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French Politics, Culture & Society

Information for Authors

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General Submission Information

1. Contributing authors may submit articles as text attachments by e-mail, formatted as mS Word or Word Perfect files.

2. For optimal reproduction, photos or line art should be submitted as TIFF (resolution at 300 dpi) or EPS (800 dpi), black and white, with all fonts embedded. Additionally, all images should be approximately 4 x 4 inches at the resolution indicated.


3. Research articles should be 4,500 to 10,000 words (30,000 to 66,000 signes), including notes. Essays on recent debates and events may be 3,000 to 6,250 words (20,000 to 40,000 signes). Review articles must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words (13,000 to 20,000 signes). Book reviews should run between 750 and 1,500 words (6,500 to 10,000 signes).

4. All submissions should include the name, e-mail and mail addresses, institutional affiliation, and telephone number (as well as fax number if available).

5. Authors will be required (with the exception of Book Reviewers) to send an abstract of no more than 150 words, 5 keywords, and biographical data of less than 100 words for each contributor.

6. Manuscripts may be submitted in French or English. All article titles, abstracts, and keywords should be supplied in English for abstracting purposes.

7. Upon acceptance, authors are required to submit copyright agreements and all necessary permission letters for reprinting or modifying copyrighted materials. Authors are fully responsible for obtaining all permissions and must furnish proof in written form.

Style Guide

8. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with this style sheet and the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

9. All normally italicized words in a typescript should be italicized in the manuscript rather than underlined.

10. Double-space everything, including quotations and endnotes.


11. Notes should be kept to a minimum but must include all works consulted by the author. All notes should be endnotes (and not footnotes).

12. We use the short-title system and follow the notation of The Chicago Manual of Style. We do not use the author-date system (where internal notes are accompanied by a list of sources) and may require revisions prior to acceptance.

13. The first reference to any work gives full bibliographic information, including the subtitle, if any, which should be separated from the title by a colon (for books published in English). Subsequent references may be abbreviated.

Follow the examples listed below:

Please be sure to include place of publication, publisher, and year of publication for the first citation.

First reference: Kristin Gager, Blood Ties and Fictive Ties: Adoption and Family Life in Early Modern France (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996), 50-65.

Subsequent references: Gager, Blood Ties and Fictive Ties, 55.

Journal Articles

First reference: Patrice L.-R. Higonnet, "The Politics of Linguistic Terrorism and Grammatical Hegemony during the French Revolution," Social History 5, 1 (1980), 80.

Subsequent references: Higonnet, "Politics of Linguistic Terrorism," 82.

If the article is referred to in its entirety, then use the colon to set off the page numbers.

Patrice L.-R. Higonnet, "The Politics of Linguistic Terrorism and Grammatical Hegemony during the French Revolution," Social History 5, 1 (1980): 80-98.

Book Essays

First reference: Dorothy Pickles, "The Politics of Linguistic Terrorism and Grammatical Hegemony during the French Revolution," in Conflict and Consensus in France, ed. Vincent Wright (London: Frank Cass, 1979), 122-24.

Subsequent references: Pickles, "Politics of Linguistic Terrorism," 160.

Newspaper Articles

Le Monde, 10 December 1992.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in French Politics, Culture & Society (FPCS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, review essays, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While every effort is made by the publishers and the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete FPCS Ethics Statement.

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