Pierluigi Feliciati, Università degli Studi di Macerata
  • Anna Galluzzi, Biblioteca del Senato
  • Laura Giambastiani, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Giovanna Granata, Università degli Studi di Cagliari
  • Manuela Grillo, Sapienza Università di Roma, Biblioteca della Facoltà di Ingegneria civile e industriale
  • Mauro Guerrini, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Mario Infelise, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
  • Simona Inserra, Università di Catania
  • Michely Jabala Mamede Vogel, Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Carlos Henrique Juvêncio, Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Maurizio Lana, Università del Piemonte orientale
  • Eleonora Lattanzi, Fondazione Gramsci Onlus
  • Lorenzo Mancini, Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee
  • Anna Manfron, Istituzione Biblioteche del Comune di Bologna
  • Annantonia Martorano, Università degli studi di FirenzeDesk Rejection
  • Bárbara Júlia Menezello Leitão, Escola de Sociologia e Política de São Paulo
  • Outi Merisalo, Università di Jyväskylä
  • Federico Meschini, Università della Tuscia
  • Marivalde Moacir Francelin, Universidade de São Paulo
  • Paola Molino, Università di Padova
  • Giorgio Montecchi, già Università Statale di Milano
  • Francesca Nemore, Università Sapienza di Roma
  • Angela Nuovo, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Federica Olivotto, Biblioteca dell'Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente
  • Luciano Osbat, già Università della Tuscia
  • Alessandra Panzanelli, Università degli studi di Torino
  • Alberto Petrucciani, Università Sapienza di Roma
  • Vittorio Ponzani, Istituto Superiore di Sanità
  • Luca Rivali, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Valentino Romani, già Università Sapienza di Roma
  • Antonio Romiti, già Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Ugo Rozzo, già Università degli Studi di Udine
  • Graziano Ruffini, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Roberto Rusconi, già Università Roma Tre
  • Fiammetta Sabba, Università di Bologna
  • Gustavo Silva Saldanha, Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia
  • Maria Teresa Santos Cunha, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina
  • Lucia Sardo, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italia
  • Piero Scapecchi, già Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Firenze
  • Alfredo Serrai, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italia
  • Paolo Tinti, Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Francesca Tomasi, Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Mario Tosti, Università degli Studi di Perugia
  • Antonella Trombone, Università di Bari
  • Simona Turbanti, Università statale di Milano
  • Natale Vacalebre, University of Pennsylvania
  • Federico Valacchi, Università degli Studi di Macerata
  • Franca Varallo, Università degli studi di Torino
  • Fabio Venuda, Università Statale di Milano
  • Maurizio Vivarelli, Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Gilda Maria Whitaker Verri, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Elisabetta Zonca, Università della Svizzera italiana

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 ethics and publication malpractice

Bibliothecae.it is a peer-reviewed journal and conforms to the general model followed by other peer-reviewed journals for scientific articles' publication.

All parties involved in the publishing process – author, journal editor, peer reviewers and publisher – have to be aware of (and agree with) the journal's ethical standards.

Bibliothecae.it accepts the ethical principles of COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Publication Decisions

The editor of Bibliothecae.it is responsible for deciding which submitted articles should be published. The editor may be guided in its decision by the the journal's editorial board's policies and by the need to comply with legal requirements concerning libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making his decision.

Fair Play

Manuscripts are evaluated uniquely for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic group, nationality, religious or political belief.


No information about a submitted manuscript can be disclosed by the editor or editorial staff to anyone else than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and publisher.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials included in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the author's manifest and written consent.

Publication Fees

The journal has neither submission charges nor article processing fees.

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 Anna Giulia Cavagna formerly of the University of Genoa and 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).

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.


Dipartimento di Beni Culturali – DBC

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
Via degli Ariani 1 48121 - Ravenna (Italy)