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). It is indexed in Scopus, undergoes double-blind peer review, and is published twice per year in open access by Edizioni Ca’ Foscari. Counting renowned scholars among its advisory editors and authors, the journal covers the international debate and methodological discourse in the field of digital and public humanities as the basis for collaborative development of durable, reusable, and shared resources for research, learning, and public outreach. Over the years, the journal developed into an open platform for Digital Textual Scholarship, Digital and Public Art History, Digital and Public History, Digital Cultural Heritage, and Digital and Public Archaeology, covering a wide range of topics – Western and Eastern Europe, Middle and Far East, and the Americas. The Journal originated from a project funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and University (MIUR) based at the Department of Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The name magazén refers to the historical definition of public houses in the Republic of Venice, which were thriving places of diverse human deeds, including information exchange, commercial bargains, and pawnshops.

General info

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    Franz Fischer, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Diego Mantoan, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italia    

    Associate editor
    Barbara Tramelli, Libera Università di Bolzano, Italia    

    Managing Editor
    Elisa Corrò, Università Ca’ Foscari di 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    
    Andreas Fickers, C2DH, Université du Luxembourg    
    Erma Hermens, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK    
    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, Aarhus University, Denmark    
    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 Instituut, Nederland    

    Editorial Board
    Federico Bernardini, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    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    
    Stefania De Vincentis, 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, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia    
    Deborah Paci, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italia    
    John Pavlopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece    
    Barbara Tramelli, Libera Università di Bolzano, Italia    

Proposal / Submission

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Peer review

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 Editor-in-Chief guarantees the proper execution of the peer review process for every article published in the Journal.

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.

Editorial Guidelines
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    To be published all manuscripts must comply with the following guidelines. In case of blatant violation of the guidelines, the editor (ECF) can suspend at any time the manuscript’s publication.

    The instructions for the preparation of your manuscript, its abstract and its bibliography, are an integral part of the requirements for the manuscript submission. They are downloadable from the menu ‘Publish with us’ at the item ‘Editorial Guidelines’.

    • Manuscript Preparation
    • Document Basic Structure
    • Document Composition
    • Source Citation System
    • General Bibliography

    To find out more, please contact Edizioni Ca’ Foscari’s editorial staff at

  • listCall for papers


    Abstract Submission – October 31, 2022

    Abstract acceptance – October 31, 2022

    Articles Submission – February 15, 2023 (issue 1) or July 15, 2023 (issue 2)

    Prospective publication – June 2023 (issue 1) and December 2023 (issue 2)

    Call for Papers | 2023 Topic: Relations

    magazén is accepting proposals to its 2023 volume, which shall devote two semestral issues of the Journal (June and December) to the concept of ‘relations’ and how these relations are implemented, operationalised and analysed as interdependencies, links, and connections in practices of Digital and Public Humanities scholarship. Be it through the construction of simple relational databases or by means of complex correlations of data, materials, immaterial aspects, and publics, the interdisciplinary field of Digital and Public Humanities truly strives on building relationships. Far from shutting themselves up in a lonesome ivory tower, scholars in this domain are prone to bridging experiences between different disciplines, interconnecting with diverse audiences for research and dissemination purposes, and linking computational models to cultural manifestations. Relations maintain a very humanistic character, as they form the immaterial structure onto which human societies are based. Indeed, transferred into a technological setting, the principle of relationship-building can be found as the core feature of interconnected data, authority files, user-centred design, usability, user-experience, audience interaction, and many more aspects that became an integral part of Digital and Public Humanities.

    The very act of building relations or putting things into relationship – be they technology and culture, scholars and audiences, data and materials – thus form the backbone of scholarly projects that came to define this research field. In Digital Textual Scholarship scholars can see the text as a hub, whose relations point in many directions. They can explore, formalise, visualise, and process its connections with paratexts, other texts, physical documents, places, people, concepts as well as with readers. In Digital and Public History it is possible to establish connections between sources, events, place, dates, or people, through a database, a network analysis map, or more generally the semantic web. In Public History also the relationship between the research and its public is crucial: the active or passive participation of the audience can affect questions, methodology and research outcomes in many different ways. Relations between archaeological contexts and spaces are key factors to decipher and investigate stratigraphic sequences and past landscapes in virtual reconstructions (i.e. extended matrix approach, archeoBIM, etc.) and GIS studies (i.e. viewshed analysis, least-cost path analysis, etc.). At the same time, the integration of different remote sensing techniques and expertises often provide significant results. In Digital and Public Art History subjects may address the connection between GLAM studies and the creative industries sector as well as the artistic productions, considering: the relation between public space and art historical environment, including different techniques of virtual reconstruction (3D modelling, gaming, VR360), the implementation of digital collections adopting the IIIF framework (iconography, diagnosis, descriptions), and multimedia solutions for data collection and accessibility. The implication of digital technologies in the preservation, management and interpretation of historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts is a way to make knowledge more accessible for different audiences. The engagement of society in participatory ways highlights the importance of creating dialogue, cohesion, identity, and sustainable development.

    Hence, for its 2023 volume magazén is set to examine in two semestral issues the concept of “Relations” as an intrinsic characteristic of Digital and Public Humanities. Scholars are particularly invited to submit contributions that span from theoretical debates to methodological reflections, also comprising the examination of particular case studies from the heterogeneous domains of Digital and Public History, Art History, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Textual Scholarship. Eventually, magazén’s volume 2023 will draw particular attention to the public aspects of such endeavours, given that successful research projects hold firm to the principle of audience involvement from their very inception, rather than having public interaction just as a late side-effect of scholarly work.

    For scholars interested in submitting a proposal, please send the provisional title, the abstract between 250-500 words together with a short biographical note and a possibly also provisional bibliography. The abstract should address the following questions: What kind of materials and humanistic research questions are concerned? What digital/public methods are employed and how do they tackle the research aims? If the prospective paper addresses a case study or a particular project, authors should please state whether it has been completed and already made available to the research community.

    All materials should be sent by September 30, 2022, via the submission portal on the editorial platform of our academic publisher Edizioni Ca’ Foscari. Notice of selection will be given to authors within four weeks from the 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 or that the editors should deem linguistically inappropriate won’t be accepted. Please note that the journal does not offer language proof-reading services to the authors, who must also secure all copyright permissions (reproduction costs included) for images and other media.

    The deadline for all accepted articles is February 15, 2023, for issue 1 and July 15, 2023, for issue 2. Final publication of the first issue is planned by June 2023, while the second issue will be due in December 2023. For further details please contact the editorial board (

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  • listComplete journal policy

    Ethical Code of magazén. International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities

    magazén. International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities 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’s 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 Advisory Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors’ responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Advisory 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 Editor-in-Chief.

    The magazén Editor-in-Chief and Advisory 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. 

    Allegations of misconduct

    If the magazén Editor-in-Chief and Advisory 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. 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 article 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 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 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 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 article 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 magazén 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 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. 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 article, they must immediately warn the magazén 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 magazén Editor-in-Chief and Advisory 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 Editor-in-Chief. 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.