TRANSYLVANIAN JOURNAL OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN HUMANTIES (ISSN 1224-7448, ISSN online 2247-8442 and ISSN-L 1224-7448)
"Philobiblon" is a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Lucian Blaga Central University Library of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in collaboration with Cluj University Press (Presa Universitară Clujeană). It was established in 1996 as a continuation of an irregular publication entitled Bibliotecași Învățămîntul (Library and Education).
The subtitles and publication frequency of the journal have changed several times: Bulletin of the Lucian Blaga Central University Library (1996−2008), Journal of the Lucian Blaga Central University Library (2009−2010), and currently: Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Humanities. Until 2011 it was published annually (except for 1996−1997, when it was also published twice a year).
Until 2011, issues of the journal were thematic, engaging several areas of academic research in the humanities and social sciences. As of 2011, the journal changed its profile, appearing with two issues per year as an academic journal of multidisciplinary research in humanities, covering research at the confluence of various branches of the humanities and social sciences and promoting the contemporary synergy of sciences (such as, for example, medical humanities).
Abstracting and indexing
The journal is abstracted and in Scopus SciVerse, in EBSCO databases (Academic Search Complete and indexed Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts and in ProQuest databases. The Romanian-language anthologies are contained full-text in EBSCO Discovery Service.
While preserving its identity shaped ever since the publication of its first volume in 1996, beginning with the year 2011 the journal Philobiblon, edited by the Research Department of the Lucian Blaga Central University Library, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, has decided to define its new profile, focusing on multidisciplinary relations in the Humanities. Consequently, as of now, it will refer to itself as Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Humanities.
The orientation followed by the journal in its approaches and multidisciplinary interest in Humanities is mainly, ifselectively, based on the meanings of Humanities as defined by the Ohio Humanities Council, but also the Humanities, Multidisciplinary Thomson Reuters category in Arts and Humanities Citation Index – 2011 and European Reference Index for the Humanities - ERIH.
Philobiblon becomes thus a particular forum of fathoming the senses of our human worlds and lives, debated in multidisciplinary researches of history, philosophy, anthropology, ethics, human communication, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, art theory and criticism, as well as investigations of various aspects of sciences which imply perspectives equally philosophical, historical, anthropological, and cultural. Including those which have recently been called “Medical Humanities”. These perspectives are taken up by the journal together with investigations on the records, documents, etc. of various library and archival collections. The studies launched by the journal have therefore the role of not only studying historical-documentary collections in a multidisciplinary way, but also to problematize and reformulate the – historical and timely! – senses and missions of library institutions and professions.
It is again an aim of the journal to offer a multidisciplinary framework of international representation and communication for scholars of the universities of Cluj, and also Transylvania, Romania, and the neighbouring countries in the multidisciplinary fields of the Humanities, as a declaration and development of the multiethnicity and multiculturality of both the university and the region, now in full process of international self-assessment.
Consequently, the journal comprises three permanent sections, meant to operate its concepts and intentions. The first, main section is entitled: MAN – BOOK – KNOWLEDGE – SOCIETY, and includes on the one hand substantial original studies (of 15-25-36 p.), and on the other handoriginal essays connected to the disciplines and subjects contained in the orientations of the horizon of the Humanities, as detailed above. The second permanent section, MISCELLANEA, offers various information about regional, national, or international publications, treating them as “humanistic”, scientific, and cultural events.
In parallel with the reformulation of the journal, its periodicity also changes. Thus, as of 2011, the periodical will be published in two volumes per year, the first in June, and the second in December.