Focus and Scope

Scrineum is the first gold open access journal in the field of manuscript studies at an international level.

It was founded in 2003 by a group of scholars of Diplomatics, Palaeography and Codicology working at various Italian Universities, who since 1999 have managed the internet portal “Scrineum. Saggi e materiali on-line di scienze del documento e del libro medievali” (On-line essays and resources on the history of Medieval books and documents).

In 2012 it was ranked as a ‘class A’ journal by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Research and Universities (ANVUR).

Scrineum aims to publish original research articles in a wide range of fields, reflecting the of perspectives from which the history of written culture, meant as a more general history of men and ideas, can be investigated.

Contributions to Scrineum are welcome from both established and early-career scholars. The journal offers:

• double-blind peer-review by international referees;

• unlimited, free open access to its contents;

• wide dissemination of the articles within the national and international scientific community, also through online search and indexing tools.

Scrineum is property of the University of Pavia - Department of Humanities, that on July 20th 2015 entrusted it to the Associazione culturale 'Scrineum' (founded June 25th 2015).

Peer Review Process

Submissions are first evaluated by the members of the Scientific Board within 4 weeks. If the manuscript is considered suitable for publication, it is sent to at least two reviewers.

The peer review process is double blind: both referees and authors are kept anonymous. Referees are asked to evaluate the manuscript within 3 weeks. If the reviews are positive but the paper requires to be revised and resubmitted, the author is expected to send it back in 4 weeks. The decisions of the Editorial Board are final.


Legal Deposit

Scrineum is experimenting a National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service


Publication Frequency

Scrineum is annual, published in December


Article and Submissions Processing Charges (APC)

Scrineum does not ask Article and Submissions Processing Charges (APC) 


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.

Scrineum is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0.

With the licence CC-BY, authors retain the copyright, allowing anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute their contribution. The work must be properly attributed to its author and RM Journal should be mentioned. 

We encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their websites prior to and during the submission process and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication without embargo. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving (by RoMEO/SHERPA)

Author's Pre-print: green tick author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)
Author's Post-print: green tick author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)
Publisher's Version/PDF: green tick author can archive publisher's version/PDF
General Conditions:
  • On open access repositories
  • Publisher's version/PDF may be used
  • Creative Commons Attribution Licenses 4.0 are available


Publication ethics and publication malpractice

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential model for Scrineum.

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.

Scrineum Journal's ethic statements are based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

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Authors, Editors and referees are expected to know and share the following principles.


Duties of Editors

Publication decisions

The editors of the Scrineum Journals 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 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 behavior 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 Scrineum Journal will be checked to detect plagiarism, also using software such as Compilatio, Turnitin or iThenticate.
A specific process is followed to manage a case of plagiarism. 
Scrineum Journal follows the guidelines contained in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) flowcharts (
In the case of suspected plagiarism in a published article:

1) The person who advised Scrineum Journal 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 Scrineum Journal 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) Scrineum Journal publishes an official retraction of the paper;
3) The article is withdrawn from the Scrineum Journal site;
4) Scrineum Journal will not publish any article of the author concerned for a period of 5 years.


Indexing and abstracting

Scrineum is indexed in:

  • ACNP Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici
  • BASE Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • DOAJ
  • EZB–Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek – Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg
  • Google Scholar
  • Journalseek
  • JournalTOCs – Journal Tables of Contents (TOCs)
  • JURN
  • NewJour – Electronic Journals & Newsletters, University of Georgetown
  • OAIster [OCLC – Digital Collection Services]
  • Proquest
  • Searchteam
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
  • WorldCat