Editorial Policies

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. 


Section Policies


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Narratives / Aesthetics / Criticism

Includes papers researching narrative and aesthetic specific phenomena, with a focus on innovative and critical elements.

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Productions / Markets / Strategies

Features articles presenting innovative formulas in terms of production, technology and marketing strategies.

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Culture / Reception / Consumption

Presents studies on the impact and significance of serial products from a technological, political, social, or educational perspective.

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Publishes papers featuring essays, reviews and general overviews of fictional series corresponding to a particular geographical area (which will be determined in each call for papers).

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Interview / Dialogue

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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

The review process combines a double blind reviewing and an 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.

Based on the review reports the editors will make one of the following decisions:

  1. The submission is rejected. In this case, a written explanation will be provided.
  2. The submission is rejected in its current state. In this case, the author will have the opportunity to re-submit the paper, taking into account the comments of the referees and the editor. When the submission is rejected in its current state (B) and the author wants to improve the paper, the editor assigned to that paper will support the author.
  3. The submission is accepted.

The accepted papers can be published in the blog of the journal for an open reviewing process. The aim of this second reviewing is to promote the improvement of the contents to be published in the journal. The editors will work with the authors and discuss the results of the open review process.

The whole review process will take not more than six months.
Editorial, Interviews and Book Reviews will not be peer reviewed.


Publication Frequency

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, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on 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


Archiving Policy

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

Quality Control, Publication Ethics and Publication malpractice The following statement is inspired by COPE Code of Conduct: http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors.pdf

Duties for the Editorial Team

Editorial team takes all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in SERIES and has a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers.
The decision of Editorial team as 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.
Editorial team will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions.
Editorial team strives to ensure that peer review at the journal is fair, unbiased and timely.
Editorial team evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
A description of peer review process is published, and Editorial team is ready to justify any important deviation from the described process.
Editorial team’s decision may be constrained by such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
Editorial team provides guidance to authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines.
Editorial team adopts a double-blind peer-review protocol to ensure that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions is guaranteed.
Editorial team strives to ensure that articles are published in open access and freely available for all the interested readers. Permanent identification in DOI guarantees the monitoring and preservation of articles over time.

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 are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication in order to provide access to such data.
Authors are asked to follow the Author’s Guidelines published by the Journal https://series.unibo.it/about/submissions#authorGuidelines therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

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 Editorial team regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.
Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.

The Journal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE.