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Guidelines for Authors

Format and preparation of the text

  • Format .DOC, .DOCX (Word) or .ODT (Open Office).

  • The article, will have a general title and, if necessary, an explanatory subtitle.

  • The length of the article should be about 15,000 characters (about 2,400 words) for the regular, non-thematic articles and 35,000 characters (about 5,500 words) for the articles intended for the main thematic file.

  • The texts can be structured with headings and subheadings of up to four levels. There is no need to number the sections.

  • Tables, diagrams and schemas will be annexed to the article in an image format (.JPG, .PNG or .TIFF) or, alternatively, in a .PDF format.

  • Ideally, the paragraphs that include an illustration should not be too short, in order to maintain a balance, in the layout, between the text and the illustrations.


The footnotes should follow each other in continuous numerical order: 1, 2, 3…

Author’s summary

When submitting the finished article, the author should provide summaries in French and in English of about 1,500 characters (about 220 words) each.

Presentation of the author

Provide the following information: first name, family name, institutional affiliation and (briefly) function, e-mail address.

Key words

The author will provide a list of key words to index his or her article. The editors recommend a list of about fifteen such key words, chosen preferably from amongst the key words already used. See

Bibliographical references

The bibliographical references will follow French practices and will be assembled at the end of the article in the order to which the footnotes refer to them.

  • Monographic publication
    AUTHOR’S NAME, Author’s first name, year of publication
    Title of the book. Sub-title of the book, Place of publication, Publisher, coll. « Name of the collection », pagination.

  • Contribution to a monographic publication
    AUTHOR’S NAME, Author’s first name, year of publication
    « Title of the contribution »,
    in AUTHOR’S NAME, Author’s first name, year of publication Title of the book. Sub-title of the book, Place of publication, Publisher, coll. « Name of the collection », pagination.

  • Article in a periodical
    AUTHOR’S NAME, Author’s first name, year
     « Title of the article. Sub-title of the article »,
    Title of the periodical, number, volume, « Title of the number », pagination. If available on line, <URL> [valid hyperlink month year].

  • Thesis
    AUTHOR’S NAME, Author’s first name, year
    « Tile of the thesis », university, pagination.

  • On-line resource
    AUTHOR’S NAME, Author’s first name, year
    Title of the publication. Sub-title of the publication [on line], Place of publication, publisher, <URL> [valid hyperlink month year].

  • References to the bibliography in the text
    « … as Philippe Descola writes (1992 : 23-28) following some of his predecessors (Lévi-Strauss 1971 ; Godelier 1986). »
    « … called Gothic or Baroque (Riegl 1903, 1905). »


It is possible—recommended even—to enrich the text with hypertext links, either within the text itself or outside it, to other documents such as periodical articles or internet sites. These links will be expressed as follows: <link to…>:

<link to>

<link to Mérimée notice IA5900012>

Where these hypertext links are concerned, it is advisable to verify that such links are authorized. Under headings such as ‘Rights’ or Copyrights’, site administrators often give details as to the conditions governing the use of hypertext links to their site. As a precautionary measure, it is advisable to give the site administrator information as to the proposed link. The links to the sites run by the heritage directorate at the ministry of culture (Mémoire, Mérimée, Palissy, Joconde) do not require prior authorization.



The number of illustrations should be in keeping with the length of the text, counting approximately one illustration per paragraph. It is not necessary to provide an illustration for every paragraph, but the illustrations should feature in a regular fashion throughout the article.


The captions for the illustrations should offer complementary information, counterpoints and perspectives with regards the main text.


The illustrations will be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text, indicated between square brackets as follows:

« … far from the houses [fig. 3]. These buildings… »

Illustration formats

With the exception of tables, the illustrations should be sent as .TIFF or .JPEG files, with a non-resampled resolution of 300 dpi for a size of about 2,000 pixels at the greatest length.

Alternatively, illustrations as photo negatives or prints may be sent to the editors who will take charge of their digitization.

Copyrights and property rights

For each illustration, authors should provide the editors with the contact details of the authors of the illustration or the owners of reproduction rights: dorine.bertrand[at]

Table of illustrations

Please provide a table of illustrations giving the complete caption of each picture and the necessary copyright details. Pictures taken from the ministry of culture’s databases should also be accompanied by their registration number.

Legal mentions

For each picture the following details are to be mentioned: author of the image, ownership, archive depot or property holder of the version made available.

Fig. X. Caption. Photo First name Name, date. Right holder (if different from the name of the picture’s author); photograph Name of place of conservation, reference (if necessary).

Two examples:

Fig. 23. Le quartier de cavalerie Augereau, 1840. Collection particulière. Reproduction Stéphane Asseline ; cliché Conseil régional d’Île-de-France, service Patrimoines et Inventaire (Base Mémoire : 04770450XB).

Fig. 78. Anna Karina, 1967. Photo Agnès Varda ; cliché BnF.

How to send the article and the pictures

The completed articles and their illustrations are to be sent to the invited editor(s) of the issue of the review and to the editorial secretary: laurent.bruel[at]

If the image file is more than 6 Mo, the images should be sent in a compressed .ZIP format, via the ministry of culture’s file transfer protocol at the following address:

Do not forget to inform the editors and the editorial secretary of the URL of the upload and, if applicable, the necessary password.


If the article proposed is not entirely unpublished, please inform the editors of this fact and justify the copyright authorizations necessary for republication in In Situ.

A publishing contract for the images and the text will be drawn up between the author of the article and the editor. The article will be published free of charge and the author will receive no payment.

Authors may subsequently republish the texts already published in the review, but must mention the original place of publication and send the editors of the review a copy of the new publication, or, in the case of an electronic publication, inform the editor of the piece’s new URL.

For articles submitted by authors employed by the French ministry of culture or its associated public establishments, it should be noted that where works created by civil servants or public officers in the exercise of their functions are concerned, the property rights belong to the employer.

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