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Carnets. Electronic Journal of French Studies

Carnets electronic journal of French Studies is an e-journal created, implemented and edited by the APEF (the Portuguese Association of French Studies). The purpose of Carnets is to divulge the research papers produced within the scope of the APEF. Carnets publishes articles by its members, as well as by other researchers who wish to collaborate with this Association, and disseminate their research in the field of French and Francophone Studies.

The choice of a free-access online publication aims at bringing together researchers on French and Francophone Studies, and encouraging debate and idea sharing.

Carnets publishes original works from different fields of French and Francophone Studies (Literature, Linguistics, Criticism, Culture, Didactics) and/or from interdisciplinary studies in related areas, such as Comparative Studies, Translation Studies, History, Philosophy, Arts and Science.

Carnets publishes three issues per year (a special issue in January, a special issue in May, and a thematic issue in November). These are edited by one or more coordinators and may include both original research articles, and reviews of recently published books or even literary texts.

Journal’s boards

The executive board comprises a director, three co-directors and three sub-directors. The president of APEF inherently takes on the functions of director of the journal; the vice-presidents inherently take on the functions of co-directors of the journal; the secretaries and the treasurer inherently take on the functions of sub-directors of the journal.

The editorial board comprises APEF representative members and the coordinators of each issue of the journal.

The peer review board comprises renowned national and international researchers in the field of French and Francophone Studies and in the field of Comparative Studies.


Duties of the Executive Board

The executive board of Carnets is entrusted with the general supervision of all issues, from the different stages of their preparation, publication and online release, as well as with the coordination of the tasks carried out by the journal’s boards, the resolution of various problems and the decision making.

Duties of the Editorial Board

1. It is the duty of the editorial board to collaborate with the executive board in actively promoting the issue it is publishing.

2. It is the duty of the editorial board to pronounce itself, along with the executive board, on the acceptance of an article aproposal, in written form or otherwise. This acceptance will always result from the analysis of the proposal’s suitability to research objectives, preferably interdisciplinary ones, stated by the journal, and its suitability to the subject proposed for each issue.

3. It is the duty of the editorial board to convey their decision and comments to the authors, and to alert them to the established deadlines.

4. The full texts resulting from the accepted proposals will be sent by the editorial board to the executive board, which will send them, anonymously, to the journal’s peer review board.

4.1. The journal’s executive board will send each text to at least two members of the peer review board. Each referee must deliver a duly substantiated assessment, accepting, rejecting or indicating how the article must be modified. If there are two contradictory assessments, a third assessment will be asked to another referee.

5. The editorial board will decide to publish, ask for modifications or reject the texts, according to the assessment made by the journal’s peer review board, and will inform the authors of the peer review board decision by email.

7. It is the duty of the editorial board to ensure the preparatory stages of the publishing process, namely formatting according to the journal’s guidelines, detailed proofreading, and instructions to authors.

8. It is the duty of the editorial board to ensure, along with the executive board, the dissemination of the issue, once it is published.

Duties of the journal’s peer review board

It is the duty of the members who belong to this board to pronounce themselves, in groups of two or more members, about the acceptance or rejection of papers anonymously sent to them by the journal’s executive board.

It is the duty of the members of the peer review board to make an assessment, indicating the acceptance of the article for publication, its necessary rewording or its rejection. The relevant criteria for this assessment are as follows: suitability to the subject and to the proposed field(s) of study, originality and relevance, recent bibliographical references and the way these are used, methodology approach, writing quality, and respect for the journal editorial policy.

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