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Guide for Authors

Articles accepted by the Editors, after anonymous refereeing by at least two specialists, shall be published on condition that the authors respect the conventions specified below.

These are to ensure the journal's homogeneity and consistency, to facilitate the work of the journal's technical editor and to reduce publication delays.

Authors are therefore strongly advised to read carefully the instructions below, and to stick to them in preparing final versions of their contributions for publication. For any additional information, or any problem relating to these requirements, please contact: Sandrine AVRIL, Laboratoire d'Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie - Archives Henri Poincaré, Tel. : 33 / (0)3 54 50 42 84, sandrine.avril(at)

1 Electronic source files

Please note that the journal is composed in LaTeX. The file of your contribution must be sent by e-mail to the secretariat, as well as to the managing editor or guest editor of the issue.

Following formats are accepted. Please note that articles should not exceed 50.000 characters (including spaces and footnotes).

- LaTeX

- Word (.doc or .docx)

- OpenOffice (.odt).

Please do not send RTF files.

Please submit a PDF version of your article, especially if it contains equations or figures.

Graphics. Please attach to your article all the files of the figures/graphics, in .eps or .pdf format, or in any usual image format (.jpg, etc.). Please note that the printed journal is bitonal.

2 Preparation and structure of articles

a) First/cover page

Supply the title of the article followed by:

Author’s surname, first and other names, followed by the author’s institutional or academic affiliation(s).

Two abstracts (of max. 120 words each) should be included, one in French and one in English.

b) Remarks

- Equations: for articles in Word format, please use Word’s equation editor for formula entry; for articles in Latex, please provide the macros, if any, in a separate file.

- Footnotes: The original file can contain footnotes, which however should be avoided in case of a single citation.

- Font styles: You may use italics, and exceptionally, boldface (e.g. for symbols).

- Internal cross-references shall be highlighted and provided in a separate document. LaTeX users should employ the usual commands (\label, \pageref).

c) References

Reference list/Bibliography at the end of the article

References are not to be entered as footnotes (as these are dedicated only to short comments or to supplemental information). Compile a list of cited references and append it to the end of the article.


- The items in the reference list are arranged alphabetically by the authors' surname

- Then for each author:

o in case of several works by the same first author, list the entries by the year (earliest comes first); in case of several works by the same author in the same year assign letter suffixes to the year. (e.g., 1956a, 1956b, etc.)

o In all cases, the Complete Works of an author must be listed before other cited publications.

In case of ambiguity, add the expression “cited from” to specify the relevant edition corresponding to the page references used in the text body.


Please respect the following order:

- surname, first name

- original publication date, if available (otherwise the usual reference year)

- title of the work (in italics)

- series

- location

- publisher

- publication date to which you wish to refer (if different from the original publication date).

For translations, as far as possible, first indicate the references of the first edition in the original language, followed by the reference of the translation preceded by: the language (French for example) «translation», «by», name of the translator(s), complete reference of the translated work according to the above model.

For contributions in an edited book, collective work, etc., the author is the scientific editor (or editors).


Please respect the following order:

- surname, first name

- original publication date

- title of the article (without quotation marks)

- journal (in italics)

- series

- volume number

- issue number (in parentheses)

- page numbers separated by a dash (and not preceded by p. or pp.).

Contribution in an edited book

Please respect the following order:

- surname, first name

- original publication date

- title of the contribution (without quotation marks)

- “in” and

  • Name of the author or editor of the work, title of the work, location, publisher, page numbers separated by a dash (and not preceded by p. or pp.).


  • Author date, pages in square brackets, if the reference of the edited book is present as an item in the reference list.

Some examples:

Austin, John Longshaw [1962], How to do Things with Words, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Cited according to the French translation by Gilles Lane: Quand dire, c’est faire, Paris: Seuil, 1970.

Bachelard, Gaston [1934a], Lumière et substance, Revue de métaphysique et de morale, 3, 343-366.

--[1934b] Le nouvel esprit scientifique, Quadrige, Paris: PUF.

-- [1938] La formation de l’esprit scientifique, Paris: Vrin, 1980.

Beth, Evert Willem [1937], L’évidence intuitive dans les mathématiques modernes, Travaux du IXe Congrès international de philosophie (Congrès Descartes Paris 1937), fascicule 4, Paris: Hermann, 3-24.

Boltzmann, Ludwig [1909], Wissenschaftliche Abhandlungen von Ludwig Boltzmann, 3 volumes; New York: Chelsea Publishing Company, 1968.

--[1871], Über das Wärmegleichgewicht zwischen mehratomigen Gasmolekülen, Wiener Berichte, 63, 397-418. Cited from [Boltzmann 1909, I, 237-258].

Brush, Stephen G. [1976], The Kind of Motion We Call Heat (An History of the Kinetic Theory of Gases in the XIXth Century), 1. Physics and the Atomists, 2. Statistical Physics and Irreversible Processes, E. W. Montroll & J. L. Lebowitz eds., Amsterdam: North Holland Publishing Company.

Saussure, Ferdinand de [1916], Cours de linguistique générale, Paris: Payot, 1972.

In-text citations

In-text citations are in the author-year-page style, they are to be placed in square brackets «[]» as follows:

[Author’s surname year, page, page range or chapter]: if there are several authors, separate author surnames by comma and link the last two by «&». Where there is possibility of confusion, indicate the initials of first names or write them out fully if necessary.

Insertion of several references at the same point in the text body is realized by juxtaposition of the bracketed indications separated by commas. Examples:

[Alpha, Beta & Gamma 1850], [Barth 1990, 6], [Chou & Laï 1967], [Dupond Firmin 2000], [Poincaré H. 1902]

[Barth 1998a, 2], [Barth 1998b, 18]

Technical remark: generation of the reference list (Bibtex)

The reference list is generated automatically; all of your references are entered into a Bibtex database; each reference cited in your article will appear automatically in the reference list at the end of your article.

If you want a non-cited reference to appear in your reference list, please indicate it specifically.

Bibtex users

Bibtex users are invited to provide their .bib file. The journal has its own bibliography style (.bst), based on natbib, we can provide this file on request. It is an Author Date style. We generate the bibliography using the “chapterbib” package (i.e., at the level of the article).

  • Use only the \citep command for in-text citations

  • Don’t use the crossref field in the bibtex entries, the fields author and year should never be empty (Author-Date format)

  • Don’t use characters such as the colon (:) in the bibitems (possible conflict with Babel)

3. Addresses of the authors

Authors should provide their

• Institutional postal address (to be published at the end of the volume)

• Private postal address (for the contract)

• e-mail address.

Please note that you will be asked to sign a copyright agreement.

4. Miscellany

- Unless explicitly expanded on first use, abbreviations are to be avoided.

- Authors are asked to respect English language typographical conventions. If English is not your native language, please be consistent and choose between either British or American English.

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