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Instructions for sending articles to the reading committee

These instructions apply to proposals written in French, the language of the RLaR. Contributors whose mother tongue is not French are invited to provide a bilingual version of their article (author's language + French translation). Only proposals that comply with the following guidelines will be considered.


All proposals should be addressed to Gilda Caiti-Russo ( who will distribute them among the reading committee. They must be sent as attached files in .doc format (the styling work for the electronic format is not compatible with other word formats such as .docx).

Each paper proposal should not exceed 80,000 characters (including spaces) including notes and bibliography.

Each proposal should be accompanied by a PDF version of the proposed text and any image or graphic files that are part of the proposal.

A brief summary of the article (in French and English) and 5 keywords (in French and English) must also be attached to each proposal, in an individual file: the total should not exceed 1000 characters.

Main text: format and style

The title of the article should appear on the first page; the name of the author and the institution to which the author belongs at the end of the article. Capital letters should be reserved for common usage (initials of proper names, first word of the title for articles in French). The same line spacing should be used for the text and quotations. The layout of your document should be as simple as possible. Avoid applying styles to the elements that make up your text. They will later interfere with the styling of the journal. In particular, be sure to remove :

  1. Page and section breaks

  2. Double line breaks or blank paragraphs between paragraphs.

Pages should be numbered at the top right. Do not break a line between paragraphs, unless a line break is desirable to indicate the transition to another part of the demonstration.

Accented characters

Please accentuate all capitals in the text that are required to be accented (À; É; È): e.g. "Following this explanation...".

Non-breaking spaces

The keyboard shortcut for the non-breaking space is Ctrl . + shift + space in Word (Windows and Max Os) : Ctrl + space in Open Office.

Non-breaking spaces are used to avoid separating two elements. You need to add non-breaking spaces for :


Non-breaking space before double punctuation marks ( ; : ! ? % =) and semi-cadratine dashes, single space after. Non-breaking space inside French inverted commas (" ").

Numbers and dates

Non-breaking space between day, month and year for dates. Non-breaking space within numbers (e.g. 1 000 000) and after numbers.


Non-breaking space between the two fields of the abbreviations "op. cit", "loc. cit", "i. e.". Non-breaking space after abbreviations such as "coll. "doc. "fasc. (fascicle), "fig. (figure), "Mr./Ms./Ms.", "no." etc.


Italics should be reserved for foreign words or underlining and for brief quotations in languages other than French. Never use bold type. Latin phrases that are not in French should be italicised in the text. Common expressions: a fortiori , a posteriori, a priori, bis, idem, ibidem/ibid, id est/i.e., loc cit, op cit, passim, sic, via, vice versa. Beware, however, of the exception cf. which is an abbreviation of 'confer' and is, by convention, in Roman: cf.


Quotations (less than two or three lines) must be indicated by French inverted commas (" "). When they exceed three lines they should be indented (1 cm), without inverted commas, and preceded and followed by a line break. Double inverted commas (" ") should be reserved for quotations within quotations. Please note that punctuation marks should always be placed after the closing inverted commas. Words included in quotations must be enclosed in square brackets, as well as ellipses, which should be marked as follows: [...]. At the end of the quotation, punctuation should appear outside the inverted commas and after the parenthetical reference, except in the case where the quotation ends with an exclamation mark or a question mark. In the latter case there will be no full stop after the parenthetical reference.


Footnotes with automatic footnote calls should be used. Footnotes should be integrated after closing inverted commas and before punctuation marks. The content of these notes should allow for clarification, illustration, etc. The notes therefore exclude the presence of full bibliographical references, as these will be included in the bibliography. Note references, which must appear as superscripts of the last word of a sentence, should precede the punctuation of the sentence as well as the parenthetical reference, e.g.: "last troubadour". (e.g.: last troubadour).

Bibliographical references

Bibliographical references should be used in the form of parentheses integrated into the text. These notes should indicate the name of the author and the number of the page or pages cited. (Gouiran, 72-80). If several entries by the same author are cited, the year of publication should be added after the author's name (Gouiran 2016, 72-80). If several texts by the same author published in the same year appear in the bibliography, an additional alphabetical indication should be added to the publication date (Gouiran 2016a, 72-80) (Gouiran 2016b, 14-20). In the latter case, the alphabetical indication will also appear in the corresponding entry in the bibliography. It should be noted that these references in brackets are followed by punctuation marks when they are integrated into the text. On the other hand, they follow the punctuation mark when they specify the references of an indented citation.


Names should be written in small capitals with initial capital letters and first names should be written in lower case with initial capital letters. Be sure to italicise the title of the work in the name of the journal in your bibliographic references. For titles in French, only the first word of the title should be capitalized (except in the case of proper names or titles within the title). Accents are to be inserted on capital letters when required by spelling. The title and subtitle should be separated by a semicolon. All titles of printed matter and periodicals should be entered in italics; however, article titles should appear in French inverted commas, without italics. Bold type should not be used in titles.

Indicate only the first place of publication if there is more than one in the work. Do not provide a place of publication for periodicals. The names of university presses should be abbreviated; for example: Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée = PULM.

For printed works, the date of first publication must appear after the author's first and last names, preceded by a comma and followed by a full stop. The volume and, where necessary, the number of the journal should also be given. References to a book or article written in a language other than French should respect the norms of French text (French inverted commas and space before double punctuation marks).

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