Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Human communication has always been considered an almost obvious activity, as a natural phenomenon, to pass over without any particular attention.

A systematic study on communication has started only in the last century, in coincidence with the advent of media and technologies able to speak to the multitudes. Even more recently, communication became a field of academic study. In Italy it occurred later than elsewhere.

We believe that communication is a field to explore with all the tools and from all the points of view. We want to provide our scientific communities with careful and critical considerations, because now more than ever the idea that “it is impossible not to communicate” has established itself. Limitless are the ways to influence the facts of the world through communication, and these biases are quickly growing everywhere.

We seek an increasingly more international scientific debate: this is not because this indication comes from a bureaucratic power, but for the great facts of the world are deeply influenced by a global bind.

We want to give a contribution presenting our issues as a lexicon of objects to investigate, starting from the roots of our name, which recalls the Olympic gods' messenger. Our H-ermes got one dash after the H: this means an emphasis on a letter whose function is to connect Communication to Humanities, a strategic meeting point among those disciplines commenting the social individual. It is a dash that carries also the “hermai”, the god of communication's first icons, the piles of little stones left on the edge of new paths. Today available to all new media-wanderers.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Publication Frequency

The Journal is published in two issues per year.


Open Access Policy

H-ermes provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the researchers, improve the global exchange of knowledge.


Publication Ethics

H-ermes. Journal of Communication is a double-blind peer reviewed scientific journal which follows the ethic statements of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. All possible measures against any publication malpractice are taken. All parts involved – editors, referees and authors – must agree to the following ethic principles.

ESE Salento University Publishing as publisher of the journal H-ermes. Journal of Communication takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. In addition, ESE Salento University Publishing subscribes to iThenticate by iParadigms and promotes its use to prevent plagiarism.


• Are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted should be published, after reading and

considering the referees’ comments.

• Evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content and without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political orientation of the authors.

• Undertake not to disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, and publisher.

• Undertake not to use any material of a submitted manuscript without the express consent of the author.

• By means of a specific software program, make every effort to identify any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper.


Peer Reviewers:

• Assist the editor in making editorial decisions and may also assist the author in improving the paper.

• Promptly notify the editor in case they know they will not be able to complete the review in the specified period of time.

• Treat any manuscript received for review as a confidential document and not to discuss

its contents with third parties, except as authorized by the editor.

• Undertake to conduct all reviews objectively. Referees should express their views clearly and with supporting arguments.

• Call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

• Treat any information or ideas obtained through the review as confidential and not to use it for personal advantage.

• Do not use any material of a submitted manuscript without the express consent of the author.



• Appropriately acknowledge the sources and the references utilized in the paper.

• Do not submit for publication manuscripts which are substantially similar to papers by themselves or other authors, which are already under review elsewhere or have already been published .

• Properly acknowledge the work of others. All those who have made significant contributions to the manuscript should be listed as co-authors. Any other person who has significantly participated in the research project should be explicitly acknowledged in the paper.

• Verify the accuracy of every piece of information, including references, before submitting the manuscript. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.



Reviewers H-ermes

Amendola Alfonso, Università di Salerno

Antenore Marzia, Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”

Aprile Marcello, Università del Salento

Barile Nello, IULM Milano

Bennato Davide, Università di Catania

Bevilacqua Emanuele, Università del Salento

Borrelli Davide, Università degli studi Suor Orsola Benincasa

Bory Paolo, Università della Svizzera Italiana

Brancato Sergio, Università degli studi di Napoli

Bruno Marco, Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”

Candon José, Universidad de Sevilla

Cashera Martina, Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”

Corvino Isabella, Università di Bologna

Coviello Massimiliano, Università degli studi di Siena

D’Amato Francesco, Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”

D’Andrea Fabio, Università degli studi di Perugia

De Nardis Fabio, Università del Salento

De Tommasi Livia, Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC)

Degli Esposti Piergiorgio, Università di Bologna

Fassari Lia, Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”

Forges Davanzati Guglielmo, Università del Salento

Gialloreto Andrea, Università degli studi di Chieti-Pescara “Gabriele D’Annunzio”

Giorgino Simone, Università del Salento

Gouchan Yannick, Université Aix-Marseille

Grassi Valentina, Università Partenope di Napoli

Leonzi Silvia, Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”

Lombardinilo Andrea, Università degli studi di Chieti-Pescara “Gabriele D’Annunzio”

Lovari Alessandro, Università degli studi di Cagliari

Maiello Angela, Università Telematica Internazionale Uninettuno

Milan Stefania, Universitiet Van Amsterdam

Mori Luca, Università di Verona

Pasca Paola, Università del Salento

Ragone Giovanni, Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”

Rikitianskaia Maria, Università della Svizzera Italiana

Scarcelli Cosimo Marco, Università di Padova

Sierra Caballero Francisco, Universidad de Sevilla

Sorice Michele, LUISS Roma

Spedicato Luigi, Università del Salento

Susca Vincenzo, Université de Montpellier “Paul Valery”

Taddeo Gabriella, Università degli studi di Torino

Tagliapietra Andrea, Università Vita e Salute San Raffaele

Zucconi Francesco, Università IUAV Venezia

(last update 03/10/2019)

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