The texts for RM Rivista, like all the
contributions to RM, which share the same Board of Editors, are peer
reviewed by reviewers chosen among an independent Referee
board, the Corrispondenti
or other experts;
all texts, anonymous, undergo a critical evaluation on the part of two
or more referees, unknown both
to the author of the text and to the other reviewers. Andrea Zorzi is
the present Editor of both RM and RM
Rivista; the latter he has coordinated from 2000 to 2005; since 2005
RM Rivista is coordinated by Paola Guglielmotti e Gian Maria
its title, RM Rivista
reminds only by analogy the traditional communication instrument of
scientific production. RM Rivista
is neither an imitation nor a translation into computer technology of
the structure of a printed magazine; instead, it is an appointed
instrument apt to emphasize some characteristics of the communication
technologies; exploiting the comparative cheapness in the production and
issuing, the accessibility and the widespread of the circulation, it
suits a fast updating, a flexible format, a hypertext language, a
multimedia edition, an interactive usage and an easy reproduction.
twice a year from 2000 to 2006, since 2007 RM Rivista is issued
yearly; it is organized into
Interventions: short critical essays or texts dealing with an
historiographical or research problem, or moving from a recently
published work, or discussing problems of cultural politics and
publishing; they aim at a scientific discussion open to further
contributions from the readers in possible forums. Among the
purposes of this section there is also the prompt collection and
publication of texts and materials produced in seminars and
workshops in order to avoid the waste of the first-hand results of
observations and researches.
Essays: traditional research and evaluation texts; they are
an original patrimony of RM.
Materials: bibliographical and documentary reviews, outlines of works in progress
or of observations arisen in the course of a research. Besides these
materials, promptly issued by RM, we aim at collecting the ideas
and suggestions elaborated in the preparatory phases of projects,
conferences and publications: such a patrimony often gets lost as it
undergoes subsequent reworking or is considered of minor importance; on
the contrary, it deserves to be known just because of its nature of
Archives: organic corpuses of documentary texts or of data drawn from them,
structured into specialized archives, originating from concluded or
ongoing researches. This section aims less at the accumulation of
sources than at proposing and experiencing new forms of presentation of
the researches carried on on large documentary sets.
Hypertexts: this section is the most closely connected with the innovative
potentials of the new communication tools; it contains hypertext
analysis of sources, texts, new forms of presentation of documentary
sets or experiments of building hypertexts on medieval history subjects.
It aims at illustrating how the new tools may influence the research
language. One area of this section may be devoted to observations on the
new forms of the text.
Proceedings: this section has been closed while reorganizing
the site, and the two Quaderni/Books in which the proceedings were
collected have been transferred to E-book.
Interviews: this section opened in 2008, and it publishes
interviews with Italian and foreign medievalists.
Reviews: the increasing number of websites and computer
publications on mediaeval matters, and the differences in their
nature and level, require a critical report and evaluation both on
such sites and publications and on the use of the new technologies
in humanistic disciplines.
Bibliographies: this section publishes sets of bibliographical
references centred upon specific subjects; such sets may be definite
or updating; they reflect the paths of the researches of scholars in
different thematic fields.
Catalogue: at present this section is devoted only to the
updating concerning the doctorate research dissertations (with
abstract, indexes and a biographical note on the author) and digital
resources; the area concerning books, magazines and the publishing
showcase has been closed while reorganizing the site (2006).
Unlike paper magazines, RM Rivista
does not publish reviews on conferences; they may be found in the
Calendar section of the site (Calendario) where the conference is mentioned.