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Manuscript submission

Submissions in both French and English are welcome.

The summaries must be approximately between 3,000 and 5,000 characters long (including spaces) and must be anonymised.

The texts must be approximately between 30,000 and 40,000 characters long (including spaces) and must be anonymised.

Authors are encouraged to comply with the guidelines for authors concerning the formatting of the text and the standardisation of bibliographic references.

Article proposals should be sent electronically as an attachment in.doc,.odt format directly to the call coordinators or to the following address:

Authors should ensure that their work is unpublished and entirely original, and does not borrow from any other work of any kind whatsoever, which could engage the publisher’s liability.

Manuscripts will be subject to two blind reviews by a peer review committee, whose members will be selected according to their area of expertise upon receipt of the articles.

Publication policy & copyright

The publication of the journal in open access is under the licence Creative Commons LCC 4.0 International - CC BY SA, recommended by ‘le Plan national pour la Science ouverte’ (the National Plan for Open Science).

Authors retain copyright for their work; the journal claims no exclusive right. However, they are expected to permit the author’s version to be deposited in a Hall type open archive and sign a distribution agreement under a Creative Commons license.

Sectors of publication and requirements for proposed scientific articles

The research journal favours research papers with an academic vocation, which meet the specific criteria expected of a scientific publication and detailing a research approach consistent with its theoretical framework. However, the journal may also welcome publications that are based on experimental feedback, provided that the article provides a sufficient degree of reflection on professional practice in the field and provides a state-of-the-art response to a requirement of theoretical contextualization.

Research papers

Whether it reports original scientific research or summarises the literature on a specific problem, even if it suggests reinterpretations or questions a principle, the research paper must be structured according to the applicable guidelines for scientific publication.

Articles should develop a constructed reflection on the subject treated, introducing the issue and its context, laying out the methodology, the approach and the theoretical framework of the argument so as to produce well-argued critiques of practices, policies and research in the field covered by the article.

Articles reporting on professional practice

Whether it relates to experimental results, field expertise from professionals, or whether it reports on a specific experiment or a technical practice, the article must be structured according to the reflexivity appropriate to a scientific publication.

The aim is to develop a constructive reflection that first introduces the field issue and its professional context, then states current best practices and explains the theoretical and methodological framework of argumentation, and finally outlines the stakes of a reflexive professional practice together with the data of experimentation in order to produce critical and detailed analyses contributing to advancing knowledge in the field covered in the article.

Guidelines for authors

Article formatting

Articles can be submitted in French or English in Word, Open Office odt or Markdown formats: for Word, just use this suggested style sheet. The files will then be processed and converted in order to be published online following the METOPES editorial process text formatting guidelines (XML-TEI standard).

Texts must include a maximum of around 40,000 characters all included (footnotes, bibliography, keywords, summaries, spaces). Authors are encouraged to comply with the text formatting guidelines and the standardisation of bibliographic references.

Article metadata

They are provided by the author on a separate 1st page (see style sheet), and must contain these 4 levels of indexation:

  • Article title

  • Author /Affiliation/Email address

  • Summaries in both French and English (1,500 characters incl. spaces)

  • French and English keywords (a minimum of 5)

Size and font
The article must be written with font Times New Roman size 12.

Headings and subheadings
Keep to a limit of 4 heading levels which should be in title case (T 1, T 2, T 3, T4).

Quotes format

Quotes in French
When they are brief: they are incorporated in the text with
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When they are long, they should be quoted in a separate paragraph without
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Quotes in English
When they are brief: they are incorporated in the text in italics using
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When they are long, they should be written in italics in a separate paragraph without
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Formatting and layout of illustrations, tables, diagrams, graphs & photos
They should be provided in a separate file with a quality resolution of 300 dpi, in jpeg format.

Authors must make sure that their illustrations are free of copyright restrictions. Otherwise, they are responsible for obtaining permission to publish and include the written permission with their submission.

Each illustration must be numbered in the text (e. g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.) and have a descriptive caption in italics with details to identify it: title (date, place) and author (copyright, source). The title and descriptive caption should appear below the illustration (Figure 1: title of the figure).

Formatting of bibliographic references

The bibliographic standardisation model is the format defined by the APA (American Psychological Association).

The cited references are placed at the end of the text under the heading Bibliography and can be imported in APA format from a bibliographic management software.

The presentation of references (intra-textual) in the body of the text according to the APA standard (Author, Year) should not duplicate footnotes.

  • For a book

Name, I. (Year). Book title. Place: publisher.

  • For an article in a journal or a periodical

Name, I. (Year). Article title. Journal or periodical title, volume (N°), number of pages. DOI.

  • For a contribution to a collective work

Name, I. (Year). Article title. In Book Authors Name, I. (eds.), Book title (number of pages), place: publisher.

  • For an online reference

Name, I. (Year). Title of the online reference. Found on http://URLcomplet

  • For theses, dissertations and reports

Name, I. (Year). Title of the thesis, dissertation or report. University or source, place.

  • For oral communications

Name, I. (Date). Communication title. Communication presented at the following conference/seminar, place.


‘I’ stands for first name Initial


For other types of references (audio, video, radio, press, etc.) or additions, please refer to the APA standard: norme APA.

Please note that our host labelled OpenEdition Journals, has set up a DOI system for its distribution, in order to ensure the visibility and permanent digital location of articles published on its platform. In order to assist with this, authors are encouraged to post the DOIs of cited documents (online articles) whenever they are available.

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