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Instructions to authors

Procedure for the evaluation of articles

Proposals for articles must be sent to the journal secretariat before the end of November to be submitted to the Reading Committee held the following February/March. Articles are subject to a double-blind evaluation by a member of the Reading Committee and an outside expert. Articles must not have been proposed or published elsewhere.

Instructions to authors must be adhered to.

Submission and format of articles

The author sends their article in French as an attachment to an e-mail sent to

Your article must contain:

• A summary of some 15 lines

• Around 10 theme-based keywords in French taken from the Pactol thesaurus

• French chronological keywords taken from the Pactol thesaurus

• A digital medium

• The name of the author and their position and/or institution

Texts will be submitted in Word format (recent version);

Figures and images will be in TIFF or JPEG format (photos) and Adobe Illustrator (line drawings). Very high-quality photographs on paper can be provided for digitisation.

Presentation of the manuscript

Number illustrations, and supply a word list and legend.

Write the corresponding number on the file.

Indicate the position of each illustration in the text in the form of a reference between parentheses in the text, e.g. (fig. 1).

Upper-case letters will carry an accent; e.g. À, Église, etc.

References will never be contained in the body of the text, but in footnotes.

Writing standards

Write the whole number of the century, use Roman numerals and “e” or “er” explaining it

Page numbers will be presented as follows:

Single page: p. 58

More than one page: p. 58-60 (and not 114-7)


Number the different parts of the text as follows: 3., 3.1., 3.2., 3.2.1., 3.2.2., etc.

In the text and in the notes, proper names will be written in lower case except for the names of authors, whose names will be written in small upper-case letters in the bibliography.

e.g. Duby G., Le chevalier

But: Georges Duby believes that…

Foreign languages, as well as text written in old forms of French (e.g. shell keep, aula), will be written in italics. Quotations will be written between quotation marks: “In the castle of…”.

Quotation of documents

The names of texts: In italics (e.g. Annales de Saint-Bertin)

The following abbreviations will be used

ms. = manuscript; mss. = manuscripts

coll. = collection; vol. = volume

fol. = folio; r = recto; v = verso;

NA = National archives

DA = Departmental archives + name of department

MA = Municipal archives + name of city

BnF: Bibliothèque Nationale de France (and for the main funds: ms. lat.; ms. fr.; new. lat. acq.; new. fr. acq.)

ML = Municipal library

Other submissions (French or foreign) will be indicated in plain text.


Numbering of footnotes in the text: Write numbers without parentheses or a full stop. The footnote reference is placed in front of the punctuation or quotation mark at the end of a quote. Sometimes it is placed immediately after the word to which it refers.

The bibliographical references contained in the notes will be abridged and developed only in the bibliography found at the end of the article.

The names of authors will be written in small upper-case letters.

e.g. Debord 1983, p. 175.

In the case of multiple references in the same note, separate them with semi-colons,

e.g. Debord 1983; Bouärd 1979.


The abbreviations “Id. ” and “Ibid. ”, when used in several successive notes on a single page to refer to the same author or publication, are used in the following manner:

1. Id. replaces the name of the author.

2. Ibid. replaces the full name of the publication (name of the author + year).


The quotation style used in the Archéologie Médiévale journal can be found here:

This style functions in Zotero ( and Mendeley (

In the notes, references will be shown in abbreviated form (e.g. Debord 1983; Bouärd 1969). However, in the bibliography the reference will be given in full.

In the case of articles taken from journals, the name of the publisher (Picard, CNRS Editions, PUF, etc.) and the place of publication will not be provided. For publications, however, the place of publication will be provided before the name of the publisher.

Names with a particle will be classified according to the name, discarding the “de” at the end (e.g. Bouärd M. de).

Articles in mixes or collections of articles:

Rouche M.

1982, “Vinchy, le plus ancien château à motte” in Mélanges d’archéologie et d’histoire médiévale en l’honneur du doyen Michel de Boüard, Genève-Paris, Droz, p. 365-370.

In a collective work, provide the name of the publisher or the director in front of the title

Curry A.,

2003, “Harfleur et les Français”, in Bouet P. and Gazeau V. (dir.), La Normandie et l’Angleterre au Moyen Age, Caen, Publications of the CRAHM, p. 249-264.

If there are several references for the same year, indicate this as follows: 1992a, 1992b, 1992c, etc.

Quotation of printed sources

References to printed sources constitute an exception to bibliographic standards, due to the need to differentiate sources and studies.

For example:

Orderic Vital, Ecclesiasticae historiae libri XIII, Chibnall (ed.) 1969-1980, p. 80

in the footnotes, with details on use in the bibliography.



• Request authorisations for documents to be reproduced that are not original. Attach these authorisations to the manuscript. Ensure that the legend specifies the origin of the document. e.g. “Cliché Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris”;

• Provide the names of the authors of drawings and photos.

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