After having published four “special issues” devoted to singular themes, Orbis Idearum is now inviting researchers to submit papers for publication in “normal issues,” that is, issues that are not limited to a particular theme. Nevertheless, we remind potential authors that the history of ideas (HOI) is an academic specialty with its own object of study and its own methodology, and that it is not to be confused with disciplines such as the history of philosophy, the history of science, the history of literature, the history of art, etc. The traditional work of the historian of ideas is the reconstruction of the path of an idea (typically, a word-and-concept), in a certain period of time, through different disciplines (philosophy, science, literature, art, etc.).
That is why we often say that HOI is an “inter-discipline.” This inter-disciplinary rule of thumb aside, we also welcome articles about an idea inside a single discipline or even a single doctrine, as far as the author makes an effort to underline its significance for other disciplines and doctrines. The most important thing is that the focus of the research should rest on a single idea (i.e. simple or complex concepts) and not on the full work of a singular philosopher, scientist, writer, or artist. We also welcome book reviews, literature reviews, and articles on the wider reception of publications that are of particular interest for HOI.