Biblioteca della Libertà

Manuscript Submission

Biblioteca della libertà • BDL


Languages for publication: italian, english and french.

Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year

Peer Review: All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by up to two specialist referees.

Authors must prepare and submit two separate files - (.doc or .docx) - to Bdl via email to the address: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.

(1) One 'Main Document' which contains only your manuscript; all identifying information should be removed from the manuscript.

(2) One 'Supplementary File' which includes

- a title page with full contact information,

- a brief biographical paragraph noting current affiliation, research interests, and recent publications,

- an abstract of 200-300 words, and five keywords to facilitate electronic access.

A cover letter is not required.

Submission of a manuscript does not imply commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Queries concerning what constitutes prior publication should be addressed to the editor.

Manuscripts that do not meet the submission standards will not be considered. Manuscripts that pass the Editor's initial screening are sent, still anonymized, for double-blind review to two outside reviewers.


The standard length for articles is between 6,000 and 8,000 words, although longer articles may sometimes be accepted.

BDL uses a “Harvard-style” referencing system. References or citations should therefore be indicated within the text, with a full listing of all cited references collected at the end of the article. Please avoid citation inflation, and give precise page references when appropriate. For example: Huntington (2004); Rajan and Zingales (2003); Rawls (1971, 27-30).

Use et al. when citing a work by more than two authors, but use all authors’ names in the listing of cited works at the end of the paper.

The letters a, b, c, … should be used to distinguish citations of different works by the same author in the same year.


All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically. Examples:

Deaglio M. (2013, ed.), Fili d’erba, fili di ripresa, Milan, Guerini e Associati

Ferrera M. and Gastaldo P. (2013), “Rileggere Rawls”, in B. Magni (ed.), Unpacking Rawls, special issue of Biblioteca della libertà, XLIII, n. 206/207 online, pp. 7-20

Gamble A. (2002), Fine della politica?, Bologna, Il Mulino

Hayek F.A. von (1973-1976-1979), Law, Legislation, and Liberty, three volumes, London, Routledge and Kegan Paul

Kaldor M. (1999), Le nuove guerre. La violenza organizzata nell’età globale, Roma, Carocci

Michelet J. (1989), Il popolo[1846], Milan, Rizzoli [= year of original edition]

Nörr K.W., “L’idea di stato di diritto”, Biblioteca della libertà, XXXVIII, 2003, n. 170-171,
pp. 52-68

Rawls J. (1971), A Theory of Justice, Cambridge, Harvard University Press

Weber M. (1999), Economia e società, five volumes, Milan, Comunità, vol. I: Teoria delle categorie sociologiche


Essential notes should be kept to a minimum, and should be indicated with superscript numbers running consecutively through the text.

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