Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Born in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bologna, CONFLUENZE is a journal of Ibero-American studies. CONFLUENZE adopts a multidisciplinary perspective based on the encounter of and dialogue among different disciplinary approaches, taking into account the different cultures of the Ibero-American worlds. Confluenze aims to contribute to advancing the Ibero-American mutual and reciprocal understanding through the production and broad dissemination of research papers in and around the fields of social sciences and humanities from a multidisciplinary point of view. The journal focuses on the Ibero-American region but welcomes contributions from neighbouring areas such as the Caribbean, North-America and Europe.

The journal - Web pioneer project in the Ibero-American Studies in Italy - is divided into three sections: a monographic dossier, a miscellany of essays and a third section called Windows. The DOSSIER is based on a current topic of discussion, based on a semi-annual call for papers; the issue is constructed by invited international experts, although the participation of the entire scientific community is welcome. The second section - MISCELLANY - is open to additional discussions facing, in an interdisciplinary perspective, the central issues of Ibero-American world. The third section - WINDOWS - seeks to introduce the reader to reviews, primary of books, but also of conferences and presentations seminars, biographical panoramas and so on.


Section Policies


This section is dedicated to the publishing of articles on the specific topic of the issue.

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This section is dedicated to the publishing of free topic essays.

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This section is dedicated to the publishing of reviews, conference proceeding, bibliographical reviews.

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Peer Review Process

Acceptance of articles for publication is subject to a double blind peer review. The editorial board will send a reply to the author in 12 weeks from the date of receipt. In case of conflicting valuations from the peer reviewers, the article will be submitted to the test trial of a member of the Scientific Committee. Submitting an article the author implicity accept the blind peer review process and the referees judgments on the articles.


Publication Frequency

CONFLUENZE is a biannual journal.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY).
Licenza Creative Commons

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Authors are welcome to post the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.


Quality control, publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice

The following statement is inspired by COPE Code of Conduct: http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors.pdf

The journal is under review for membership in COPE.

Duties of the Journal Editors and the Thematic Section Editors

Journal Editors and International Editorial Board

Editors have a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers.

Editors have a system for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of the staff, authors, reviewers and editorial board members.

Editors have a process for handling submissions from the editors, employees or members of the editorial board to ensure unbiased review.

Editors encourage study and research into peer review and publishing and reassess the journal’s process in the light of new finding.

Editors guarantee that errors, inaccurate or misleading statements are corrected promptly and with due prominence.

Editors will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Editors will respond promptly to complaints and will ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further. Complains and appeals could be sent to the Redazione Rivista Confluenze: confluenze@unibo.it

Editors ensure that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency.

Editors take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to anyone. Permanent identifiers as DOI and NBN guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.

Editors take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in Confluenze.

Decision of the editors as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the journal is based on subject relevance and originality and is guided by the review of suitably qualified reviewers.

Section Editors will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions.

Editors strive to ensure that peer review at the journal is fair, unbiased and timely.

A description of peer review process is published, and section editors are ready to justify any important deviation from the described process.

Editors evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors, before send them to referee

Editors’ decision may be constrained by such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Editors provide guidance to authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and checklists.

Editors have a system to ensure that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions is guaranteed.

Duties for Authors

Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of misconduct.

Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work.

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication in order to provide access to such data.

Authors are asked to follow the Author’s Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

Duties for Reviewers

Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence.

Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.

Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert the Editorial Team regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.

Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.


The Journal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE.


Indexing and Abstracting

The Journal is indexed in the following databases:

  • ACNP - Catalogo italiano dei periodici
  • BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • CAPES - Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior
  • Dialnet - Servicio de alertas sobre publicación de contenidos científicos.
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • ERIH PLUS - European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • ESCI - Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Google Scholar - Academic search engine
  • Portal del hispanismo - Instituto Cervantes
  • JournalTOCs - International aggregator of scientific articles TOCs
  • JURN - Academic Search Engine
  • Latinindex - Sistema regional de información en línea para revistas científicas de América Latina
  • PLEIADI - Portale per la Letteratura Scientifica
  • REDIAL - Red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre América Latina
  • REDIB - Red Iberoamericana de Innovación y Conocimiento Científico
  • ROAD - Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources
  • SUMMONS - Serial Solutions
  • Ulrich's - Global Serials Directory
  • Worldcat - The world's largest library catalog

Since 2015 the journal is indexed in Scopus.

The Journal is available in the following libraries:


Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.


Publication Fees

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.