Celestinesca‘s new website!

I am finally allowed to disclose a project in which José Luis Canet and I have been working since the beginning of 2021: Celestinesca‘s new website!

With the purpose of making reading, finding and quoting articles easier, and centralising the submission and peer-review processes, Celestinesca has moved to Open Journal Systemss (OJS). OJS is the most widely used journal publishing platform and it allows readers, authors, reviewers and editors to keep track of everything that is going on in the journal, from new issues to the status of a submission or the changes made to an article.

Celestinesca‘s new website has been designed with accessibility and ease of use in mind (at least as much as the template has to offer). Its inteface is simple and intuitive, and can be viewed in monitors, tablets and mobile phones. We have chosen a clean layout and a regular-sized, sans-serif typeface that can be read comfortably in both, big and small screens.

Despite important, aesthetics were not the central reason for this refurbishment. Our main purpose was to adapt Celestinesca to the indexing requirements of platforms such as Latindex or Web of Science or Scopus, without which it is impossible nowadays to measure the actual impact of any journal. With these changes, we hope to improve the metrics of the articles published in Celestinesca, which –in my opinion– are unjustly low. Celestinesca being an essential journal –actually, THE essential journal– for celestinesque scholarship and well-cited, it is not fair for authors that its metrics do not reflect this importance just because a few metadata are missing.

With this purpose, Celestinesca‘s articles from 2003 onwards do now have a DOI, so that they are easier for robots such as those scanning the internet for Google Scholar to identify as scholarly articles and to trace brack where they have been cited (NOTE: for this to be really effective, we need to start adding the DOI to the bibliographic reference every time we cite Celestinesca). Articles include comprehensive metadata as well, which are central for being indexed in the above mentioned platforms and, what is much more important from the point of view of the researcher, can be interpreted by bibliographic software such as, for example, Zotero, so that you never have to enter the bibliographic information by hand again. AND there is a search function that makes finding articles much easier.

In addition, we have worked hard to put all the relevant information about the journal together. The section “Acerca de la revista” gives a comprehensive overview on the journal’s members, its editorial policies, the submission and the peer-review processes, the copyright of the articles and the history of Celestinesca. There is even a renewed editorial team, with new and old faces.

To round things up, we have added two direct links to Celestinesca related sites: Anejos de la revista Celestinesca and the bibliographic database Bibliografía celestinesca. And a news section, but it is a little bit empty now.

With regard to the new submission and peer-review processes, everything will be made through OJS. No panic! There is a step-by-step guide for authors and a step-by-step guide for reviewers. And, if you still have problems, you can always contact us at the brand new e-mail address celestinesca@uv.es.

Due to my personal implication in the project, I might not be the best person to say this, but the new website of Celestinesca is much better than the old one. I hope you like it as much as I do and, above all, I hope that the aim of making metrics reflect the real relevance of Celestinesca for celestinesque scholarhip is met.

Celestinesca‘s issue for the year 2020 is out!

No better way to end 2020 than with a new issue of Celestinesca, the academic journal that, since 1977, published all kind of articles on Celestina, its continuations and everything celestinesque. This is its 44th issue and, from the point of view of its almost 500 pages (!), it seems that celestinesque scholarship is still well and alive. You can access the full issue here.

Anejos de la revista Celestinesca

The most important journal in our field, Celestinesca, has undergone some changes since the beginning of 2020. The first and –in my opinion– most important one is having been given the eISSN 2695-7183, which has made possible its reindexing in Latindex, where it figured as “Discontinued”. Moreover, the the kind of license under which articles are published (CC BY 4.0) is more explicit now, since a license button has been added to volumes.

A few days ago the Anejos de la revista Celestinesca were launched as well, with the critical editions of the Comedia and the Tragicomedia by José Luis Canet. I do not know if this means that Celestinesca is preparing itself to publish its own series of celestinesque scholarship or just an effective way to provide Celestina scholars with these editions, but in any case it is always good news that Celestinesca is in good shape and continuosly progressing.

Celestinesca 42 is out!

celestinesca42_minThe 2018 issue of Celestinesca is out!

With a special dossier on the configuration and dissemination of the Segunda Celestina by Feliciano de Silva, coordinated by Juan Pablo Mauricio García Álvarez (Universidad de Guadalajara). And articles on some of the most recurring celestinesque research topics: authorship, eroticism,  and editorial history of Celestina, among others.

Celestinesca 41 is out!

celestinesca41_minThe 2017 issue of Celestinesca is out!

With an interview with Nuria Espert and Pilar de Yzaguirre, a review of the stage adaptation of Celestina by the theatre company Atalaya (already reviewed in this blog), the usual bibliographic supplement, an extra bibliographic supplement with more than 200 new entries and, of course, seven articles of celestinesque interest by Antonio Azaustre Lago («Estilo y argumentación en los discursos de La Celestina»), Debarati Byabartta («Tres anti-heroínas picaresca-celestinescas: los cuerpos femeninos radicalmente subyugados en La hija de Celestina»), Víctor Calderón de la Barca Fernández («Mar y Mundo en el imaginario desiderativo de Melibea»), Grissel Gómez Estrada («’Postema y landre te mate’: maldiciones, bendiciones y otras frases, y su función como presagio en La Celestina»), Amauri Gutiérrez Coto («La Celestina de Fernando de Rojas en México durante los siglos XVI y XVII»), Amaranta Saguar García («Las ilustraciones de las traducciones alemanas de Celestina: Hans Weiditz y la Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea») and Joseph T. Snow («La metamorfosis de Melibea en la Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea»).