About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Welcome to mediAzioni, an online journal promoted by the Department of Interpreting and Translation, University of Bologna at Forlì.
mediAzioni is an international open access, refereed journal that promotes interdisciplinary work in the humanities. It welcomes contributions from/cutting across the following areas: intercultural and gender studies, literature and theatre, literature for children and young adults, linguistics, humour, media and film studies, history, translation and interpreting, accessibility, Child Language Brokering, terminology.
mediAzioni (mediation) was chosen as a title because of what it evokes: media, action, mediation, and all that these notions imply – the space in between, which, while being compressed in the name of the journal, opens up to a multiplicity of meanings and interpretations. With mediAzioni we wish to encourage thinking across strictly defined disciplinary boundaries and highlight the value of an interdisciplinary approach in the belief that the resulting cross-fertilization cannot but be enriching.
Mediating the differences between languages, cultures, histories, nations, identities, genders, and peoples is one of the most pressing concerns of our times, and one that we, as teachers and scholars, feel challenged to face every day. That is precisely what the name mediAzioni refers to: “mediation” in the sense of understanding and negotiating differences, but also in the sense of taking action, that is “doing” things with language, promoting change in culture and society, and opening up new ways of thinking through research, imagination and passion.
For this reason, mediAzioni is an ever-changing journal. Each regular issue is opened with the first contribution that has been positively assessed by qualified referees, and other contributions are added until December 31st of the same year.
History of the Journal
mediAzioni was founded in 2005 by Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli, Raffaella Baccolini, Chiara Elefante and Delia Chiaro as a journal of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Translation, Languages and Cultures (SITLeC), University of Bologna at Forlì.
Formerly published online by Gedit, in 2008 mediAzioni was moved to a proprietary website. In 2021 it joined the OJS – AlmaDL Journals platform of the University of Bologna.
In its early years, mediAzioni published, together with regular articles, reviews, and special issues, original and innovative BA and MA final projects in a dedicated section called “Work in progress”, as well as “Reports” of conferences and study days, and “Fiction”.
Submissions welcome / Peer Reviewed
Submissions welcome / Peer Reviewed
Submissions welcome / Not Peer Reviewed
Peer Review Process
Contributions should not be under review anywhere else, nor should they be available on any website or social network, including platforms like academia.edu and researchgate.net. Each contribution is first assessed by the journal editors with reference to its general relevance to the journal. If the contribution obtains the editors’ approval, a plagiarism check is conducted through iThenticate. The article is then double-blind refereed by two scholars operating in the relevant field(s), who are neither affiliated with the same institution as the author(s) nor members of the journal’s scientific and editorial committees. Reviews are instead refereed by one of the journal editors, while the review process of dossiers and special issues rests with their respective editor(s), who commit to have all contributions double-blind refereed. Referee reports and revisions/comments are sent by the editorial committee (or the editors of the dossier/special issue) to the respective authors, who are responsible for revising their contribution accordingly.
The review process may have one the following outcomes:
The contribution is rejected. The reasons for rejection should be specified in writing and sent to the author(s).
The contribution is accepted with revisions, in which case the author(s) will be able to resubmit a revised version based on the reviewers’/editors’ suggestions.
The contribution is accepted and, after notifying the author(s), published.
A final round of editing is provided by the editorial assistants. mediAzioni keeps a record of article referees and can provide it upon a motivated request by evaluation committees.
mediAzioni is published once a year, with the possibility of including articles/reviews in the regular issue at any time during the year. The journal can additionally publish one or more special issues 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 who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.
The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.
Code of Conduct
Duties for the Editorial Team
Editorial team takes all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in mediAzioni and has a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers. The decision of Editorial team as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the journal is based on subject relevance and originality and is guided by the review of suitably qualified reviewers. Editorial team will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions. Editorial team strives to ensure that peer review at the journal is fair, unbiased and timely. Editorial team evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. A description of peer review process is published, and Editorial team is ready to justify any important deviation from the described process. Editorial team’s decision may be constrained by such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Editorial team provides guidance to authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines. Editorial team adopts a single blind peer-review protocol to ensure that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions is guaranteed. Editorial team strives to ensure that articles are published in open access and freely available for all the interested readers. Permanent identification with DOI guarantees the monitoring and preservation of articles over time.
Duties for Authors
Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of misconduct. Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work. Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication in order to provide access to such data. Authors are asked to follow the Author’s Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.
Duties for Reviewers
Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence. Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission. Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert Editorial team regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions. Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
Handling of errors and misconducts
Editors will promptly act in case of errors and misconducts, both proven and alleged. In case such as errors in articles or in the publication process, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, appropriate steps will be taken, following the recommendations, guidelines and checklists from COPE. These includes the publication of an erratum (errors from the publication process), corrigendum (errors from the author(s)) or, in the most severe cases, the retraction of the affected work.
Indexing and 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
- ERIH PLUS – European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
- Google Scholar – Academic search engine
- JournalTOCs – International aggregator of scientific articles TOCs
- ROAD – Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources
- Sherpa Romeo – Open Access policies database
- Ulrichsweb – Global Serials Directory
- Worldcat – The world’s largest library catalog
The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.
Department of Interpreting and Translation
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Forlì Campus
C.so della Repubblica, 136
47121 Forlì, Italy