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About the journal

The project

Terrains/Théories is a pluridisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that is mostly articulated around philosophy, anthropology and sociology but that more generally remains open to all human and social sciences.

Within the last twenty years, contemporary philosophers have intervened in political, economical, social and cultural matters. There are countless books of political philosophy devoted to issues of justice, deliberation, recognition, domination, gender etc., that venture into fields usually invested by economics, sociology, anthropology or social psychology. We can still regret that those books quite often do not draw inspiration from studies in social science about the same topics. Conversely, it is not unusual to see scholars in sociology, anthropology or social psychology mobilizing such concepts as identity, recognition, vulnerability, empathy, justice, domination, alienation, conflict or deliberation without necessarily making explicit or justify the definitional choices that have accompanied the construction of these concepts.

To some extent this situation is stimulating since it invites to a close collaboration between these disciplines. But it is also unsatisfying insofar as this collaboration is only seldom realized. Terrains/Théories aims at offering a platform making these exchanges and this confrontation possible at a time when, within those disciplines, appeals towards interdisciplinarity are more and more frequent and, at the same time, often remain incantatory. Our explicit goal is to take this necessity very seriously, regarding both the kind of references mobilized in the texts we will publish and the reciprocal apprehension of empirical and conceptual dimensions.

The journal is not linked to any particular clique; nor does it belong to any specific theoretical or methodological movement. Its horizon could nevertheless be circumscribed, but not exhausted, by a series of broad topics such as: collective identity(ies) and identification(s); recognition; alienation; domination; territory(ies) and territorialization(s); equality/inequality; justice/discrimination ; conflict/deliberation; politics and society; ideologies and discourse; concepts and conceptualizations ; modernity and postmodernity; body and society; epistemology of human and social sciences.

Editorial line

The team

The journal is composed of a publication director, an editor-in-chief, an executive editorial board, a plenary editorial board and a managing editor. The editorial board ensures the continuity of editorial work whereas the plenary editorial board supervises the general policy of the journal and the debates about forthcoming issues. The journal pays a particular attention to guaranteeing fairness within its structures, so that there may not be any major imbalance between men and women, sociologists and philosophers, academic staff and doctoral students etc. A scientific international board composed of 19 academic personalities ensures the national and international inscription of the journal into the field of social science.

Evaluating articles

Texts submitted to Terrains/Théories will be evaluated through a double-blind process that anonymizes both the authors and the evaluators.
The organization of evaluation depends on the sections for which the text has been submitted.

  • As far as the thematic section is concerned, the responses to the calls for papers will be received by the editor-in-chief and the coordinators of the issue. The executive editorial board dispatches the proposals to the evaluators, one of them being a member of the plenary editorial board, the second being external to the board. After their anonymization by the managing editor, texts are sent for evaluation. Evaluation criteria and recommendation options are made explicit in a specific document. Once evaluations have been received, they will be discussed by the executive editorial board and the coordinators of the issue. If both evaluators are on the same line, the text is either refused or accepted for publication (with minor modifications or with more important ones that will necessitate a second evaluation). In case of a major disagreement between evaluators and within the board, the executive board will appoint two more evaluators in order to be able to take a decision.

  • The reception of articles proposed for the Varia section is not dependent on a deadline. Therefore, the anonymization of the texts will be ensured as they arrive. The editor-in-chief and the person in charge of the Varia section will organize their dispatching to two evaluators, one of them being a member of the plenary editorial board, the second being external to the board. The criteria to accept or refuse an article are the same as for the articles in the thematic section.

  • As far as book reviews are concerned, the text is evaluated by the editor-in-chief and the person(s) in charge of the Book section.

Format of issues and texts

Terrains/Théories is a biennial journal only available online. Each issue is composed of a thematic section the coordination of which is ensured by one or two people; a Varia section with the articles spontaneously proposed to the journal; and a Book reviews section. The organization of the thematic section is articulated around calls for papers.

Articles shall number between 45 000 and 60 000 characters (spaces included), reviews shall number between 5 000 and 15 000 characters (spaces included). In order to make the editorial work as easy as possible, authors are kindly requested to respect the editorial charter as much as possible.

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