Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The online open-access academic journal de genere offers a space for interdisciplinary research and critical debate in gender and postcolonial studies. The journal will be published annually, with issues focusing on research on and around ‘genres’ and ‘genders’, moving within both juxtaposed semantic fields, and within literary, media and artistic forms and formations. The aim is that of mapping and investigating the transformations brought about by the emergence of the “unexpected” subjects of Western Modernity.

The journal will focus on literatures, cultures and critical discussions that have developed mainly – but not exclusively – within the Anglophone world, consistently with the experience of the members of the Advisory Board. A comparative and multidisciplinary approach will however be adopted, on the basis of the contributions coming from the highly diversified members of the Advisory Board. In the future, the Editorial Committee aims at widening its scope in research and investigation, in particular through the collaboration with young scholars coming from different research fields, as well as through the publication of articles in different languages; for the time being, the journal accepts articles only in English and Italian.

Our aim is to create a journal that attends to the different areas of study and to their thematic and methodological specificities, as emerging also thanks to the work of scholars who, in Italy, are considered “young” within the academia, but who actually have many years of experience in research in fields that are not officially recognized by the Italian academic institutions as “disciplines” in and of themselves, such as, for example, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and cultural studies. de genere wishes to give visibility to these critical elaborations and their relevance in the Italian arena, with the ultimate aim of contributing to their complete recognition, also at the institutional level.

The journal will therefore use an international-standard in selecting articles, through calls for papers on a specific theme for each issue. Contributions will be submitted to a double-blind peer review system by scholars and experts from the required areas of study.

Alongside the articles proposed for publication through the calls for papers, the journal will also host one or more contributions in each issue, by particularly relevant scholars, upon invitation and approval by the Editorial Committee.


Section Policies


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In Conversation

This section welcomes short contributions from institutions, research groups and projects in our network.

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From the Back of the Shelf

This section includes reviews and review essays of books which have been out before one year from the publication of the issue.

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Articoli a invito/3

Gli articoli in questa sezione non sono sottoposti a peer review.

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Peer Review Process

The journal operates under an international standard publishing practice, selecting contributions through yearly calls for papers. Contriputions will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process by qualified referees external to the Editorial Board. The double-blind peer review process operates according to the publication ethics elaborated by COPE: Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (see our Publishing Ethics).

The journal is also open to publish, in each issue, one or more contributions by acclaimed scholars proposed by the Editorial Board and the editors of individual issues.


Open Access Policy

The author grants de genere the right to publish the aforementioned work free of charge. The Journal allows the author(s) to retain both copyright and publishing rights without restrictions, with acknowledgement of initial publication in this journal.

de genere is an open access journal and allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose. All material is published under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


Publication Ethics

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential model for de genere. Authors, referees and editors are expected to conform to the following guidelines. de genere’s ethic statements are based on COPE’s Core Practices.

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Duties of Editors

Publication decisions

The editors of the de genere are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

The editors at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editors in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.



Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the inferred author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editors’ attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

If applicable, authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editors or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Plagiarism Policy

All articles submitted to de genere will be checked to detect plagiarism through the Compilatio software (https://www.compilatio.net).

In the case of suspected plagiarism in a published article, de genere follows the guidelines elaborated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices):

1) The person who advised de genere of the situation is informed about the process to be followed.
2) The contributions are compared to check the degree of copying.
3) All Editors of de genere are informed and asked for their comments.
4) The author of the article in question is contacted with documentary evidence of  the case of plagiarism and is asked for a response.

If the author is found guilty of plagiarism:

1) The editor of the journal/series in which the original plagiarised contribution was published and the authors of the plagiarised article/book are informed;
2) de genere publishes an official retraction of the paper;
3) The article is withdrawn from the de genere site;
4) de genere will not publish any article of the author concerned for a period of 5 years.


Submission Charges

Publishing with de genere is free of charge. The journal does not ask for article submission or processing charges at any stage of publication.