Nordicum-Mediterraneum is an international, multi- and interdisciplinary forum for the presentation, discussion and exchange of ideas, studies and resources dealing with Mediterranean and Nordic matters. In particular, though by no means exclusively, Nordicum-Mediterraneum wishes to be a venue for the exploration of the ties between Iceland and Italy: historical, cultural, economic, political, scientific, religious and artistic.
Above all else, Nordicum-Mediterraneum wishes to foster the awareness and the understanding concerning the common origins, intertwined traditions and shared problematics of the Eurasian communities of the North — hence Nordicum — and of the South — hence Mediterraneum. In its beginning, the journal published material dealing exclusively with such commonalities, intertwinings and shared elements. Later, upon pressure by its readership, it started fostering them by including works dealing with Nordic and Mediterranean issues at large.
It is the firm belief of the journal’s editors that culture is a public good and, as such, it must be available to the public as easily and as economically as possible. Publishing Nordicum-Mediterraneum in the electronic format is meant to serve this twofold goal, not to mention its reduced environmental impact. Rather than mimicking standard paper publications, the electronic character of the journal is intentionally highlighted by choice of font, overall look and user interaction (e.g. font-resizing options, scroll-down browsing in lieu of a virtual table of contents, in-text hyperlinks, restricted log-in area for authors). No processing or submission charges apply.
The journal was established in 2005 and the first issue released in the Spring of the following year. Designed for exclusive online access and consultation, Nordicum-Mediterraneum has pioneered web-based open-access scholarship in Iceland and is listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) of Lund University Libraries. The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (CC-BY-SA) is adopted overall for the material published in Nordicum-Mediterraneum in order to maximise its dissemination and facilitate integration with popular online archives and databases (e.g. Wikipedia), although exceptions can be made in consultation with the editors.