Submission Guidelines


Heliotropia considers a wide range of contributions for publication. The chief unifying criterion for acceptance of a piece is its pertinence to the study of Boccaccio's life and works. Note that preference is given to submissions that are innovative, whether in scope or approach. Especially welcome are studies that are interdisciplinary in nature. Because the journal is available online, contributors may freely include any type of web-deliverable media (including hypertext links, images, audio and video) provided that copyright laws are respected. Authors implicitly take responsibility for obtaining reproduction permission of non-original materials and must submit proof of such permission together with the final version of their essay. Reviews submitted for publication are a valuable asset to the community of Boccaccio scholars as well. Lengthy articles as well as books may be reviewed and may take a variety of forms. Please note that we do not accept self-reviews or the unwarranted promotion of friends and colleagues. Announcements of new publications will be grouped with calls for papers and the like. Authors or publishers who would like to have a book reviewed may submit one copy to the address listed below. It will then be listed in the books received list but will not be returned.


Articles may range in length from approximately 1300 to 5000 words; notes and reviews from 500 to 2000. While there is theoretically no limit to the size of media content, Heliotropia strives to keep such additions to manageable dimensions and restricts the content to what seems sensibly relevant. Authors are encouraged to follow MLA guidelines, especially regarding bibliographical documentation. Because of the journal's quick turnaround time, articles may be submitted simultaneously here and elsewhere. Please note, however, that any subsequent publication of a submission in print must include proper acknowledgment of its appearance here.


Submissions for publication in Heliotropia may be made electronically by attachment (documents in Word or RTF only) to . Alternatively, submissions may be sent on a PC-formatted 3 1/2" floppy disk to:

  • Prof. Michael Papio
  • 307 Herter Hall
  • Department of French and Italian Studies
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Heliotropia does not assume responsibility for the loss or damage of any work submitted in any form and will not return any item received by mail. Manuscripts may be submitted at any time and will be considered for the issue then in preparation.