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Instructions to authors

Civilisations publishes articles from the various fields of anthropology, without regional or temporal exclusivity. The journal is particularly committed to promoting the publication of texts in which the approaches of anthropology, history and sociology mutually reinforce each other, thus revealing the processes of construction of societies. In addition to this interest in cultural dynamics, Civilisations intends to support reflection on the anthropological approach in its relations with the other human sciences. A theme is highlighted in each issue, but varia are welcome.



Proposals written in French or in English (British English) have to be sent by email to the secretary of the journal

It may not be texts that have already been published, nor intended for any other use that has not been explicitly presented to the publisher.

The limit is set at 8,000 words for the main text (footnotes and references at the end of the article not included). The file must be paginated. Notes are given in continuous numbering, as footnotes, not endnotes.

The articles can be subdivided into headings and subheadings (no more than 2 hierarchical levels), preceded respectively by the indicators: “H1” (Heading 1) and “H2” (Heading 2).

Words in a language other than the language in which the article is written are italicised: with this exception, authors use the minimum of stylistic features (bold, underlining, non-Latin characters, font change, etc.). Exact dates are given in extenso (12 November 1954).

Acronyms are given without dots (NATO and not N.A.T.O.).

Quotations are given with double quotation marks (“). Quotation marks within quotation marks are single quotation marks (‘). Contiguous quotations of more than 50 words should appear as a paragraph with a larger blank space on the left.


Photos (in colour, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi), maps, diagrams and tables are welcome as long as they support the purpose of the text. They are sent independently of the article, as separate jpeg file(s). All these items must be provided with a number, a caption and, if applicable, a credit line. Their preferred location in the text should be mentioned in brackets (<Figure 1>, etc.). The journal offers infographic support for the creation of maps and diagrams. If certain illustrations are subject to copyright, the author of the article must ensure that these rights are respected, as the journal cannot be held responsible for any fault in this respect.

Bibliographic references

References cited or used are given in the body of the text, in brackets, mentioning the author, the year and, after a colon, the pages [e.g. (Abraham 1958: 278-282)]. Authors' names are written in lower case, except for the first letter. If there are several references cited, they will be separated by a semicolon (Abraham 1958; Corten & Mary 1995).

References cited are given in a section with that name at the end of the article. They are grouped together in a single list, in alphabetical order of authors, distinguishing by letters the publications of the same year by the same author (1999a, 1999b, etc.). The first edition may be given in square brackets after the year of the referenced edition (Corten 1994 [1925]).

The titles of references in languages not widely used by the readership are translated in square brackets. Authors' names are given in lower case, except for the first letter.

Template for references

References cited:

Newell, Sasha, 2012. The modernity bluff: Crime, consumption, and citizenship in Côte d’Ivoire. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Angé, Olivia & David Berliner (eds), 2015. Anthropology and nostalgia. New York & Oxford : Berghahn.

Petit, Pierre, 2013. “The backstage of ethnography as ethnography of the state. Coping with officials in the Lao People’s Democratic republic,” in Sarah Turner (ed.), Red stamps and gold stars: Fieldwork in upland Socialist Asia, pp. 143-164. Vancouver-Toronto: UBC Press.

Noret, Joël, 2008. “Penser la place de la mort et du deuil,” Social anthropology/Anthropologie sociale 16(2), pp. 229-236.

First names are given (or at least the first name for American authors, the others being given as initials).

Titles of journals and books are italicised.

English titles are given without capital letters (otherwise the first word and proper names).

Internet references are given as briefly as possible, giving the generic URL of the site and the heading where the reference consulted is located, as well as the date on which the reference was consulted (e.g., consulted on 5 June 2019).

The places of publication are given in the language used for the article submitted to Civilisations (Londres in French, London in English).

Abstract, keynotes, and biography

Authors are asked to produce an abstract of no more than 200 words in the language of the article. Authors will suggest 5-6 keywords and write a short biographical note (80 words maximum) listing their academic or professional affiliations and outlining their career. These abstracts, keywords and notices must be provided in French and English by the authors. A bilingual template of the biographical note is available upon request (by email to

Texts submitted for publication are examined first by the Editorial Board, and then, if deemed appropriate, forwarded to a peer review committee. On the basis of the opinions received, the Editorial Board will decide whether or not to accept the publication, or ask the author to revise the text before resubmission.

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