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.
The journal was established in 2005 and the first issue released in the Spring of the following year. Designed for free, open, online access and consultation, Nordicum-Mediterraneum pioneered web-based open-access scholarship in Iceland and, for many years, it was listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) of Lund University Libraries, the standards of which Nordicum-Mediterraneum still strives to fulfil to the best of its abilities and knowledge.
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.
As of 2008, upon pressure by its readership, Nordicum-Mediterraneum started including works dealing with Nordic and Mediterranean issues at large, or that could be of interest to our Nordic and Mediterranean audiences. Moreover, as of April 2021, Nordicum-Mediterraneum commenced a close collaboration with the Law Faculty of the University of Akureyri, i.e., the journal’s publisher. By so doing, Nordicum-Mediterraneum aims at making the journal also a free, electronic and open-access scholarly venue for peer-reviewed works on and by Iceland’s legal community and reality, in both Icelandic and English.
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, which translates as well into a much-reduced environmental impact, especially given Iceland’s large reliance on geothermal and hydroelectric power plants. Moreover, by charging no fees on either its readers or its contributors, Nordicum-Mediterraneum rejects the predatory editorial practices that are, unfortunately, still common in academic publishing.
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, etc. No processing or submission charges apply at any point whatsoever of the editorial and/or publication activities of the journal. In general, the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (CC-BY-SA) is preferred for the material published in Nordicum-Mediterraneum, in order to maximise its dissemination and facilitate its integration with popular online archives and databases (e.g., Wikipedia). However, deviations and exceptions may occur, in consultation with the editors.