Editorial Policies

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Magnificat Cultura i Literatura Medievals

International journal published annually.

Publisher: Universitat de València.

Its coverage is threefold:

(1) Cultural subjects for the Romance area, in the medieval and post-medieval era (up to 1600).

(2) Literature, linguistics and cultural issues in general, concerning the Crown of Aragon and Occitania (and other related areas such as Naples and Navarre).

(3) Digital humanities or otherwise methodological studies, provided that they may be of service to the medievalist.

This annual publication has been created with the intention of serving as a platform for works that exceed the conventional length of journal articles. Therefore Magnificat CLM will preferably publish long articles, but articles of medium length are not excluded.

Magnificat CLM is aimed at an audience of researchers and specialists in medieval studies, especially Romance philology, as well as of specialists in digital humanities.

Magnificat CLM consists of a single section of articles, occasionally including a monographic dossier on particular subjects. All articles are indexed.

Magnificat CLM published its first volume in 2014.

In order to meet the conditions laid down by most indexers to prevent academic inbreeding, Magnificat CLM did not consider work by any members of its publishing body, the Universitat de València, in its first five years. From its number 6 on, our journal allows this collaboration, but only by a maximum of a 10% among our authors.



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Peer Review Process

Magnificat CLM aspires to the highest academic excellence.

The review process of articles will be made anonymously through the double-blind system, ensuring mutual anonymity of reviewers and authors.

Articles will be subject to a preliminary review by the editorial board that will check whether the article meets the thematic and formal criteria laid down in the rules of publication. If so, the item will be submitted to a double-blind peer review, by at least two specialists in the subject area of the article.

Reviewers will: 1. Approve the publication of the article in the version as submitted. 2. Request significant changes in the article (which will prompt a second review by the same evaluators or by others). 3. Indicate its suitability for publication after making minor changes. 4. Reject article in the case of a doubly negative assessment. In case of marked divergence between the assessments of two reviewers, the text will be sent to a third reviewer, whose assessment, added to the previous two, decides for or against publication.

The peer-reviewers will be completely external to the editorial board and the publisher, the Universitat de València.

The evaluation form can be downloaded here.

This is the abbreviated version of the assessment policy. The full version can be seen in section “Editorial Process”.



Publication Frequency

This is an annual journal which publishes its issues in December.



Open Access Policy

Magnificat CLM allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles.

This journal offers free, immediate access to its contents, following the principle that to make research freely available to the public encourages a greater interchange of global knowledge.

Copyright of all documents remain with their authors, under a

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Creative Commons License

CC-BY Atribution 4.0 Internacional.

Magnificat CLM is also free of charge for authors: they don't have to pay neither for the reviewing nor for the publishing processes.



This journal uses the LOCKSS system in order to create records distributed between its participating libraries, which allows them to create permanent records of Magnificat CLM for preservation and restoration purposes. More information.


Bibliographical identification and periodicity

Title: Magnificat Cultura i Literatura Medievals

Abbreviation: Magnificat CLM.

ISSN: 2386-8295.

Other identifications: Every article within Magnificat CLM has its own DOI identifier.

Frequency of publication: Annual.

First publication year: 2014.



Editorial and academic boards

Publisher: Universitat de València


Av. Blasco Ibáñez, 10

46010 Valencia (Spain).

UV Tel: (+34) 963 86 41 00


Editorial Board: Rosanna Cantavella, Barry Taylor, Rafael Beltran Llavador, Llúcia Martín Pascual and Josep Izquierdo.


Editor: Rosanna Cantavella Chiva

Departament de Filologia Catalana

Universitat de València

Valencia (Spain)




Editorial secretary: Josep Izquierdo Gil

Departament de Filologia Catalana

Universitat de València

Valencia (Spain)




--Barry Taylor

British Library

London (United Kingdom)




--Rafael Beltran Llavador

Departament de Filologia Espanyola

Universitat de València

València (Spain)



--Llúcia Martín Pascual

Departament de Filologia Catalana

Universitat d'Alacant

Alacant (Spain)



Addresses of Magnificat CLM:

URL: http://ojs.uv.es/index.php/MCLM/

Email: mclm@uv.es

Postal address: Magnificat CLM, Departament de Filologia Catalana, Universitat de València,

Av. Blasco Ibáñez 32, 46010 Valencia (Spain)

Tel. (+34) 963 86 42 55.

Fax. (+34) 963 86 96 44.

Manuscripts will not be submitted by email, but by logging on to OJS platform (http://ojs.uv.es/index.php/MCLM/) after registering, so that the application is duly recorded.


Academic board
  • Rafael Alemany Ferrer (Departament de Filologia Catalana, Universitat d’Alacant, Alacant, Espanya)
  • Carlos Alvar Ezquerra (Unité d’Espagnol, Université de Genève, Genève, Suisse)
  • Lola Badia Pàmies (Centre de Documentació Ramon Llull, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Espanya)
  • Vicenç Beltran Pepió (Dipartimento di Studi Europei Americani e Interculturali, Sapienza Università di Roma, Roma, Italia)
  • Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study University of London, London, United Kingdom)
  • Germà Colón Domènech  (emeritus, Romanisches Seminar, Universität Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • Jane Connolly (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl., United States)
  • Marilynn R. Desmond (Department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, United States)
  • Roger Friedlein (Romanisches Seminar, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Deutschland)
  • Fabio Zinelli (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France)
Technical Team

Composition and layout: Josep Izquierdo (mclm@uv.es)

Graphics: Dídac Ballester (didac@didacballester.com, http://www.ibanmasdidac.com).


Roles and responsibilities of the academic board


- Selection Procedure: The journal’s editor is appointed by the Director of the Publications Service of the Universitat de València, having been elected by the editorial board, and with the approval of a majority of the academic board.

- Duties: The journal’s editor is its main academic manager: s/he channels proposed articles to the editorial board for a first review (formats and language quality), and to potential peer-reviewers for a second (academic quality and contents). In the choice of reviewers, the editor can seek the advice of the members of the academic board.


Editorial board:

- Composition: The editorial board consists of five people: the director, secretary and three advisors. A small editorial board has been preferred in order to give the journal greater flexibility and functionality.

- Selection: Members are proposed and selected by the same procedure as the editor.

- Proportion: the editorial board will have at least a 33% presence of members external to the publishing institution (Universitat de València).

- Functions: Board members support the editor in her/his functions. The editorial board monitors the progress of submitted works (receipt and processing, including the first assessment of the quality of language and formats), and establishes guidelines on the contents and style of the journal.


Academic board:

- Composition: The academic board consists of a number of members between eight and twelve people.

- Selection: New board members are appointed by the academic advice editor, with the approval of the rest of the academic board.

- Proportion: The presence of members of the publisher (Universitat de València) in the academic board should not exceed 10%.

- Features: The academic board, besides endorsing the journal’s commitment to the highest standards, advises on editorial policy, and endeavours to spread awareness of the journal in all professional forums. The editor may also seek its members’ advice on the choice of peer-reviewers.



Statistical reports on the publishing process

Magnificat CLM has a Google Analytics account, which allows us to follow visits and downloads globally. Please check https://ojs.uv.es/index.php/MCLM/statistics.

For statistics on our publishing process see https://www.uv.es/mclm/statistics.pdf.


Reproduction rights and subscription

Copyright: All documents in OJS are free and owned by their authors, by license Creative Commons CC BY 4.0


To submit their manuscript to Magnificat CLM, authors must accept this type of copyright.


Subscriptions: Via RSS alerts.

Price: This is a free-of-charge journal in open format (golden way).




As an Open Journal Systems journal, Magnificat CLM has a global diffusion. Its editorial team are committed to further the journal's dissemination by applying for inclusion to all possible indexes and databases (see Indexing).

Authors who publish in Magnificat CLM must commit themselves to disseminate their articles in those repositories to which they have access (green way of global diffusion), and in researchers' social networks; at least in Humanities Commons (https://hcommons.org/) Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.es/) and Academia.edu (http://www.academia.edu/).

Tutorial on Google Scholar.

Our journal has also a blog where information is given on its issues, and where readers can leave comments. Readers can also leave comments on every article in ScienceOpen.com.

Magnificat CLM is present on Twitter too, where announcements are published.

Information is sent periodically via email to all mailing lists of medieval, romance and hispanic subjects, as well as mailing lists of digital humanities.




Magnificat CLM appears in numerous international databases; among others Scopus, ESCI-WoS, ERIH+, MLA-IB, DOAJ, ScienceOpen, Anvur, Latindex and REDIB. You can check a complete list with links and details here.


Ethical principles in research and publication

Ethical principles in research


The current economic insignificance of the humanities in the social scene makes the appearance of ethical conflicts between the objectivity of researchers and economic interests of its sponsors less likely than in other areas, as sponsors are usually public, non-profit institutions. However, the editorial board states its requirement of the authors’ academic independence from the interests (economic, political or other) of their sponsors.



Ethical principles in publication


- Academic fraud :


There is academic fraud when a publication is not true in whole or in part, and is the product of deception. Ways of academic fraud: making up results out of fabricated data; falsifying data; deliberately omitting facts or data, and plagiarism. There is plagiarism when an author introduces results, ideas, or data created by others as his/her own. Also, when a text is copied without appearing within quotation marks or without indication of source. Also when this preexistent text appears as the author’s own with a few words changed, or in paraphrase, and lacks acknowledgement of the significant assistance of others.


Measures to be taken :

Magnificat CLM warns that this practice will not be tolerated. If detected in the editorial process, publication will be immediately rejected, and the journal will reprimand the author, reminding him/her that this is a very serious criminal practice. If the way of academic fraud is plagiarism, the paper will be sent immediately to the real author, so that the latter can undertake appropriate legal action.


If the journal detects academic fraud once the work has been published, it will add within the article a statement in which the author’s fraud will be denounced in full. This statement will also appear on the journal’s website under ‘Announcements’; and also, following the ICMJE recommendations, in a statement visible at the bottom of the following issue’s table of contents (including the bibliographical reference to the said article), in which the statement text added to the article will be reproduced, containing the following sections:


A title beginning with the word “Statement” and including the reason. For example: “Statement: falsifying of data”. Then the fraud committed will be specified in full.


In the event of a severe fraud, Magnificat CLM holds the right to denounce it to the academic and the judicial authorities.



- Duplicate Publication


Redundant (or duplicate) publication is publication of a paper that overlaps substantially with one already published. In this, Magnificat CLM follows the ICMJE rulesand therefore does not accept manuscripts that would result in duplicate publication. The author, therefore, has the duty to warn in the journal, when s/he submits her/his work, of any factor that could represent conflict in this area. If there is any overlap with prior publications by the author, this also should be made explicit in the text of the paper submitted to Magnificat CLM.


The following are not considered duplicate publications, and therefore may be published in Magnificat CLM without conflict: (a) a work developed out of an oral conference paper (but not if the paper has already been published); (b) the translation or adaptation of an article first published in another language (but in this case the editor of the first version’s written agreement must be produced). However, in both cases the author must declare the circumstance when submitting his/her work to Magnificat CLM, and this fact must also appear within the text, for example in a footnote.


To prevent duplicate publication, the journal requires the author’s declaration of originality, as well as a statement that it is not being sent simultaneously elsewhere, when s/he submits her/his work. An attempt at redundant publication without notification will be looked upon severely by the journal, which will take measures identical to those set out in the case of academic fraud, whether the case is discovered in the editorial process, or when the article is already published. In the latter case, the journal will make a statement of redundant publication in its pages (identical in all respects to that indicated for cases of academic fraud, and appearing in all the same places, but with the title “Statement: duplicate publication”) with or without the author’s consent.



- Authorship


In the event of multiple signatures of an article, it must be specified who can be considered the author or co-author of a work: s/he must be able to publicly take responsibility for the content of an article; able to point out how and why remarks have been made, and how conclusions have been drawn from results; able to defend her/his work against possible criticism. S/he can only do so if s/he has participated in the study’s design, observation, and interpretation of findings, and in the article’s writing. In cases of multiple signatures, Magnificat CLM may ask authors to specify what has been each one’s contribution. In authorship issues, Magnificat CLM follows the ICMJE guidelines.



Limit to the number of co-authors:

As multiple co-authorship is not common in most areas of the humanities, the journal considers this limit will only need apply very occasionally. Therefore, a limit to the number of co-authors is not established, always bearing in mind the previous section’s guidelines for justified authorship.


However, the Table of Contents will only show the first four at most.


Order of authors :

In cases of joint authorship, the journal will respect the order of signature decided by the authors, whether alphabetical, hierarchical, etc. In this respect, the journal will reproduce authorship order as it appears on the first page of the submitted paper.



--Peer Reviewer responsibilities and functions


Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.





- Conflicts of interest


In this section, Magnificat CLM again follows ICMJE standards, which state that there will be a conflict of interest when any of the agents involved in the publication process have financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence his or her actions, especially their ability to judge, no matter if this inappropriate bias has existed or not. Here financial relationships with industry are mainly understood, but also reasons such as personal relationships, academic rivalries or intellectual passion.


The authors, reviewers and editorial staff should follow ICMJE guidelines when declaring potential conflicts of interest.


The journal asks authors to declare possible conflicts of interest when submitting their article. They are also asked to declare, should they deem it necessary, what reviewers they would prefer to be excluded from their article out of conflict of interest. The same statement is expected of potential reviewers, if they think that to evaluate a particular text would cause a conflict of interest.


If the conflict of interest is detected after publication, the journal will follow identical statement steps to those indicated in the case of academic fraud, which will appear in all the same parts, but with the title “Statement: declaration of conflict of interest”). An additional note by the author acknowledging the case and apologizing may also be admitted.



- Confidentiality


Manuscripts submitted to Magnificat CLM should be treated with absolute confidentiality, as is required of a serious academic journal at all phases of the publishing process, both in the reviewing and in the publishing stages. For this reason, too, our choice is a double-blind peer-review system.



Evaluating manuscripts: policy and criteria

- Criteria for acceptance of manuscripts

Manuscripts submitted to Magnificat CLM should represent a significant advancement of knowledge, and fulfill these basic criteria for all research articles:

Originality and novelty of results, relevance (the article must be useful and advance knowledge in its area), methodological quality resulting in reliability and academic validity, and good presentation: clear and precise writing, logical consistency and good material presentation.


Editorial priority:

Excepting in its periodical monographs, Magnificat CLM's editorial priority is chronological: articles are posted in the order of their final acceptance. Final acceptance is given after academic peer reviewing: once reviewers have given the complete approval to the manuscript, or once the author has delivered his/her manuscript revised in accordance with the modifications suggested by the reviewers.


- Selection of reviewers

Magnificat CLM keeps a bank of reviewers external to the journal’s editorial board, with their nominal and institutional identification, email address and areas of specialization, number of reviews that have been requested of each one, number of reviews delivered by each one, quality of reviews, and meeting of deadlines in delivering their reports.

This bank of reviewers is created out of suggestions by the editorial and academic boards, other reviewers, and the authors themselves.

When submitting their manuscripts, authors can suggest names of potential reviewers, or indicate which experts should not participate in their paper’s review owing to rivalries or other conflicts of interest (see above under “conflict of interest”).


- Reviewers’ responsibilities and functions

Reviewers are specialists in the various fields covered by the journal, helping the editorial board judge the quality of papers submitted for publication. Their function is to help to keep the journal’s high standards assisting authors with constructive criticism.

Consequently, these are their responsibilities and guidelines:

Competence: the reviewer must be qualified to judge the article assigned to him/her. If s/he does not think her/himself suited to this task, s/he should not accept it, or decline as soon as possible and, if requested by the journal, suggest a substitute. Reviews should be serious; comments, specific; criticism should be accompanied by concrete suggestions for alternatives.

Confidentiality: the reviewer must refrain from commenting on the work s/he is judging with anybody, as well as from taking advantage of its ideas or data until the text is released, as in the process the text is the private property of the author. If the reviewer should need to consult with another expert on a particular point, s/he should first get permission to do so from the journal’s editor.

Impartiality and honesty: it is the reviewer’s duty to review the manuscript avoiding any prejudice. For this reason, the reviewer must let the journal know if there is any conflict of interest (see above under “Conflicts of interest”) that may bias his/her opinion of the reviewed manuscript, and must self-exclude him/herself when s/he thinks his/her objectivity might be affected.

Diligence: the reviewer must comply with the deadline set by the journal. If s/he cannot comply with it, s/he must notify the editor immediately, in order to negotiate a short extension or to be replaced by another reviewer.


- Final decision

When an issue is published, the journal will inform reviewers and authors who have collaborated in it. Thus reviewers will be able to see if the reviewed article has finally been published, as well as the author’s identity.


- Exchange of reviewers’ reports

The journal will only show the report of one reviewer to another (always anonymously) in the event of marked conflict. Otherwise, given the level of specificity of the questions asked in the review questionnaire, there is no need to make the work of the reviewers public.


- Recognition of the work of reviewers

The journal will only show to a reviewer the review of another (always anonymously) in the event of overt conflict. Otherwise, and bearing in mind the reviewing form’s specific questions, there is no need to show a reviewer’s work.


- Crediting the reviewers’ task

The journal will credit the meritorious work of its reviewers in two ways: on the one hand, it will certify the reviewer’s task when s/he needs it in order to comply with the Research Reference Framework or its equivalent (sexennia, accreditations, etc.). On the other hand, it will publish on its web in the future a list of its reviewers. However, and because otherwise the confidentiality principle would be compromised, this list will only appear once the journal has published at least thirty-five articles.


- Assessment of reviewers’ quality

As stated above in the section “Selection of reviewers”, within the journal’s bank of external reviewers, every reviewer’s record registers the result of monitoring his/her work: number of reviews delivered, quality of reviews, and ability to meet deadlines. This material serves as assessment of every reviewer’s work.


- Complaints or claims of authors

Authors’ rights will presuppose compliance with the rules of Magnificat CLM. If an author feels the need to make a complaint, s/he should direct it to mclm@uv.es. The editorial board will then study whether there is a legal basis for this complaint within the journal’s rules, and will respond to the author as soon as possible: either indicating that there is no case for complaint under the rules, or otherwise by communicating which steps will be taken by the board in order to solve the conflict. See also above, under “Conflicts of interest”. As for blind review, the commonest area of conflict, it should be born in mind that, just as the reviewer has a duty to work with impartiality and to issue a useful and constructive report, so too must the author be willing to accept comments and suggestions.



Integrity, responsibility and communication

Editorial freedom and integrity


Magnificat CLM complies with the principle of editorial freedom and integrity. The editorial board will oppose any external attempt to compromise its editorial policy or content. The editor will have complete authority and responsibility for the journal’s content. Magnificat CLM is published by the Universitat de València, an institution that has a long tradition of commitment to academic freedom. Regarding editorial freedom against the rights and obligations of the sponsoring organization, Magnificat CLM follows the ICMJE recommendations.



- Disclaimer about authors’ statements


Magnificat CLM is not responsible for opinions included in articles published in its pages, which are the sole responsibility of their authors.



- Copyright


Magnificat CLM is a publication committed to the promotion of open knowledge. To avoid any obstacle to the spreading of their work, authors are the owners of their articles, under a

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Creative Commons Licence




- Relationship with the media


As a scholarly journal, Magnificat CLM does not foresee a close relationship with the mass media. Even so, it must be able to anticipate the potential distortions which lay writers might cause in the occasional spreading of content published by the journal. To this end, Magnificat CLM intends to keep a blog and to have a presence in the social network Twitter, so as to inform the general public of each new issue and make any clarifications, as well as to receive comments and suggestions.



- Advertising


Magnificat CLM does not include advertisements.



Journal control system, audits and self-assessment

A journal should assess itself periodically, in different ways. Each year, Magnificat CLM’s editorial board will hold a physical or virtual meeting, in which it will assess the overall quality of its evaluation criteria, forms, and web protocols, evaluation reports, works published and the quality of reviewers. In light of the data and opinions collected from various agents (readers, reviewers, authors, editorial board and academic board), it will consider the possibility of improvements in the journal’s various aspects.


- Feedback from readers

Opinions of readers will be collected continuously through Magnificat CLM’s presence in social networks and its blog. Through these platforms, views on originality, significance, novelty, timeliness and methodological quality of Magnificat CLM’s articles will be collected, and considered at the editorial board’s annual self-assessment.


- Editorial board’s opinion

Members of the editorial board also undertake a continuous process of evaluation by different agents: they collect readers’ opinions, interact with authors, collecting their opinions too in the process; they assess the reviewers’ work on receipt, as well as the work of the academic board, which will advise on the journal’s editorial policy. All these elements, as mentioned, are considered in the journal’s annual self-assessment, and where appropriate lead to changes.


- Reviewers’ opinion

The journal asks every reviewer for opinions and suggestions for improvement within its evaluation form (see question 15 of the evaluation form to be completed by the reviewers), every time they file a report. These opinions are evaluated, and where appropriate incorporated, within the annual self-assessment meeting.


- Authors’ opinion

Once an issue is been published, Magnificat CLM will take a brief survey from its authors, for them to give their opinions on these aspects of the editorial process: criteria for assessment of manuscripts, timeline for reviews, reviewing protocols and their quality.



Publication languages

Magnificat CLM will accept articles in Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian. It may also publish articles in other languages, provided that it has competent reviewers able to evaluate them, and that the authors agree to cover the editing costs.



Digital archiving policy

Magnificat CLM uses the Universitat de València's institutional repository, RODERIC, as its main digital archive base: http://roderic.uv.es/handle/10550/43538

It is also archived in RACO: http://raco.cat/index.php/MagnificatCLM and uses LOCKSS (see Archiving). Every article has a DOI.

Our authors are also committed to upload their articles to their respective institutional repositories, as well as to researchers' social networks (see Diffusion).


Privacy policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.
     Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.


Bank of reviewers

A list of reviewers for Magnificat CLM can be accessed here: https://www.uv.es/mclm/reviewers.pdf 


Use of interoperability protocols

Magnificat CLM applies protocol OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), which can be checked at https://ojs.uv.es/index.php/MCLM/oai.

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