Aldus 2.0 is an international journal that promotes a debate on digital textuality in the philological, literary and linguistic fields
Platinum open access
Double blind peer-review
Aims and scope
The aim of Aldus 2.0 is to encourage and promote a debate around the main themes of Digital Humanities both in the philological-literary field and in the linguistic one. The spread of new technologies and their application in the different areas of Italian studies offered new perspectives of study, analysis and research and opened technical and theoretical-methodological issues that represent a great challenge for philologists, linguists, publishers and more. Ideally recalling Aldo Manuzio’s revolution and the importance of his cultural project, Aldus 2.0 looks critically and attentively at progress in the Humanities with an eye constantly to the past, an essential element for a proper vision of the future.
The journal is not only addressed to linguists and philologists, but it also pursues to be an open space for discussions with other disciplines, such as the many areas of communication sciences, and to their contribution: the interdisciplinary approach enhances methods and perspectives that shed light on aspects that would risk being ignored or little discussed by adopting a mono-disciplinary approach. In this sense too Aldus 2.0 tries to propose itself as something new and innovative compared to other editorial realities that discuss themes connected to the web and its texts.
Aldus 2.0 is part of Bembus
Aldus 2.0 is an international journal on digital textuality that is part of Bembus, an international community of young scholars who intend to study IT applications for the exegesis and philology of literary texts.
Bembus organizes events (conferences, study days, seminars and workshops) on the topics of digital textuality, digital philology and linguistics and participates in the implementation of projects of national and international universities and institutions, as well as in the development of its own projects.
The research field of Aldus 2.0 concerns texts produced on the web in all their forms, from digital editions of literary works to written productions of other kinds, without excluding, in fact enhancing, the underlying interpretative and communicative processes. More specifically, Aldus 2.0 accepts submissions in two main areas.
Philology and literature
The papers in this topic area are related to the changes brought by new technologies to text sciences and literature. To this area belong works that deal with theoretical and methodological issues related to the creation of digital scholarly editions; articles that discuss the tools available to the philologist of the Digital Humanities, from markup languages to semi-automatic transcriptions of the text, from digitized images to databases etc., their adequacy and the related technical and applicative problems. To the same area belong essays that focus on the changes brought by new technologies to the processes of textual interpretation, to the relationship between the text and the user of digital editions, and that contribute to define the impact that those tools had on the diffusion and transmission of knowledge. In any case, the main subject is the text with its specific characteristics, since it is only through a careful study of it that the extra-textual dimension can be fully understood, such as the cultural and social phenomena deriving from it. We accept articles not only about literary texts as historical documents, and the impact that new technologies have in terms of reconstruction, production and preservation, but also other types of works, from non-literary texts to collaborative projects such as Wikisource.
The linguistic field is related to the changes produced by new media on written productions on the web and more generally on writing, which has become a true form of mass communication thanks to the spread of social networks too. In this regard, we accept works in which not only differences are highlighted, but also similarities with traditional forms of writing. As a social phenomenon, language is closely linked to the context in which it is used: hence the importance assumed by virtual places of the society of communication 2.0, from forums, now almost completely replaced by Facebook groups, to communities, from blogs to websites. Aldus 2.0 calls on to propose works that are able to highlight the relationship between language and context and that also concern single linguistic and textual phenomena. The development of journalism on the web must be considered separately, since it is mainly in this field that surfaces the close relationship between writing and browsers, Google and more, that use their algorithms to position a post in the SERP, decreeing its success or failure. In this regard we accept articles that discuss this relationship, studies on SEO, that is the set of techniques and strategies for the proper positioning of the post, as well as works about analysis and functioning of guided or automatic writing softwares. More in general, we accept articles aimed at investigating mechanisms and processes, completed or still in progress, triggered by the so-called CMC (Computer-Mediated Communication).
Aldus 2.0 is an international electronic journal in platinum open-access. It is published every six months: a first issue with a free theme, which contains articles on the main research fields, is flanked by a monographic issue that explores specific topics. In all cases, the contents are divided into three sections:
- Essays: linguistic-philological or literary essays;
- Projects: reviews of projects that relate to the journal’s field of study;
- Reviews: reviews of scientific books.