About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The magazine offers studies and research in the history of art in its various articulations, mainly in its historical critical, theoretical and methodological aspects.

Peer Review Process

Figure is a peer-review journal. All submitted articles will undergo a peer review process, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by at least two selected experts.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published once a year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Authors are welcome to post pre-submission versions, the original submitted version of the manuscript (preprint) and the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

Quality Control, Publication Ethics and Publication malpractice

The following statement is inspired by COPE Code of Conduct: http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors.pdf. The journal is under review for membership in COPE.

Duties for Journal Editors

Editors have a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers. Editors have a system for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of the staff, authors, reviewers and editorial Team members. Editors have a process for handling submissions from the editors, employees or members of the editorial Team to ensure unbiased review. Editors encourage study and research into peer review and publishing and reassess the journal’s process in the light of new finding. Editors guarantee that errors, inaccurate or misleading statements are corrected promptly and with due prominence. Editors will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed. Editors will respond promptly to complaints and will ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further. Complains and appeals could be sent to the psicoart@unibo.it Editors ensure that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency. Editors take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to anyone. Permanent identifiers as DOI and NBN guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.

Duties for the Editorial Team

Editorial team of FIGURE is responsible for the selection and the publication of the articles submitted to the journal. Editorial team takes all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in FIGURE. The decision of Editorial team as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the journal is based on subject relevance and originality and is guided by the review of suitably qualified reviewers. Editorial team will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions. Editorial team strives to ensure that peer review at the journal is fair, unbiased and timely. A description of peer review process is published, and Editorial team is ready to justify any important deviation from the described process. Editorial team evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. Editorial team’s decision may be constrained by such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Editorial team provides guidance to authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and checklists. Editorial team has a system to ensure that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions is guaranteed.

Duties for Authors

Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of misconduct. Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work. Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication in order to provide access to such data. Authors are asked to follow the Author’s Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

Duties for Reviewers

Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence. Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission. Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert Section Editors regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions. Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. The Journal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE.

Editorial Board

Daniele Benati, Sonia Cavicchioli, Marzia Faietti, Stefano Ferrari, Antonella Huber, Vincenzo Gheroldi, Paolo Granata, Irene Graziani, Fabrizio Lollini, Federica Muzzarelli, Marinella Pigozzi, Roberto Pinto, Tiziana Tampieri, Chiara Tartarini, Sara Ugolini.

Indexing and Abstracting

The Journal is indexed in the following databases:

  • Academia.edu
  • ACNP - Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici
  • BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • ROAD - Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources
  • JURN - Academic search-engine in the arts & humanities
  • Google Scholar - Academic search engine
  • JournalTOCs - Index of Scientific Journal TOCs
  • PLEIADI - Portale per la Letteratura Scientifica

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.


Dipartimento delle Arti – DAR
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

Piazzetta G. Morandi, 2
40125 - Bologna (Italy)