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American Boccaccio Association

About Heliotropia

Editorial Board

Michael Papio – Editor-in-Chief (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Susanna Barsella (Fordham University)
Elsa Filosa (Vanderbilt University)
Simone Marchesi (Princeton University)
Massimo Riva (Brown University)
H. Wayne Storey (Indiana University)

Advisory Board

Lucia Battaglia Ricci (University of Pisa)
Victoria Kirkham (University of Pennsylvania)
Christopher Kleinhenz (The University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Marilyn Migiel (Cornell University)

Mission statement

Heliotropia is a peer-reviewed journal that was created to provide a widely and readily available forum for research and interpretation to an international community of Boccaccio scholars. Its role, first and foremost, is to promote and disseminate recent scholarship in a form that is both efficiently accessible and cost-free. Being uninhibited by the conventional constraints of academic publishing, the online journal enjoys the advantages of brief turnaround times, flexibility in the length and nature of submissions and the ability to present a variety of media according to the needs of its authors.

Principal characteristics

The exegetic scope of the journal is vast. Because our readers' interests are as varied as their approaches to Boccaccio's life and works, all substantial scholarly contributions are considered for publication. Consequently, the journal hosts the entire gamut of interpretive perspectives, from rigorous philological and historical studies to highly theoretical and wide-ranging comparative inquiries. In addition to these contributions Heliotropia provides sections specifically dedicated to book reviews, re-proposals of classic Boccaccio scholarship, brief notices, bibliographies and other items of general interest to the scholarly community.


Following the publication of its inaugural invitation-only edition, Heliotropia freely invites contributions from scholars in all fields of academic endeavor. Each submission is sent, without the name of its author, to two anonymous readers who judge the quality of the article's content. Note that already published work will not be accepted and that authors whose submissions pass this initial stage of evaluation may then be requested to make slight modifications before their work is published in the journal. Thorough peer-review is an essential component of the journal's success as well as the key to providing consistently high quality scholarship. Authors retain all rights to their intellectual property. Subsequent publication in print, however, should be accompanied by proper acknowledgment.

Citing Heliotropia


In accordance with the (6th ed.) MLA guidelines regarding bibliographic citations of works published in online scholarly periodicals (5.9.4), we are providing a brief overview of the accepted conventions for your convenience. Note that the correct reference to the network address (URL) of pages presented in html does not include page numbers. The date of access appears automatically in the footer of Heliotropia's articles so that you may work from a printed copy.

  1. Author's name
  2. Title of the article or work in quotation marks (reviews and letters to the editor may be left untitled)
  3. Name of the periodical underlined or in italics
  4. Volume number and issue number
  5. Year of publication
  6. Date of access and URL


Martinez, Ronald. "Calandrino and the Powers of the Stone: Rhetoric, Belief, and the Progress of Ingegno in Decameron VIII.3." Heliotropia 1.1 (2003). 17 May 2003 <>.



As of the 7.1-2 (2010) volume, all articles, reviews and bibliographies are provided in PDF format with sequentially ordered page numbers. As a result, these texts may be cited as you would cite a comparable study in a print journal.


Salwa, Piotr. "La novella post-boccacciana e la politica." Heliotropia 7.1-2 (2010): 145-59.