Journal History

Massimo Lollini, principal Investigator of the Oregon Petrarch Open Book started the on-line peer-reviewed open access journal entitled Humanist Studies & the Digital Age in January, 2011 to disseminate the research developed for two grants:
 2010 NEH Digital Humanities Level II Start-Up Grant, The Oregon Petrarch Open Book 2012/2013 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, Manuscripts and Incunabula in the Oregon Petrarch Open Book.  The Editorial Board considered studies on Petrarch and the humanist age in all its manifestations and the Oregon Petrarch Open Book as the seminal topics of discussion of Humanist Studies & the Digital Age. Moreover, the journal has encouraged and published submissions to investigate more generally the interface of philological, interpretative, and digital inquiry in the area of early modern and modern studies. The University of Oregon library provided the “Open Journal System” developed by the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University as the initial publishing and editorial management system for the journal. JQ Johnson, at the time member of the team of the OPOB for the above mentioned grants and Director, Scholarly Communications & Instructional Support University of Oregon Libraries, was instrumental in the successful and timely implementation of the journal. The first issue of Humanist Studies & the Digital Age published the proceedings of  “Francesco Petrarca from Manuscript to Digital Culture,” a day-long international symposium held at the University of Oregon in April of 2010 at the University of Oregon. The first three issues of Humanist Studies & the Digital Age were published annually. Since 2015 the journal adopted a bi-annual periodicity.