Substantia. An International Journal of the History of Chemistry

Substantia is an open access peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to traditional perspectives as well as innovative and synergetic implications in all fields of Chemistry, from current research to historical studies. It is meant to be a crucible for discussions on science, on making science and its outcomes. 



Besides its main focus on the dissemination of advances in Chemistry, Substantia welcomes contributions dealing with other experimental or theoretical scientific disciplines, and other horizons of human culture, including society, education, ethics, etc.

We are interested in:

Substantia is also the right place for the publication of scarcely accessible literature milestones and of unpublished material. We welcome papers that report the story of a discovery, where the intellectual and experimental steps that precede the writing are presented.




Each submission to Substantia is subject to a rigorous quality control and peer-review evaluation process before receiving a final 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’s data availability policy, etc. 
If the manuscript is considered suitable for publication, it is sent to at least two anonymous reviewers. The peer review process is single-blind. If the reviews are positive, but the manuscript requires to be revised and resubmitted, the author is expected to submit the revised version.

The Editors are responsible for conducting the peer-review process and for the final decision on the submitted article.


Substantia provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, Firenze University Press at the University of Florence, complies with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access: By “open access” , we mean the free availability on the public internet, the permission for all users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the 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 is to guarantee the original authors with control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. We support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in our 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 websites prior to and during the submission process and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication without embargo. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.


Papers will be published online as soon as they are accepted, and tagged with a DOI code. The final full bibliographic record for each article (initial-final page) will be released with the hard copies of Substantia. Manuscripts are accepted at any time through the online submission system. 


Authors who publish with Substantia agree to the following terms:


Unlike many open-access journals, Substantia does not charge any publication fee.


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


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


In accordance with the 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).

In cases of serious errors that affect 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.
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 turns out to be an act of 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.


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