Substantia. An International Journal of the History of Chemistry

Substantia is an open access peer-reviewed academic international journal dedicated to traditional perspectives as well as innovative and synergetic implications of history and philosophy of Chemistry. It is meant to be a crucible for discussions on science, on making science and its outcomes. Substantia hosts discussions on the connections between chemistry and other horizons of human activities, and on the historical aspects of chemistry.

 

FOCUS AND SCOPE

Substantia is an open access peer-reviewed academic international journal dedicated to traditional perspectives as well as innovative and synergetic implications of history and philosophy of Chemistry. It is meant to be a crucible for discussions on science, on making science and its outcomes.

Substantia hosts discussions on the connections between chemistry and other horizons of human activities, and on the historical aspects of chemistry.
We are interested in:
  • fundamentals and gnosiological implications of chemical theories and related sciences
  • the progress of single discoveries, the life of scientists, the historical advancement of technology, in other words the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations
  • the historical overview and critical reviews of chemical theories and their interweaving with the cultural and social environment
  • the critical discussion of past concepts and experimental works, in the light of the present chemical knowledge
  • contributions on contemporary science reporting and scientific dissemination
  • discussions on making science and on the role and efforts of basic research in a world where the practical and financial outcomes seem to be the main driving forces.
Substantia is the right place for the publication of scarcely accessible literature milestones and of unpublished material, and for museological and scientific conservation studies. We will consider papers on the scientific backstage, i.e. on the set of unpublished results, tested and dropped ideas that belong to most research works, and that could be an original starting point for new inspirations and discoveries.
 

RIGOROUS DOUBLE-BLIND PEER REVIEW

Substantia uses 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.  
Each submission to Substantia passes through a rigorous quality control and peer-review evaluation process before receiving a decision. The initial in-house quality control check deals with issues such as competing interests; ethical requirements for studies involving human participants or animals; financial disclosures; full compliance with Substantia’ data availability policy, etc. 
Submissions may be returned to authors for queries, and will not be seen by our Editorial Board or peer reviewers until they pass this quality control check.
The Editor-in Chief is responsible for conducting the peer-review process and for making a decision to accept, invite revision of, or reject the article.

 

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

Substantia provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the Firenze University Press at the University of Florence, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access: By “open access” , we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. We support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0). Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

PUBLICATION FREQUENCY

Substantia is published 2 times per year, March and September. Articles can be submitted at any time. 

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Authors who publish with this Substantia agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in Substantia.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

PUBLICATION FEES

Unlike many open-access journals, Substantia does not charge any author fees.

WAIVER INFORMATION

Fee waivers do not apply at the Firenze University Press because our funding model does not rely on author charges. 

PUBLICATION ETHICS

Responsibilities of Substantia's editors, reviewers, and authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in Substantia’s Guidelines on Publication Ethics.   

CORRECTIONS AND RETRATIONS

In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing Substantia does not alter articles after publication: "Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible".
In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct Substantia publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).

Corrections
In cases of serious errors that affect the article in a material way or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article Substantia publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.
Retractions 
In accordance with the "Retraction Guidelines" by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Substantia will retract a published article if 
  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation)
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication)
  • it constitutes plagiarism
  • it reports unethical research.
An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. Substantia will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.
If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article Substantia may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.

ARCHIVING

Substantia and Firenze University Press are experimenting a National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service.