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Guidelines for Authors

1. Submission and Evaluation

1.1. Submission

Manuscript must be sent in electronic version to the following address:
Authors can submit their proposal by responding to calls for papers which are regularly announced on the website, or just submit spontaneously their manuscript. All kinds of submission follow the same procedure of evaluation and have to be in accordance with the recommendations defined in the present document.

The paper should not exceed 45 000 characters (spaces included), except exceptional case. Papers in English, French and Spanish are accepted.
Texts and documents must be sent in Word document. The original files of illustrations (photos, images…) must be sent at the same time as the text. Photos must be sent in JPG at 300 dpi.

1.2. Manuscript Selection

The Journal publishes original papers where no earlier publication has been done. The Journal uses double-blind peer review, which means that both the reviewers and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. Paper sent in its entirety are evaluated transparently by two members of the scientific committee selected by the secretary of the journal. The editor of an issue may suggest reviewers or experts on the subject outside the scientific committee.

The evaluation criteria concern the form and content. Reviewers use assessment grid for evaluating. The final decision is taken by the editorial committed after consulting the reviewers. It will be transmitted to the author as soon as possible. The decision reads: Publication of the paper, Publication with minor corrections, Publication with major corrections, Rejection. In case of publication with corrections, a period is given to the author to transmit the corrected version. The editorial board retains the right not to publish the paper if the required corrections have not been made.

1.3. Rights-of-Use

The authors who submit their papers to the Etudes Caribéennes journal agree to publish their articles for free. They relinquish, free and non-exclusive, the paper and electronic broadcasting rights that allow the Journal to ensure the free and fair distribution, as well as sale in all media and formats.

The income earned from sales and the sponsoring is exclusively reused for the operation, the development and the enhancement of the journal. According to the modalities of their choices, authors have right to disseminate the articles published in the journal, provided that, as required the legislation, the references must completely appear by mentioning the journal. Authors can deposit the published version, on the university warehouse of their establishment.

2. Style Guidelines

2.1. Typing

The font used should be Times New Roman, size 12, single spaced.

The Italic is for foreign words and book’s title. The bold is for titles and subtitles. The underline is prohibited.

2.2. Different Level of the Manuscript

Papers should be structured as follows:

  • Title

  • First name, Last name

  • Affiliation, Function, email, website

  • Abstract

  • Keywords

  • Translated title (in French and/or in Spanish)

  • Translated abstract (in French and/or in Spanish)

  • Introduction

  • 1.

  • 1.1.

  • 1.1.1.

  • 1.2.

  • 1.2.2.

  • 2.

  • Conclusion

  • References

  • Annex

2.3. Footnotes

References don’t have to be included in the footnotes. They must be placed at the end of the paper.

2.4. Citations

Citations in the text are to be enclosed in quotation marks, such as “Abc…”.

2.5. In-text References

All in-text references should follow the following forms:

An in-text reference with one author:

  • (Last name of the author, date: page[s])

  • Example: (Dehoorne, 2016)

An in-text reference with two authors, include both authors:

  • (Last name of the first author and Last name of the second author, date: page[s])

  • Example: (Dovonou-vinagbè and Chouinard, 2009)

An in-text citation with more than two authors, include the two first authors followed by et al., 

  • (Last name of the first author, Last name of the second author et al., date: page[s])

  • Example: (Failler, Pètre et al., 2016)

3. References

References should appear alphabetically at the end of the manuscript; they must include all the references mentioned in the text and follow the APA style.

4. Table and Illustrations

Figures, maps, photos, tables, chart, etc., should be carefully scanned, digitized and submitted as separate file attachments (.jpg or .gif).

Each of these material should have a title, the name of the producer and the year it was produced, and it should appear in the text, labelled (e.g. Table X).

If authors incorporate any material from third parties, they should ensure - at their own expense - that any copyrighted material submitted for publication in Etudes Caribéennes journal is appropriately cleared with the respective copyright holder(s). This is best done by securing permission in writing, and well ahead of publication, from each copyright holder of any such material to use and reprint such material in Etudes Caribéennes journal.

All submissions that do not follow the above defined standards will be returned to the author without having been subjected to evaluation.

5. Plagiarism detection

All manuscripts received are submitted to plagiarism detection assistance software entitled:

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