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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 or submitted for consideration by any other journal (or an explanation has been provided in the Comments to the Editor).
  • The file has to be sent into OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF or WordPerfect.
  • Wherever possible, URLs are provided for references.
  • Text is single-spaced; 12 point font size; italics are used instead of underlining (except in URLs); and all illustrations, figures and tables are placed in the appropriate places in the text, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which appear in "About the journal".


1. Submission of Papers

Mediterranea accepts submissions of:

-      articles

-      notes

-      review articles

-      book reviews

Contributors must submit their paper in a MS Word for Windows 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 for every work cited.

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: https://journals.uco.es/mediterranea/index.

In order to submit a paper, author must create an account in the OJS platform as ‘author’ at the following link: https://journals.uco.es/mediterranea/user/register.

Once registered and for successive submissions, please, use this link to login: https://journals.uco.es/mediterranea/login.

For any inconvenience within the platform and/or the submission process, authors may contact the editorial committee writing to mediterranea@uco.es.

Books for review must be sent to: Prof. Dr. Pedro Mantas España – Facultad de Filosofía y Letras – Universidad de Córdoba – Plaza Cardenal Salazar, 3 – 14071 Córdoba (Spain).


3. Editorial Process

1. Receipt of the Articles

Receipt 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 appropriateness to the thematic content and interest of the paper in relation to the editorial criteria of the Journal, and (b) the fulfilment of the formal 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 and sent to peer review, rejected, or needs some corrections.

2. Peer Review

Papers will be sent confidentially and anonymously to be analysedby 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 take into account 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 favorable 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 in which they are offered;

-      the paper is 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. Proof Reading

In due time the authors will be sent only one set of proofs; these should be corrected and returned within 10 days of receipt.


5. Style Sheet

1. Spacing and Punctuation

-       A single space (not two) 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 French quotation marks followed by a space (« … »); for quotations inside  single quotation marks within French 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’, ‘p. 37–59’), for places of publication and publishers (‘Harper & Row–Collins, New York–London 1972’), and to create a strong break in the structure of a sentence. In the last case, insert a space before and after the en dash (for all the languages).

2. Spelling & Proper-names

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

-       Place names: In the text, use the native form of the place-name, except cases where the English form is well known. For the place of publication in references, use the form given by the book that is quoted.

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

3. Abbreviations

-       Use a full stop for abbreviations (e.g. Dr., St., eds.; vol., col., p., l.). 

-       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., i.e., d., etc., viz., Ibid., Id., passim.

-       For giving the numbers of pages, columns, folios, etc., use ‘p.’, ‘col.’, ‘fol.’, etc. (not ‘pp.’, ‘cc.’, ‘ff.’).

4. Dates & Time Periods

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

-       For dates, use the format ‘12 March 2019’.

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, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. barb. 513, fol. 1r–10v).


e.g. Anne Tihon [small caps], Le ‘Petit commentaire’ de Théon d’Alexandrie aux Tables faciles de Ptolémée: histoire du texte, édition critique, traduction, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Città del Vaticano 1978 (Studi e testi, 282).

Journal articles

e.g. Eugenio Randi [small caps], « La vergine e il papa: potentia absolutaplenitudo potestatispapale nel XIV secolo », History of Political Thought, 5 (1984), p. 425–445.

Book chapters

e.g. Olaf Pedersen [small caps], « The Theorica Planetarumand Its Progeny », in Graziella Federici Vescovini, Francesco Barocelli (eds.) [small caps], Filosofia, scienza e astrologia nel Trecento europeo: Biagio Pelacani Parmense, Il Poligrafo, Padova 1992 (Percorsi della scienza: storia, testi, problema, 2), p. 53–78.

Unpublished thesis

e.g. Victoria Morse [in small caps], « 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. <http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/physics.html> (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 following references, use the surname of the author, followed by the abbreviated title (e.g. Tihon [small caps], Le ‘Petit commentaire’ de Théon d’Alexandrie, p. … ; Morse [small caps], « A Complex Terrain », p. …)

-       For repeated 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-Mukhtār fī Akhbār al-Bashar, in Michele Amari (ed.), Biblioteca arabo-sicula [= BAS // or henceforth, BAS], Loescher, Torino–Roma 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 be followed, as much as possible, also for contributions submitted in Italian, Spanish, French or German—otherwise, they should be adapted to the respective standard conventions.