Ad Limina, the research journal on the Way of St. James, added to Europe's most prestigious publication index

  • Published annually by the International Committee of Experts on the Way of St. James, Ad Limina was already listed in the Rebiun, Dialnet, Latindex, OCLC-World Cat and Regesta Imperii indexes and databases, which are now joined by ERIH Plus

Santiago de Compostela, 30 September 2017

The journal Ad Limina: revista de investigación del Camino de Santiago y las peregrinaciones, published annually by Turismo de Galicia and coordinated by the International Committee of Experts on the Way of St. James, will now be included in the most prestigious European journal index: Erih Plus.

Strict quality control of its articles, which are subject to scientific rules guaranteeing their rigour and merits, have already led the publication to be included in the top national and international journal indexes and databases: Rebiun, Dialnet, Latindex, OCLC-World Cat and Regesta Imperii. With this approval, they are now joined by the ERIH Plus journal index, which awarded this recognition in the fields of History, Art History, Literature and Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities.

The inclusion of Ad Limina in these indexes is a source of great satisfaction, as it consolidates the journal's position as the preeminent scientific publication on the Way of St. James and pilgrimages, making it an essential reference for any scholar or individual interested in this field.

The journal has recently published its eighth issue, expanding the brief yet intense history since its appearance in 2010. Together with the excellent quality of the publication, this provides further proof of the importance which Turismo de Galicia, through Xacobeo, places on advanced research around Jacobean culture, as set out in the Way of St. James Master and Strategic Plan. This research is the basis of one of the essential values of the pilgrimage: its historical authenticity. The ultimate goal of the journal is to guarantee the future of research around the Way of St. James, a key element underlying its current revitalization.

National and international specialists

The journal is supervised by the International Committee of Experts on the Way of St. James, which has advised the Xunta de Galicia in this area for the past twenty-five years. The committee is currently made up of leading national and international specialists on the Way of St. James and continues to provide valuable advisory services.

It is headed by Professor Paolo Caucci von Saucken (Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy) and made up of the following members: Maria José Azevedo Santos (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal), Simon Barton (University of Central Florida, United States), Manuel Antonio Castiñeiras González (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Klaus Herbers (Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Germany), Fernando López Alsina (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela), Segundo Pérez López (Santiago de Compostela Cathedral) and Adeline Rucquoi (Centre de Recherches Historiques, CNRS-EHESS, France).

August of this year saw the passing of Professor Robert Plötz (Universität Würzburg, Germany), a member of the Committee of Experts since its founding, who had a rich career as a researcher, pilgrim and supporter of Way of St. James associations in Germany.

The content of Ad Limina centres on two core topics: Santiago and the civilization of pilgrimage in general. The journal supports the publication of studies which traditionally found a place in the majority of scientific publications on the way of St. James, particularly research on anthropology, archaeology, art, geography, history, iconography, literature and liturgy. However, it also seeks to promote the presence of less commonly explored fields such as medicine, legislation, landscaping and the environment, subjects which have been added to the list in recent years. By disseminating and covering this variety of fields, the publication works to promote research around the Way of St. James in as many areas as possible, with a special interest in new lines of research.

Quality control and unpublished works

In addition to strict quality control and limiting the papers presented in Ad Limina to unpublished works, the journal observes the other standards set by authoritative scientific bodies to ensure the rigour and merit of scientific publications: the publication of abstracts and key words in English, the creation of a website for the journal, and the use of double-blind peer review. Ad Limina thus demonstrates its commitment to respecting and adopting international standards for the evaluation and indexing of scientific publications, with the aim of meeting subsequent quality control standards which guarantee its inclusion in a number of the leading indexes. The journal is available in an electronic version, which can be accessed via the website caminodesantiago.gal.

Ad Limina has an editorial board consisting of its director, Professor Paulo Caucci von Saucken, and its coordinator, Professor Manuel Castiñeiras González, as well as an editorial team made up of the other committee members. It also has a large scientific board with renowned specialists of various nationalities, who are joined by a large group of external scientific referees.