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Focus and Scope

Digithum applies a relational perspective on the analysis of our subjective experiences, our social bonds and our cultural heritage. These objects of study can be approached and studied from different disciplines: sociological/social theory, historical sociology, sociology of culture and sociology of emotions, cultural theory, film theory, media studies, arts, and humanities. We are furthermore particularly interested in their dialogue. Each issue of this journal will focus upon a particular question or theme that we will announce in due time in a call for papers, however they will all be connected to the axial questions of the various ways in which we can analyse, understand and explain the individual and collective forms of creating and feeling part of society and its cultural processes from a relational perspective, focussing on the relational bonds which we weave between one another and which establish us within our society, as members in a specific place. 

The name of our journal makes reference to the distance that is between us and ourselves, between our subjective experience and our cultural heritage which in an unfinished process of interrelationality constitutes our culture. Simmel defined culture as the continuous coming and going between objective culture and subjective culture; a process that is necessarily always mediated. People have the capacity to create objects bestowed with a meaning that survives longer than they themselves, which then shapes the lives of others who have in many cases never had direct contact with those who materialised what they wished to pass on. In fact, our lives are always built on this anonymous heritage that we meet as soon as we enter this world. We are heirs in this sense, weave our social relations and identities on the shoulders of other persons and generations, transforming into giants on so many people’s shoulders. We live our lives by building on millions of objects, social forms, traditions, languages, past presences, entities and institutions which might have disappeared, and we embody this legacy according to the conditions from which we can live and create our lives. Digithum wants to deal with and analyse these relational bonds, the objectified fingerprints (digitum) and their productive force, their consequences and forms of expression, all at a time of profound transformation in objective culture and ways of relating with others, with and via culture. New media, communication via computers, mobile phones, Internet... all of these digital devices and spaces have changed the way we go through our daily lives, connect with others, receive and pass on our legacy. The fingerprint (digitum) has become itself digital. New forms and possibilities in preserving and transmitting culture correspond with new ways of creating subjectivities, memories and oblivion, some of them searched for and desired, others not sought after nor desired, as a result of former actions and decisions.

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Publication Frequency

Digithum is a semestral publication that comes out in January and July.

Each issue of DIGITHUM includes a dossier focusing on one subject, a section of miscellaneous contents such as interviews, research materials, and, on occasions, reviews.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors may deposit their works in open-access repositories, whether before peer-review (as pre-prints) or after (as post-prints).

This journal does not ask for neither submission charges nor article processing charges (APC).

Archiving Policy

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Statement on publication ethics and misconduct

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) is committed to upholding the highest standards of quality and integrity in the publication of scientific articles, in accordance with the guidelines set out in its own Code of Ethics,[1] the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, COPE),[2] and CSE's White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications (Council of Science Editors, CSE).[3] The UOC aims to satisfy the needs of authors and readers alike, ensuring the quality of articles published in its journals, protecting and respecting all rights pertaining to the content of articles, and respecting the integrity of all submissions and published work.

The Editorial Board of Digithum undertakes to publish all corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies as and when they are required. As part of its commitment to best practice, Digithum makes publicly available the evaluation system for submitted articles and the criteria applied in the external peer review process. Digithum regularly updates these criteria, which are intended to ensure the scientific relevance, originality, clarity and pertinence of published articles.

Digithum maintains full confidentiality throughout the evaluation process, protecting the anonymity of authors and external reviewers, the reviewed content, the reviewers' report and any other communication issued by the editorial, advisory and scientific boards, as required. Equally, it applies the strictest standards of confidentiality to any clarifications, claims or complaints that an author may wish to refer to any of the journal's boards or to the external reviewers.

Digithum undertakes to respect the integrity of all published work. As such, Digithum will be particularly vigilant in identifying and sanctioning cases of plagiarism. Any manuscript that is found to plagiarize published work will be removed from the journal or barred from publication, as the case may be. The journal will act as swiftly as possible in all such cases. In agreeing to the terms of the journal, authors undertake to ensure that the articles they submit and all of the associated materials contain only original work and that they do not infringe on the rights of third parties. In the case of shared authorship, a clear statement must be made to the effect that all authors have agreed to the content of the manuscript and that the work has not been published previously in any other form.


The authors of articles submitted for publication must ensure that the material they submit to Digithum is original work and that it does not contain fragments of work published either by themselves or by other authors. In submitting a manuscript, the authors must also guarantee the accuracy of the data presented therein, which must not have been altered to verify the experimental hypothesis or hypotheses put forward.

Authors must ensure that the materials consulted during the preparation of their article are the most recent and relevant in the field with which the research is concerned and that they have given due consideration to all current schools of thought on the subject matter.

Authors must clearly identify all those individuals who have made a significant scientific contribution to the conceptual design and planning of the study, the interpretation of the results and the writing of the article. The list of authors must be ordered hierarchically to reflect the degree of responsibility of each author and their respective roles in the study.

All authors accept responsibility for the content of the manuscript.

Peer review

Reviewers undertake to produce a critical, sincere, constructive and impartial evaluation of submissions and to complete their review in the shortest time possible, to ensure that the deadlines of the evaluation process are met.

Reviewers are only assigned to a manuscript if they have the necessary expertise in the relevant field and are not affected by any conflicts of interest.

The reviewers will submit a full and thorough report, complete with the necessary references, in compliance with the terms of the evaluation process and any applicable public standards, particularly when rejecting a submission. In addition, reviewers must notify the Editorial Board of any part of the manuscript that has already been published or is under consideration for publication in another journal.

Reviewers must ensure that they have no conflicts of interest with regard to the research presented in the article, the author/s, and the sources of funding for the project.

Once the Editorial Board has verified that the article conforms to the standards on content and style indicated in the editorial criteria, it will send the article to two anonymous experts, not affiliated to the authors' home institution, for a double blind review.

The reviewers' evaluation of the article will focus on its interest to the scientific community, the novelty of its contribution to existing knowledge of the subject matter, the accuracy of the relationships it establishes with other work, the critical judgement displayed, the bibliographic references used, the quality of writing and presentation of the manuscript, and other standard considerations. Where necessary, recommendations will be made as to how the manuscript can or should be improved.

The Editor of Digithum will examine the reviewers' report and notify the author/s of the outcome (fit for publication without changes; fit for publication with minor corrections; fit for publication with major corrections; not fit for publication) by sending an email to the address from which the manuscript was submitted. The reviewers' comments and suggestions will be provided for consideration by the first author.

If the manuscript has been deemed fit for publication with minor or major corrections, the authors must submit a revised version which addresses the external reviewers' comments and suggestions. The authors may also attach a rebuttal letter for the Editorial Board in which they explain the specific changes made to the original submission.

The Editorial Board will determine whether the revised manuscript is fit for publication on the basis of the changes made and the degree to which they successfully address the reviewers' comments and suggestions. The Editor will then notify the authors of the final decision.



[1] Codi Ètic de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya i Codi de Bones Pràctiques de Recerca i Innovació [Code of Ethics of the Open University of Catalonia and the Code of Good Practice for Research and Innovation] (in Catalan).

[2] Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal editors.

[3] Scott-Lichter, D.; Editorial Policy Committee, Council of Science Editors. CSE'S White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications. 2012 Update. 3rd Revised Edition. Wheat Ridge, CO: 2012. [Accessed 28 May 2013].

Editorial Team Functions

The journal’s editorial staff is made up of specialists in the various fields it covers, from both the publishing university and other universities. Staff members help to define the subjects covered by the journal, participate in strategic planning and regular decision-taking, and help guide continuous improvement efforts.

The directors are the journal’s senior officer. They represent the journal publicly, oversees the definition of its subject matter, and assumes overall responsibility for its scientific quality.

Specifically, the director has the following duties:

  • To represent the journal institutionally.
  • To chair editorial board and scientific advisory board meetings.
  • To encourage strategic planning and take strategic decisions for each issue.
  • To supervise the overall development of the content.
  • To have an overall editorial vision and establish the guidelines for the editorial policy.
  • To assure the quality of the content and editorial excellence.
  • To sign off on the final version of each issue, taking the final decision on the publication of articles and determining which issue they should be published in depending on the content.

The editorial team must moreover have general knowledge of the publishing process and has the following duties:

  • To officially and legally represent the publication.
  • To oversee the editorial board’s activities.
  • To implement the editorial policy, together with the editorial board.
  • To establish the calendar for the submission and review of papers.
  • To liaise with the media.
  • To plan and oversee the promotion of the journal.

The journal’s editorial secretary must be familiar with editorial tasks. They assist the director and assistant director with the publication’s ordinary management, liaises with authors and reviewers, and ensures a fluid publishing process. Additionally, they must have a good understanding of the publishing world and the specific sector, as well as propose measures to publicize and improve the journal.

The secretary has the following duties:

  • To draw up, together with the director and assistant director, the agenda for editorial board and scientific advisory board meetings and to record the minutes thereof.
  • To administer human and financial resources in accordance with the board’s decisions.
  • To issue any certificates that may be requested and to attest to certifiable facts.
  • To ensure adherence to the editorial policy defined by the board.
  • To review the original papers received and take the initial decision regarding which ones should undergo the established formal review process, using the ethical and formal aspects of the journal’s publication guidelines as criteria.
  • To draft the annual statistics report on the publishing process.

The directors and secretary are jointly responsible for:

  • Drafting the journal’s publication guidelines.
  • Developing the self-assessment questionnaire for authors, which will be used by the editorial board as a checklist for compliance with the publication guidelines.
  • Developing the evaluation form to be used by reviewers when reviewing original papers.
  • Ensuring that published articles meet ethical standards for research and experimentation.

Editorial board

The editorial board consists of the director, who chairs it, the assistant director, the editorial secretary, and the members appointed by the director, who also has the authority to dismiss them. Board members remain in office until they are dismissed or explicitly resign. The director appoints them based on merit, dedication and skill, decides on the number thereof, and determines the length of their term (at least 4 years).

Board members have the following duties:

  • To receive original papers and distribute them to external reviewers.
  • To assist the director with all his or her duties and, in particular, with the monitoring of papers (receipt, review, acceptance).
  • To verify compliance with the guidelines for the submission of original papers, design, creation and orientation of the journal’s different sections.
  • To monitor the flow of papers and ensure that the journal’s rules and ethical standards are met. They will be responsible for proofreading original papers, revising and proofreading abstracts, and reviewing methodological aspects and style.
  • To assure the quality of reviewers’ reports.

Institutional diversity: At least one third of the board’s members must belong to institutions other than the UOC.

Scientific advisory board

The members of the scientific advisory board are appointed by the director, who also has the authority to dismiss them. Members may be distinguished university lecturers and researchers or members of educational or government institutions.

The scientific advisory board’s main duties are:

  • To supervise the editorial content and development of the journal on specific issues.
  • To promote the journal in their respective area of expertise.
  • To obtain contributions from potential authors.
  • To draw up, together with the director, the journal’s scientific strategy and regular assessments of results.
  • To propose – in accordance with the journal’s needs and goals – the publication of special issues on topics of particular interest and/or relevance.
  • To provide support and guidance to the editorial board on conceptual and scientific matters. The members may also act as reviewers for the journal.

Institutional diversity: At least one third of the board’s members must belong to institutions other than the UOC.

Geographic diversity: At least one third of the board’s members must belong to foreign institutions.

Technical staff

Technical staff members are part of the operational staff that the university makes available to the journal. They are responsible for: 

  • Liaising with the journal’s editors on issues related to ordinary management and continuous improvement.
  • Technical supervision of revision and publishing tasks and adherence to deadlines.
  • Managing the budget allocated to the journal by the university.
  • Keeping the basic software used by the journal for management purposes and online publication up to date and proposing improvements and additional features.
  • Maintaining the necessary indexing databases and mailing lists for the journal.
  • Conducting market research.
  • Managing subscriptions.

External reviewers

Reviewers may be internal or external to the journal’s editorial structure; however, they may not have ties to the editorial board itself.

Scientific reviewers may be selected based on:

  • The personal knowledge of the members of the journal’s editorial board.
  • The use of an internal database.
  • Bibliographical database searches.
  • A review of the list of references cited in the paper.
  • Suggestions by the paper’s author.

The journal guarantees the use of a double-blind review system, in which the identity of both the authors and the reviewers is kept secret.

Papers are ordinarily reviewed by two reviewers. A third review will be requested only when the first two reviewers have dramatically different opinions.

The reviewer team includes experts in scientific methodology. It likewise includes style revisers tasked with ensuring proper grammar, a suitably scientific style, and compliance with the journal’s house style.

Each issue of the journal lists the external reviewers who participated in the previous two issues.


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Publication Fees

Since the publication costs for Digithum are covered by the coediting universities (UOC, University of Antioquia) internal budgets, authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge (APC) and no waivers are necessary.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences).

All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team.

All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

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