About the Journal
Focus and Scope
The main focus of the journal will be to promote a global discussion forum and an interdisciplinary exchange among scholars exploring the topic of TV serial narratives from different perspectives.
SERIES will encourage innovation and research, contributing to a better understanding of the narrative, technological, economic, social and cultural impact of TV serial dramas. To this end, some areas of interest will be:
- Narrative analysis of specific phenomena, with a focus on innovative elements;
- Studies on the influence and/or connection of serial narratives with forms of socialization and acculturation driven by social technologies;
- Analysis of TV seriality as capable of advancing aesthetic thought;
- Study of the relationship between technology and narrative;
- Studies on the economic and innovative formulas in terms of production chain and marketing strategies;
- The impact and significance of serial products from a political, ethnological, or educational perspective;
- Historical approach in terms of media history in order to locate and identify influences on TV seriality;
- Studies on the evolution and characteristics of the phenomenon in different geographical areas;
- Analyses and studies focusing on audiences.
Peer Review Process
The review process combines double-blind reviewing and open reviewing.
The editors will assess whether the submission is eligible for review. After this formal assessment, if positive, the submission will be sent to two external referees.
Under particular circumstances, we may return to reviewers for further advice, or we may ask for the opinion of a third reviewer.
Based on the review reports the editors will make one of the following decisions:
- The submission is rejected. In this case, a written explanation will be provided.
- The submission is accepted with reviews. The author will have the opportunity to rework the paper, taking into account the comments of the referees and the editors. After the author's revision, the editors will assess the paper and make a final decision on publication.
- The submission is accepted.
The whole review process will take no longer than six months.
Editorial, Interviews and Book Reviews will not be peer-reviewed.
The journal is biannual.
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.
It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
This license allows anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask for further permissions both to the author(s) or the journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.
Authors who publish in this journal maintain the copyrights.
Authors are welcome to post pre-submission versions, the original submitted version of the manuscript (preprint), and the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories. Self-archiving can happen only upon the acceptance of the submission.
The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.
Indexing and abstracting
The Journal is indexed in the following databases:
- ACNP – Italian Union Catalogue of Serials
- BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
- DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
- ERIH PLUS - European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
- Google Scholar – Academic search engine
- JournalTOCs – The latest Journal Tables of Contents
- JURN – Academic Search Engine
- PLEIADI – Portale per la Letteratura Scientifica Elettronica
- ROAD – Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources
- WorldCat – The world's largest library catalog
The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.
Code of Conduct
The following statement is inspired by COPE Code of Conduct:
Duties for the Editors
Editors of SERIES are responsible for the selection process and the publication of articles submitted to the journal. They will take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the published material and to ensure a fair, unbiased, and timely peer-review process. Authors have the right to have manuscripts evaluated for their intellectual contents, without discrimination on grounds of their gender, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin.
The peer-review process, as described in the journal policies, will be followed by Editors with accuracy. They will keep track of the process and will justify any important deviation from it.
The decision of the Editors to accept or reject a paper for publication in the journal is based on subject relevance and originality and is guided by the review of suitably qualified Reviewers. Editors will ensure that appropriate and qualified Reviewers are selected for each submission, and will send to Authors the entirety of their comments — unless their content is offensive.
The Editorial Team adopts a work-flow that ensures that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions must be guaranteed.
The Editorial Team provides guidance to Authors that encourage accuracy, completeness, and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and checklists.
Editors will manage their competing interests as well as those of the staff, Reviewers, and Authors.
Editors have a process for handling submissions from the Editors and members of the Editorial Team to ensure unbiased review and the blindness of the peer-review process.
Editors' decisions may be constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.
Editors ensure that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency. Editors take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to anyone. Permanent identifiers such as DOI and an archiving policy guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.
Duties for Authors
Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of misconduct. Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work. Authors must confirm that no one is omitted from the authorship list of the submitted material, despite qualifying for authorship.
Authors must declare all the financial and non-financial support for their research. Authors must declare any potential competing interest and must comply with the peer-review process by submitting a properly anonymized manuscript.
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review. Authors are encouraged to deposit the underlying data in a public or institutional data repository for public accessibility and long-term preservation. Authors are also asked to provide full citation and a link to the deposited underlying data in the accepted manuscript. In case the underlying data cannot be shared on account of ethical or commercial restrictions, the Authors should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication and provide a suitable data availability statement.
Authors are asked to follow the Authors Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness, and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.
Authors have the responsibility to notify promptly the editor if a significant error in their articles, both published and unpublished, is identified. Authors will cooperate with Editors in case any issue is raised with their articles.
Duties for Reviewers
Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence.
Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.
Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert Editors regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.
Reviewers should help to identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the Authors.
Handling of errors and misconducts
Editors have a duty to act promptly in case of errors and misconduct, both proven and alleged. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers. In cases such as errors in articles or in the publication process, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism, appropriate steps will be taken, following the recommendations, guidelines, and flowcharts from COPE. Corrections will happen with due prominence, including the publication of an erratum (errors from the publication process), corrigendum (errors from the Author(s)), or, in the most severe cases, the retraction of the affected work.
The Journal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE (last update: May 2019).