Focus and Scope

Between is the international, peer-reviewed and open access Journal of the Italian Association for the Theory and Comparative History of Literature - Compalit.

Between aims to provide an up-to-date observatory, a meeting place at which the methods and research that Italian comparative studies stimulate and participate in, can be brought to fruition. In this sense, the journal title alludes to the desired role of the trait d'union, linking Italy to other countries in Europe and in the world.

Our journal encourages comparison between models and proposals in constant evolution, between local and international perspectives, and between literary tools and those of other fields of knowledge for which literature may prove to be an unanticipated resource.

Between covers the following subjects: comparative literature; theory of literature; cultural studies; postcolonial studies; geocriticism; narratology; translation and adaptation studies; thematic criticism; genre criticism; literature and visual arts; literature and new media; literature and music; although other topics will be considered.

Peer Review Process

The selection of referees for each manuscript is a responsibility of the guest editors and the editorial board. The selection depends on many factors, including the referee’s experience, competence and his/her previous collaboration with Between.

Each submitted manuscript is firstly read by at least one of the guest editors who, upon considering it suitable for publication after a first screening, send it to at least two referees for a thorough assessment.

The method Between recurs to is that of the "double-blind" review, where the author does not know the name of its referees and the referees do not know the name of the author of the work that they are evaluating.

The aim is to provide authors with a clear and competent specialised opinion on the quality of the proposal submitted. When necessary, the review provides the author with guidelines for improving his/her essay. Both the guest editors and the editorial board are responsible for the final decision on the article’s publication.

The peer-review process, and all the editorial workflow, is managed through the OJS platform.


Publication timetable

Between guarantees the author to respect the time schedule indicated below for the editorial process:

  • A reading by the guest editors, with notice of rejection or assignment to referees for peer-review (within 12 weeks from submission);
  • First round of peer-review (4 weeks from the assignment date);
  • Communication to the author of the referees’ judgement (within 16 weeks from the submission deadline);
  • Time for possible or necessary change by the author (2 weeks from the referees’ requests);
  • Definitive editorial decision (within 2 weeks from the submission of the amended version).


Publication Frequency

Between publishes two issues a year, in May and November.

Open Access Policy

This journal does not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Article Submission Charges (ASC).

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.

Between  is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 3.0.

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

Between, having published these contributions, will have the right to publish them integrally or partially as reprints or as monographic issues, both in electronic version and in printed copies.

Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving  SHERPA/ROMEO


Archiving policy

To ensure permanent availability and accessibility, Between pursues various strategies:

  • Italian National Libraries  legal deposits: Between joins the National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service which archives online publications, guarantees their authenticity and ensures long-term preservation. Within the project the persistent identifier NBN (national bibliographic number) is assigned to each article.
  • Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Private LOCKSS Network (PLN)Between uses Open Journal Systems (OJS), a journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). Published content is deposited into the PKP Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) for preservation and post-cancellation and perpetual access.
  • Furthermore, Between maintains its own digital archive and preserves all information on external computers and disks, hosted by Cineca.




Between is indexed by the following abstracting and indexing services:

Articles and submissions processing charges (APC)

This journal does not charge Article Processing Charges (APC) and Article Submission Charges (ASC).