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Instructions to authors

The instructions elaborated by the journal Asinag for contributors are as follows:

  • The proposed paper must be original and accompanied by a declaration from the author certifying that the submitted paper is unpublished and not submitted for publication in another journal.

  • The central thrust of reading reports is to provide a critical reading of some recent publication (book, journal or other) and try to find the place of the studied work amid other publications addressing the same topic.

  • The authors agree not to submit their texts to other journals. Asinag owns the right to reproduce and distribute their papers, in all languages, in all countries and on all known or future media.

  • Any paper published by the journal Asinag becomes its property and may not be reproduced (on any known or future media), nor translated without the prior authorization of the journal. The author agrees not to publish the paper elsewhere without the prior authorization of the Director of Asinag.

  • The ideas and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not bind the Journal in any way.

  • If the papers are not accepted, the authors will not get their papers back nor receive any notification of paper unacceptance.

  • Authors must comply with the editorial standards set out in Asinag’s drafting guide (see below).

Drafting guide

Paper presentation and drafting standards

  • The cover page should include the title of the paper, as well as the last name, first name, institution, address, telephone number, fax number and email address of the author. Only the title of the paper, the author's first and last names and the name of the institution should appear at the top of the first page of the paper.

  • Papers should be sent by email as an attached file in Word or RTF (Rich Text Format) format to the following address: "".

  • The paper should not exceed 40,000 characters (bibliography and illustrative material included).

  • The paper should be written in Times New Roman font (size 11), the line spacing should exactly be 12, and the page size must be (17x24). Tifinagh texts must be written in Tifinaghe-ircam Unicode (downloadable from the IRCAM website, the font size is 11. For the transcription of Amazigh in Latin characters, use a Unicode font (Gentium, for example).

  • The title should preferably be less than 10 words long and may be followed by an explanatory subtitle. It should be written in bold type and in Times New Roman font (size 14).

  • Two abstracts have to accompany the papers, one of which should be written in English. The abstracts should not exceed 10 lines.

  • The authors should provide five (5) keywords.

Means of illustration

  • Tables within a text field are numbered in order of reference in Roman numerals. The key numbers need to appear at the top of the tables.

  • Images within a text field are numbered in order of reference in Arabic numerals. The key numbers need to appear below the images.

Bibliographic and webographic references

  • Bibliographic references are not cited in their entirety neither in the body of the text nor in footnotes. If you want to cite bibliographical references within the text, only the name (s) of the reference author (s) followed by the date of publication of the bibliographic work to which the author refers (surrounded by brackets) should be included within the text and, where applicable, the number (s) of the page (s). If a reference has more than two authors, indicate the name of the first author, followed by “et al. ".

Ex.: (Geertz, 2003); (Pommereau and Xavier, 1996); (Bertrand et al., 1986); (Bouzidi, 2002: 20).

In the case of several publications published by an author in the same year, distinguish them by using alphabet letters in alphabetical order (1997a, 1997b, etc.).

Ex.: (Khair-Eddine, 2006a); (Khair-Eddine, 2006b).

When several editions of the same reference are cited, the first edition should surface within square brackets at the end of the reference in the bibliographic list.

  • Thorough bibliographic references, ordered along the alphabetical order of authors’ names, are supplied at the end of the paper (without page break).

✓ The titles of the works should surface in italics.

Bibliographic references to books should include (in the following order): the author's surname along with the first letter of his or her first name, the year of publication in brackets, followed by (ed.) (in case we talk of an editor), the title, the place of publication and the name of the publisher. Each of these chunks of information should be separated by comma from the other.

Ex.: Cadi, K. (1987), Système verbal rifain, forme et sens, Paris, SELAF.

✓ The titles of journal papers, book chapters, etc. are placed within quotation marks.

References to journal papers include (in the following order): the author's surname and the first letter of his/her first name, the year of publication, the paper title surrounded by quotation marks, the journal title in italics, the volume, the number and the page numbers. All these pieces of information should be separated by commas.

Ex.: Peyrières, C. (2005), « La recette de notre caractère », Science & Vie Junior, n° 195, p. 48-51.

✓ References to press articles include only the title surrounded by quotation marks, the name of the newspaper in italics, the place of publication, the date of publication and the page number.

Ex.: « Les premiers pas du supermarché virtuel », l’Economiste, Casablanca, 26 octobre 2007, p. 17.

✓ References to collective work chapters should include the surname and first name of the author, the title of the chapter along with the reference of the work in square brackets: […].

✓ References to conference or seminar proceedings should include the name and date of the conference or seminar.

Ex.: Boukous, A. (1989), « Les études de dialectologie berbère au Maroc », in Langue et société au Maghreb. Bilan et perspectives, Actes du colloque organisé par la Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines-Rabat en octobre et décembre 1986, p. 119-134.

✓ References to theses are similar to references to books. The reference should provide information on what sort of thesis it is (Doctorat d’Etat, 3rd cycle Doctorat, etc.) as well as the university where it was defended.

Ex.: Hebbaz, B. (1979), L’aspect en berbère tachelhiyt (Maroc), Thèse de Doctorat de 3ème cycle, Université René Descartes, Paris V.

  • Webographic references: it is necessary to mention the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and the date of the last consultation of the web page.

Ex.: http: //, October 2007.

Notes, quotations and abbreviations

  • If notes are provided, they should surface at the bottom of the page and not at the end of the paper. It is necessary to adopt sequential numbering.

  • Quotations: Quotations of less than five lines should be surrounded by the following quotation marks « ... » if they are introduced in the body of the text. As regards quotations within quotations, use straight quotation marks « ... "..." ... ». Quotations longer than four lines should surface without quotation marks, after a tab, and with single line spacing.

  • Any modification of a quotation (omission, replacement of words or letters, etc.) is indicated by square brackets […].

  • Subtitles: paper text can be subdivided by the use of bolded subtitles.

  • Italics: avoid underlining words, use italics instead.

  • If the author uses abbreviations to refer to certain titles that come up often in the paper, he or she should make this explicit when they are first used.

  • Ex.: Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe (IRCAM).

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