Twenty years after its first issue (2004), Galilæana changes its look and format. It will no longer be a paper journal and will be released online in open access format.
We have come to this decision, because after so many years we think that it would be appropriate to respond to the new needs of our time, while not abandoning the rigour and professionalism that have characterised and should continue to characterise our journal. Such a decision is clearly not about following a trend but about seizing the opportunities given by digital technologies, thus providing an easier tool, a more open set-up and therefore more possibilities for our readers to interact with the editors and authors of our journal. In other words, we intend to look ahead as much as possible, without forgetting to check our rearview mirror, looking back to the results achieved in the last two decades.
The journal will no longer be published by Olschki, but hosted on the website of Museo Galileo in Florence, which has always promoted the journal since its birth.
Converting a paper journal into an open access tool will make its contents available for free, while sparing the authors any publishing fees (that they often cover nowadays). So no subscription fee for our readers nor any Fee for publishing – or Article Processing Charge (APC) – for our authors.
The new editorial profile will be accompanied by a further and important change in its schedule of release. From 2023 the issues of Galilæana will be released twice a year. This change aims at shortening publishing timelines, since we have realised that a one-year wait might cause great difficulties especially to those authors whose essays had been accepted.
The journal will be articulated in the following ‘sections’: Studies, Texts & Documents, Iconography, Essay Reviews, News, and enriched with special focus on specific subjects.
We have already scheduled calls for papers on the following subjects: The Circulation of Renaissance and Early Modern Scientific Traditions in the Americas (editor: Sebastián Molina-Betancur) and Galileo and Literature (editor: Massimo Bucciantini). Moreover, the second issue of 2023 will be a thematic issue dedicated to the four-hundredth anniversary of Galileo’s Saggiatore and will be curated by Dario Tessicini: Il Saggiatore at 400. An Early Modern Controversy and Its Legacy.