Disclosing Collections

Studies, Catalogues and Data in the Arts and the Humanities
     topic: archive­keeping, bibliography, paleography  
Aims & Scope

Inspired by the process of scientific analysis and contextual public disclosure of collected materials in the wider Humanities, this academic book series aims at setting a new standard in producing catalogues, inventories, indexes, collection displays, data sets, and item lists. The series is grounded on the idea of both mapping and disclosing unprecedented territories, which are then left with infrastructures that allow them to be available to the research community and the wider public. In this sense, the series intends to go beyond traditional concepts such as the ‘catalogue raisonné’ or full inventory lists, rather trying to present publications in print and digital form that cut across a given collection of items and thus highlight categorisations, interconnections, and relevance attribution. Of particular importance is the methodology applied to the production of the finalised publication, which takes into account recent interdisciplinary stances, modes of research and forms of presentation prompted by scholars in the Digital and Public Humanities, particularly the development and importance gained by relational databases. The scope of the series embraces the entire array of the Humanities: from Textual Scholarship to History, from Art History to Cultural Heritage, from Archaeology to Archival Studies. A distinctive feature of the series is its institutional interconnectedness, since publications are each the unique product of intense and planned collaboration with specific museums, libraries, collections, archives, estates, excavations, field works, and research institutions.

General info

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    Holger Essler, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Deutschland; Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Franz Fischer, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Diego Mantoan, Università degli studi di Palermo, Italia    

    Advisory Board
    Jean-Baptiste Camps, École National des Chartes, Paris, France    
    Paolo Cirio, Independent artist    
    Mats Dahlström, Högskolan i Borås, Sverige    
    Wiebke Denecke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA    
    Lisa Dieckmann, Universität zu Köln, Deutschland    
    Amalia Levi, The HeritEdge Connection, Barbados; Universität Bonn, Deutschland    
    Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore    
    Andrea Pelizza, Archivio di Stato di Venezia, Italia    
    Elena Pierazzo, Université de Tours, France    
    Dorit Raines, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marie Redmond, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland    
    Rebekah Rhodes, Colección SOLO, España    
    Peter Robinson, University of Saskatchewan, Canada    
    Arianna Traviglia, Centre for Cultural Heritage Technology, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Venezia, Italia    

Proposal / Submission

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The article processing charges are regulated by the Publisher. For more information please visit: Publish with us.

Peer review

The series adopts double-blind peer review as its benchmark.

Therefore, the published works have obtained a favourable opinion from at least two evaluators who are experts in the field, through an anonymous review process (double-blind peer review) conducted under the responsibility of the Scientific Direction of the series. The reviewers have no direct contact with the authors and belong to research institutions other than the one to which the series is affiliated.

In rarer cases, the series may adopt other types of referencing processes, such as open review, i.e. a non-anonymous review, or a mixed review involving a member of the Scientific Committee and an external evaluator. These options are determined by the specific characteristics of the research subject of the publication, or by other peculiar factors that determine the greater effectiveness of the alternatives indicated here.

The Series’ Editor-in-Chief guarantees the proper execution of the peer review process for every book published in the Series.

Peer review policies for the different sections:

  • Complete volume/issue: subject to peer review
  • Monographs/essays/articles: subject to peer review
  • Introductions, prefaces: no peer review
  • Reviews: no peer review
  • Editorials: no peer review
For a complete description of the process, please visit: Scientific certification.

Our series and journals are archived on PHAIDRA (Permanent Hosting, Archiving and Indexing of Digital Resources and Assets), a platform for long-term archiving of digital collections: PHAIDRA.
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    Ethical Code of Disclosing Collections

    Disclosing Collections is a peer-reviewed scientific book series whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code.

    Publisher’s responsibilities  

    The Publisher must provide the Book Series with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.

    The Publisher must have a written agreement that defines the relationship with the owner of the Book Series and/or the Editor-in-Chief. The agreement must comply with the Code of Behavior for Publishers of Scientific Journals, as established by COPE.

    The relationship among the Editor-in-Chief, the Advisory Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors’ responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Advisory Board of Disclosing Collections alone are responsible for the decision to publish the submitted works.

    Submitted works, after having been checked for plagiarism by means of the anti-plagiarism software Compilatio that is used by the University and is made available to us, will be sent to at least two reviewers. Final acceptance presumes the implementation of possible amendments, as required by the reviewers and under the supervision of the Disclosing Collections Editor-in-Chief.

    The Disclosing Collections Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Book Seriesʼ policy, i.e. exclusively on the basis of its scientific content, without discrimination of race, sex, gender, creed, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the scientific, academic and political position of the Authors. 

    Allegations of misconduct

    If the Disclosing Collections Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published book, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. They will do their best to correct the published content whenever they are informed that it contains scientific errors or that the authors have committed unethical or illegal acts in connection with their published work. If necessary, they will withdraw the book or publish a recantation.

    All complaints are handled in accordance with the guidelines published by the COPE.

    Concerns and complaints must be addressed to the following e-mail ecf_support@unive.it. The letter should contain the following information:

    • complainant’s personal information;
    • title, author(s), publication date, DOI;
    • complaint(s);
    • declaration that the complainant has no conflict of interest, or declaration of an actual or potential conflict of interest.

    Authors’ responsibilities


    Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the Disclosing Collections website.

    No multiple submissions

    Authors must explicitly state that their work is original in all its parts and that the submitted paper has not been previously published, nor submitted to other publishers, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper or book gets published without significant revision, earlier dissemination in conference proceedings or working papers does not preclude consideration for publication, but Authors are expected to fully disclose publication/dissemination of the material in other closely related publications, so that the overlap can be evaluated by the Disclosing Collections Editor-in-Chief. 


    Authors are strongly encouraged to use their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. This will ensure the authors’ visibility and correct citation of their work.

    Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the book is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. Please ensure that: the order of the author names is correct; the names of all authors are present and correctly spelled, and that affiliations are up-to-date.

    The respective roles of each co-author should be described in a footnote. The statement that all authors have approved the final version should be included in the disclosure.

    Conflicts of interest and financing

    Authors, under their own responsibility, must avoid any conflict of interest affecting the results obtained or the interpretations suggested. The Disclosing Collections Editor-in-Chief will give serious and careful consideration to suggestions of cases in which, due to possible conflict of interest, an Author’s work should not be reviewed by a specific scholar. Authors should indicate any financing agency or the project the book stems from. 


    Authors must see to it that all works consulted be properly quoted. If works or words of others are used, they have to be properly paraphrased or duly quoted. Quotations between “double quotes” (or «angled quotation marks» if the text is written in a language other than English) must reproduce the exact wording of the source; under their own responsibility, Authors should carefully refrain from disguising a restyling of the source’s wording, as though it was the original formulation. 

    Any form of excessive, inappropriate or unnecessary self-citation, as well as any other form of citation manipulation, are strongly discouraged.

    Ethical Committee

    Whenever required, the research protocols must be authorised in advance by the Ethical Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 


    When Authors find a mistake or an inaccuracy in their own work, they must immediately warn the Disclosing Collections Editor-in-Chief, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers’ responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Disclosing Collections Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board in taking decisions on the submitted works. They are expected to offer the Authors suggestions as to possible adjustments aimed at improving their contribution submission. 

    Timing and conflicts of interest

    If a reviewer does not feel up to the task of doing a given review, or if she/he is unable to read the work within the agreed schedule, she/he should notify the Disclosing Collections Editor-in-Chief. Reviewers must not accept texts for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous contributions or to a competition with a disclosed author (or with an author they believe to have identified). 


    The content of the reviewed work must be considered confidential and must not be used without explicit authorisation by the Author, who is to be contacted via the editor-in-chief. Any confidential information obtained during the peer review process should not be used for other purposes.

    Collaborative attitude

    Reviewers should see themselves not as adversaries but as advocates for the field. Any comment must be done in a collaborative way and from an objective point of view. Reviewers should clearly motivate their comments and keep in mind the Golden Rule of Reviewing: “Review for others as you would have others review for you”. 


    Reviewers should report any similarity or overlapping of the work under analysis with other works known to them. 

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VeDPH Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities
Dipartimento di Studi umanistici
Dorsoduro 3484/D, Calle Contarini, 30123 Venezia
30123 Venezia