Biblioteca della libertà BDL



Manuscript Submission

Languages for publication: italian, English and French.

Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year

Peer Review: Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Biblioteca della libertà will be reviewed. Submission of a manuscript does not imply commitment to publish in the journal. 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.

There are no publication charges (APCs) requested to author/s in order to submit or publish in this journal.

The articles published in Biblioteca della libertà are Open Access, being freely accessible on the journal website. However, the copyright rights are owned by the Publisher (Centro di ricerca e documentazione Luigi Einaudi).

Author/s should obtain permission to reproduce, reuse and remix content previously published in the journal.

The journal is committed to maintaining the highest level of integrity in the content published.

This journal has a Conflict of Interest policy in place.

Every contribution published in this journal has undergone rigorous review, based on a preliminary screening by the Editors, and a double-blind refereeing by two external anonymous referees. This does not apply to contributions written upon invitation by the Editors.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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.


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.

Review Process

Preliminary evaluation: each submitted text is subjected to a preliminary reading by the Editors, who will evaluate the text based on its originality, relevance and scientific interest, in order to decide whether it qualifies for further external review. At this stage a manuscript may be rejected without peer review if it is judged to be too far from the journal’s zones of relevance and quality. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.

Full evaluation: when the preliminary evaluation is positive, the Editors send the contribution to two external experts, who will perform a double-blind peer review. The final decision will be taken once the Editors receive both referees’ reports. Biblioteca della libertà encourages referees to send their feedback promptly (within two months), to allow a final decision within three months from the acknowledgement of receipt. Reviews will be forwarded in anonymous form to the author.

Acceptance: If the reviews by the anonymous experts are favorable, the contribution will generally be accepted on the condition that the author takes into account the comments and doubts expressed therein.

Revise and resubmit: If the reviews are favorable but suggest revision and changes in the text, the author will be invited to consider the referees’ comments and resubmit a revised version of the contribution. Once the Editors receive the revised version, they will determine whether the author has adequately addressed the suggestions for revision. If so, the paper will be accepted. Otherwise, the paper will be rejected.

Where there is a delay in making a decision on a submission, the author is contacted after twelve weeks with an apology.


- Online-first articles: Accepted papers are published in the online first section of the Journal website soon after authors submit their final versions. Online-first articles are complete full text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready. The nature of such articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Online First articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. Such articles are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can be used to cite and access the article. The articles on the website are open access and can be freely downloaded in pdf. Format.

- Publication of Journal Issues: Authors receive a free copy of issue in which their paper is published. Papers accepted for publication cannot be published elsewhere, not even partially, without the written permission of, and on the conditions agreed with, the Editor in chief.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the Editors to:

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