Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The e-journal, Scientia (International Review of Scientific Synthesis) intends to be a tribute to the historical review with the same title, Scientia (Rivista di Scienza, that means Review of Science in Italian) founded in 1907 by the mathematician Federigo Enriques and the engineer Eugenio Rignano, both associated with the University of Pisa, Italy. The purpose of the journal at that time was to compensate for the increasing specialization of sciences, that were already losing a unified view of nature and the universe.

Initially the journal was just called Rivista di Scienza, but in 1910 it was changed to Scientia (Latin for knowledge). The frequency of publication was 2 volumes per year. There was also another subtitle, in 4 different languages - English, Italian, French and German - that was:

International Review of Scientific Synthesis.

Rivista Internazionale di Sintesi Scientifica.

Revue Internationale de Synthèse scientifique.

Internationale Zeitschrift für Wissenschaftliche Synthese.

In 1925 (with vol. 38) a subtitle in Spanish was added:

Revista Internacional de Sintesis Cientifica.

The historical journal Scientia accepted specialized papers in any field of science, even though the preference was to publish research papers that might contribute to connecting different sciences or different areas of a single science. Scientia also had unique characteristics, described later in this article.

During the first decades of publication, many important scientists, mathematicians and philosophers wrote papers for Scientia, including Einstein (vol. 15, 1914), Lorentz (vol. 16, 1914), Poincaré (vol. 9, 1911 and vol. 12, 1912), Mach (vol. 7, 1910), Rutherford (vol. 16, 1914 and vol. 55, 1934), Freud (vol. 14, 1913), Peano (vol. 18, 1915), Russell (vol. 13, 1913, vol. 16, 1914, vol. 31, 1922 and vol. 46, 1929), Golgi (vol. 16, 1914), Eddington (vol. 18, 1915, vol. 23, 1918 and vol. 33, 1923), De Broglie (vol. 42, 1927 and vol. 55, 1934), Heisenberg (vol. 63, 1938), Fermi (vol. 51, 1932 and vol. 55, 1934) and Carnap (vol. 60, 1936).

More details are reported in the History section, in the lower part of the About page.

All the issues of the old journal Scientia, from 1907 to 1988, have been scanned by University of Bologna, Italy, and are available online at the URL: http://amshistorica.unibo.it/scientia. (Note. Istituto Scientia, publisher of this e-journal, is independent from such institution).

While scientific research continued to specialize, Scientia did not change its ideal vision of an unified and holistic conception of science. Maintaining such attitude, against the mainstream tendency, the journal gradually lost importance, especially after World War II, until 1988, when it ceased publication.

Now, in early 2013, this new e-journal, also called Scientia, is being launched online by the organization Istituto Scientia (which was created in Italy in 1995 and incorporated in 2002), with the realistic purpose to reatain, at least, these features of the previous, historical journal:

· Accepting papers in any field of science and in other disciplines such as mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, history, etc., provided that the approach has a scientific orientation.

· Accepting papers in the entire range between popularization (such as on Scientific American) and high specialization (e.g. Nature, Science, and journals on specific sciences).

· Accepting papers in different languages, that initially (1907) were Italian, English, French and German, and later included Spanish. While we encourage writing papers in English for obvious reasons of international usefulness, we might accept to publish papers in any European language (based on Roman characters).

· We will be open to new concepts and theories, which may be difficult to accepted by the usual peer-reviewed journals, provided that such theories have a strong and clear background in their discipline.

Each incoming article is published after it is accepted, so the current issue will require several weeks or a few months to be completed. Publication frequency is currently six-monthly, but it will be likely to change to four, three or two-monthly.

There is no distinction between an issue and a volume of Scientia: each issue is a volume.

 

Section Policies

Editorial Section

Warning. After you choose a section for your article, it cannot be changed later. Most articles are supposed to be included in the "Scientific Section", and some in the "Humanistic Section", while the "Editorial Section" is mostly managed by the Editorial Board.

This section contains "Editorial" articles, which include: articles about the journal Scientia itself; articles which express opinions on Science and other related disciplines, rather than espressing objective facts; possible letters to the Editorial Board; and other articles or writings that don't find an easy classification in the other sections. All writing generally don't need an Abstract.

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Scientific Section

Warning. After you choose a section for your article, it cannot be changed later. Most articles are supposed to be included in the "Scientific Section", and some in the "Humanistic Section", while the "Editorial Section" is mostly managed by the Editorial Board.

The journal "Scientia" is maily devoted to Natural Sciences (Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Medicine, etc.), and Mathematics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science (being the last two, in an estreme semplification, similar disciplines or even the same one): even if adequate and valuable articles about Human (or Humanistic, or Social) Sciences are considered (at academic level and with "scientific" and "logical approach" to their discipline), the core of the journal is traditionally and closely related to Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and the other Natural Sciences. This section also accepts articles on Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering and Philosophy of Science.

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Humanistic Section

Warning. After you choose a section for your article, it cannot be changed later. Most articles are supposed to be included in the "Scientific Section", and some in the "Humanistic Section", while the "Editorial Section" is mostly managed by the Editorial Board.

Even if the journal "Scientia" is maily devoted to Natural Sciences (Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Medicine, etc.), and Mathematics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science (being the last two, in an estreme semplification, similar disciplines or even the same one): adequate and valuable articles about Human (or Humanistic, or Social) Sciences are considered, provided their are at academic level and have a "scientific" approach to their discipline, in the sense that they carefully join objective facts with logical reasoning.

Editors
  • Dr. Marcello Colozzo
  • Fabrizio Coppola
  • Redazione di Scientia
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Peer Review Process

The review policy is based on "Editorial Review".

This term is usually associated with a preliminary screening of a paper, when the Chief Editor of the jouirnal, or a few Editors, see if the article is broadly suitable for the journal, before submitting it to a "Peer Review" process

Our journal is not strictly "peer-reviewed", though. The approval process is simpler: the Editors and Reviewers will only check that the submitted articles are properly grounded in the respective science or discipline.

 

Publication Frequency

The scheduled publication will be four issues per year. However, in 2013 and 2014, only two issues for year are scheduled.

Individual papers will be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the current volume's Table of Contents.

This online journal intends to be the ideal continuation of the historical review Scientia (International Review of Scientific Synthesis), that started publications in 1907 and ended in 1988 with volume no. 123. (Usually two volumes per year of the old journal were issued, but in certain years only one was).

Therefore, the first volume of this new e-journal (started in February 2013) has been assigned the number 124.

There is no distinction between an issue and a volume in this e-journal: an issue is a volume.

 

 

 

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.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 


SCIENTIA International Identifiers: ISSN: 2282-2119 . DOI prefix: 10.12969 . EAN: 977-2282-211-00-9 . Handle (hdl) prefix: 11167

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