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Articles should be between 6 000 and 9 000 words in length (plus references). It is recommended to organize the article in sections and subsections, presented by informative headings. For the sake of clarity, please do not exceed three levels of headings. Articles should also contain an introduction and a conclusion.

Upon request, RESET makes a Word document available to authors, which includes pre-formatted templates/styles and a few examples of suitable applications. For the users of a bibliographical software tool, an Endnote style (compatible with Zotero) is available.

Citations and references in the text

Quotes are placed between French quotation marks « » and a space. They are not italicized.

In general, the references are included in the text, not in footnotes. Authors are asked to comply with the system (author, date) or, when referring to a specific page (Giddens 1991: 87-89), knowing that all quotes from scientific literature must be accompanied by a citation and page numbers.

When reference is made to several authors, these are separated inside the parenthesis by semicolons: (Foucault, 1969; Giddens, 1991). When the work cited is written by two or several authors, use the ampersand to link the different names (Helsper & Eynon, 2010).

Tables, graphs, figures and illustrations are grouped at the end of the article, numbered sequentially (Table 1, Table 2), with title and source, and are referred to in the text where they should appear.


With some exceptions (see “Sources”), no reference is provided in footnotes. Footnotes are numbered sequentially and are to be inserted before punctuation, except for exclamation points, question and “unquote” quotes.

Tables, charts and pictures

All tables, charts and pictures are preceded by numbered titles. When statistical results are presented, tables and charts are followed by a presentation of the “source”, the “population” and eventually a short note on the “interpretation” of the results (how to read the visualisations). The authors send all tables (including tables used to create charts) in Excel format to the journal that will format them.

Pictures and photographs are followed by a presentation of the “source” and when a screenshot is published, the authors indicate the date when the website was accessed.


The treatment of sources (e.g. literary and pictorial works, archives, newspaper articles, websites, etc.) is different from that of scientific literature. The sources may be indicated in footnote, and do not appear at the end of the text nor in the bibliography. Two cases may be distinguished:

The article is based on a corpus of sources; in this case, it is best to write a methodological footnote at the beginning of the text, in which all sources are referenced (e.g. sets of archives, or corpus of transcribed interviews). In the case of quotes from interviews, a first footnote will suffice, indicating the source of the empirical material, and when it is quoted throughout the article, it will be integrated with a reference in brackets indicating the name, pseudonym or initials of the interviewee, and possibly the distinctive features retained. For example (François, factory worker, 25 years old).

The article only mobilizes sources such as literary works and some newspaper articles; in this case, the sources are referenced in footnote as and when they appear in the text. For their formatting, please draw inspiration from the directions below.

Bibliographical references

In the list of references, grouped at the end of the manuscript, only references cited in the text are listed, without distinguishing between books, articles, etc., comprehensively and in alphabetical order, as follows

Book-length works:

  • Weber Max (1971). Économie et société, Paris, Plon [1922].

  • Granjon Fabien, Lelong Benoit & Metzger Jean-Luc (eds.) (2009). Inégalités numériques, clivages sociaux et modes d'appropriation des TIC, Paris, Hermès/Lavoisier.

Chapters in co-edited books:

  • Jouët Josiane (2011). « Des usages de la télématique aux Internet Studies », in Granjon Fabien & Denouël Julie (eds.) Communiquer à l'ère numérique. Regards croisés sur la sociologie des usages, Paris, Presses des Mines, pp. 45-99.

Journal articles:

  • Heinich Nathalie (2006). « La sociologie à l’épreuve des valeurs », Cahiers internationaux de sociologie, 2 (121), pp. 287-315.

  • DiMaggio Paul, Hargittai Eszter, Neuman Russell & Robinson John P. (2001). « Social Implications of the Internet », Annual Review of Sociology, 27, pp. 307-36.

Online journal articles:

  • Mercklé Pierre & Octobre Sylvie (2012). « La stratification sociale des pratiques numériques des adolescents », RESET. Recherches en sciences sociales sur Internet, 1 (1) [online], published 01.01.2012, accessed 16.02.2014. URL :


  • The sites and web pages are all placed in their own section at the end of bibliography, indicating, to the extent possible, the site title, the name of the author, and especially the date of last visit (accessed DD.MM.YYYY).

Please note: Editors of collective works should be indicated with (eds.) or (ed.), for sole editor. Moreover, in case of multiple authors, all authors should be cited in the references. However, in the text, groups of more than three authors should be cited by referring to the first author only, followed by et al. (in italics).

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