At the end of 2012, the journal Umjetnost riječi received a new editorial board which decided to introduce several editorial changes visible, to a certain degree, already in the first 2013 issue. The new editors will seek to develop interdisciplinary aspect of the journal anchored in literary studies, and expand its international presence beyond the current national and regional recognition. The journal has received a new subheading to include theatre and film studies. Even though in the previous years the journal admitted and occasionally published papers on theatre and film studies, this may be the biggest change in terms of the content. Since these humanist disciplines are interconnected in the in university programmes and scientific research not only in the Department of Comparative Literature but also in a number of other neo-philological departments at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and other similar institutions abroad, this topical expansion of the journal seems logical and expected.
Apart from research and review papers, the journal shall also publish reviews of relevant domestic and international books in literary, theatre and film studies. This is already visible in the last issue of the previous editorial board. However, with the first 2013 issue, this has become a regular and hopefully very important part of the journal. Another novelty is the publication of transcripts of relevant round table debates. From 2014, every other issue is published in English or French. Other issues, colloquially called “Croatian”, also admit manuscripts in the Bosnian, Montenegrin and Serbian languages.
The new cover design visually represents the profile of our journal and does not break with but rather builds on the previous visual layout. The size, typeset, page layout and structure of individual contributions remain the same. The only difference is the inclusion of key words in research and review papers. We shall occasionally prepare topical issues, which shall be announced in our call for papers.
We hope that a long and rich tradition of our journal freshened up with our changes shall preserve the current authors and attract the new ones, especially young researchers from other disciplines and countries. We invite you all to an active and creative cooperation!