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Publication criteria and submission and evaluation procedures

Originality of the work

The Bulletin du Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles publishes original and previously unpublished texts which, if they are accepted, should not be replicated elsewhere except with the express permission of the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles and OpenEdition. Authors retain full responsibility for the content of their articles.

Types of articles published

The Bulletin publishes feature articles, studies, texts on methodological issues, translations of articles, primary source material accompanied by critical apparatus, commentaries and analysis of historic and iconographic documents (including archives, manuscripts, maps and plans, prints, artworks), etc.

Article length is generally between 30,000 and 50,000 characters. In the context of particular studies, however, it may exceed 50,000 characters.

Publication languages

The Bulletin du Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles publishes articles in all languages, in particular French, English, German, Spanish and Italian. Articles must be accompanied by a summary in the language of the article and in English (or in French if the article is in English).

The Bulletin may need to propose and handle the translation of a foreign article into French.

Article evaluation procedures

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 scientific 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 are commissioned to draft a reading report based on an evaluation grid. Unsolicited submissions or responses to calls for papers are systematically anonymized before being sent to the experts.

  3. A summary of the reports, anonymized, is sent to the author, along with one of the following 4 recommendations:

  • No. 1 – Positive recommendation: the text is accepted and publishable as it is;

  • No. 2 - Positive recommendation, subject to slight modifications: the text is acceptable but with slight modifications by the author to the form and/or the substance;

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

  • No. 4 – Negative recommendation: the text is refused.

Editorial process and stages of publication

  1. When an article is accepted, it is checked by the Bulletin’s editorial secretariat. If it does not meet with the editorial standards of the Bulletin, it is returned to the author for modification.

  2. The editorial secretariat will prepare the text and the layout of the articles. It may ask the author for additions and clarifications, and it will carry out corrections to language, spelling, syntax, punctuation, and all titles, headings and sub-headings.

  3. Once the article is prepared and laid out, PDF proofs will be sent to the author, who will return their corrections to the editorial office.

  4. The editorial secretariat will send the article with the author’s corrections for final external editing.

  5. A final set of PDF proofs will be sent to the author for their approval before the article is posted online.

Downloadable documents (see Annex section below)

  • For authors: Before submitting an article, check the authors’ guidelines (PDF).

  • For evaluators: To create a reading report, use the article evaluation form (Word).

Documents annexes

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