Il Tolomeo first saw the light of day in 1995, thanks to the work of a group of postcolonial scholars at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, reviews, interviews, and previously unpublished original contributions in the field of francophone and anglophone literature. Il Tolomeo investigates the postcolonial literary phenomenon in all its manifestations, but is particularly interested in contributions which take a comparative, interdisciplinary approach: dialogues between literature and the arts, investigations of hybrid forms such as comic strips and cinema, research which links literary studies with the social sciences, or innovative approaches such as digital and environmental humanities. Throughout its history, Il Tolomeo has been an important point of reference for postcolonial studies in Italy, hosting original writings and interviews with major voices in the anglophone and francophone world (Derek Walcott, Amitav Ghosh, Nadine Gordimer, Rita El Khayat, Anthony Phelps, Anita Desai, Christine De Luca, Antonine Maillet, Roland Paret, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and many others). In its new digital open access version, its aim is to continue to reflect the destinies of a burgeoning and extraordinarily innovative disciplinary field, and to offer a space for dialogue between postcolonial writers and scholars. Issues of Il Tolomeo which predate 2016 can be accessed via LEAR (The Linguistic Electronic Archive at Ca' Foscari University), at the following webpage: LEAR.
Authors who publish with this Journal/Series agree to the following terms:
To find out more, please contact Edizioni Ca’ Foscari’s editorial staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every article published by ECF was accepted for publication by no less than two qualified reviewers as a result of a process of anonymous reviewing (double-blind peer review).
The reviewers are independent of the authors and not affiliated with the same institution.
The Journal’s/Series’ Scientific Director guarantees the proper execution of the peer review process for every article published in the Journal/Series. The evaluation is conducted in accordance with the following criteria:
Revision policies for the different sections:
Il Tolomeo accepts submissions of the following kinds:
- essays 5000/6000 words, 30.000-35.000 characters (spaces included) – exceptions may be allowed at the editor’s discretion in exceptional circumstances;
- reviews (1500-2000 words, 9000-15.000 characters, spaces included);
- interviews (15000-2000 words, 9000-15.000 characters, spaces included);
- unpublished pieces.
The deadlines are stated in the call for papers. Il Tolomeo is published once a year.
Prospective contributors should send their submissions for Il Tolomeo to email@example.com.
- a bio-bibliographical note in English (max. 700 characters, spaces included);
- an abstract in English (max. 1000 characters, spaces included – this is not necessary for reviews);
- 5 keywords in English;
- preferred contact email address and institutional affiliation.
Submissions will undergo an initial review process by two members of the editorial board. Notice of acceptance will be given within 15 days.
Authors will have time to revise their submission which they will then return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors will subsequently upload their contribution on the digital platform in order to start the double-blind peer-review process, but only after an explicit approval of the editorial board to do so. The contribution will be sent to two reviewers. Authors will receive the results of the peer-reviews on the digital platform and will be able to upload their contribution in its final form.
Only essays undergo the peer review process. Proposals for book reviews, interviews, and unpublished manuscripts are evaluated exclusively by the editorial committee and the directors.
Authors will be able to check their contributions before publication.
Prospective contributions will undergo a preliminary evaluation by the editorial board, and, if deemed suitable, will be sent for double-blind peer-review. The editorial board reserves the right to request modifications whenever necessary and to reject contributions that are not relevant to the scope of Il Tolomeo.
Avant d’être acceptés pour la publication, les articles et les diverses contributions seront soumis à l’examen de la Rédaction d’abord, d’experts anonymes pour l’évaluation en double aveugle ensuite. La Rédaction peut demander éventuellement aux auteurs des modifications ou ne pas accepter les textes considérés non adéquats aux exigences et aux principes de Il Tolomeo.
Editorial guidelines for Il Tolomeo (Edizioni Ca’ Foscari)
For an extended version, please consult: http://edizionicafoscari.unive.it/media/pdf/pubblicare-con-noi/ecf_norme_en.pdf
Some of the guidelines are:
It is preferable to divide the text into sections, which should all be numbered consecutively starting from number 1. No text portions should be left unnumbered (e.g. an “Introduction” section will be numbered ‘1’). Sections should also be titled: titles are in 14 point size, bold/bold Italics type (not only Italics, or only UPPERCASE). Sections may also be further divided into subsections, numbered 1, 1.1, 1.1.1 and so on.
Use double quotation marks (“ ”) for in-text quotations, double and single ones (“ ‘ ’ ”) to put a quote within a quote and single quotation marks (‘ ’) for emphasis. Single quotation marks are used also to:
- highlight a specific ‘concept’;
- describe the precise meaning of a ‘term’;
- highlight an ‘idiomatic’, ‘metaphorical’ or ‘inappropriate’ use of a term;
- highlight the ‘meaning’ of a foreign word.
Quotations counting less than 10 words should be included in the main text and enclosed in inverted commas “ ”.
If a citation concludes a period, the full stop follows the quote. If the quotation is followed by a bibliographical citation, the full stop (as any other punctuation mark) should be placed after it.
Quotations longer than 10 words must be:
• detached from the body text and preceded and followed by a blank line;
• indented 1 cm from the left with respect to the main body of text;
• in roman, body 11, spacing 1;
• NOT be enclosed in quotation marks “ ”;
• end with a full stop.
References: Author-Date System
It is the standard requested by the Publisher. In this system, the bibliographic references are directly included in the body of the text and not in the footnotes.
Short References in the Text
A short reference is given between parentheses and includes the following information: the Author’s last name, the year of publication (no punctuation intervening) and, if needed, the page numbers (preceded by a comma, with a small dash - separating page numbers and no ‘p./pp.’ abbreviation). Complete information regarding the publication (e.g. editor’s or translator’s name) is given only in the final bibliography. If the author’s last name is already mentioned in text segment where the short reference is, there is no need to repeat it between parentheses.
Main text “cited text” (Last name year, 120-5).
Smith (2010, 25) in his work argues that “....”.
My work is defined “an interesting book” (Smith 2016, 120-5).
All figures must have a caption, in the form of “Figure *number*”, ending with no final punctuation mark. Captions should follow the figures they refer to and contain all the available information, according to the following scheme: Figure 1. Author, Title. Year. Technical/Support/Material, Measures. Place, Institution, Location. Source of Image, copyright (no final punctuation mark).
All hyphens between inclusive numbers and those with the role of traits d’union are to be replaced by little dashes -, whereas, when separating two phrases, the long dash – has to be used.
General Bibliography (examples)
Smith, John (2017). My Work. A Close Overview. London: Open Editions.
Article in a Journal
Smith, John (2017). “The Gothic. Tales and Myths”. English Literature, 8(3), 89-112.
Article in a Collection
Smith, John (2017). “The Gothic. Tales and Myths”. Jones, Elisabeth (ed.), The Gothic in the Nineteenth Century. London: Open Editions, 91-112.
For other examples, please consult: http://edizionicafoscari.unive.it/media/pdf/pubblicare-con-noi/ecf_norme_en.pdf
Ethical Code of Il Tolomeo
Il Tolomeo is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
The Publisher must provide the Journal 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 Journal 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 Editorial Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence.
The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of Il Tolomeo alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.
Submitted articles 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 Il Tolomeo Editors.
The Il Tolomeo Editors and Editorial Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Journalʼs 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.
If the Il Tolomeo Editors and Editorial Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation.
Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the Il Tolomeo 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 journals, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper 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 Il Tolomeo Editors.
Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the article is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. 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 Il Tolomeo Editors 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 article 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. Citations 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.
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 article, they must immediately warn the Il Tolomeo Editors, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments.
By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Il Tolomeo Editors and Editorial Board in taking decisions on the articles submitted. 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 Il Tolomeo Editors. Reviewers must not accept articles 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.
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.