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Instructions to authors

for publication in the electronic journal RursuSpicae
Arnaud Zucker, Isabelle Draelants et Antoine Pasqualini

Notes de la rédaction

In the event of non-compliance with the instructions, an upgrade to the standards may be requested before any publication. Due to the nature of the journal (electronic publication), the editorial board reserves the right to refuse a text.

Each author tacitly authorizes the publication of his text online in RursuSpicae.

Documents must be sent by e-mail to arnaud.zucker[at], isabelle.draelants[at] and antoine.pasqualini[at]

Language and word limit

Your article may be written in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish.

The size of each article may not exceed 85,000 characters, including blank spaces and notes.

Your contribution must include the following elements (in this order)

  • Title in the language in which the article was written

  • Translation of the title into English

  • Short bio-bibliographic record (title, institution of affiliation, short bibliography... : 5 lines maximum)

  • Summary in the language of the article

  • Summary in English

  • Five keywords in the language of the article

  • Five keywords in English

  • Your article (in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish), including headings

  • A final bibliography (see below)

  • (Note: each of your illustrations must be accompanied by a caption).

Format of the text file you must provide us

  • in doc, docx, rtf

We ask you to write your article in the template (download here), using the appropriate style sheets (Title, Title 1, Title 2, Normal, Quote, Legend, Note), the body of the text will be in “Déjà vu sans”, 12 point, notes in 10 point, quotations may be presented with an indentation of 2 cm, font 10.

References to sources (in the text)

In the text, the citation references for both ancient and modern authors follow the citation and are in parenthses. Example = introrsum ira de de caelo (Orose 4.2.1); διὸ καὶ φιλοσοφώτερον ποίησις καὶ καὶ σπουδαιότερον ποίησις ποίησις ἱστορίας ἱστορίας ἐστίν (Aristotle, Poet. 1451b5).

In the notes, the citation reference precede the quotation, with the author’s name in small capitals. Example = Orose 4.2.1: introrsum ira de caelo stirrer; Aristotle, Poet. 1451b5: διὸ καὶ φιλοσοφώτερον καὶ καὶ καὶ σπουδαιότερον ποίησις ἱστορίας ἱστορίας ἐστίν ἐστίν.

The numbering is given in Arabic numerals; use the dot, e.g. : 4.2.1. (not IV, 2, 1).

For ancient authors

Use the full name of the author (in the language of the article) and common abbreviations for works. At the first mention, the names of medieval authors (auctoritates) are given in Latin in the most common form, in full, with the title of the work. Then, the reference can be abbreviated if it is repeated frequently: Example: Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De proprietatibus rerum, 6.7, ed. Frankfurt, 1601: p. xx. Thereafter: Bartholomaeus Anglicus, DPR 6.7.

In the case of a medieval vernacular author, his name is given in the language of his work. Example: Philippe de Thaon, Li Compoz; Konrad von Megenberg, Der Buch der Natur; Jacob van Maerlandt, Die Naturen bloemen.

For modern authors

In the text, use an abbreviated reference in brackets (Date name: page). Example: (Fortenbaugh, 2014: 38)

In the notes, give the full bibliographic reference at the first mention (for first names, give initials only). For the following mentions of the title in a note, apply the “Bostonian” Harvard reference standard (author[in small caps], year: pagination), with the first significant words of the title. Example: Gruber, L’hippiatrie antique, 2010: 29-50 (do not use Ibidem or op. cit.)

If there are more than three authors, for example Huby Pamela, Ebbesen Sten, Langslow David, Russell Donald, Steel Carlos, Wilson Malcolm (trans.). Priscian: Answers to King Khosroes of Persia, 2016, in the notes, this will appear as: (Huby et alii, Priscian, 2016).,

If several publications by the same author published in the same year are mentioned, use short titles: Jacquart, La médecine arabe, 2007a; Jacquart, Turisanus, 2007b.


  • Subdivided into I. Editions of texts and II. Scholarly works, including all authors and titles mentioned in the body and notes of the article.

  • For ancient and medieval authors, specify the edition used, with bibliographical details. Examples:

    • Thomas Cantimpratensis, Liber de natura rerum, Helmut Boese (éd.), Berlin - New York, 1973.

    • Beda Venerabilis, De natura rerum, Migne Jean-Paul (ed.), (Patrologia latina,110), col. 187-278.

  • In the final list of bibliographical references, the presentation is as follows:

    • Name First name, Title of the work, Place[in the language of the country of origin], date, (and if applicable:) (Collection, number in the collection in Arabic numerals).

      • Dutton Paul E., « The Little Matter of a Title : Philosophia Magistri Willelmi de Conchis », in Guillaume de Conches : philosophie et science au XIIe siècle, Obrist, B. Caiazzo, I., (éd.), Firenze, 2011.

    • Name First name, "Title of the article", Title of the journal, number, date, p. 00-00.

    • Name First name, "Title of the article", in Name First name (dir.), Collective title, Place, date, (Collection, number in the collection if it exists), p. 00-00.

    • For electronic articles / journals (available online):
      Giaume Claire, "Le choeur dans les luttes d'Aristophane. Role and evolution of the choir's interventions in agonist scenes at Aristophanes", Rursus[On line], 6 | 2011, put online on 11 February 2011, consulted on 25 April 2012. URL: DOI: 10,4000/rursus.515

Note: When an electronic resource is cited, it is important to mention its online release date, consultation date and associated DOI identifier (

Remember to capitalize the first letters of nouns and adjectives in English titles: Tubach Frederic C., Index exemplorum: A Handbook of Medieval Religious Tales, Helsinki, 1969.

Attention: in the final bibliography, do not leave the exact pages referred to in the notes (only the pages of the entire article or chapter).

General remarks about your word document

  • Choose a simple layout with no special effects.

  • Use only one font (DejaVu sans[unicode font]). If other fonts are required (Chinese characters, hieroglyphics, etc.), please specify this and provide the font file.

  • Do not add a tabulation at the beginning of a paragraph.

  • Do not add a line between paragraphs.

  • Do not add spaces before or after quotations.

  • Use headings (maximum 3 levels of title).

  • Do not introduce a forced page break.

  • Do not create columns (if necessary, make a table with an invisible grid).

  • If you “copy and paste” from other parts of your work (make sure that the styles are identical).

  • No idem, ibidem, op. cit. unless the same title or author is cited immediately before in the same note.

  • For quotations within quotations, use single marks : “ ‘ …’ ”.

  • Do not use “sqq.” to refer to the pages of a publication; give the specific pages.

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