Orbis Idearum. European Journal of the History of Ideas

Orbis Idearum is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal devoted to the history of ideas, presently indexed in ERIH PLUS, and included in the Polish and Italian ministerial lists of scientific journals. It is edited and published by the History of Ideas Research Centre and the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University. Founded in 2013 by Prof. Michel Kowalewicz, the journal was initially funded by the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland.

Orbis Idearum has an international and interdisciplinary scope, as testified to by its Editorial board and Scientific Committee. It is open access and free of charge for authors and readers. Full issues and single articles are published online on the journal’s website.

Prior to submitting a manuscript for peer review, authors are required to register with the journal and they are invited to review the journal’s Ethical Code and Editorial Norms. Articles should be crafted using the templates provided by the editors on the journal’s website.

The history of ideas can be understood as a discipline with its own methodology and field of inquiry, or as an umbrella discipline that encompasses the histories of specific types of knowledge, such as philosophy, social science, natural science, religion, literature, etc. Typically, the focus of the history ideas is the historical trajectory of a term-and-concept or a theory. Researchers may reconstruct the vicissitudes of intradisciplinary ideas (sociological, philosophical, political, etc.) or of ideas crossing disciplines or appearing in different forms of literature (scientific articles, books, manuscripts, private letters, novels, etc.). It must be clear, however, that this is just a general orientation. There are different traditions and schools of thought in the history of ideas. The editors and reviewers of Orbis Idearum are not “fundamentalist” about research approaches. However, they do require methodological awareness from the authors.

A specific feature of the journal is the attention paid to the social contexts in which ideas develop, spread, and vanish. This specificity blurs the distinction between the history of ideas and the sociology of knowledge. Indeed, the founder of the latter, Karl Mannheim, defined Wissenssoziologie in Ideology and Utopia as “sociological history of ideas.” This explains in part why the journal is housed within the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

The journal accepts original research articles, book reviews, and research reports. It also considers for publication transcriptions of old historical documents, such as handwritten letters and memoires, that are unpublished, provided they are accompanied by a commentary that explains the importance of the document for the history of ideas. Contributions are assessed on the basis of topic suitability, the cogency of argumentation, and originality.

Orbis Idearum is a multilingual journal that currently accepts contributions in English, Italian, and Polish. In the past it also published in French and German Authors interested in submitting contributions in French or German should first contact the editors to make sure that reviewers are available. Any author who is not fully fluent in English, Italian, or Polish (submission languages) is urged to obtain assistance with manuscript preparation from a fluent colleague or from professional editorial services. Manuscripts with considerable language issues can be desk rejected by the editors before peer review.

The journal publishes both special issues and regular issues. Contributions to the regular issues can be submitted in any time, while contributions for the special issues are subjected to the deadlines indicated in the calls for papers. The frequency of Orbis Idearum is biannual.

The Editors