Galilæana. Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Science

Galileana is an international scientific journal which publishes blind peer-reviewed research articles in the history of Renaissance and early modern science. The journal focuses on topics relating to the life, scientific work, achievements legacy of Galileo. The journal also welcomes submissions that, while not directly pertaining to Galilean studies, will be of interest to historians engaged in research on science and culture in early modern Europe.

Galilaeana also hosts other forms of contribution, from historical and bibliographical notes to invited papers and essay reviews. 

Galileana accepts papers written in English, Italian, French, German or Spanish. Submitted papers should include an abstract (150 words) in English and Italian. 

Galileana is published annually by Casa Editrice Leo S. Olschki [Galileana, ISSN 1971-6052]. 

Indexing

The journal is indexed in Scopus, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index; and ERIH plus. ANVUR (Agenzia Nazionale di Valutaizone del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca) classification: class A, area 11, sectors C1, C2, C3, C5.

Galileana is an international scientific journal which publishes blind peer-reviewed research articles in the history of Renaissance and early modern science. The journal focuses on topics relating to the life, scientific work, achievements legacy of Galileo. The journal also welcomes submissions that, while not directly pertaining to Galilean studies, will be of interest to historians engaged in research on science and culture in early modern Europe.

Galilaeana also hosts other forms of contribution, from historical and bibliographical notes to invited papers and essay reviews. 

Galileana accepts papers written in English, Italian, French, German or Spanish. Submitted papers should include an abstract (150 words) in English and Italian. 

Galileana is published annually by Casa Editrice Leo S. Olschki [Galileana, ISSN 1971-6052]. 

Indexing

The journal is indexed in Scopus, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index; and ERIH plus. ANVUR (Agenzia Nazionale di Valutaizone del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca) classification: class A, area 11, sectors C1, C2, C3, C5.

Editorial board

Editors-in-chief

Massimo Bucciantini, Michele Camerota, Franco Giudice

Scientific committee

  1. Irene Baldriga (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  2. Andrea Battistini (†)
  3. Domenico Bertoloni Meli (Indiana University, Bloomington)
  4. Filippo Camerota (Museo Galileo)
  5. Maurice Clavelin (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
  6. Owen Gingerich (Harvard University)
  7. Enrico Giusti (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
  8. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
  9. Paolo Galluzzi (Museo Galileo)
  10. Miguel Angel Granada (Universitat de Barcelona)
  11. John L. Heilbron (Berkeley, University of California)
  12. Mario Helbing (independent scholar)
  13. Roberti Iliffe (University of Oxford)
  14. Michel-Pierre Lerner (Observatoire de Paris)
  15. Pamela O. Long (independent scholar)
  16. Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
  17. Isabelle Pantin (École normale supérieure, Paris)
  18. Giuseppe Patota (Università degli Studi di Siena)
  19. Adriano Prosperi (Scuola Normale Superiore)
  20. Eileen Reeves (Princeton University)
  21. Jürgen Renn (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)
  22. Thomas B. Settle (†)
  23. Dario Tessicini (Università degli Studi di Genova)
  24. Maurizio Torrini (†)
  25. Albert Van Helden (Rice University, Houston)
  26. Nick Wilding (Georgia State University, Atlanta)

Executive committee

Marta Stefani (Managing Editor)

Leonardo Anatrini, Francesco Barreca, Lisa Chien (Copy Editor), Natacha Fabbri, Federica Favino, Susana Gòmez, Sebastián Molina-Betancur, Alessandro Ottaviani, Salvatore Ricciardo (Book Review Editor), Patrizia Ruffo, Giorgio Strano, Federico Tognoni, Oreste Trabucco, Valentina Vignieri

Galilæana online

Stefano Casati

Direttore responsabile: Paolo Galluzzi

Issn: 1971-6052

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How to submit and review policies

2022-2023 publication calendar

In order to submit for the 2022 issue, authors should send their proposals via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than December 31st 2021.

Starting 2023, Galilæana will become a six-monthly journal (April/October).

Submission that are received by May 31st will be reviewed to be published in the October issue. Submissions that are received by November 30th will be reviewed to be included in the April issue of the following year. Thus, to submit for issue 1-2023, proposals should be sent by November 30th 2022. Starting 2022, authors will be required to register to the OJS-based journal website (currently under costruction).

Review process

All submissions undergo a peer-review process. The production manager performs a screening of each manuscript to ensure that:

  • it has been assigned to the correct section
  • it meets the length requirements
  • it is anonymous

Each submission follows a specific path depending on the section it is submitted to. Those manuscripts deemed inappropriate in content or form are usually immediately rejected.

Section policies

Essays

The journal Editors-in-chief have a preliminary say whether to admit or reject the anonymized submission, based on the article's adherence to Galilaeana scientific scopes and aims.

Preliminarily accepted articles undergo a double-blind peer-review process by at least two experts in the field. Only up to one of the experts may be a member of the journal's Scientific committee.

The outcome of the peer-review process is binding. Should the opinions be incompatible, the editors will seek a third review.

Upon receiving reviewer reports, the Editors-in-chief decide whether to further pursue publication of the manuscript (either requesting the author revise and resubmit their manuscript, accepting, or rejecting it). The decision letter sent to authors will be accompanied by the expert reviewers’ reports within 16 weeks from the submission date.

The submission file must include:

  • Title (both in the submission’s language and in English)
  • Contact person (will be removed by the journal’s editorial team for anonymity purposes)
  • English abstract (ca. 150 words)
  • Keywords (three to five are recommended)
  • Article body (max 12.000 words, including footnotes. Longer papers may be considered by prior arrangement with the Editors-in-chief). 
  • References

Themed section / Focus

The section editor(s) have a preliminary say to admit to review or immediately reject the anonymized submission, based on the article’s consistency with the call for papers. The section editor(s) may forward to the Editors-in-chief any submission that is not deemed relevant to the aims and scope of the call for papers but is relevant to the journal's.

Preliminarily accepted articles undergo a double-blind peer-review process by at least two experts in the field. Only up to one of the experts may be a member of the journal's Scientific committee.

The outcome of the peer-review process is binding. Should the opinions be incompatible, the editors will seek a third review.

Upon receiving reviewer reports, the Editors-in-chief decide whether to further pursue publication of the manuscript (either requesting the author revise and resubmit their manuscript, accepting, or rejecting it). The decision letter sent to authors will be accompanied by the expert reviewers’ reports within 16 weeks from the submission date.

The submission file must include:

  • Title (both in the submission’s language and in English)
  • Contact person (will be removed by the journal’s editorial team for anonymity purposes)
  • English abstract (ca. 150 words)
  • Keywords (three to five are recommended)
  • Article body (max 12.000 words, including footnotes. Longer papers may be considered by prior arrangement with the Editors-in-chief). 
  • References

Book reviews and notes

Submissions to this section undergo an open peer-review. They should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The submission file must include:

  • Title (both in the submission’s language and in English)
  • Contact person (will be removed by the journal’s editorial team for anonymity purposes)
  • English abstract (ca. 100 words)
  • Keywords (three to five are recommended)
  • Article body (max 6.000 words, including footnotes). 
  • References

Guidelines for Contributors

1. Manuscripts should be submitted in the following form: Word for Windows Document. Font: Times New Roman, 12 point, standard page, default margins, double-spaced.

2. Galilæana subjects the papers received to 2 blind referees. Authors will notified as soon as possible.

3. Bibliographic information should be given in footnotes (citing the author-date between parentheses and using endnotes is not accepted), written in smaller print than the main text, numbered consecutively throughout the article and keyed to reference numbers above the text line.
a. References to texts by Galileo published in the Edizione Nazionale delle Opere, edited by Antonio Favaro, should be cited using the abbreviation OG, followed by the indication of the volume in Roman numerals and of the pages in Arabic numerals.
Example:
OG, XV, pp. 32-33.
b. References to books should include: author's full name in Small Capitals; complete title of the book in italics; place of publication, publisher's name, date of publication, page numbers cited.
Example:
Maurice Clavelin, La philosophie naturelle de Galilée, Paris, Colin, 1968, pp. 270-271.
c. References to articles appearing in volumes and with an editor, should include: author's full name in Small Capitals; title of article in italics; editor's full name in Small Capitals; volume title in italics; place of publication, publisher's name, date of publication, page numbers cited.
Example:
Horst Bredekamp, Gazing Hands and Blind Spots: Galileo as Draftsman, in Jürgen Renn (ed.), Galileo in Context, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 153-192: 174-175.
d. References to articles in journals should include: author's full name inSmall Capitals; title of article in italics; title of journal in quotation marks (« »), year, volume number, page numbers of article, number of particular page cited.
Example:
Stillman Drake, Kepler and Galileo, «Vistas in Astronomy», 18, 1975, pp. 237-247: 245.
e. Succeeding citations of books and articles should use an abbreviated version with only the author's last name, indicating between parentheses the note in which the entire citation appears for the first time.
Example:
Drake, Kepler and Galileo (cit. note 14), p. 242.

4. Passages quoted within text should use only the quotation marks: « ». Single quotation marks (' ') should instead be used to lend particular emphasis to a term or expression. Double quotation marks (" ") are admitted only in cases in which the cited passage in turn contains another.

5. Illustrations can be used if they prove functional to the article's purposes. Galilæana usually considers two types of illustrations:
a. Photographs: black and white on gloss paper. Format: 13 x 18 cm. or 18 x 24 cm. These illustrations should be inserted outside the text and marked with the abbreviation ILL.
b. Line drawings: black and white. These illustrations should be inserted inside the text and marked with the abbreviation FIG.

6. For further or more detailed information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Manuscripts will not be returned.

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