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Focus and Scope
The Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti – Classe di Scienze Fisiche, Matematiche e Naturali is one of the publications issued periodically by the Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti, a scientific society officially formed in Messina in 1729 with the authorization of the then Viceroy of Sicily. The Academy was called Peloritana after the name (Cape Peloro) of the tip of the island in which the city of Messina is situated and dei Pericolanti because, in the words (see the original Italian version below) of Abbot Carlo Vitali, the first permanent secretary of the society:
As in the sea between Scylla and Charybdis the helmsman is ever in danger,
yet he will be thought shrewd and sagacious,
if, keeping his ship on a straight course between the two,
avoiding the rocks on the one side and the maelstrom on the other,
he brings his ship safely to harbour:
So in learning, the scholar is tossed between difficulties and adversities;
but he will be worthy of praise and glory,
if, directing his mind and proper reason around them,
likewise avoiding any impediment or contention,
he penetrates without hindrance into the Truth he seeks.
A ship at the mercy of the waves, passing with sails unfurled between Scylla and Charybdis, appears in the coat of arms of the Academy, which also bears the Latin motto “Inter Utramque Viam Periclitantes”.[†]
This journal is of a multi- and inter-disciplinary nature and covers a broad range of fields including mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, and their intersection. History of science is also included within the topics addressed by the journal. The transactions of the Pelorian Academy started out as periodic news sheets containing the notes presented by the members of the Divisions into which the Academy has been and still is organized, according to subject areas. The publication of these notes for the Division (“Classe”) of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences is the responsibility of the Editorial Committee, which is composed of the Director of the division with the role of Chairman, the Vice-Director, the Secretary and two other members. Besides original research articles, the journal also accepts texts from conferences and invited talks held in the Academy. These contributions are published in a different section of the journal. In addition to the regular issues, single monographic supplements are occasionally published which assemble reports and communications presented at congresses, symposia, seminars, study meetings and other scientific events organized by the Academy or under its patronage. Since 2004 these transactions have been published online in the form of an open access electronic journal.
[†] The first part of the motto was taken from P. Vergilius Maro, Aeneid, Lib. III, 685, a passage that has been recently revisited by David A. Traill in the essay entitled “Between Scylla and Charybdis at Aeneid 3.684-86: A Smoother Passage”, published in The American Journal of Philology: Vol. 114, No. 3 (1993), pp. 407-412 [URL]; as for the meaning of periclitantes, see, e.g., the corresponding entry in the Lewis and Short Latin dictionary [URL].
Research articles originally contributed as communications at the cultural assemblies held bi-annually by the Science Division of the Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti.
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Lectures and Colloquia
Invited papers presented at the meetings of the Science Division of the Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti.
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Peer Review Process
Manuscripts submitted for publication on this journal as articles will be peer-reviewed by at least two referees. Authors are invited to suggest up to three scientists qualified to act as reviewers, although the Editorial Committee will not necessarily approach them.
The journal ordinarily publishes one volume of two issues per year, aside from supplements. Once an issue is open, accepted articles are published as soon as they are ready.
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.
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