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Publication criteria and submission and review procedures

Originality of the work

Authors wishing to submit an article to the Bulletin du Centre de recherche du château de Versailles should read and adhere to the journal’s Code of ethics.

Types of articles published

The Bulletin publishes feature articles, studies, texts on methodological issues, translations of important articles, editions of sources accompanied by a critical apparatus, and commentaries on and analyses of historical and iconographic documents (archives, manuscripts, maps and plans, engravings, works of art, etc.).

Articles are generally between 30,000 and 50,000 characters. For special studies, however, they may exceed 50,000 characters.

Publication languages

The Bulletin accepts proposals for articles in all languages. Articles must be accompanied by an abstract in French and English.

The Bulletin publishes articles written in French and English; for articles in other languages, the author must have the text translated into French at their own expense by a native French translator. Occasionally, financial assistance for translation can be provided.

Article review

Evaluation of an article proposed for the Bulletin proceeds in the following stages:

  1. The editorial committee evaluates the relevance of the article with respect to the Bulletin’s editorial policy (disciplines and themes) and the requirements for scholarly publication (length, structure, notes and critical material, bibliography, etc.).

  2. If the article is accepted by the editorial committee, it is then assigned to two experts who each write an appraisal report using the Bulletin review form. Spontaneous submissions or responses to calls for papers are anonymized before being sent to the reviewers.

  3. In the light of the peer-reviewers’ opinions and comments, the editorial committee makes the final decision about the article. It draws up an anonymized summary of the two reports and sends it to the author, together with one of the following recommendations:

  • Case no. 1 – Positive recommendation: the text is accepted and can be published as it is;

  • Case no. 2 – Positive recommendation, subject to slight modifications: the text is accepted but the author is asked to make slight modifications to the form and/or content;

  • Case no. 3 – Reserved recommendation: the text is not publishable as it is. The author must make significant modifications to the form and/or content;

  • Case no. 4 – Negative recommendation: the text is rejected.

The following scenarios may arise during the double peer-review process:

  • The article receives two favourable recommendations with or without requested modifications: it is accepted.

  • The article receives two unfavourable recommendations: it is rejected.

  • The article receives one unfavourable and one favourable recommendation (with or without requested modifications): it is submitted for a third anonymous review.

  • The article receives an unfavourable recommendation and a reserved recommendation: the author must revise the article and resubmit it for review.

In the case of requests for minor or major modifications (Case no. 2 and Case no. 3), the author has a variable amount of time to rework the article according to the recommendations of the peer-reviewers and the editorial committee. The modified article is then sent to the editorial committee.

  • Case no. 2: the editorial committee reviews the article for the last time and either accepts it or returns it to the author with further requests for modification.

  • Case no. 3: the revised article is sent to the original reviewers for a second reading. The reviewers communicate their final assessments, based on precise arguments, to the editorial committee, which decides whether to accept or reject the article.

Summary table of evaluation procedures by type of publication:

Section of the journal

Number of characters


Miscellanea > Articles and studies

– spontaneous submissions

– submissions in response to a call for papers

– articles from Master I dissertations by students in the Versailles research group at the École du Louvre (EDL)

– independent articles from conferences and study days

40,000 to 50,000 including spaces and bibliography

Articles are subject to double review (two assessments) under double-blind conditions


Thematic groups of articles not included in the ‘Symposia, study days and seminars proceedings’ section

40,000 to 50,000 including spaces and bibliography

Articles are subject to assessment by publication editors (and, if necessary, external review)

Symposia, study days and seminars proceedings

40,000 to 50,000 including spaces and bibliography

Articles are subject to assessment by publication editors (and, if necessary, external review)

Editorial process and stages of publication

  1. When an article is accepted, it is checked by the Bulletin’s editorial secretary. If the presentation and formatting do not meet the Bulletin’s editorial standards, the article is returned to the author for modification.

  2. The editorial secretary prepares the text and layout of the article. He or she may ask the author for additions and clarifications, to make corrections to language, spelling, syntax, punctuation and headings, or to revise and complete index entries.

  3. A set of proofs is sent to the author by e-mail in PDF format. The author returns their corrections to the editorial secretary.

  4. The editorial secretary sends the article with the author’s corrections for final external editing.

  5. A final set of proofs is sent in PDF format to the author for approval before the article is published online. Once an article has been published online, it can no longer be modified.

Downloadable documents (see ‘Attachments’ section below)

  • For authors:

    • Before submitting an article, check the ‘Author guidelines’:

    • When an article is accepted, the author must return the signed copyright assignment contract to the editorial secretary.

  • For reviewers: the ‘article review form’ (Word) should be completed and returned to the editorial secretary.

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