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Papers can be in any language and of a length chosen by the author, while the abstract (around 250 words) and keywords (5) must be in English. Authors are asked to observe the following guidelines when preparing their text:

1) Use the same typeface throughout.

2) Number pages consecutively in the top right-hand corner.

3) The first line of each new paragraph should be indented.

4) No extra space between paragraphs.

5) Headings and sub-headings should be left unnumbered (headings in capital letters and sub-headings in italics).

6) Leave additional spaces above and below section headings and above and below indented quotations.

7) Type all headings, both main and sectional, with initial capital for the first word only and without full points at the end.

8) Double quotation marks should be used, with single only for quotes within quotes.

9) For quotations/extracts follow the original spelling exactly, using double quotation marks for those less than 50 words; for longer extracts use indentation from the left margin, but no quotation marks. Omissions are indicated by three dots between parentheses.

10) Abbreviations without full stops between letters (for example USSR). Contractions ending with the same letter as the original word do not have full stops (for example eds., Dr., and ed., ch., and so on).

11) Dates as 18 august 1990; 1914-18, 1898-99, twentieth century, and decades as 1990s without an apostrophe.

12) Initial capitals distinguish the specific from the general – for example. ‘she is Professor of Economics at Vienna University’, but ‘she is a professor at a university’. In general, use capitals as sparingly as possible.

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14) Numbers up to ten should be written in full unless indicating a unit of measurement – for instance, 3 kg, two girls, 2 per cent (not %, except in tables). At the start of sentences, spell out numbers. Otherwise only spell out numbers from ten if used in a generalised way – for instance, ‘about a hundred people’. Figures with four or more digits should have commas, as in 4,000. Decimal points appear as a full stop on the line.


Style guidelines

Please also observe carefully the following requirements for notes and references:

1) Footnotes should be used to convey information which comments briefly on, or explains, the text. Notes should be indicated by numbers super-scribed before punctuation and should be provided at the end of the article.

2) Glocalism does however expect references for quotations and information as an indication of the sources used.

3) To give references use author’s surname, publication’s year and, after colon, pages’ number, all between brackets (Smith 2005: 32-33). Use the year followed by a letter to distinguish different publications in the same year (Smith 2002a: 59; Smith 2002b: 12-27).

4) Complete book and journal references in the bibliography at the end of the text:

R.C. Smail (ed.) (1956), Crusading Warfare (1097–1193), 2 vol. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), vol. II.

J.R. Young (2006), The Scottish Parliament and witch-hunting in Scotland under the Covenanters, in “Parliaments, Estates and Representation”, 26, pp. 60-91.

H.J. Cohn (2006), The Electors and Imperial Rule at the end of the Fifteenth Century, in S. MacLean, B. Weiler (eds.), Representations of Power in Medieval Germany 800-1500 (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 295-313.

5) Contributors are especially asked to note that the initials (or first name) of an author should come before the surname, and that the surname should not have any kind of capital letter except for the initial.

6) Book references require place, date of publication and the publisher; journal references require both volume number and date of publication, but the number of the journal part only if pages are numbered separately from the beginning for each part.

7) Page ranges follow the house style: 1-9, 11-19, 20-29, 21-29; 100-109, 101-109.

8) Titles of archive materials, source collections and journals must be given in full at the first reference, accompanied by abbreviations to be used later, if wanted.

9) Usage within an article should always be consistent; typescripts that diverge considerably from these guidelines may be returned to the author for correction.

Issues topics

Complex phenomena such as nations and nationalism may be studied from different perspectives. Their variety, purposes and specific characteristics can be the subjects of investigation. One can learn more about their cultural and social roots and, finally, their significance for the social sciences. The intellectual attempts of several scholars was that of working out general theories of nationalism that would succeed at explaining the phenomenon from a general point of view, generating models capable of reducing its different manifestations to a common process. 


The possibility that a civilization might not succumb to the advance of history depends on its capacity to react to the challenges that emanate from it. If, on one hand, ascent and decline are (in general) considered characteristics typical of all civilizations, on the other hand it is possible to also see them as a different and less evident phenomenon: one which is made up of the transformation of civilizations into other civilizations and in their expressions of social innovation phenomena.

Call for Papers 2018, 3, SUSTAINABILITY

With the term “Anthropocene” scholars from various disciplines illustrate the idea of a  recent geological epoch in which human activity has made an unprecedented impact on the planet. Human modification of geological and ecological processes has accelerated rapidly over the span of the twentieth century.


Today’s federal societies are going through a period of rapid and significant transformation. The phenomena of political modernization have contributed to changing not only the internal institutional architecture of federal states, but also to redefining their behaviour in the international field. This is evidenced by the direction of new diplomatic, military and financial strategies by the most well known and powerful federations.


The process of globalisation and the deterritorialisation of politics, rule and governance are reconfiguring the “state-centric” model of the 19th and 20th centuries. This implies immediate consequences for those issues strictly linked to the nation-state organizational form, such as that of citizenship. The modern nation-state system has regulated membership in terms of national citizenship. In the global era, however, the idea of a bounded nation-state community appears to be, at the very least, problematic. We are facing a disaggregation of citizenship, the emergence of an international human rights regime and the spread of cosmopolitan norms. 


Innovation is increasingly shaping our world and the way we live. It is, to a greater extent, governing our biological, social and political life. Nanotechnologies, AI, robotics, ICT and biotechnologies – just to mention a few – are intertwined with our individual and collective dimensions, fundamentally and increasingly transforming the organization of our society. 


The analysis of migratory flows have led some scholars to agree upon the theory of “double absence”, where the migrant experiences in his own dealings a loss of “belonging” to his origins as well as lack of “recognition” as a citizen in his newly adopted country. The protean reality of globalisation permits, however, to identify different points of view and particular concrete cases that suggest the necessity for more complex hermeneutical paradigms.

Call for Papers 2017, 1, THE GLOCAL POLITICAL POWER

Power is freedom. Power is freedom of action (mental, verbal or physical) of a subject (individual or collective) that springs from the same mere existence of the subject and that may interfere or collide with the power (freedom or existence) of another subject. The relationship between two or more subjects is not, therefore, necessarily a zero-sum: the possibility of conditioning is mutual and expresses itself in forms that are not always empirically detectable or measurable.


The process of globalisation prompts a rethinking of the operation of the world and a problematisation of the modern concepts of “continent”, “border”, “state” and “city”. Indeed, in the global world, flows of people, capital and information move through deterritorialised networks that change the meaning of ideas of proximity and distance.  

Call for Papers 2016, 2, LOCAL AND GLOBAL DEMOCRACY

Within the globalisation process, the principles underlying the democratic paradigm – in countries that are economically developed and have a significantly well-established secular values – do not seem to be seriously placed in doubt.

Call for Papers 2016, 1, NETWORKS AND NEW MEDIA

Protest movements in various parts of the world have been perceived on the whole by academics and
public opinion as representing a new trend that utilises new means of communication and political organisation. In effect, the Internet and the social media played a fundamental role during the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street protests and the marches of the Indignados.

Papers deadline: December 31, 2015.
This issue is scheduled to appear at end-February 2016

Call for Papers 2015, 3, ON GLOBAL RISKS

The concept of risk poses itself as the new paradigm for analysis of the glocal society. The rapidly changing ‘thresholds’ of techno-scientific innovation – from the infinitely large to the infinitely small, from big data to nanotechnology and manipulation of the genome – challenge the predictability and the very idea that reduction of risk can be pursued by applying present-day models to future scenarios.  

Papers deadline: August 31, 2015.
This issue is scheduled to appear at end-October 2015.

Cal for Papers 2015, 2, GLOCAL SOCIAL CAPITAL

Contrary to appearances, human relations in a globalized society seem to be becoming, in general, increasingly more significant, fed as they are by diverse forms of rationality not reducible to that of economy. Personal relations tend to integrate themselves into social networks that generate trust and create various types of interpersonal exchanges.

They seem to be characterized by those “weak ties” which paradoxically have “strength”: friendly acquaintances that (differently than those shared by close friends, intimates, family and relatives) broaden the possibility of access to information and of finding self-satisfying jobs.

Papers deadline: April 30, 2015.
This issue is scheduled to appear at end-June 2015. 

Call for Papers 2015, 1, GLOBAL POLITY AND POLICIES

Nowadays, not just States, but thousands of political institutions as well are producing rules and procedures, organizing human cohabitation on a global scale, in a form of heterogony of ends. This new order is in continuous evolution, created by an innovative global polity that is destructured, manifold, non-uniform, and incoherent.

Papers deadline: December 31, 2014. 
This issue is scheduled to appear at end-February 2015.

Call for Papers 2014, 3, GLOBAL CITIES

Cities are the spaces in which the global economy finds its raison d’être, and global politics finds its crises and new expression. Cities are the confluence of technological, material, monetary, and migratory flows. Above all, they are the manifestation of the new society, of innovation, and of the concretization of heretofore unknown possibilities for humanity.

Papers deadline: September 30, 2014.
This issue is scheduled to appear in end-October.

Call for Papers 2014, 1-2, FEEDING THE PLANET. ENERGY FOR LIFE

Feeding the planet that feeds us. This could seem a nonsensical invitation or yet another manifestation of human presumption. It refers instead to an imperative, where its deep meaning can only be understood once we consider its implicit circularity. 

Papers deadline: May 15, 2014.
This issue is scheduled to appear in end-June.

Call for Papers 2013, 1, HYBRIDITY

The genetic pool, social customs, scientific discoveries, political experiences and technical innovations have always tended to merge together, giving rise to new realities, which alter the very essence of humanity.

Papers deadline: September 15, 2013.
This issue is scheduled to appear at the end of October 2013.

ISSN 2283-7949

“Glocalism. Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation” is published by “Globus et Locus", Milan, Italy

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