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Author guidelines

Evaluation process

Three types of text are published in the journal:

  • Texts fitting in thematic dossiers or proposals for thematic dossiers

  • Articles for varia section

  • Thematic critical notes based on recent publications, book reviews or cross-readings of the same book.

The procedure for the selection of articles is conducted in four steps:

  1. The article or the proposed thematic issue is first read and evaluated by the collegiate board of the journal who judges its worth for an expert reading.

  2. The article is anonymously evaluated by a member of the editorial board and two readers not affiliated with the journal, specialists in the field covered by the article. Four cases are possible: A/accepted as such; B/accepted but subject to minor changes; C/accepted but subject to substantial revisions; D/refused. In case of conflicting evaluations, the editorial board may submit the project to a third expert for arbitration.

  3. In cases B and C, the recommendations of the experts, are transmitted anonymously to the authors, invited to submit a second version (the changes and deletions must be clearly indicated in the body of the text), accompanied by a case statement that explains why these recommendations have been taken into account (or not).

  4. The articles and final versions are considered good for publication by the editorial management under the auspices of the board.

How to submit an article


Articles should be sent to

Each article must be between 45,000 and 55,000 characters, including spaces, notes, abstracts and bibliography.

The journal is trilingual and accepts articles in French, English and Spanish. 

Each article must imperatively be accompanied by a dozen lines abstract in French, English and Spanish, as well as 5 keywords in these three languages. More than the approach of the research, the text of the abstract should spell out the main findings resulting from the article in terms of new knowledge.

• Photos, accompanied by their caption and their status in relation to the copyright law, will be delivered in .tiff format (300 pixels per inch min.). We prefer CMYK to RGB.

• The signature of the article is as follows under the title of the article:

E-mail address

Publishing in the Bibliographical Bulletin

For a description of the different sections of the Bulletin bibliographique, see the presentation.

For the sections "The workshop of the social sciences of religions", "Cross-readings" and "Critical notes", the texts are subject to the same rules of evaluation as well as the same standards of writing applied for the articles presented in the thematic/varia issues.

Cross-readings must not exceed 16,000 characters. Critical notes should be between 20,000 and 40,000 characters, including spaces.

Book Reviews should not exceed 12,000 characters (unless the editor agrees in advance). They should not include footnotes or a final bibliography. Authors are asked to indicate, at the beginning of the text, the author's first name (in full) and surname, the full title of the work, the place of publication, the publisher, the year of publication and the number of pages. Authors must return reviews within three months of receiving the book. The books reviewed remain the property of the authors of the review, who also receive a copy of the issue to which they contributed.


The journal applies the author-date method, for example, (Durkheim, 1992 : 620).

At the end of the article, the bibliography is presented in alphabetical order of authors (or titles if there is no author). References by the same author follow each other in ascending chronological order. All references in the bibliography must correspond to references cited in the text, and vice versa.

When the number of authors is 5 or more, only the name of the first author is given, followed by "et al.".


The date of first publication may be indicated in square brackets. The name of the collection is optional. For example:

Durkheim Émile, 2015 [1912], Œuvres. Tome I. Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse : le système totémique en Australie, édition de M. Achimastos, Paris, Classiques Garnier, coll. « Bibliothèque des sciences sociales ».

Davie Grace, 1994, Religion in Britain since 1945: Believing without Belonging, Oxford, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell.


For books or articles translated into English, specify the names of the translators and the original date of publication.

Journal articles

Bourdieu Pierre, Saint-Martin Monique (de), 1982, « La Sainte Famille. L’Épiscopat dans le champ du pouvoir », Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, 44‑45, p. 2‑53.

Lehman Edward C., 1993, “Gender and Ministry Style: Things Not What They Seem”, Sociology of Religion, 54, 1 (Religion and Gender Relationships), p. 1‑11.

When it is a electronic-only journal, the pagination is replaced by the URL:

Della Sudda Magali, 2014, « Réseaux catholiques féminins. Une perspective de genre sur une mobilisation transnationale », Genre & Histoire, 2014, 12‑13. (accessed February 13th, 2023)

Book chapters

Geertz Clifford, 1973, “Religion as a Cultural System”, The Interpretation of Cultures: selected essays, New York, Basic Books, p. 87‑125.

Béraud Céline, 2010, « Clergé(s) », in D. Hervieu-Léger, R. Azria (dir.), Dictionnaire des faits religieux, Paris, Presses universitaires de France, p. 152‑157.

Newspaper article

Abel Olivier, Guillebaud Jean-Claude, Oubrou Tarek, Krygier Rivon, 2010, « Appel contre l’homophobie et la transphobie », Le Monde, March 17.

Online references

Indicate whenever it is possible: the author's name or pseudonym, the title of the document (in quotation marks), the title of the website (in italics), the publication date, and the consultation date; in the case of a video, the duration in minutes can be indicated.

« Inclure les matriarches dans la Amida ? », 2007, Massorti France, 18 décembre, http :// (consulté le 22 septembre 2017).

Thesis and reports

The titles of thesis, reports, legal texts, or artistic works are in italics:

Décret n° 2001-31 du 10 janvier 2001 relatif au régime des cultes catholique, protestants et israélite dans les départements du Bas-Rhin, du Haut-Rhin et de la Moselle, 2001.

Héran François, 2010, Inégalités et discriminations Pour un usage critique et responsable de l’outil statistique, Comité pour la mesure de la diversité et l’évaluation des discriminations (Comedd).

Iconography, films

Gottlieb Maurycy, 1878, Juifs priant dans une synagogue à Yom Kippour, huile sur toile, 245,1 cm x 191,8 cm, Tel Aviv, Musée d’Art Moderne.

Zajdermann Paule, 2006, Judith Butler, philosophe en tous genres, Arte France, 52 min.

Non-Latin language references

For non-Latin languages, it may be recommended to indicate the title in transliteration, or to propose a translation of the title

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