Norms for the presentation of submitted papers. Recommendations to authors

Norms for the presentation of submitted papers – PDF


1. Espaces et Societés is a peer-reviewed, critical, interdisciplinary, international and francophone Journal in Social Sciences and Humanities. Its purpose is to assemble and synthesise knowledge about the relationship between societies and their spaces, at either a political, economic or cultural level.


2. Papers must be submitted exclusively to Espaces et Societés. The Journal only publishes original and unpublished papers, the rare exception being, at the initiative of the Editorial Board, the publication of the translation into French of a paper already published in another language. A paper may be submitted in English, German, Portuguese, Spanish or Italian but once accepted, it is the author’s responsibility to provide a good translation into French.


3. Authors may submit a paper within the framework of a call for papers proposed by the Journal for a themed issue. They also may submit a paper for the Varia Section, provided it deals with issues of relevance for Espaces et Societés.


4. Manuscripts are anonymously assessed by two referees and then discussed by the Editorial Board in a plenary session (4 times a year). The Editorial Board may:

- Accept the paper for publication as such.

- Accept the paper with minor improvements.

- Ask for substantial improvements, the revised version being submitted again to the referees.

- Reject the paper and send an explanatory letter to the author.

- Ask the opinion of a third referee, when referees disagree.


5. The Editorial Board does its best to give the authors a quick response. However, please note that the refereeing process usually takes from 3 to 6 months.


A manuscript is rejected when the following formal rules are disregarded:


6. Authors must send an electronic version (pdf format excluded), either to the co-ordinators for a themed issue or to the Journal Secretariat for a Varia paper.

- The first page is not sent to the referees and it only mentions: the title of the paper; the name of its author(s), their institutional position and their full address (postal, electronic and phone).

- The paper begins at page 2, repeating the title and with no mention of the author(s).


7. The paper starts with an abstract in French (maximum 1000 characters, including spaces) and 5 key words (one of them at least must be geographical). Title, abstract and keywords must be translated into English, when possible also into Spanish.


8. The paper should have a minimum of 35 000 characters and a maximum of 42 000, including spaces. Notes, bibliographical references and appendices are taken into account as full parts of the paper, but not abstracts and keywords.


9. Bibliographical references should follow the so-called “Harvard system”:

- Adbridged presentation in the text as well as in footnotes: (Dupond, 1992), (Dupond et al., 1992) or (Dupond, 1992a), when two publications of the same author are quoted and were published the same year.

- An alphabetical list of full references at the end of the paper (see below, §13). Bibliographical references are not allowed in footnotes.

- The usual rule is a short list of references, restricted to the publications quoted and used in the paper: 25 references should be a maximum. A longer list must be justified, for example a paper with a focus on a literature review.


10. The paper should be written in police Times New Roman 12, in simple space. Capital letters must carry their accent as necessary. The sub-titles of parts (in bold characters) and the sub-titles of sections (in italics) should not be numbered. Paragraphs should be reasonably long and no line should be inserted between two paragraphs.


11. Papers should be clearly written and easy to read. Technical terms specific to a discipline should be avoided, as well as acronyms and abbreviations. However, when these are necessary, they should be explained and a list given in an appendix. Please also avoid “parisianisms” (such as “Bercy” for the French Ministry of Finance, etc.).


Once the paper is accepted, the final version must follow the following norms of presentation. (However, it is advisable to adopt these norms from the beginning):


12. The final title should be under 110 characters (including spaces).


13. The bibliographical list of references is presented according to the following norms:

- Books: LEDRUT, R. 1968. Sociologie urbaine, Paris, PUF.

- Articles: SILVANO, F. 1994. « Gérer la distance. Les sauts d’échelle dans les relations sociales », Espaces et Sociétés n° 7, p. 93-105.

- Books of collected papers (quoted as a whole): REMY, J. (sous la dir. de) 1995. Georg Simmel. Ville et modernité, Paris, L’Harmattan.

- A specific contribution to a book of collected papers: AUTHIER J-Y. 2003. « La gentrification du quartier Saint-Georges à Lyon : un côtoiement de mobilités différenciées », dans C. Bidou-Zachariasen (sous la dir. de), Retours en ville, Paris, Descartes & Cie, p. 105-126.

- Reports: GROSSETTI, M. ; JALABERT, G. (sous la dir. de) 1991. Réseaux et territoires. L’exemple de la technopole toulousaine, rapport de recherche pour le Plan Urbain, programme Mutations économiques et urbanisation, CIEU, Université de Toulouse-le-Mirail.


14. Notes are located at the page bottom, numbered in series. They must be short, restricted in number and only providing necessary clarifications and precisions where such details would be out of place within the text itself. Either an appendix or a box may be better than a long footnote.


15. Tables, maps, graphs and illustrations:

- Maps and illustrations (images, drawings, photos, plans etc.) must be provided in black and white in a specific file in TIFF format, from the original file (source file). When only an EPS file is available, it is necessary to provide les valises de polices (?). Their definition must be 300 DPI or 300 PPP. They must be perfectly clear in the journal format (160/240 mm). The maximum size is either 120/196mm or 196/120mm. Either a map or an image coming from a file Word, Jpeg, PowerPoint, Pict, Corel, or imported from Internet, is unsuitable.

Usually, three maps and/or illustrations in an article is the maximum.

- Graphs, tables and charts must be saved in different files in black and white. Every document must be numbered and have a clear and full title. The origin of the document and its date are required.

- On the manuscript, the location of these documents (with their number, title and source) is the only requirement.

- Legal requirements: The author(s) of any photo or document included in the paper must be clearly mentioned, even when he/she is the paper’s author. When the photo or document is published, its references should be mentioned. When it is unpublished, the written authorization of its author is necessary before considering its publication.


16. Quotes are written in roman characters (not in italics) and inside double (French) inverted commas « … ». For a quote inside the quote, use simple inverted commas (‘….’). Quotes of an interview must form a paragraph with a longer left margin, in Times New Roman 11 roman characters and inside inverted commas.


17. Final version: when the paper is fully accepted, by the co-ordinator(s) of either the themed issue or the Varia section, the manuscript sent to the Secretariat must include the name of each author, their institutional position and e-mail address as they will appear in the publication. The postal address will not be published, but it is needed in order to send a copy of the printed issue to the author.

Once again, when a paper includes illustrations, the author must mention their location in the paper and give their source and their date. The text and each illustration must be on specific files.


18. Publication agreement: Each author must sign and send back to the Secretariat the publication agreement. Without this agreement, the publisher will not take the risk to publish the paper.



Norms for the presentation of submitted papers – PDF