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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rivisteweb?
Rivisteweb is the most influential Italian archive of journals of human and social sciences. Users can search the journals both full-text, and by references. Most journals are indexed by the world’s largest abstract and citation databases, search engines and discovery services. “Print + on line” (i.e. one journal/one institutional intranet) subscriptions are available for institutional subscribers, for any journal. “Campus” subscriptions (i.e., the whole archive for all University intranet users) are also available for institutions. Personal subscribers can download articles of back issues on a pay per article basis. Non-subscribers also can search all journals.

How many journals are available? Which years are included?
At present, all journals from the catalogue of Il Mulino and Carocci, i.e. 80 journals of history, philosophy, literature, linguistics, political analysis, sociology, economics, psychology, law. All journals are listed here.
Years included do vary from journal to journal. Il Mulino’s journal issues are available back to 1997 (excluding journals founded after 1997). Carocci’s journal issues are available back to 2008. All current issues are available (excluding journals which are no longer published) only for both “Campus” subscribers, and “Print + on line” subscribers.

What file formats does the archive contain? How are they structured?
Rivisteweb contains Pdf files. File sizes vary due to: How they originated (some articles may have been scanned from paper); Page number; Pictures.

Are the articles provided with abstracts?
Most articles are provided with abstracts in English language, which are available in the article details page.

How do I find articles?
Users can search articles by author, title, journal, issue and topic. Full-text search is also available. The search toolbar is always available while browsing through the archive.

Can I print materials? Can I copy them?
All issues concerning print, copy and circulation of materials are dealt with in our general license . Permissions vary from subscription-type and purchase. Authorized users belonging to universities and research centres are subject to specific licenses which can by provided by their librarians.

Libraries, research centres, societies. How to access materials
Institutions do have three options:

  • “Campus” subscription, providing any member of the institution with access - from the institution’s intranet - to all journals and all journal issues.
  • “Print + on line” subscription, providing users with access to the current issue of the journal they have subscribed to.
  • Pay per article. Personal subscribers can purchase by credit card articles of back issues and download them.

Personal subscribers. How to access materials
Personal subscribers can download articles of back issues on a pay per article basis. Articles can be purchased by credit card only. Il Mulino’s Subscribers club members can get a discount. At present, “Print + on line” subscriptions are not available for personal users.

When are articles classified as belonging to back issues?
One year has to elapse after the article is published and, the year after, a new issue of the journal has to come out. As soon as such issue is published, the article is classified as belonging to back issues.

How to purchase an article
Select the article you want to purchase in the search result then press “buy” botton and add it to cart. Online payment is secured by Banca Sella gateway. The price of any article download is € 7. The article file can be downloaded straightaway from Rivisteweb as soon as the order has been executed. Otherwise customers can download purchased articles - within 7 days only.) from the link they will receive by e-mail (“Download and invoice”). The email message also gives access to the downloaded article digital invoice. Purchased articles are always available for download. In order to access them please log in in and click on “My Orders” in the right side bar.

How to download articles (for institutional subscribers only)
Rivisteweb automatically recognizes the Ip of any authenticated institution. As a result, a download button is placed at the right hand side of downloadable materials.

When are new issues articles available to institutional subscribers?
Institutional subscribers can download new issues articles as soon as the print issue is available.

Who has to register? What is the point of having username and password?
Username and password are given when purchasing a journal article for the first time. They are needed in order to make purchased articles always available for download. They also allow registered users to update both their profile, and their data. Il Mulino’s Subscribers club members, moreover, can activate their profile when purchasing an article and get a discount. “Print + on line” subscribers do not have to register username and password [1].

Forgot your password? / How to change your password
Click on the link below the login box. Rivisteweb will email you your password.

How to cancel your account
In order to cancel your account please go to this web page: Please notice that purchased articles will not be available anymore as soon as the account will have been canceled.

Are there use licenses to access articles?

  • “Campus” subscribers must comply with the use license established with their university.
  • Personal subscribers purchasing single articlesmust comply either with our private user license or with non-private user license.
  • Another particular license is available for “Print + on line” subscriptions.
  • Both browsing, and other contents and services must comply with the Legal notice

What is Rivisteweb’s policy on Open access?
Please visit Sherpa/Romeo in order to see a statement of our policy on Open access. For authors with accepted papers please see our letter of authorization .

Additional tools for Campus administrators
Administrators of institutions subscribing to “Campus” are provided with a customized admin area, which allows them to download metadata (MARC 21 compliant) and usage statistics information (COUNTER compliant, Excel compliant). Usage statistics are also displayed by browser using tables and graphs.

What is Doi?
Doi (Digital object identifier) is a digital code which univocally identifies most of our articles records. Doi is an international standard granting scholars and librarians with both exhaustive information on files, and a system of permanent quotations. Doi is associated with metadata. European agency mEDRA grants for persistence of such metadata on the Internet. Doi code is displayed on each article’s details web page. Whoever knows the Doi code can easily retrieve each article’s address complying with the syntax below: “ doi number” " doi" (i.e.

Are Il Mulino’s journals indexed by Google Scholar?
All Il Mulino’s journal articles (back to 1997 issues) are indexed by Google Scholar - where a preview of each article’s first page is available. Carocci’s journal articles are being indexed.

Are Il Mulino’s journals being analyzed by Scopus?
A subset of journals are. Other journals have started the procedure for being indexed by Scopus database.

Once I have accessed Rivisteweb can I search using OpenUrl?
Yes, I can. All articles can be searched using OpenUrl syntax and are targeted by Sfx.

There is a syntax for complex searches?
Yes, for example, allows you to include or exclude a mandatory term or phrase. it is described in this page.

Contacts for further information on Rivisteweb
Customer services and purchase information: (phone 0039 051 256011). Technical support:


[1] A static IP is needed in order to access materials. Il Mulino may allow username and password access to institutions which do not have a static IP. However, permission can be given only in exceptional circumstances.