Italian Studies in Southern Africa/Studi d'Italianistica nell'Africa Australe: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The journal aims at providing a forum for academic discussion on all aspects of Italian culture. It features articles on Italian language and literature and, since it is one of the primary aims of the journal to foster multi- and inter-disciplinary study and communication, contributions are invited from all writers interested in Italian culture, irrespective of their specific disciplines. Contributions also of a less theoretical nature which provide an insight into Italian culture, especially as it manifests itself in Southern Africa, also receive attention. Since 2010 the journal has been also accredited by the Australian Research Council and added to the ERA list.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Articles are first screened by the Editor who selects two specialist referees among the members of the International Editorial Board for a critical evaluation. If necessary, other referees are contacted on an ad hoc basis for articles that do not fall into the members’ expertise. The reviewers are sent the article to review without the author’s name together with a form to compile that provides them also with guidelines on how to evaluate the article and serves as record of the evaluation process. The form is sent back to the Editor. Who compares the evaluations and informs the authors of the outcome of the evaluation, ie accepted as is, with changes/corrections, rejected


Editorial Board

Anita Virga(Universityof the Witwatersrand)
Franco Arato (Università di Torino)
Giona Tuccini (University of Cape Town)International 
Editorial Board 
Andrea Battistini(Università di Bologna)
Francesca Bernardini(Università “La Sapienza”, Roma)
Guido Bonsaver (Oxford University)
Graziella Corsinovi(Università di Genova)
Ilaria Crotti(Università Ca’Foscari Venezia)
Biancamaria Frabotta(Università “La Sapienza”, Roma)
Walter Geerts(University of Antwerp)
Pietro Gibellini (Università di Venezia)
Roberto Gigliucci (Università “La Sapienza”, Roma)
Sarah Patricia Hill (Victoria University, Wellington)
Sebastiano Martelli(Università di Salerno)
Graziella Parati(Dartmouth College)Paolo Puppa(Università di Venezia)
Luigi Reina(Università di Salerno)
Raniero Speelman(Università di Utrecht)
Giuseppe Stellardi(Oxford University)
Itala Vivan(Università di Milano)
Rita Wilson(Monash University)
Sarah Zappulla Muscarà(Università di Catania)
Brian Zuccala (Monash University)
Editorial Assistant 
Linda Parkes
Sonia Fanucchi (University of the Witwatersrand)


A.P.I. Executive Committee 2009

2009 President Prof. Anna Meda Hon. Treasurer Mrs Alida Poeti Hon. Secretary Mrs Claudia Gianoglio


A.P.I. Executive Committee 2010

President Prof. Anna Meda Vice President – Hon. Treasurer Mrs Alida Poeti Hon. Secretary Mrs Claudia Gianoglio


A.P.I Executive Committee 2016-2017

President Dr Anita Virga (Wits)
Vice President Dr Giovanna Sansalvadore (UNISA)
Hon. Treasurer Mrs Alida Poeti
Hon. Secretary Mr Christopher Fotheringham (Wits)
Editorial Committee Prof. Anna Meda (UNISA)
Members’ Representative Dott. Enrico Trabattoni (Educational Director, Consulate General of Italy, Johannesburg)


Executive Committee 2018

Dr Giovanna Sansalvadore (UNISA) / Ms Federica Belusci (UKZN)

Vice President                          
Ass. Prof. Giona Tuccini (UCT)

Hon. Treasurer                         
Mrs Alida Poeti

Hon. Secretary                          
Mr Christopher 

Editorial Committee                
Dr Anita Virga (Wits)

Members’ Representative         
Dott. Enrico Trabattoni (Educational Director, Consulate General of Italy, Johannesburg)

The purpose of A.P.I. (Association of Professional Italianists/Associazione Professori d’Italiano), established in 1981, is to promote cultural exchanges and discussions on didactic and literary topics concerning the preservation and teaching of the Italian language and literature in Southern Africa both at school and university level, and to keep abreast with international developments in this field.

Congresses and Round Tables alternate every second year at various universities and cultural associations where Italian is taught. All teachers and students of Italian, as well as anybody interested in Italian culture are invited to participate.

Membership fees are as follows:

R250 (Ordinary members)
R200 (Students)

US $50 (Ordinary members)
US $25 (Students)
US $60 (Institutions)

Membership fees include subscription to this journal and are payable by the 28th February.

All enquiries about the Association and applications for membership and remittances should be sent to The Hon. Treasurer, Mrs A. Poeti, e‑mail:

For more information on the Association go to You can also find it on Facebook ( and Wikipedia (

To contact the association write to


Important information

1.         End of printed version

The present issue marks the end of the printed version of Studi d’italianistica nell’Africa australe/Italian Studies in Southern Africa (ISSN 1012-2338). The journal will still appear regularly online on the AJOL platform and in its new website: 

2.         Open Access

As from 2018  the online version of the journal (e-ISSN 2225-7039) will be Open Access under the international licensing Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND) with a two-year embargo on all articles. Issues and single articles under embargo will still be available respectively on subscription or for a fee. 

ISSN: 2225-7039
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