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Guidelines of publication

Studia Hermetica is a project conceived to gather researchers, scholars, scientists and artists around the world with the simple purpose of highlighting those obscure fields of study normally attached to the History of Hermetism and related currents. Following this simple tenet, we do freely share our work aimed by academic purposes, but also we do not forget the rest of the world interesting in those murky regions inscribed in the so called Western Esotericism, unifying our professional tasks with the necessary labour of divulging them to the worldwide public.

In short, if you want to publish with us, it is an unavoidable principle to be aware of some of the philosophical tenets which inspire our project and our mainstream methodology:

First of all, in Studia Hermetica you decide your degree of involvement. Obviously the deadlines will be established at the proper time in regard to the academic issues, but you can contribute or not at your own discretion in them. Precisely, the laxity of SHJ’s periodical contributions is designed to be adaptable to the ordinary frenetic academic activity of many scholars. On the other hand, we deeply think that this is the optimal methodology at the time to tackle any serious approach to complex fields like Hermetism. We do properly value the time and the thoughtfulness as two of the most important tenets in intellectual and artistic projects like SHJ. And that is exactly what we want to get by giving the chance to our contributors to delay their interventions until the right moment.

Secondly, it is a must to comply the common sense, as well as a gentle behaviour and the observance of the so called research ethics in every moment. Rude manners will not be tolerated between colleagues. We can agree or disagree regarding any point of academic discussion, but this is not a valid reason for discrediting a fellow.

Thirdly, we accept papers, bibliographic reviews and essays devoted to our fields of study, mainly written in English, Spanish and French. Likewise, we accept works written in Italian and Portuguese languages. Remember that SHJ is a scientific publication, not an esoteric or “free” literary journal, and consequently we demand the observance of the requirements normally attached to any kind of academic undertaking.

The papers and essays must be original (i. e. not published before in any format whatsoever) and they will be preserved to be published in the established date of release, without being able to be accessed from any online browser until the very moment of this official publication. The inobservance of this obligation will automatically invalidate the galley.

The papers should be sent in plain format (txt), in order to facilitate the process of editing.

The papers and essays must have a maximum of 20 pages and a minimum of 5. The reviews must have a maximum of 5 pages.

The papers and essays must show an abstract of no more than fifteen lines and no more than three key words. In addition, you may include a bibliography at the end in which can be inserted those references mentioned more than one time in the previous paper or essay.

The papers must display a critical apparatus; the essays (eXc dossiers) on the other hand are not constricted by strong academic requirements.

The quotation method

Books (Bibliography)

LAST NAME, Name, Title of the cited bibliographical reference, Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication, page-pages.

e.g. FOWDEN, G., The Egyptian Hermes. A historical approach to the late pagan mind, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986, p. 5.

Books (Sources)

NAME OF THE AUTHOR, Title of the cited opus, the authors of the critical edition, Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication, page-pages.

e.g.  IAMBLICHUS, De anima, text, translation, and commentary by John F. Finamore and John M. Dillon, Leiden: Brill, 2002, p. 10.


LAST NAME, Name, “Title of the cited opus”, integrated in a concrete colective work, Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication, page-pages.

e.g. KALUZA, Z., “Comme une branche d’amandier en fleurs. Dieu dans le Liber viginti quattor philosophorum”, in Hermetism from Late Antiquity to Humanism, Turnhout (Belgium): Brepols, 2003, pp. 99-127.

The cited texts or references which exceed the three lines, must be written in italics and inserted in a different paragraph below.

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