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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines is a scientific journal and publishes original research, and review on library and information science, the history of libraries from the early modern through modern time.

Full articles

Contributions should normally be between 6.000 and 15,000 words in length. They should include an abstract in Italian and English of about 2000 characters with spaces, and up to five key words. The abstract should be in third person and cover the overall purpose or research problem.
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google.
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC.


Figures have to be attached in separate files (.jpg o .tif) and should be appropriately sized (1 mega × for coloured pictures e 600 × 300 pixel for black and white and bitmap); All figures should be numbered consecutively and cited in the text as Figure 1, Figure 2 etc. (Figure should be spelled out in full, not abbreviated). They had to be submitted separately as source files along with a file in which all figures and their captions are fully listed.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.


Footnotes are indicated by a superscript Arabic numeral placed after the punctuation, with the exception of the cases in which the reference is strictly connected to a single word (i.e. translation of a word or biographical references). The quotation system is author-date syle, i.e. Solimine 2014 No punctuation is used between the name and the date. There must be a reference list entry for each in-text citation.

Single Author

(Solimine 2014)

Multiple Authors

(Balbi - Gai 2013)

For direct quotations the page number is also included.
(Nairn 1997, p. 73)

Please do not use Word automatic numbering and desktop publishing features such as justification, centering, or different fonts within the body of the text. The use of italics should be limited to non -English words, and book titles.


For shorter quotations, double quotation marks (« ») should be used for the first level of quotation, and single quotation marks ‘ ’ for emphasizing single words or non literally quotations. Quotations of more than three lines should be indented and double -spaced. Quotations should not be enclosed in quotation marks. Internal omissions within a quotation should be signalized with […]

Translation and transliteration

Single words or phrases in a non-Roman script must be fully transliterated.
The first usage of a non-English word should be translated and should be followed by the translation in parentheses, e.g., cantastorie (street-singers).. Diacritical marks should be used where appropriate (e.g., in German, umlauts should be used rather than spelling with an extra “e”; the “sharps,” however, may be rendered by “ss”)

Reference list

For all types of references

Text citation followed by full reference

Solimine 2014 = Giovanni Solimine, Senza sapere. Il costo dell’ignoranza in Italia, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014.

Rozzo 1995 = Ugo Rozzo, L’Advis di Gabriel Naudé e la nascita della biblioteconomia, «La Bibliofilia», XCVII (1995), 1, p. 59-74.

Single author

Author (Full name and surname), Title, (non facsimile transcription for old books), other authors/translators, place of publication, publishing (for old books keep old names), year (for old books also format and page numbers).
In case of more than one author (until 3) they are fully listed and separated by a comma.
More places of publication are separated by a –
Pages are indicated as p. 333 (exact page), p. 333-334 (closed), p. 334, 336, 337.

Giovanni Solimine, Senza sapere. Il costo dell’ignoranza in Italia, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014.
Robert Darnton, Il futuro del libro, traduzione di Adriana Bottini, Milano, Adelphi, 2011 (tit. orig.: The case for books. Past, present, and future, New York, PublicAffairs, 2009).
Horst Blanck, Il libro nel mondo antico, edizione rivista e aggiornata a cura di Rosa Otranto, prefazione di Luciano Canfora, Bari, Edizioni Dedalo, 2008.
Maurizio Vivarelli, Le dimensioni della bibliografia. Scrivere di libri al tempo della rete, con testi di Giovanna Balbi, Maria Cassella, Bianca Gai [et al.], Roma, Carocci, 2013.
Article in a book

Name Surname, Title of the article, in Title of the volume, edited by Name and Surname, other authors/translators, Place of publication, publishing, year, pages.

Alberto Petrucciani, All’interno e all’esterno delle biblioteche: problemi storiografici, in La storia delle biblioteche. Temi, esperienze di ricerca, problemi storiografici. Convegno nazionale, L’Aquila, 16-17 settembre 2002, edited by Alberto Petrucciani e Paolo Traniello, preface by Walter Capezzali, Roma, Associazione italiana biblioteche, 2003, p. 217-230.
Edoardo Barbieri, Cultura cristiana e biblioteche ecclesiastiche: una breve premessa, in Claustrum et armarium. Studi su alcune biblioteche ecclesiastiche italiane tra Medioevo ed Età moderna, edited by Edoardo Barbieri and Federico Gallo, Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Roma, Bulzoni, 2010, p. 9-24.
If the author of the article has also edited the book:
Luigi Balsamo, Per una storia globale del libro, in Idem, Per la storia del libro. Scritti di Luigi Balsamo raccolti in occasione del suo 80° compleanno, Firenze, Olschki, 2006, p. 105-127.
Articles in a Journal

Name and Surname, Title of the article, «Title of the Journal», series, year, issue, pages.

Ugo Rozzo, L’Advis di Gabriel Naudé e la nascita della biblioteconomia, «La Bibliofilia», XCVII (1995), 1, p. 59-74.
Paolo Traniello, La storia delle biblioteche: spunti per un’analisi critica, «Nuovi Annali della Scuola speciale per archivisti e bibliotecari», XX (2006), p. 271-289.
Unpublished documents
From an archive

Institution/ repository where the original is held., collection or record group, subcollection, series, or subseries (if applicable), title and signature of the volume, title of the quoted manuscript (and date), box and Folder name or number (if applicable), numbers of pages or folios.

ASGe., Notarile, notaio Andrea Doria, 30 gennaio 1772
ASGe., Secretorum, Dispacci, fasc. Andrea Doria, busta 54, 30 gennaio 1444, c. 1r-34v.
From a library

Author and date (if known), repository, signature, folios or pages.

Francesco Rocci, Memorie di un banco, 1389, cart. (BNCF, Ms Pal. 58) c. 56v.
Article from a website

Author, short title of the website, <website>, last seen.

The British Library, <> (last seen: DD.MM.YYYY).
Entry in biographical dictionaries and encylopedias

Titles. Place, editor, date, entry

Enciclopedia Einaudi della Architettura, Torino, Einaudi, 1974, s.v. Contrappunto.
Book Reviews

Book reviews may be submitted in word .doc and Times New Roman. The title of the reviewed monograph should be described as follows: Name, Surname, Title, city, publishing, year, number of pages, series, isbn, price.

Paolo Traniello, Storia delle biblioteche in Italia. Dall’Unità ad oggi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014, 230 p. (Manuali), isbn 978-88-15-25113-8, € 21,00.

In the book review the author of the reviewed monograph should be always indicated with the first letter of the surname (example for Paolo Traniello: T.) In case of co-authorships or collective volumes the names of all authors have to be indicated. In case of quotations please use « » and note the page number in bracket (p. 23). Book reviews have to be signed in italics at the end of the review.

Proofs and Corrections

1) Please limit the corrections to obvious mistakes like typos and misspellings.

2) Please note that further editing or changes to the layout are not possible.

3) Please make sure the corrections do not cause page overrun.


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.


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

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.

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