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Instructions for authors (for authors proposing articles in English)

General instructions

Once the article is published on the RFCB site, no further changes can be made for any reason.

Articles must be between 30 000 and 42 000 signs maximum long (5 000 to 7 000 words maximum including spaces, footnotes and bibliography). They may be written in English or in French. Book reviews may be shorter (between 12 000 and 30 000 signs). Articles should be submitted in WORD format (doc or docx).

Each article should be accompanied by a title in English and in French and

  • an abstract in English

  • an abstract in French (the editorial team will take care of this for non-francophone authors).

  • a series of key words (maximum number : 6) in English

  • a series of key words in French

  • a bibliography. Only include works referred to or quoted in the article.

  • a short presentation of the author, not exceeding 5 lines.

  • The article should be divided into a few sections, the first entitled “introduction” and the last “conclusion”.

Author’s signature

The articles should be signed in the format

First name, surname, title of research group if applicable, name of university if applicable.

Please provide a three-sentence biography to go with your article.

Presentation of manuscript

Because the markup is done with a particular software programme, the manuscript should be presented as simply as possible: no particular style, no word-division between lines, no gray boxing, no underlining. The different levels of heading must be clearly marked. No hypertext links in the body of the article. Do not use the “styles” feature in Word.

No page numbering. No headers or footers.

No lists with bullet points : the whole article must be fully written up.

Use a simple typeface (Times or Times Roman).

Use the following fonts:

Article title Times 16, centred, bold

Sub heading Times 14 centred bold. The first sub-heading should be “introduction” and the last, “conclusion”.

Sub sub heading Times 12 bold

Indented quotations Times 10, indented on left and on right.


Are used for emphasis, for titles of books, newspapers, films, etc.

For foreign words or expressions

For short quotations integrated into a paragraph of normal text.

EXAMPLE: Prince Hamlet’s famous question of “whether it is nobler in the mind” might be thought applicable to our current political situation.

Quotation marks

First level quotation marks are double, second level are single.


Please use footnotes, not endnotes. Note that the footnote number, in the text, is placed in English, after the punctuation, unlike in French. Footnotes may only be linked to the main text, not to a word in the headline, nor to a word in the abstracts.


Short quotations of two lines or less are not indented, but are placed between quotation marks, and are in italics

Any quotations in a language which is not English (for example, French), must be translated into English in the footnotes.

Longer quotations are indented, in separate paragraphs, not in italics.

Only use quotation marks for quoting sources, not for other reasons, for example, not to mark informal usage.


Photographs to illustrate your article are welcome, providing that one of the following conditions applies: 1) You took the photograph yourself; 2) You can provide written permission to publish from the photographer; 3) The photographer is known to have died more than seventy years ago.

Bibliographical references

Thanks to Saint Andrew’s University

The bibliographical references are given twice: one in a footnote, with the first name of the author before the surname

John Smith, My Book (Town, publisher, date).

John Smith, “My Article”, Some Journal XX:1, 1992.

(Note that the surname is not in capitals).

And a second time in the bibliography, which should only include works cited or mentioned in your article. In The bibliography, the references are given in alphabetical order of authors’ surnames. Here are some example sof format for the bibliography.


Klaus, Vaclav, The Threats to Liberty in the 21st Century, 6 May 2006, <>[8 May 2006].

In the text or in the footnotes, web references must include the site address and the date of consulting. If the address Is very long, the root address is sufficient. The URL must be given – do not make the article headline clickable.

EXEMPLE The Guardian, 6 octobre 2014 consulted 20 October 2015

Book with Single Author

Colley, Linda, Captives: Britain, Empire and the World, 1600-1850 (London, Pimlico, 2002).

Book with Joint Authors

Burleigh, Michael and Wippermann, Wolfgang, The Racial State: Germany, 1933-1945 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1991).

Edited Book with One Editor

Crew, David F. (ed.), Nazism and German Society, 1933-1945 (London, Routledge, 1994).

Edited Book with Joint Editors

Oresko, Robert, Gibbs, G.C. and Scott, H.M. (eds), Royal and Republican Sovereignty in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Chapter within a Book

Bahlcke, Joachim, ‘Calvinism and estate liberation movements in Bohemia and Hungary (1570-1620)’ in Karin Maag (ed.), The Reformation in Eastern and Central Europe (Aldershot, Ashgate, 1997), pp. 72-91.

Journal Article

McGinnis, Scott, ‘"Subtiltie" Exposed: Pastoral Perspective on Witch Belief in the Thought of George Gifford’,Sixteenth Century Journal 33 (2002), pp. 665-686.

Unpublished work

Cheshire, J. ‘Early Victorian Stained Glass’, (PhD dissertation, University of Exeter, 1998).

Consecutive citations

If consecutive references are to the same work use Ibid.

  1. Colley, Captives, p. 87.

  2. Ibid., pp. 98-106.

Notes on footnoting

  • Ibid. is the only Latin term recommended for footnoting.

  • Use p. for single page references and pp. for references covering more than one page.

John Pearce, Kentish Mercury, 15 July 1871, quoted in Geoffrey Crossick, An Artisan Elite in Victorian Society (London, 1978), p. 156.

NB: Authors retain copyright on their articles after publication.

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