About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Iperstoria is a Class A journal focusing on English and American Studies with a multidisciplinary / transdisciplinary approach. It welcomes contributions on a broad range of topics: from literature to culture and other media, from linguistics to language teaching. Each issue is divided in three sections: a monographic section organized around a selected theme in language and/or literature and culture; a miscellaneous section; a book review section. The journal also publishes translations and interviews.
Peer Review Process
Each submitted essay is initially read by the issue editors and by members of the editorial board in order to assess its general level and pertinence for publication. Once the essay is provisionally accepted, it undergoes a double blind peer review. The selection of peer reviewers is the joint responsibility of the editorial board and editors of each specific issue. Reviewers are selected according to their expertise on the subjects in the essays under consideration. Reviewers provide a detailed assessment, as well as specific observations highlighting each essay’s strengths and weaknesses. The issue editors and the editorial board make the final decision as for publication or rejection of a submitted, or resubmitted, essay.
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.
No fees are required for articles to be processed or read.
Code of conduct
This code of conduct aims at providing a set of minimum standards to which all members of IPERSTORIA editorial board are expected to adhere.
1. General duties and responsibilities of the Editorial Board
Editors and the Editorial Board are accountable for what is published in their Journal. This implies the existence of processes assuring the quality of the published material, as well as a constant commitment to the defense of freedom of expression. The Editorial Board is always willing to publish errata corrige and apologies whenever needed.
2. Relations with Readers
The Editors strive to ensure the quality of the published material, and to publicize each issue to make sure as many potential readers as possible have access to the research results.
3. Relations with Authors
The decision concerning the acceptance or rejection of each paper is based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, as well as on the validity of the study and its relevance to the main interests of the Journal. The Editorial Board is always ready to provide explanations about the double blind review processes.
4. Relations with Reviewers
Editors should provide guidance to reviewers on everything that is expected of them. The Editors strive to ensure the protection of data and the confidentiality of the submitted material.
5. Relations among Editorial Board members
Each new member of the Editorial Board is provided with guidelines on everything that is expected of them and keep existing members updated on new policies and developments. The Editorial Board regularly organizes meetings where all the members are invited to express their opinion about all the main issues and decisions to make. New members are chosen according to their ability to actively contribute to the development and management of the Journal.
6. Editorial and peer review processes
Editors strive to ensure that the peer review process is unbiased and timely; they are responsible for the confidentiality of the submitted material while under review.
7. Quality assurance
Editors are responsible for the quality of the material they publish, recognizing that different Journal sections have different aims.
8. Dealing with possible misconduct
Editors have a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if any allegation of misconduct is brought to their attention. This concerns both published and unpublished papers.
9. Encouraging debate
Editors encourage and are always willing to consider cogent criticism of work published in their Journal. Authors of the criticized material are given the opportunities to respond.
Iperstoria is a project born in 2000 on the initiative of Alberto Battaggia, former president of the Verona Literary Society, who decided to create an electronic magazine providing high level scientific and academic contents by university scholars and experts in humanities. The magazine thus started publishing essays, interviews and reviews by Italian and international authors, with a peculiar focus on contemporary history and culture.
In 2006 Roberto Cagliero, professor of Anglo-American Languages and Literatures at the University of Verona, became chief editor of the magazine. Iperstoria, with a new, blog-like website, gained national acknowledgment and welcomed academics from various Universities in its editorial staff.
Alberto Battaggia is now managing director.
At the end of 2012 some of the features of the magazine were redefined: first, it was transformed into a six-monthly online multilingual journal with its own ISSN; moreover, from then on each issue has been structured on a monographic or special section, accompanied by a general one including essays, reviews, interviews, and translations of unpublished materials.
The first issue of Iperstoria’s new six-monthly series, devoted to English language and literature, US literature, and literature from English-speaking countries, came out in February 2013 with a renovated website. While wishing the magazine a productive and stimulating future, we want to thank all those who supported this project since its very beginning, in particular the editorial staff and the authors who contributed with their research, studies, reviews and translations.