About the Journal

Focus and Scope

ZoneModa Journal (ZMJ) is the first Italian scientific journal dedicated to fashion research in its complexity: aesthetic, social, cultural, economic and historical. It aims to cover an interdisciplinary space between fashion criticism and theory.

One of ZoneModa Journal’s objectives is to promote a culture of fashion studies that includes multidisciplinary approaches. In fact, the policy with which the journal is organised takes into account the complexity of the field of fashion studies, in particular the different subjects and perspectives of study that make it up: from history, sociology, cultural anthropology, art, literature, semiotics, aesthetics, architecture, design and business sciences.

In particular, the areas of interest are:

  • Fashion and Cultural Heritage
  • Mass Culture, Media Culture
  • Everyday Aesthetics
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Studies
  • Creative Innovation and New Technologies
  • Architecture and Design Cultures
  • Linguistic Studies


The journal is aimed at scholars of Fashion Studies, Cultural Studies and university students. The aim is to provide a useful tool for framing fashion-related phenomena within a broad framework of cultural and research fields.

The multidisciplinary aspect of the journal is evident from the titles of the issues published to date: Morphing (Vol. 1), Made in Italy (Vol. 2), Cultura Pop (Vol. 3), Well-being (Vol. 4), Fashion Convergence (Vol. 5), Possible Futures (Vol. 6), Fashion and Celebrity Culture (Vol. 7), Moda e Patrimonio Culturale (Vol. 8, No. 1), Moda e Infanzia (Vol. 8, No. 2), Gli anni Ottanta (Vol. 9, No. 1), Global Fashion (Vol. 9, No. 2), S.I. Be Cool! Aesthetic Imperatives and Social Practices (Vol. 10, No. 1S), Decostruzione (Vol. 10, No. 1), Fashion, Technology, and Social Distancing (Vol. 10, No. 2), Rethinking Fashion Brands in The Era of Digital Media (Vol. 11, No. 1), Giovanni Battista Giorgini. From Artistic Craftmanship to High Fashion, Italian Soft Power (Vol. 11, No. 1S), Fashion and Tourism in Transition (Vol. 11, No. 2), Fashion and Communication (V.12, No. 1), Global Narratives on Fashion (V.12, No. 2), Fashion and Gender (V. 13, No. 1), Fashion Now (V. 13, No. 1S), Fashion and History. How Fashion has written history (V. 13, No. 2).

Section Policy


Peer Reviewed


Not Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The double-blind peer review adopted by ZoneModa Journal follows international scientific rules. Each article is evaluated by two experts who do not know the name of the author. In turn, the author does not know the names of the reviewers.

The reviewers can approve the article, reject it or ask the author to make changes for publication. In the case of opposing and equivalent evaluations, the editors may decide to submit the contribution to a third reviewer (umpire) or ask the author themselves for the changes they consider necessary for publication.

If contributions are in a language other than Italian, they are subject to a linguistic quality assessment. Any changes requested are prerequisites for publication. As part of the preliminary checks, each article is subjected to a plagiarism check using the iThenticate software.

Throughout the peer review process, Authors, Reviewers and Editors must adhere to the rules included in the journal’s Code of Ethics.

Publication Frequency

The journal is biannual, published in July and December. Until 2017, the journal was annual.

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.

It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Publication Fees

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.


ZoneModa Journal adopts the AlmaDL Journals Code of Ethics.

The code is inspired by the guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), in particular to the COPE Core Practices and its Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

All parties involved in the editorial process, editorial staff members, authors, reviewers must know and apply the ethical principles of that document.

Data Policy

When relevant, authors are encouraged to follow Open Science and FAIR principles by publishing the research data associated to their articles in trusted data repositories, according to the international best practices and data management guidelines.

Detailed information is reported in the AlmaDL Journals Data Policy.

Authors who are affiliated to the University of Bologna can publish their data in AMSActa, the institutional research data repository.

Indexing & Abstracting

The Journal is indexed in the following databases and search engines:

  • ACNP – Italian Catalogue of Serials
  • BASE – Bielefield Academic Search Engine
  • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
  • ERIH PLUS – European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • Google Scholar – Academic search engine
  • ROAD – Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources
  • Ulrichsweb – Global Serials Directory
  • Worldcat – The world’s largest library catalog

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival agreement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.

Journal History

The project was born in 2009 from an idea of the lecturers of the degree courses dedicated to the study of Fashion, University of Bologna, Rimini Campus.

For the first two issues, the editorship was taken over by Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, who, together with the editorial staff of those years, defined the editorial project in the two macro sections of which the magazine is still composed today.

The first section publishes essays related to the theme to which the issue is dedicated, from different perspectives. The authors who have so far participated in the publication of the journal are both renowned scholars and new researchers. The intention of ZoneModa Journal, in fact, is to represent a place of choice in which to welcome and enhance the proposals of experts alongside those of young people. Not only that: its vocation is also to configure itself as a space in which the theories and viewpoints of the classics can react with the ideas and reflections of the discipline’s new devotees.

The second section, called ‘Backstage’, includes interviews, book and exhibition reviews, and short articles on news and cultural emergencies connected with the world of fashion and culture in general.

As of 2013, the editorship of the magazine passed to Antonella Mascio. Also since that year (issue 3, Pop Culture), the articles have been subject to the double-blind peer review procedure initially exercised by the editorial staff, then managed by a group of external reviewers. Issues are published regularly, once a year, until 2017. As of 2018, the journal comes out every six months, in open access digital format. The scientific committee is constantly being changed and the names of scholars from the international scene are increasing.

Until issue 6 (Futuri Possibili, 2016), the journal was published in two different formats: the Italian version was both print and digital; the English version was only available digitally. Since issue 7 (Fashion and Celebrity Culture, 2017) ZoneModa has been available in the digital format only; articles are published only in one language: Italian or English.

As of 2018 with issue Fashion and Childhood 8.2 the editorship passed to Simona Segre-Reinach with co-editing by Daniela Calanca.

In short, the intention of the editors is to continue to update and modify the project, based on constant and continuous work that includes the observation of the operational world of fashion making and the theoretical horizon of Fashion Studies, with its many facets. Attualmente la rivista è in “Classe A” nei settori Anvur 10 (B1, C1, D2, D3, D4, E1, E1, F3, F4, G1, L1, M1, N1) e “Rivista scientifica” nei settori Anvur 08 e 11.


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