The journal invites scholars to submit proposals either for special issues or for individual articles. All proposals are to be addressed to Dr. Matteo Perissinotto, Managing Editor of this journal, at the following email address:

If you wish to present a proposal as Guest Editor for a special issue, for our Focus section, please send us a brief cv and a two-page description of the intended issue – illustrating scope, content and methodology – together with a list of possible articles and/or the names of potential contributors (see below for further details).

In case you wish to submit a proposal for a single research article, send us short bio, a brief letter stating that the contribution is unpublished and original, an abstract, the article, already formatted following the Journal’s style guidelines (see below for further details).

All articles, discussions and reviews submitted should be properly written in American English, adequate in style for an academic publication, and should respect the guidelines of this journal (see below).

If Authors who are not native speakers need to have their texts translated and/or edited, the journal can provide a list of professional editors and translators. Any expenses incurred in by Authors in connection to the editing and translation of their work will be borne by the Authors themselves.

Each text submitted should be a doc. or .rtf  document, written in American English, doubled-space in 12-point Times New Roman; fully justified.

Guidelines for the various sections

Focus and Research Paths

These sections publish exclusively research articles.

The Focus section is designed to host special issues: monographic projects with a series of contributions revolving around a unifying topic or theme. The special, monographic issues may be edited internally or entrusted to the care of external, Guest Editors.

The Research Paths section hosts individual contributions, that are not part of a wider project and are not connected to the Focus section.
Every research article submitted will have to be an unpublished, original work of scholarly research. The articles will undergo a double-blind peer-review process after having been evaluated internally by the journal’s Editors. Submissions can take place in any moment of the year.

The articles should be sent in anonymous form (including footnotes and acknowledgments), so as to facilitate the double-blind peer-review process.

Full title, abstract (150 words) and 5 keywords should be in the first page.

A cover letter should be also sent in the same email, with:
1) full title of the article and full name of the Author(s), with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details, plus a short biographical note;
2) Author(s)’s statement confirming the agreement to the submission and that the article was not published before and is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

Research articles should be between 30,000 and 60,000 characters (footnotes and spaces included).


Discussion should offer an informed critical reading of an important cultural product, usually a relevant scholarly book (but it could be also a novel, an exhibition, a film etc.).

Discussion should offer clear indications about the content and structure of the book, analyzing its sources, methodology and its use of existing bibliography. All discussions should thus contain:

A clear summary of the book’s structure, content, and purpose.
A well articulated evaluation of its place in current scholarship.

The texts of the Discussion section should be between 15,000 and 30,000 characters (footnotes and spaces included).

Do not send unsolicited texts intended for this section. If you wish to propose a topic for the Discussion section first make sure you obtain approval from the Editors by sending a proposal explaining why you think the book (or other relevant cultural product) deserves to be discussed in this journal and why you believe to be suited for the task. Address your enquiry to the Book Review Editor, Dr. Miriam Benfatto:


Each review should convey all essential information concerning the publication, presenting a synthetic description and a critical evaluation of the work under scrutiny. It should be aimed to a scholarly public.

Reviews should be, first and foremost, informative. They should offer clear indications about the content and structure of the book, analyzing its sources, methodology and its use of existing bibliography. All reviews should thus contain:
A concise but clear summary of the book’s structure, content, and purpose.
An evaluation of its place in current scholarship.
The texts of the Reviews section should be between 4.500 and 9,000 characters (spaces included).
Do not send unsolicited texts for this section. If you wish to suggest us to review a book, or offer yourself as potential reviewer, you may contact the Book Review Editor, Dr. Miriam Benfatto:

Style Guidelines

Preparation of Manuscripts

1. Double-space all copy—including notes and extracts. Section headings should be brief subtitles in bold. Quoted sentences of more than 50 words should be set off from the text without quotation marks as indented extracts.

2. From the Chicago Manual of Style (

2.1. Periods and commas precede closing quotation marks, whether double or single.

He described what he heard as a “short, sharp shock.”
“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,” she replied.

2.2. Colons and semicolons—unlike periods and commas—follow closing quotation marks; question marks and exclamation points follow closing quotation marks unless they belong within the quoted matter. 

Take, for example, the first line of “Filling Station”: “Oh, but it is dirty!”
I can’t believe you don’t know “Filling Station”!
I was invited to recite the lyrics to “Sympathy for the Devil”; instead I read from the op-ed page of the New York Times.
Which of Shakespeare’s characters said, “All the world’s a stage”?
“What’s the rush?” she wondered.

2.3. When single quotation marks are nested within double quotation marks, and two of the marks appear next to each other, a space between the two marks, though not strictly required, aids legibility. 

“Admit it,” she said. “You haven’t read ‘The Simple Art of Murder.’ ”

3. Texts should be in Word; any illustrations must be .tif format.


In composing notes the following style should be observed:

Notes should be numbered using 1, 2, 3 (and so forth), and appear at the bottom of each page. 
Note reference numbers in text are set as superior (superscript) numbers. In the notes themselves, they are normally full size, not raised, and followed by a period.

“Crushed thirty feet upwards, the waters flashed for an instant like heaps of fountains, then brokenly sank in a shower of flakes, leaving the circling surface creamed like new milk round the marble trunk of the whale.”1

1. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851), 627.


One author or more

Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews, 3rd ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 59. 

Guy Cowlishaw and Robin Dunbar, Primate Conservation Biology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 104–107.

Editor, translator, or compiler in addition to author 

Yves Bonnefoy, New and Selected Poems, eds. John Naughton and Anthony Rudolf (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995), 22.

Jacob Neusner, Ernest S. Frerichs, and Paul Virgil McCracken Flesher, eds., Religion, Science and Magic (New York – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989)

Chapter in edited book

Moshe Idel, “Jewish Magic from the Renaissance Period to Early Hasidism,” in Religion, Science and Magic, eds. Jacob Neusner, Ernest S. Frerichs, and Paul Virgil McCracken Flesher (New York – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989), 82-117. 

Preface, foreword, introduction, or similar part of a book

James Rieger, introduction to Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982), xx–xxi.

Journal article

John K. Roth, “On seeing the Invisible Dimensions of the Holocaust,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies 1, no. 1 (1986): 147-153.

Newspaper article

Newspaper articles may be cited in running text (“As William Niederkorn noted in a New York Times article on June 20, 2002, . . . ”) in place of a note.

When in a footnote:
William S. Niederkorn, “A Scholar Recants on His ‘Shakespeare’ Discovery,” New York Times, June 20, 2002.

Book review

James Gorman, “Endangered Species,” review of The Last American Man, by Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times Book Review, June 2, 2002, 16.

Paper presented at a meeting or conference, thesis dissertation etc. 

Brian Doyle, “Howling Like Dogs: Metaphorical Language in Psalm 59” (paper presented at the annual international meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, Berlin, Germany, June 19–22, 2002).

PhD thesis

1. Cynthia Lillian Rutz, “King Lear and Its Folktale Analogues” (PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2013), 99–100.

Archival and documentary resources

Joseph C. Castner, “Report to the War Department, 17 January 1927,” Modern Military Records Division, Record Group 94, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

James Oglethorpe to the Trustees, 13 January 1733, Phillipps Collection of Egmont Manuscripts, 14200:13, University of Georgia Library.

Alvin Johnson, memorandum, 1937, Horace Kallen Papers, file 36, YIVO Institute, New York.

Revere’s Waste and Memoranda Book (vol. 1, 1761–1783; vol. 2, 1783–1797), Revere Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.

Sidney Sonnino to Antonio Meli Lupi di Soragna, November 22, 1918, Documenti Diplomatici Italiani (DDI), Serie VI, 3 vols., (Rome, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato, 1956), 1:136.

Website content

It is often sufficient simply to describe web pages and other website content in the text (“As of May 1, 2017, Yale’s home page listed . . .”).
If a more formal citation is needed, it may be styled like the examples below. For a source that does not list a date of publication or revision, include an access date (as in example note 2).

When in footnotes:
1. “Privacy Policy,” Privacy & Terms, Google, last modified April 17, 2017,

2. “About Yale: Yale Facts,” Yale University, accessed May 1, 2017,

3. Katie Bouman, “How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole,” filmed November 2016 at TEDxBeaconStreet, Brookline, MA, video, 12:51,

Short form 

The most common short form consists of the last name of the author and the main title of the work cited:

1.Regina M. Schwartz, “Nationals and Nationalism: Adultery in the House of David,” Critical Inquiry 19, no. 1 (1992): 131–142.

Schwartz, “Nationals and Nationalism,” 138.

2. Stuart Shea, Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), 51–52.
Shea, Wrigley Field, 138.

The abbreviation “Ibid.”  refers to a single work cited in the note immediately preceding:

Ibid., 140-142


All line diagrams and photographs are termed ‘Figures’ and should be referred to as such in the manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively. Line diagrams should be presented in a form suitable for immediate reproduction (i.e. not requiring redrawing), as either EPS (all fonts embedded) or TIFF files with a minimum resolution of 600 dpi (b/w only). Photographs should be submitted as clear, glossy, unmounted black and white prints with a good range of contrast. For electronic supply, files should be of either TIFF or EPS format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. 
Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproduction of any illustrations, tables, and should supply copies of such along with the copyright transfer form.


The use of audio/video documentation is welcome, the submitting author should discuss the possible use of such resources with the editorial board.


American English spelling should be used throughout. Use a clear readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be used define them when first used. Obviuosly, it is required to use non-racist, non-sexist language.


Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. 
Date should be present in the form 1 May 1998. 
Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).

Romanization Table (Hebrew to English)

Romanization Table (Hebrew to English)

Please note: Names of people or common nouns may follow different rules
e.g. Eretz Israel INSTEAD OF ’Eretz Yisra’el.
For the transliteration from Yiddish to English, please refer to Yivo Transliteration Chart

הhף/פ (peh)p
וvף/פ (feh)f
יi/iyשׁ (shin)sh
ך/כ (kaf)kש (sin)s
ך/כ (khaf)khתt


What to include:

1. Cover Letter including title of the article, author’s full name, a statement declaring that the article is an original contribution that has not been previously published and that it is not being submitted to other journals, a short biographical note (max 100 words), current affiliation and email address.

2. Manuscript including title, abstract of 150 words, 5 keywords.

Before submitting, please make sure that:

1.The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.

2. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.

3. The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point font.

4. The text adheres to the stylistic, formatting, and bibliographic requirements outlined in these Author Guidelines.

5. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (for example, research articles), has had the authors’ names removed. The author’s name has also been removed from the document’s Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

6. Images are in the format requested and all information is provided.


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