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In order to continue offering our readers the opportunity to stay up-to-date on the academic research activities of our centre most of our publications are in Open Access. Recently, our research centre has focused on the digital reconstruction of dismembered Books of Hours. The Research Centre for European Philological Tradition has developed a very effective methodology to recover digital fragments of these parchment masterpieces sold both by large auction houses and on Ebay or other channels. The method, called WayBack Recovery, has made it possible to digitally reassemble over 300 Books of Hours.

Upcoming publications are dedicated to these important reconstructions.

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Since September 2016, the academic journal titled Theory and Criticism of Literature & Arts (under the acronym of TCLA) has been published by THECLA Academic Press, an international, London-based, Publishing House. In 2020, the publisher changed its name in RECEPTIO Academic Press Ltd (Company Number 12765391), turning digital.  This means that all our publications are accessible in e-book and print on demand version. The publishing house is directed by Professor Carla Rossi.

Administrative departments:


20-22, Wenlock Road,

Islington, London, N1 7GU

United Kingdom


Operational headquarters:

RECEPTIO Foundation

Via Rolino 13,

CH- 6963 Lugano

Tel +41912349715

TCLA (digital version ISSN 2297-1874, printed version ISSN 2504-2238) is a Swiss-British academic biannual journal, published in London in both electronic and paper form (by the RECEPTIO Academic Press Ltd), and devoted to theoretical and empirical scientific research works in the field of humanities. It is open to all researchers who are interested in publishing their scientific achievements. 


Our Journal’s title has been chosen to recall, a little nostalgically, Teoria e Critica / Theory and Criticism, an academic journal co-founded by Luciano Rossi in 1972. 


TCLA is present in the following repertoires: JDBWorldCat, ROAD1, ROAD2


The journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  

The reviewers are independent of the authors, i.e. not affiliated with the same institution.


Each issue is organized into four main sections (Focus, Debates, Insights, and Reviews) around specific subject areas, in order to invite and encourage discussions among academics. 

The Focus section publishes scholarly articles on the interrelation among Literature and Arts (especially painting and music), on Romance Philology and medieval Philosophy. The published articles have passed a rigorous double blind peer review performed by two external referees. The second section, Debates, is meant to provide the reader with an in-depth and multi-faceted analysis of themes that constitutes crucial and significant scholarly questions. The Insights announce scientific discoveries and new research. The Reviews section hosts various book-reviews, always ensuring the right of reply to the reviewed authors. 

The publication of each issue, in February/March and in October/November, is preceded by the 'Call for papers'. 

Each year there are also two special editions devoted to specific topics. Contributions on interdisciplinary topics or articles that tackle large interpretative questions, undertake the synthetic analysis of major methodologies, or consider newer theoretical approaches are encouraged.