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Instructions to Authors

1. Submission and format

The author may email his or her article as an attached document at

The article is submitted to the editorial board who then send their comments to the author.
When the definitive version is completed, the article is put online.

The encoding conventions used for articles are as follows:

  • Texts will be submitted in Word (a recent version) or RTF format.

  • Illustrations will preferably appear in EPS or TIFF format. High quality photographs on paper can also be provided for digitization.

2. Style-guide

Titles, subheads and subtitles must appear clearly against the body text and must be in lower case. The hierarchy must be clearly indicated, but subdivisions should not go beyond the second level.

Each article must be preceded by the following indications: title, author(s) (surname and first name in full), contact details, abstract and keywords.

Authors’ contact details must include professional address (of home organisation) and postal and / or electronic address.

Each article must include an abstract in French and in English (100 words or 500 signs maximum).

Keywords: 10 maximum in French and in English.


The language used within the journal is French, but articles in a foreign language are also accepted.


A few basic rules:

  • When indicating centuries, use Xe (and not Xè or Xème); spell out "siècle" in full.

  • Words in a different language from the body text (latin, etc.) must be in italics.

  • Differentiate the hyphen " - " from the dash " – ".

References to page numbers will appear in the following way:

  • Single page: p. 52;

  • Several pages: p. 52-58.

If possible, use French quotation marks « ».


Indicate for each place the name of the department, the canton and, if necessary, the commune.

E.g. “Vivant-sous-VergyXXX”,

XXX Côte d’Or department, cant. Gevrey-Chambertin, c. Curtil-Vergy. Indicate only “chef-lieu de cant.” for a commune which is the chief town of a canton.

Quoting documents

Titles of manuscript documents will be quoted between quotation marks. The author will specify the precise conservation place, copyright holder, collection or series, and the shelf-mark of the document.

E.G.: Caen, Arch. dép. Calvados, H 3163 ; Rouen, Bibl. mun., ms 1207 [Y 51], fol. 94.

The following abbreviations will be used:

  • ms (no full-stop) = manuscript; mss = manuscripts

  • coll. = collection; vol. = volume

  • fol. = folio ; r = recto ; v = verso ; r-v = recto-verso

  • Arch. nat. = (Archives nationales) National Archives

  • Arch. dép. = (Archives départementales + nom du département) Departmental Archives + name of Department

  • Arch. mun. = Archives municipals

  • BnF = (Bibliothèque nationale de France) National Library of France (and for main funds: ms lat.; ms fr.; nouv. acq. lat.; nouv. acq. fr.)

  • Bibl. mun. = Bibliothèque municipale (Municipal Library)

As regards foreign collections: B.L. = British Library; P.R.O. = London Public Record Office.

Names of other collections (French or foreign) will be spelled out in full.

3. Footnotes and bibliography

A bibliography at the end of the article (even a short one) is recommended.

The bibliography should be divided into 3 parts separated by a heading:

  1. “Manuscripts”

  2. “Sources”: published sources (old and contemporary editions)

  3. “Studies”: secondary literature


Presentation of references quoted in footnotes: For references to works quoted in the bibliography: Name, year, page(s). When there are several references for the same year, indicate: 1999a, 1999b, 1999c...

For references to sources cited in the bibliography: first name and surname of the author of the source in lower case, full title on the first occurrence, first name and Surname of the scientific editor in small capitals, book or chapter number, or page number. From the 2nd occurrence onwards, keep only the name of the author of the source:

E.g.: 1st occurrence: William of Poitiers, Histoire de Guillaume le Conquérant, Raymonde FOREVILLE (ed.), II, 12, p. 174.

from the 2nd occurrence: William of Poitiers, II, 13, p. 178.

If the author of the source is unknown, cite the source by its full title on the first occurrence, followed by the name of the scientific publisher, then, if it is long, choose an abbreviated form from the 2nd occurrence.

E.g.: Le Cartulaire du chapitre du Saint-Sépulcre de Jérusalem, Geneviève Bresc-Bautier (ed.), doc. 75, p. 174.

example with a long title:

1st occurrence: Faits et gestes du Prince Tancrède pendant l’expédition de Jérusalem by Raoul de Caen, François Guizot (ed.), p. xxx.

2nd occurrence: Faits et gestes du Prince Tancrède..., p. xxx.

For the presentation of the manuscript documents cited in the notes, please refer to the section entitled “citation of documents”.


Authors are listed in alphabetical order. For each author, works are listed in chronological order. When several works by the same author appear in the same year, the reference will be followed with the mention year / letter in bold type (ex.: 1999a, 1999b).

General rules

Please note: authors’ names must appear in small capitals. So as to facilitate the editing process, authors are asked to enter the name with a capital letter at the beginning of the word, followed with lower case letters.

The author’s second name is written in small capitals, followed by the first name spelled out in full (initial allowed).

Titles must be in italics for works or periodical names, or between "quotation marks" for an article published in a journal or a contribution to a composite work.

It is mandatory to indicate the name of the series and the number in the series, if they exist.

Alternative presentations will appear then according to the type of publication.


« Name of the manuscript (or title), shelfmark (Origin – when it is known–, date)

« Cartulaire de l’abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp », Rouen, Bibl. mun., ms 1207 [Y 51] (Fécamp, XIIIe siècle). URL:

« Donation à l’abbaye du Bec-Hellouin », Rouen Arch. Dep. Seine-Maritime, 3 H 8/1 (ca. 1110-1130)


NAME, First name, Title: subtitle, number of publication, place of publication, editor’s name (name of series, number), date of publication, number of volumes, number of pages (recommended).

Ex. Alexander, Jonathan J. G., Norman Illumination at Mont St Michel. 996-1100, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1970.

With series: Krüger, Karl Heinrich, Die Universalchroniken, Turnhout, Brepols (Typologie des sources du Moyen Âge occidental, 16), 1976.

Composite works

Title: subtitle, First name or initial of editor and Name of editor followed by (dir.) or (éd.), place of publication, name of publisher (name of collection), date of publication, number of volumes, number of pages (recommended).

Ex. La Normandie vers l’an mil, François de Beaurepaire et Jean-Pierre Chaline (éd.), Rouen, Société de l’Histoire de Normandie, 2000.

Contributions to composite works

Name, First name, « Title: subtitle of contribution », in Title: subtitle of composite work, First name or initial of editor, then Name of editor followed by (dir.) or (éd.), place of publication, name of publisher (name of collection), date of publication, pages.

Ex. Arnoux, Mathieu, « Les premières chroniques de Fécamp : de l’hagiographie à l’histoire », in Les Saints dans la Normandie médiévale, Actes du colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle (26-29 septembre 1996), Pierre Bouet et François Neveux (éd.), Caen, Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2000, p. 71-82.

Articles from periodicals

NAME, First name, « Title : subtitle of the article », Title of periodical, volume number, date of publication, pages.

Ex. Violette, Louis, « Le problème de l’attribution d’un texte rouennais du XIe siècle : les Acta archiepiscoporum Rothomagensium », Analecta Bollandiana, 115, 1997, p. 113-129.

Unpublished theses and dissertations

Name, First name, Title : subtitle, thesis or dissertation, discipline or area of specialty, University, Department, date of defence, number of volumes, number of pages followed by the mention (dactyl.) (= typoscript).

Ex. Maneuvrier, Christophe, Paysages et sociétés rurales au Moyen Âge : le Pays d’Auge jusqu’à la fin du XIIIe siècle, Thèse de doctorat d’Histoire, Caen, UFR d’Histoire, 1999-2000, 3 vol. 571 p. + 111 fig. et 15 tabl. + 79 p. (dactyl.).

Online resources, URLs, and DOIs

As the journal is online only, and articles can be consulted in a web browser, it is essential to add the web address of the online resource to the bibliographic references when it exists. The editors invite authors to check the existence of an online version of a book, chapter or journal article, and to indicate it by means of a web link.

Articles and book chapters

The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) should be used for journal articles and book chapters, to ensure the stability of Internet links over time. The DOI of an article is indicated on the main publishers' portals (Brepols, Openedition, Cairn, Perseus, Brill, etc.).

It should be displayed as follows: DOI: 10.4000/books.psorbonne.27614. The URL link on the DOI must be activated and entered as follows in your word processor:

The DOI must be added at the very end of the reference.

Article example: Stirnemann, Patricia, « Two Twelfth-Century Bibliophiles and Henry of Huntingdon’s Historia Anglorum », Viator, 24, 1993, p. 121-142. DOI : 10.1484/J.VIATOR.2.301244

Ex. of chapter : Lebecq, Stéphane, « Scènes de chasse aux mammifères marins (mers du Nord, VIe-XIIe siècles) », in Milieux naturels et espaces sociaux. Études offertes à Robert Delort, Élisabeth Mornet and Franco Morenzoni (eds.), Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne (Histoire ancienne et médiévale, 47), 1997, p. 241-253. DOI : 10.4000/books.psorbonne.27614.

Manuscript sources and early editions

For manuscripts and early editions of sources, one should also try to provide a link to a good quality online digitisation. Preference should be given to portals of large libraries that offer stable and permanent addresses, such as Gallica (ARK Archival Resource Key), e-rara (DOI), the Digital Library of Munich (URN), and many others. We recommend that you do not link to Google Books; you can link to a source on, if the equivalent has not been found on another website.

If there is no DOI, put the link in the following form at the end of the reference:

Certain, Eugène de, « Raoul Tortaire », Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes, 16, 4e série, t. 1, 1839, p. 489 521. URL:

Orderic Vital, Histoire de Normandie, tome 3, François Guizot (ed.), Caen, Mancel, 1826. URL:

« Abrégé de l’histoire des rois de France et des ducs de Normandie », Paris, BnF, ms fr. 10130 (XIIIe siècle). URL:

« Vita S. Eduardi regis », Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana, ms Reg. lat. 489 (last quarter of the 13th century). URL:

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