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Instructions to authors

Article submission

Any text submitted to the Nouvelles de l'estampe must be original research and must not be proposed simultaneously to another journal.

Publication in the journal is free of charge.

Submissions should be sent in.odt, .rtf, .doc or .docx format by e-mail (or possibly via USB key) to the editor-in-chief (see "contact" page).

They must be accompanied by the full name, titles (if applicable), affiliations, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address of the authors.

In addition, illustrations and graphics must be provided in separate files.

We can obtain reproductions of works kept at the BnF free of charge, but the exact shelf mark must be specified.

For works that are not in the BnF collections, the authors must imperatively provide the files, and guarantee that they have paid the reproduction fees for publication in the journal. The journal, its publication chair and the Comité national de l’estampe decline any responsibility if the author has not acquired said reproduction rights in accordance with the law.

All texts must be written in bulk, without formatting.

Writing rules

  • The text must be in Times New Roman font or equivalent, 12 points, 1.5 line spacing.

  • There must be a line break before and after intermediate titles.

  • Accumulations of short paragraphs must be avoided.

  • Quotations of three lines or less must be inside French quotation marks (« … »), inline (no line break), without italics. Quotations longer than three lines of text must be in block quote (in a separate paragraph of normal text, centered).

  • All quotations in a language other than French must be translated in the main text or in footnotes.

  • All words in a language other than French must be in italics.

  • Proper names must never be in upper case but in properly capitalised lower case.

  • Any modification of a quotation (deletion, addition, replacement of words or letters) by the author of the text must be indicated by straight brackets […]

  • All figures (reproductions, illustrations, tables, etc.) must be numbered and have a title. Sources must be mentioned and a caption provided whenever applicable. The author must specify where in the main text should each figure be inserted.

Rules for French texts


  • Typography must follow the rules of the French Imprimerie nationale. Here are some of these conventions:

  • Colons (:), semi colons (;), exclamation marks (!) and question marks (?) must be preceded by a non-breaking space.

  • Opening (respectively closing) French quotation marks (« … ») and long dashes ( — ) indicating an embedded clause, must be followed (respectively preceded) by a non-breaking space.

  • In case of nested quotation marks, the outer pair must be French (« … ») and the inner one, English ("..."). For example: « Une toile “à la canadienne” a été utilisée ».

  • There must be one space only after a period.


Sources must be indicated as footnotes.

  • book: First name Last name, Book title, place of publication, publisher, publication date.

  • chapter or article in a collective book: First name Last name, « Title of chapter or article », Book title, place of publication, publisher, publication date, pages.

  • journal: Journal name, volume number, issue number, publication date.

  • journal article: First name Last name, « Title of article », Journal name, volume number, issue number, publication date, pages.

  • conference talk: « Title of talk », conference name, conference place, date.

  • website: First name Last name, « Title of article », date, website name (URL of quoted webpage).

Elements of archive shelf marks must be separated by commas, e.g.: Archives nationales, Minutier central, XVI, 431, May 8, 1660…

Abbreviations (when citing sources)

  • Bibliothèque nationale de France: BnF

  • Département des Estampes et de la Photographie: Estampes

  • Whenever relevant, other institutions or departments can be abbreviated after labelling the first occurrence, e.g.: « Archives nationales, Minutier central (hereafter AN, MC) », and subsequently only « AN, MC ».

Rules for English texts

The texts can either use APA or Chicago style but must stay consistant.

Types of contributions


Submissions will be examined by the editorial board that meets between five and eight times a year.

An article is between 10,000 and 30,000 characters long (including spaces).

It must present original research or a novel approach furthering knowledge of a given subject and be up to the standards of international scholarship.

Article authors must provide:

  • the article title in both French and English,

  • an abstract of up to 1,000 signs (strict upper limit) in English and if possible in French (otherwise it will be translated by editorial staff),

  • between three and eight key words in both English and French.

Apart from French, articles can be submitted either in English or Italian, in which case they will be translated into French by editorial staff, and available online in both French and their original language.


Notes must meet the same standards as articles.

They are between 5,000 and 15,000 characters long (including spaces) and are meant to report on recent discoveries in the history of printmaking, to present short studies of contemporary creation, or to summarise scholarly works such as master’s theses.


Ancient or recent documents relevant to the history of printmaking can be published in the journal, such as letters, notarial deeds, contracts, orders, etc.

The publication standards are those of the Inventaire Général as revised for the École des Chartes by B. Barbiche and M. Chatenet (freely available online at


Book reviews are between 3,000 and 10,000 characters long (including spaces). Longer analyses, suitable for reviewing an issue recently explored in the literature or to report on several books at once, are better published as a Note (see above).

The review must give an accurate picture of the book’s contents, provide context and an in-depth analysis, and present its scholarly or artistic relevance (or its interest to popularise a topic to a broad audience). The goal is not to please the author, advertise the book or settle personal scores, but to assess the book fairly as an independant expert.

Printmaking today

Texts on contemporary creation can be published depending on the quality of the text and the relevance of the work or artist being presented. If you have a project, please contact the editor in chief to discuss it.

Ethical standards and transparency

General principles

All research must be peer-reviewable: authors must therefore provide precise references to the sources on which their research is based (including prints and archival material). When referencing a work held in private hands, the author will endeavour to provide a reproduction on request from a peer.

Authors must indicate all conflicts of interest (personal relationship with a contemporary artist, etc.)

Authors must strictly abide by intellectual property law. As explained above they guarantee the journal that any reproduction fee of copyrighted works used as illustrations have been paid; submitting a manuscript and accepting its publication are contractually binding in this regard.

If a third party has substantiated reasons to question the intellectual or scholarly merit of an article published in the journal, they are welcome to do so and their arguments will be published either as a stand alone article or as an addendum to the original contribution. To foster scholarly debate, authors agree to such post publication comments and are allowed to respond to them in turn.

Non-compliance with ethical rules

If the editor-in-chief or a third party detects a significant problem in a publication (plagiarism, data fabrication, fraudulent citations, obviously misleading behaviour, defamation...), the editor notifies the author who must then answer for the accusations. If these answers do not satisfy the editor, they are then reviewed by the editorial board who may decide to withdraw the article (along with a statement explaining the reasons for withdrawal if the article is already published).

Compliance with the rules

By submitting an article authors agree to abide by the rules stated in the present document.

French law is also applicable in addition to these rules, notably regarding intellectual property, plagiarism, defamation, etc. Authors are accountable for their published writings.

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