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Contributor guidelines

Any submission failing to conform in all respects to these guidelines will not be considered for publication by IdeAS. We encourage project initiators to communicate the present document to all potential contributors.

The “Varia” section has been discontinued and IdeAs no longer accepts individual articles. Only propositions for complete dossiers will be considered. Furthermore, given the pan-American character of the journal, it is preferable that dossiers should be coordinated by both North American and Latin American specialists.

Submission requirements for dossiers

The editorial for each issue must not exceed 20 000 signs (including footnotes, bibliography and spaces).

Core articles must not exceed 45 000 signs (including footnotes, bibliography and spaces).

Articles for publication in the “Eclairages” and “Scientific Monitoring” sections should fall between 10 000 et 15 000 signs (including footnotes, bibliography and spaces).

Reviews must not exceed 6 000 signs.

All submissions must be previously unpublished in any form, either print or web, or in any other language; nor must they have been sent simultaneously for consideration to any other journal. Authors agree to cede copyright to IdeAs for electronic reproduction and authorize online publication. If a translation is necessary, it will be carried out after acceptance of the original by IdeAs and under IdeAs supervision.

Submissions must be sent to IdeAs as Word documents (.doc or .docx) by email (with a read receipt request) to:


All submissions are vetted by double blind. Expert opinions are then communicated to contributors. The suggestions made by peer experts and the changes made to articles by authors must figure as “tracked changes”, as per the “Track Changes” option in WORD.

Document Format

The required font is Times New Roman 12, justified with line spacing set at 1. There should be no tab or no different margin setting for new paragraph.

Each type of paragraph should have its specific style, e.g. “Normal” for main text, bibliography and annexes, “Title 1” or “Title 2” etc. for hierarchized headings, “Quote” for quotes. Most of these styles are present by default in WORD.

All submissions must contain the following:

• Title in three languages, including the language used in the article. The title to be in low case with no paragraph breaks.

• First name and name of author in low case, followed by a short, five-line biographical and bibliographical notice including position, institution, professional address, email.

• Abstract in three languages: English, French, and Spanish or Portuguese. Abstract and translations respectively should be no longer than 1500 signs.

• Group of five key words in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. These in low case, preferably singular (save for names or when typographical convention requires), separated by commas.

• Plan of article.

It is important that contributors provide full electronic and postal addresses.

Editorial Norms

Spelling and typography

Articles in English should use American English spelling and typographical conventions (as in the language setting in WORD). There should be no spaces before commas, stops, suspension marks, colons, semi-colons, question and exclamation marks and no spaces before or after quotation marks. The latter should be double: “…” and single: ‘…’ for inside quotes. French quotes (« … ») should not be used.

Italics should be used for book and journal titles. For consistency with the practice of IdeAs regarding articles in French, Latin phrases and abbreviations such as: et al., ibid., id., infra., loc. cit., supra., should be in italics, as should foreign words, emphasized segments, autonyms.

Upper case letters should carry accents where necessary. Exponents should be used for footnotes and ordinal numbers (20th century, 21st century). No underlining should occur in main text, italics should be used for emphasis.

Abbreviations of organization names should normally be upper case, without stops, as

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

USAN (Union of South American Nations),

LAFTA (Latin American Free Trade Association)

For special characters such as mathematical symbols, arrows, transliterated characters, the Unicode font should be used.

When writing numbers, non-breaking spaces (as opposed to commas or stops) should be used to separate millions, thousands and hundreds, thus 55 000 000, and not 55,000,000. Decimals are to be indicated by stops not commas (e.g. 1.5%, not 1,5%).


Partial quotations should be integrated into the main text and identified by quote marks “/”. Quotations longer than three lines must be in “Quotation” style and thus constitute a separate paragraph. Omitted or unfinished segments should always be marked as follows: […]. Books or articles quoted should always figure in the bibliography.

Bibliographical references

These should normally figure in the main text as follows:

(Cardon P., 2010: 24, 2009a, 2009b)


Footnote numbers should be in Arabic numerals exclusively and be continuous throughout the document. In the text, footnote number precedes punctuation (“example12.”, not “example.12”). In the footnote itself, the automatically generated number is followed by a space and then the footnote itself.

In the online version, footnotes appear in the margin of the corresponding paragraph as well as at the end of the text. The total number of signs in footnotes should, in all cases, amount to less than 20% of the number of signs in the text itself (excluding the list of works consulted).

The abbreviations ibid. and op. cit. should be used.

In the case of repeated reference to the same source, the complete bibliographical reference need not be reiterated.

1 - If the repeat reference concerns the same page, use ibid.

2 - If the repeat reference is to a different page, use ibid., p. 242.

However, where repeat references are not consecutive, the format should be:

1 - Friedman, 2005, op. cit. (where the page number is unchanged)


2 - Friedman, 2005, op. cit. p. 56 (where the page number is different)


1 Hagget, 2001.

2 Ibid., p. 7.

3 Tinker, 1997.

4 Hagget, op. cit.

5 Tinker, op. cit., p. 46.

6 Hagget, op. cit., p. 23.


If these are simple texts (glossaries, lexical lists, simple tables), they should be placed after the main text. Complex tables, maps, etc. should be provided in separate files.

All annexes must have a title and sources must be fully shown.

Images and graphs

Images and graphs must be provided separately, each with a title and numbered in relation to the place where they are to appear in the text. However, each illustration should also already be inserted in its proper place in the text (using menu item Insertion > Image exclusively, as opposed to copy and paste). If, for some reason, this is not the case, the name of the separate file should be shown in its place.

It is important to avoid any possible confusion in the place and order of figures. As required in the case of online documents, the title of the illustration must appear before the illustration. Any caption and the image credits are placed after the illustration. Credits must always be indicated. Images should be in .jpg format, with high (300 dpi) definition.

Photocopies are not accepted. Photographs should figure as high definition .jpg files. Graphs and tables should be sent in the format in which they were generated within a given program (not converted into .pdf format). Permission to reproduce must always be provided and images must not be bound by copyright. Originals or reproductions transmitted to IdeAs are returned to authors after publication of the issue concerned.


Simple tables should be generated within WORD (via Insertion > Table). Complex or oversize tables should be provided separately in .jpg format. Tables must have a title and sources must be fully shown.


The bibliography should be written in the language of the article itself. It must be placed at the end of the text, in alphabetical order of author name. Any bibliographical entry presupposes a reference in the article. Inversely, any reference to a printed work or a website etc. in the article implies a corresponding entry in the bibliography. Examples of required presentation follow.

Works in print

Author’s name, first name, Title of Work, place of publication, publisher’s name, collection (if relevant), year of publication.

Hagget, Peter, Geography: A Global Synthesis, London, Pearson Education, 2001.

Chaunu, Pierre, Histoire de la Amérique latine, 16th edition, Paris, P.U.F, Que sais-je ?, 2009

N.B. In cases where there are more than three authors, quote the first three, followed by “et al.”

New editions in translation

The formulation in this case should be as follows:

Author’s name, first name, Title of work, translated from [language] by [author translation], [original edition, original title, original place of publication, original publisher], place of publication, publisher’s name, collection (if relevant), year of publication [year of original publication], number of pages.

Freyre, Gilberto, Maîtres et esclaves. La formation de la société brésilienne, translated from Portuguese (Brazil) by Roger Bastide, [orig ed. Casa-grande & senzala: formação da familia brasiliera sob o regime de economia patriarcal, Rio de Janeiro, Maia & Schmidt], Paris, Gallimard, La Croix du Sud, 1952 [1933], 552 p.

Extracts from works

Author’s name, first name, Title of work, place of publication, publisher’s name, collection (if relevant), year of publication, pages concerned (preceded by “p.”, and not “pp.”).

Poulain, Jean-Pierre, Manger aujourd’hui : attitudes, normes et pratiques, Toulouse, Privat, 2001, p. 45-67

Articles in print form and chapters of works or parts of multi-volume works

Author’s name, first name, “Title of article”, Title of Journal, issue number and volume (if relevant), date of publication, pages concerned (preceded by “p.”, and not “pp.”).

Renard, Marie-Reine, “Les idées religieuses de George Sand et l’émancipation féminine”, Archives de sciences sociales des religions, n° 128, 2004, p. 25-38.

De Saint Martin, Monique, “L’espace de la noblesse”, Revue française de sociologie, vol. 35, n° 1, 1994, p. 147-149.

Articles in electronic form

Author’s name, first name, “Title of article”, Title of Journal, issue number and volume (if relevant), date of publication. URL of internet page, date of consultation (“page consulted on…”)

Miquel-Baldellou, Marta, “Caught Up In Between Doublets: Neo-Victorian (Trans)Positions of Victorian Femininities and Masculinities in Jane Eyre and Rebecca”, Revue LISA/LISA e-journal, vol 7, n° 4, 2009, p. 7,, Page consulted June 6 2011.

Thomas, Isabelle, “Cartographie d’aujourd’hui et de demain : rappels et perspectives”, Cybergeo : Revue européenne de géographie, March 7 2001,, Page consulted July 5 2003.

Articles in collective works

Author’s name, first name, “Title of article or chapter”, in first name and name of person or persons in charge of publication (with the indication (eds.) if there are several authors), Title of work, place of publication, publisher’s name, date, pages concerned (preceded by “p.”, and not “pp.”).

Dematteis Giuseppe, “Towards a Unified Metropolitan Urban System in Europe: Core Centrality versus Network Distributed Centrality”, in Denise Pumain and Thérèse Saint-Julien (eds.), Urban Networks in Europe, Paris, INED and John Libbey Eurotext, 1996, p. 5

Gérando, Joseph-Marie (Baron de), “Des Maisons d’aliénés”, in Jules Renouard, De la bienfaisance publique, Paris, 1839, vol. 4 p. 394-457.


Author’s name, first name, Thesis title, discipline, University and (if possible) department, year defended.

Ruhlmann, Sandrine, Le partage des prémices et du fond de la marmite. Essai d’anthropologie des pratiques alimentaires chez les Mongols Xalx (Khalkha), Thesis in Social Anthropology and Ethnology, EHESS, 2006.

When using an electronic version of a thesis, URL and date of consultation should be added (“page consulted on…”).

Connally, Michael, Les « bonnes femmes » de Paris : Des communautés religieuses dans une société urbaine du bas Moyen Age, Thesis in History, Université Lumière, Lyon 2, 2003,, page consulted October 9 2013.

Lectures, individual and collected conference papers, symposia

Author’s name, first name, “Title of paper” in first name + name of convener(s) (ed. or eds.), Title of conference, symposium, etc., place, date of event, publisher, city, year of publication, (collection; n° in collection), pages concerned (preceded by “p.”, and not “pp.”).

Agudelo, Carlos, “Le comportement électoral des populations noires en Amérique Latine. Un regard à partir du cas colombien”, in Jean Michel Blanquer, Hélène Quanquin, Willibald Sonnleitner et al (eds.), Voter dans les Amériques, Paris, November 27 and 28 2003, Editions de l’Institut des Amériques and Editions de l’Institut des Hautes Études de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, 2005, p. 319-327.

If an electronic version exists, URL, date consulted, (“page consulted on…”).

Dash, Michael, “Haïti première république noire des lettres”, in Musée du quai Branly and Bibliothèque nationale de France, Littératures noires, Colloque international de littérature, Paris, January 29-30 2010, Les actes de colloques du Quai Branly, Paris, 2011,, page consulted November 26, 2013.

Research Reports

Author’s name, first name, Title of Research Report, “Research report”, n° of report, place of publication, name of scientific publisher, year of publication (where there are more than three authors, quote the first three, followed by “et al.”)

Warren, Annabelle, Delphine Rolland and Isabelle Laurion, L’eutrophisation des plans d’eau sur le territoire du Séminaire de Québec : Sources de perturbation, impacts associés à l’exploitation forestière, mesures de protection et de restauration, qualité de l’eau et risque associé aux cyanobactéries, Research report, n° 1202, Quebec, INRS, Centre Eau Terre Environnement, 2010.


Author’s name, first name “Title of article”, Title of Periodical, volume and number (if relevant), place of publication, date of issue, pages concerned (preceded by “p.”, and not “pp.”).

Thibaudeau, Marc, “Plus instruites mais moins rémunérées : le sexisme perdure sur le marché du travail”, La Presse, Montréal, August 15 1999, p. A1

Where the article is online, note URL and date of consultation :

Surowiecki, James, “House of Cards”, The New Yorker, March 16 2009,, page consulted March 17 2009.

Where author’s name is unknown, the name of the periodical replaces it.

The Economist, “Off Their Trolleys”, The Economist, London, May 6 2009, http://www/, page consulted May 7 2009.

Manuscripts and archives, etc.

Archive deposit, place (if not already stated in archive title), reference n°. Designation of document, date of document.

New Orleans Notarial Archives, Notarial Records [henceforth NONARC], Notary Onesiphone Drouet, 1856, 12, act 245. Sale of slave by Sr. L. Trinchant to J. Benito, December 5 1856.

CAEF fonds Cabinet, 1A032, Paris. Note n°2.023 du directeur du Budget (Gourdin) pour le ministre des Finances (Cathala), May 11 1942.

Arquivo Nacional do Rio de Janeiro [henceforth ANRJ], I6 467. Africanos — Cartas de libertação e mapas de falecimento, 1831-1863; ANRJ, IJ6 468. Oficios do Chefe de Policia e Casa de Correção sobre africanos, 1834 – 1864.


When the text is printed:

AUTHOR, Title, Official record, n° of Official record, date of publication, pages.

MINISTÈRE DE L’ÉCOLOGIE DU DÉVELOPPEMENT DURABLE, DU TRANSPORT ET DU LOGEMENT, Décret n°2011-1948 du décembre 2011, relatif à l’aide à l’insonorisation des logements des riverains des aérodromes mentionnés au I de l’article 1609 quatervicies A du code général des impôts, Journal officiel, n°0299 du 27 décembre 2011, p. 22289.

When the text is available in electronic form:

AUTHOR, Title [as given online], Official record, n° of Official record, date of publication, URL, date consulted.

MINISTÈRE DE L’AGRICULTURE ET DE LA PÊCHE ET LE MINISTÈRE DU TRAVAIL, DES RELATIONS SOCIALES, DE LA FAMILLE ET DE LA SOLIDARITÉ, Arrêté du 8 décembre 2008 portant homologation de la décision n°2008-DC-0110 de l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire du 28 septembre 2008 relative à la gestion du risque lié au radon dans les lieux de travail [online], Journal officiel, n°0293 du 17 décembre 2008,, consulted January 5 2012.

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