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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 « ».

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. The following abbreviations will be used:

  • ms (no full-stop) = (manuscrit) manuscript; mss = (manuscrits) 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.


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 published sources: the year will be replaced by a word (or a group of words) evoking the title. For example: Bates, Regesta..., n° 61, p. 289.

For references to works not quoted in the bibliography, refer to bibliographical conventions mentioned below.

For the presentation of manuscript works quoted in the footnotes, refer to the heading entitled "quoting 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.

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


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

Ex. BATES, David, Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum. The Acta of William I (1066-1087), Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1998, XXXVIII + 1153 p.

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.).

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