Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Italian studies online journal

California Italian Studies Journal is a new ejournal from the University of California that has just launched using the UC open access platform eScholarship. It will be added shortly to Stanford's library catalog. The inaugural issue is a double-issue entitled "Italy and the Mediterranean" with articles by many leading scholars.

Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Interdisciplinary journal presents innovative work in the field of Italian Studies

eScholarship is pleased to announce the inaugural double issue of California Italian Studies Journal (http://escholarship.org/uc/ismrg_cisj), a digital, peer-reviewed, open access journal committed to publishing innovative and influential scholarly work in the field of Italian Studies. The nascent journal will feature interdisciplinary, comparative, and critical scholarship.

The journal’s editorial board includes faculty from across the University of California, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz. Its advisory board spans the global field of Italian Studies.

“Open access is a key component of today’s efforts to integrate specialized-knowledge-production institutions with the wider network of information exchange generated by the digitalization of media culture,” said Editor Claudio Fogu. “We are proud and excited to connect Italian Studies with this global trend.”

And the mission statement:
"California Italian Studies is a digital, peer-reviewed scholarly journal committed to publishing the finest, the most innovative, and the most potentially influential scholarly work being done in the field of Italian Studies today. CIS seeks contributions which meet one or more of the following criteria: interdisciplinarity; comparativity; criticality. Submissions should be of interest to a broad spectrum of scholars in and outside of Italian Studies. Contributions that make the best and most creative use of the journal's digital format will be especially encouraged."

There are several other journals published on the eScholarship platform of interest to scholars in French and Italian studies:

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Sarah Sussman, curator of French and Italian Collections