Humanistica Lovaniensia. Journal of Neo-Latin Studies is a KU Leuven based double-blind peer-reviewed international journal that, as of 2018, appears twice a year as an online-only open access publication. It welcomes articles in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish on Neo-Latin language, literature and culture from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, as well as critical editions of Neo-Latin texts with translations and commentaries.
Starting with volume 67 (2018) Humanistica Lovaniensia will undergo some significant changes in response to the evolving scholarly landscape. After a half century of annually printed editions, under the pioneering editorship first of Jozef IJsewijn (1968-1998), then of his successors Gilbert Tournoy (1999-2008) and Dirk Sacré (2009-2017), the journal will transfer in 2018 to an online-only open access publication. As an OA-journal Humanistica Lovaniensia wishes to embrace the ideal of scholarship accessible to all and to reach out to a more extended readership. While still honouring its original vocation as a philologically oriented publication, it offers a forum to all scholars who share an interest in any aspect of Neo-Latin culture.
For many centuries, knowledge of Latin was indispensable for all who wished to contribute to intellectual life in the West: any nuanced scholarship on their endeavours should engage with the Neo-Latin worlds in which they moved. The reception of the classics is and remains a key element in Neo-Latin studies, yet scholarship increasingly recognises that Latin was the prime vehicle not only for engagement with the ancient world, but also for contemporary intellectual debate, in particular in the period from the Trecento to the Siècle des Lumières, when Neo-Latin established itself as the language of new worlds of knowledge all over Europe – and beyond.
Humanistica Lovaniensia sees the study of Neo-Latin as integral to any full understanding of the Renaissance and of the early modern history of ideas. The journal is therefore interested in research on Neo-Latin language and literature stricto sensu, but also in scholarship involving Neo-Latin’s role in a broad range of fields, including (but not limited to) philosophy, religion, politics, law, economics, education, science, medicine, art, architecture and music. By supplying editions and translations of Neo-Latin source material, Humanistica Lovaniensia seeks to foster scholarly interest for the Neo-Latin legacy and to enhance the awareness of its relevance for many other disciplines.
Considering Neo-Latin studies a wide-open field rather than a discipline limited by methodological or other boundaries, Humanistica Lovaniensia seeks to reflect in its range of contributions the multi-layered and multi-faceted, yet still understudied Neo-Latin world. With an open and inclusive attitude to both readers and contributors from all disciplines, it seeks to bring together authors and readers for whom Neo-Latin is important whether as the medium or the message.
Humanistica Lovaniensia. Journal of Neo-Latin Studies publishes articles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish on all aspects of Neo-Latin language, literature and culture from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, as well as critical editions of Neo-Latin texts with translations and commentaries.
Humanistica Lovaniensia welcomes both short notes and longer articles. Submissions exceeding 15.000 words (including footnotes) are less likely to be accepted, except for critical editions; please consult the General Editor before submitting any longer articles.
Submissions are expected to contain original work and should not have been published in any other form or language, nor should they be under consideration elsewhere. Articles not conforming to the submission guidelines will not be considered for publication until they are in the required format, regardless of their content.
Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged. Submissions will be read by the Editors and authors will be informed within one month whether their submission will be sent out for double-blind review by at least two external referees. Authors will normally receive a decision and a brief explanation regarding the acceptance of their contribution within four months of the initial submission. The Editors’ decision, based on the referee reports, is final and no further correspondence will be entertained when a submission has been declined.
All submissions and enquiries should be sent electronically to the General Editor at humanistica @ kuleuven.be. Please submit two files: one containing the article, and separately the filled-out Submission form.
Editors: Jeroen De Keyser (KU Leuven), General Editor; Tom Deneire (Universiteit Antwerpen); Victoria Moul (King’s College London); Aline Smeesters (Université catholique de Louvain); Arnoud Visser (Universiteit Utrecht).