About TCLA


TCLA (digital version ISSN 2297-1874, printed version ISSN 2504-2238) is a Swiss-British academic journal, published in London initially in both electronic and paper form (by the RECEPTIO Academic Press Ltd), and as of 2019 only in Open Access. TCLA is 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. Each year we publish two special monographic issues. The next special issues from August/September 2022 will be linked to the RECEPTIO research centre's Biblioclasm & Digital Reconstruction and Reversed Ekphrasis projects.

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. 

Videos of the official presentation of our journal at the Accademia Urbana della Arti in Rome

Editorial Board

Scientific Comitee

Our Scientific Comitee, composed by professors from various universities, with wide-ranging areas of expertise, reviews material published in TCLA, determines the suitability and quality of scientific and academic content within each discipline, evaluates and approves articles, is empowered to enhance the integrity of peer review, recommends external readers for article submissions, and otherwise advises the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Carla Rossi. The peer review process is an essential component of our journal. 

Review Editors

appointed by the Editor-in-Chief are empowered in order to directly interacte with the authors, critically assess the scientific value of manuscripts, and advise authors in matters of manuscript presentation. Review Editors should hold a PhD with post-doctoral experience, or an equivalent degree with several additional years of academic work, or the equivalent number of years to a recognized qualification in the relevant field of research. Review Editors should have a recognized affiliation and a proven publication record in the specialty area. Review Editors are appointed by Associate or Chief Editors. The following is serving as Review Editors. The date in parentheses is the final year of the editor's current term : Viviana La Monaca (2025).

Scientific Comitee

Series Editors

The editorial board of the publishing house is different from that of the TCLA Journal. The choice of volumes to be published is made by the individual series editors, who are also responsible for choosing the experts in each scientific field to whom the manuscripts are to be sent for a peer-review. Since 2016 we have 4 series, for which the following Editors are responsible: 


Hannah Amì


lev-removebg-preview (1)_edited.jpg

David Levy



Josefina Planas 

Catedràtica d'Història de l'Art Medieval Universitat de Lleida

HoraeHours Series


Andrew Pritchard

(Responsible for editorial co-ordination )


Work with us

Editorial Standards


TCLA aims to foster a vast academic interest in Literature and Arts, and publishes a wide range of researches on Literature studies, Art theory, Culture and History of Arts and latest findings and achievements from experts and scholars all over the world. Each issue contains special subsections around specific subject areas. The aim of the thematic sections is to provide a viewpoint on a given issue and suggest new approaches or avenues of research. The preparation of a thematic section is entrusted to two members of the editorial staff, who jointly formulate the angle of approach to the theme. Except for the inaugural issue, there are 2 to 10 articles per section. Calls for contributions will be also published on the Journal's website and in newsletters sent through internet. Send a title, 300-word abstract, and a short bio to info@tcla-journal.eu.

NOTA BENE: TCLA 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.  To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity.