Humanistica Lovaniensia. Journal of Neo-Latin Studies (print ISSN 0774-2908; online ISSN 2593-3019, PLUS) is a KU Leuven based double-blind peer-reviewed international journal that appears twice a year as an online-only open access publication. It welcomes articles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish on Neo-Latin language, literature and culture from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, as well as critical editions and translations of Neo-Latin texts.

    Starting with volume 67 (2018) Humanistica Lovaniensia underwent some significant changes in response to the evolving scholarly landscape. After a half-century of annually printed editions, first under the pioneering editorship of Jozef IJsewijn (1968-1998), then under his successors Gilbert Tournoy (1999-2008) and Dirk Sacré (2009-2017), the journal became an online-only open access publication under the editorship of Jeroen De Keyser (2017-2019). This policy was continued by the current editors Dirk Sacré and Toon Van Houdt (2020-). As an OA-journal Humanistica Lovaniensia wishes to embrace the ideal of scholarship accessible to all and to reach out to a more extended readership. While still honouring its original vocation as a philologically oriented publication, it offers a forum to all scholars who share an interest in any aspect of Neo-Latin culture.

    For many centuries, knowledge of Latin was indispensable for all those who wished to contribute to intellectual life in the West: any nuanced scholarship on their endeavours should engage with the Neo-Latin worlds in which they moved. The reception of the classics is and remains a key element in Neo-Latin studies, yet scholarship increasingly recognises that Latin was the prime vehicle not only for engagement with the ancient world, but also for contemporary intellectual debate, in particular in the period from the Trecento to the Siècle des Lumières, when Neo-Latin established itself as the language of new worlds of knowledge all over Europe – and beyond.

    Humanistica Lovaniensia sees the study of Neo-Latin as integral to any full understanding of the Renaissance and of the early modern history of ideas. The journal is therefore interested in research on Neo-Latin language and literature stricto sensu, but also in scholarship involving Neo-Latin’s role in a broad range of fields, including (but not limited to) philosophy, religion, politics, law, economics, education, science, medicine, art, architecture and music. By supplying editions and translations of Neo-Latin source material, Humanistica Lovaniensia seeks to foster scholarly interest for the Neo-Latin legacy and to enhance the awareness of its relevance for many other disciplines.

    Considering Neo-Latin studies a wide-open field rather than a discipline limited by methodological or other boundaries, Humanistica Lovaniensia seeks to reflect in its range of contributions the multi-layered and multi-faceted, yet still understudied Neo-Latin world. With an open and inclusive attitude to both readers and contributors from all disciplines, it seeks to bring together authors and readers to whom Neo-Latin is important, whether as medium or as message.


Humanistica Lovaniensia
Seminarium Philologiae Humanisticae
Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 (3309)
B-3000 Leuven (Belgium)