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Instructions for authors

1. Submission of articles

Articles are to be sent in electronic format (Word) to the following address:

Articles must be submitted by the main author.

Articles must be written in French. Authors can publish the same article in French and English (translation is the authors’ responsibility).

Any inquiry concerning article submission should be directed to:

Authors must read and comply with the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

1.1 Fees or charges for authors

No fees or charges are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials.

Publication fees : none.

Submission fees : none.

1.2 Review policy

Authors are obliged, for all materials submitted, to participate in a peer review process and to follow publication conventions.

All authors are obliged to make the requested changes and correct mistakes. When changes are asked for, the authors have a certain timeline for submitting their modifications. In each case, the authors and reviewers will come to a common understanding of the deadline, based on the nature and quantity of the requested changes.

1.3 Copyright, access, and licensing

The intellectual property and copyright on the original content of all scientific contributions shall remain with the authors. The authors grant, in exchange for publication in the Journal PISTES, exclusive licensing of the first publication, giving the Journal the right to produce and disseminate the contributions, whether collectively with other articles or individually, and in all media forms known or to come.

  • 1 PISTES journal transitioned from the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 I (...)

In confirming the open access publication of their articles, all authors agree to the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)1.

1.4 Data Access and Retention

Authors may be asked to provide the research data on which their paper is based for editorial review and/or to comply with the open data requirements of the Journal. Research data refers to the results of observations or experimentation that validate research findings. Authors should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable. Authors and researchers are asked to anonymize confidential data and personal information so that they may be accessed.

When submitting, authors are encouraged to join a data statement to their article. In the statement, they can identify the data they used in the article and indicate its availability, for example in a data repository. Authors should be prepared to maintain research data for a reasonable number of years after publication.

1.5 Archiving

Authors are allowed to self-archive articles published in OpenEdition Journals in institutional or thematic repositories recognized in their areas.

2. Formatting of articles

Articles must be produced with MS-Word software. Articles are presented in single-spaced letter format (21.59 x 27.94), with 2.5-cm margins and a legible typeface such as Times or Times New Roman in a 12-point print. The articles are sent in electronic format by e-mail. Articles printed on paper are not accepted. The suggested length of an article is 40,000 characters (including spaces and excluding the bibliography).

Avoid formatting; it complicates our editing work. Styles (automatic spacing, pre-formatting) should not be used. Pages should be numbered.

Articles must be organized as follows:

  • Title in French

  • Sub-title

  • First author

  • Affiliation of first author

  • Second author

  • Affiliation of second author (and so on)

  • Abstract in French, 150 words

  • Five keywords in French

  • Title in English

  • Abstract in English, 150 words

  • Five keywords in English

Other than these instructions, there are no particular requirements for the presentation of the article. That being said, authors are strongly encouraged to use numbered sections and subsections with titles that are as easy to understand as possible (numbering: 1, 1.1, 1.1.1; avoid titles that are too long).

3. Formatting of article text

  • Align the text to the left and justify.

  • Bold and italic characters can be used to emphasize particular elements in the article, but they should be used parsimoniously.

  • Acronyms for institutions, etc. are written in capital letters without periods, e.g., INRS, CNRS, UQAM, etc. Institutional acronyms must be stated at the first occurrence of the institution in the text.

  • Quotations are put in a separate, detached paragraph in quote marks with a left indent and a line space before and after.

  • Footnotes must be used to provide information that complements the content of a sentence rather than to reference an article or a report.

  • Tables, figures, and images must respect the above-mentioned formatting characteristics, be directly integrated in the text at the place chosen by the author (between two paragraphs) and, if relevant, employ legends that explain the essential elements to which they are referring. Figures must be in .png with a size of 3 000 pixels minimum. Jpeg format can be used in exceptional cases, but this entails a loss of visual quality. Tables must be inserted in the text in MS-Word format, not in an image format.

  • Do not use the TAB function and other special characters; they complicate the editorial work.

  • Do not use landscape format.

4. Bibliographic references

In the main text of the article, the names of the authors and the year of publication appear in parentheses. A complete list of all the quoted papers comes at the end of the article, with the authors' names in alphabetical order.

4.1 Article from a scientific or digital journal

Teiger, C., Montreuil, S. (1996). The foundations and contributions of ergonomics work analysis in training programmes. Safety Science, 23, 2/3, 81-95.

Cuvelier, L., Caroly, S. (2011). Transformation du travail, transformation du métier : quels impacts sur la santé des opérateurs et sur l’activité collective ? PISTES, 13, 1.

4.2 Research report or Masters or PhD thesis

Champoux, D., Cloutier, E. (1996). Problématique de la santé et de la sécurité chez les pompiers : résultats de l’analyse de fichiers d’accidents de deux municipalités du Québec. IRSST, Montréal, R-144, 63 p.

4.3 Book chapter

Volkoff, S., Molinié, A.F. (1995). Éléments pour une démographie du travail. Dans Le travail au fil de l’âge, eds J.C., Marquié, D., Paumès, S., Volkoff, pp 99-119. Octares édition, Toulouse.


1 PISTES journal transitioned from the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) to the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) on May 1, 2024. This change was motivated by the guidelines established by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), as detailed on their dedicated page on dissemination policy.

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