Journal of Early Modern Studies

Journal of Early Modern Studies (JEMS) is an open access peer-reviewed international journal that promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion on issues concerning all aspects of early modern European culture. It provides a platform for international scholarly debate through the publication of outstanding work over a wide disciplinary spectrum: literature, language, art, history, politics, sociology, religion and cultural studies. JEMS is open to a range of research perspectives and methodological orientations and encourages studies that develop understanding of the major problematic areas relating to the European Renaissance.


ANNOUNCEMENT: JEMS accepted for indexing in ERIH PLUS

It is a pleasure to announce that JEMS has been approved for inclusion in ERIH PLUS. The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) is the most important and prestigious reference index in the European Union when it comes to international quality and impact accreditation for scientific journals in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

ERIH PLUS was established (only as ‘ERIH’ at first) by the European Science Foundation (ESF) Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) in 2002 and has ever since become the most highly valued reference index within the European Union. ERIH PLUS can be described as especially demanding both by the width and diversity of requirements considered and by the strictness with which EU experts’ panels have to carry out their task when evaluating the compliance with those requirements. The selection process includes several stages of the evaluation procedure, and it has been coordinated by the no less demanding Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers from 2014 onwards.
A new call for the rigorous evaluation of scientific journals was published in July 2014. JEMS passed this evaluation and was accordingly included in the EU’s prestigious and influential ERIH PLUS index. This undoubtedly means a great recognition for the persevering, disciplined and rigorous work carried out by this journal
ERIH PLUS was established (only as ‘ERIH’ at first) by the European Science Foundation (ESF) Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) in 2002 and has ever since become the most highly valued reference index within the European Union.

ANNOUNCEMENT: JEMS has been included by Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) to ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index) 

We are pleased to announce that JEMS has been accepted for indexing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), a new edition of Web of Science™.

Content in this index is under consideration by Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) to be accepted in the Science Citation Index Expanded™, the Social Sciences CitationIndex®, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index®. 

The quality and depth of content Web of Science offers to researchers, authors, publishers, and institutions sets it apart from other research databases. The inclusion of JEMS in the Emerging Sources Citation Index demonstrates our dedication to providing the most relevant and influential scientific content to our community. 

The journal, sponsored and funded by the University of Florence, is a product of the open access publishing workshop in the Department of Comparative Languages, Literatures and Cultures and is published online by Firenze University Press (FUP).


Donatella Pallotti (University of Florence)
Paola Pugliatti (University of Florence)

Journal Manager
Arianna Antonielli (University of Florence)

Advisory Board
Arianna Antonielli University of Florence (Italy); Janet Clare, University of Hull (UK); Jeanne Clegg, University of Venice Ca' Foscari (Italy); Louise George Clubb, University of California, Berkeley (USA); Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti, University of Florence (Italy); Lucia Felici, University of Florence (Italy); Tina Krontiris, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (Greece); Corinne Lucas Fiorato, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 (France); Adelisa Malena, University of Venice Ca' Foscari (Italy); Natascia Tonelli, University of Siena (Italy).

Editorial Board
Arianna Antonielli (Università di Firenze); Luca Baratta (Università di Firenze); John Denton (Università di Firenze); Alessandro Melis (Università di Firenze); Donatella Pallotti (Università di Firenze); Paola Pugliatti (Università di Firenze).

Journal of Early Modern Studies (JEMS)  is indexed in:

  • BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EZB - Electronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (Eletronic Journals Library)
  • ERIH PLUS - European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences 
  • Google SCHOLAR
  • JournalTOCs
  • JURN
  • MIAR - Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals
  • MLA - International Directory of Periodicals Bibliography
  • OAIster [OCLC – Digital Collection Services] – WorldCat
  • PLEIADI – Portale per la Letteratura scientifica Elettronica Italiana su Archivi aperti e Depositi Istituzionali
  • WOS - WEB OF SCIENCE Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) - Emerging Sources Citation Index





We are now inviting contributions for Volume 8 of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, to be released online in 2019.

Beyond Books and Plays. Cultures and Practices of Writing in Early Modern Theatre. Edited by Lene Buhl Petersen and Raimondo Guarino.

The 2019 issue of JEMS will address the major cultural phenomenon of the production of written texts and, in a broader sense, the uses of writing in early modern theatre. Thus the volume is situated at the crossroads between textual studies, performance studies, and studies of orality vs. literacy. Going further than the relationships between book and stage, initiated by D.F. McKenzie and R. Chartier, and developed in a number of important studies concerning the printing of early modern drama, the range of suggested topics is expected to address textual practices both as sources and offshoots of theatrical enterprises, the skills related to writing and reading in players’ cultural environments, and the relationship between the popular professional theatre and literary milieux.

This call for papers invites researchers interested in the production of manuscripts (plays, promptbooks, parts, plots) in theatrical practice, from the late fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, not only in the contexts of major national traditions (i.e. Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, Siglo de oro, French Classical theatre, Italian Academic and professional theatrical environments) but also in peripheral and lesser known areas. Specific attention could also concern the connections between printed texts (not only printed plays, but also treatises, reports and players’ literary works) and performances, including civic and religious representations. In addition to philological and historical assessments, articles could draw attention to players’ literary competence, texts as tools for memorization, practices of oral/aural reproduction, the setting up of dramatic repertoires; and/or the rise of specific professional figures such as prompters and scribes employed in professional theatres to keep and reproduce manuscripts. Thus, the collection of articles should hopefully open up new horizons in the syntheses and synergies between literary traditions and performance cultures in early modern Europe.

Main deadlines:

31st October 2017: adhere to project and send working title and abstract to Raimondo Guarino ( and Lene Buhl Petersen (

28th February 2018: finalize paper for submission to referees. Articles must comply with the editorial norms and must not exceed 12000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. All articles are published in English. Please be so kind as to have your paper revised by a native speaker.

Posted: 2017-07-25



We are now inviting contributions for Volume 7 of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, to be released online in March 2018. The issue, jointly edited by Riccardo Bruscagli and Luca Degl’Innocenti, is entitled Out Loud: Practices of Reading and Reciting in Early Modern Times.

Its aim is to bring together scholars from a wide disciplinary spectrum who are working on the linguistic, literary, historical, and more broadly cultural features of the practice of reading and reciting poetry and literary texts, in formal as well as informal contexts, aloud. The increasing interest in orality, both from a structural and a historical point of view, has already produced a remarkable amount of very distinguished scholarship. Within this very large and diverse field of study, we intend to focus on the techniques of memorization, improvisation, and performance, which might be required in the practice of reading and reciting verse and prose aloud. For certain literary genres – typically in chivalric literature, for example – such practices, and the related skills, are obvious and well documented, but we are also calling for attention to be paid to the recitation of lyric poetry, plays (the so-called ‘closeted dramas’), short stories, novelle, and other verbal artefacts, in a broad array of contexts, ranging from Academies and Salons to informal social gatherings and even family pastimes. In the space between reading silently and reciting aloud in theatrical productions, we think there is a very large, interesting, and significant range of phenomena waiting to be explored.Contributions on the relationships between recited texts and their printed official versions are also welcome.

Main deadlines:

- 16th October 2016: adhere to project and send working title to Riccardo Bruscagli ( and Luca Degl’Innocenti (

- 31st January 2017: finalize paper for submission to referees. Articles must comply with the editorial norms and must not exceed 12000 words, including footnotes and bibliography.

All articles are published in English. Please be so kind as to have your paper revised by a native speaker.

Posted: 2016-09-12



The 2017 issue of JEMS, edited by Alessandro Arcangeli and Anu Korhonen, is entitled A Time of Their Own. Experiencing Time and Temporality in the Early Modern World. The issue will explore the different ways in which time was culturally constructed in the early modern period and how it was experienced, conceptualized and organized. There is no call for papers for this issue because it collects a selection of contributions presented at The Annual Cultural History Conference of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH), which was held at the University of Bucharest Campus, Romania, on September 7-10, 2015

Posted: 2016-09-12
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