International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities

Aims & Scope
magazén | International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities is the interdisciplinary journal of the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) based at the Department of Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice undergoing double blind peer review and published twice per year in print, digital copy and web version in open access by Edizioni Ca’ Foscari. The VeDPH is founded upon an initiative of excellence that aims at stimulating an interdisciplinary methodological discourse to serve as basis for the collaborative development of durable, reusable, shared resources for research and learning in the field of digital and public humanities. Its disciplinary domains include Digital Textual Scholarship, Digital and Public Art History, Digital and Public History, Digital Cultural Heritage and Digital and Public Archaeology. The name magazén refers to the historical definition of public houses in the Republic of Venice, which were places of diverse human deeds and thriving including information exchange, commercial bargains and pawn brokerage. Thus the journal aspires to constitute an open platform for a wide range of disciplinary fields and methodological approaches sharing the scholarly potential of a digital and public discourse.
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    General Editor
    Franz Fischer, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Associate Editor
    Diego Mantoan, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Editorial Board
    Federico Boschetti, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Elisa Corrò, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Stefano Dall’Aglio, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Holger Essler, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Tiziana Mancinelli, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Paolo Monella, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italia    
    Deborah Paci, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Barbara Tramelli, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Advisory Board
    Ben Brumfield, Brumfield Labs (Texas), USA    
    Stefano Campana, Università di Siena, Italia    
    Maria Luisa Catoni, Scuola IMT Alti Studi (Lucca), Italia    
    Thomas Cauvin, C2DH, Université du Luxembourg    
    Gregory Crane, Tufts University, USA; Universität Leipzig, Deutschland    
    Andreas Fickers, C2DH, Université du Luxembourg    
    Erma Hermens, Rijksmuseum, Nederland    
    Monique Hulvey, Enssib, Lyon, France    
    Karin Leonhard, Universität Konstanz, Deutschland    
    Serge Noiret, European University Institute, Italy    
    Tito Orlandi, Accademia dei Lincei, Roma, Italia; Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies, Hamburg, Deutschland    
    Chiara Ottaviano, Cliomedia Officina, Torino, Italia    
    Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, UK; Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic    
    Sebastian Federico Ramallo Asensio, Universidad de Murcia, España    
    Gino Roncaglia, Università della Tuscia, Italia    
    Charlotte Roueché, King's College London, UK    
    Patrick Sahle, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Deutschland    
    Chiara Zuanni, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Österreich    
    Joris van Zundert, Huygens ING, Nederland    

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    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:

    • Complete volume/issue: subject to peer review
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    • Introductions, prefaces: no peer review
    • Reviews: no peer review
    • Editorials: no peer review
    For a complete description of the process, please see: Scientific Certification of the Works Published by ECF
  • Call for papers


    Abstract Submission – April 15, 2020 (issue 1) or August 15, 2020 (issue 2)

    Abstract acceptance – April 30, 2020 (issue 1) or August 30, 2020 (issue 2)

    Articles Submission – July 15, 2020 (issue 1) or December 15, 2020 (issue 2)

    Prospective publication – December 2020 (issue 1) and June 2021 (issue 2)

    Call for Papers | 2020 Topic: Fusions

    magazén is looking for contributors to its 2020 inaugural volume entitled “Fusions”, which shall devote two semestral issues of the journal to the intertwining landscape emerging from the recent development of digital and public humanities. As a matter of facts, in the last two decades much effort was placed in defining separate disciplinary fields, in order to canonise and validate the use of digital methodologies or public approaches in the specific subsets of the humanities. Such is for instance the case of Digital Art History, which is still focused on the definition of its own research scope, while trying to legitimise the adoption of big data analysis for art historical knowledge (iconographic comparison, image matching, material analysis, etc.) as well as establishing best practices in digital archiving systems specifically for the arts. A similar development may be traced in Digital Textual Scholarship where a variety of scholarly approaches created a wide range of standards for visual and critical representation and developed a vast array of digital methods and means for palaeographic, genetic, stylistic, linguistic and semantic analysis of texts and documents. As far as archaeology is concerned, the extensive use of digital tools (GIS, spatial analysis, 3D modelling, network analysis, simulation, image analysis, etc.) significantly expanded the understanding of the human past and unlocked new paths for archaeological enquiry and dissemination, such that all archaeologists today are “digital” in their own right. Eventually, the relationship between public and digital history recently occupied scholars, since the process of digitisation of primary and secondary sources particularly challenged historians’ traditional approaches and methods of research, analysis, communication, and dissemination.

    However, evidence suggests that digital and public challenges facing singular disciplines are actually common to the entire field of the humanities, thus favouring a cross-disciplinary approach rather than thematic isolation. Indeed, the impact of digitisation and public involvement offered a unique opportunity to the humanities: a window for experimentation with merged methodologies, blended sharing practices, joined representation modes, interpenetrated material research. In this process new actors, factors and agents emerged that are about to consolidate today’s landscape in the digital and public humanities, although still on the search for standards and best practices that could suite the entire field.

    For its inaugural volume magazén is set to examine in two semestral issues the concept of “fusions” as the very backbone of recent developments in the realm of digital and public humanities. The term embraces every possible kind of merger, interrelation, joint, blend, interpenetration, interdependency, cross-contamination that affected or still informs the processes, approaches, and practices of research in this wider field. Scholars are particularly invited to submit contributions that span from theoretical debates to methodological reflections, also comprising the examination of particular case studies. Engaging with an open concept of “fusions”, proposals may address the following transversal domains and their subcategories:

    • - materials (monuments, documents, works of art, born digital artefacts);
    • - media of representation (image data, textual data, audio-visual data, 3D data);
    • - methods (modelling, epistemology, collection, processing, visualisation, analysis, hermeneutics);
    • - modes of sharing (publication, participation, communication, preservation, afterlife);
    • - actors, factors, agents (society, institutions, communities, technology, environment, discourse).

    Arising from a research centre devoted to digital and public humanities, the chosen topic may be interpreted from different perspectives, hence embracing a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The journal welcomes proposals by scholars from a variety of disciplines in the humanities that comprise Digital Textual Scholarship, Digital and Public Art History, Digital and Public History, Digital Cultural Heritage, Digital and Public Archaeology or a combination of the above. The research scope covers the widest possible chronology and typology of topics without any distinction of methodological approach, provided that it is convincingly presented and suitable to address the concept of “fusions” in the digital and public humanities. Experimental research or proposals making use of media and code will be particularly favoured, allotting special attention to articles dealing with best practices or committed to an open source policy.

    For scholars interested in submitting a proposal, please write an abstract of no more than 200 words together with a short biographical note and the provisional title of the paper. All materials should be sent by April 15, 2020 (for issue 1) or August 15, 2020 (for issue 2) via email (subject: “magazen 2020 – Call for Papers”) to the editorial board at the following address: Notice of selection will be given to authors within two weeks from submission deadline.

    Finalised contributions are expected to be 6,000-9,000 words long (notes and bibliography included) and will undergo double blind peer review. Accepted languages are Italian and English, though all texts must have an English abstract and stick to the ‘Editorial Guidelines’ of Edizioni Ca’ Foscari. Texts that should not comply with editorial guidelines will not be accepted. Please note that the author must secure all copyright permissions (reproduction costs included) for images and other media.

    The deadline for all accepted articles is July 15, 2020 and final publication of the first issue is planned by December 2020, while the second issue will be due in June 2021.

    For further details please contact the editorial board (

  • Complete journal policy

    Ethical Code of magazén

    magazén 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.

    Publisher responsibilities  

    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. 

    Editors responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of magazén alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

    Submitted articles, 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 magazén Editors.

    The magazén 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 magazén 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 responsibilities


    Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the magazén 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 magazén 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 magazén 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. 

    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 article, they must immediately warn the magazén Editors, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the magazén 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 magazén 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.

    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.