When submitting articles for publication in Essays in French Literature and Culture, please follow these guidelines.

  1. Submission
  2. Length
  3. Works cited
  4. Endnotes
  5. Dates and numerals
  6. Quotations
  7. English spelling
  8. Punctuation


Authors should submit a 300 words proposal (proposition). After a proposal has been accepted, full articles should be submitted duly formatted in electronic form as a Word file. There should be no special formatting, and no headers or footers. Double-spacing in justified paragraphs, should be used throughout, except for long quotations which should be isolated and single-spaced.


Articles should not exceed 5000 words, including notes and works cited (Bibliographie).

An abstract (résumé) of 120 words maximum, and a bio-bibliography of 100 words maximum, together with about six key-words (mots-clés) should be provided at the time of submission.

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Works cited

Full details of works cited should be included in a list to appear between the main text and the endnotes. Wherever items in the Works Cited list are referred to, brief details may be given in brackets in the main text of the article, for example, (Deleuze, 2002, 54). Publications should be referenced from the latest to the earliest works for each author, as in the following examples:

Bruckner, P., Le mariage d’amour a-t-il échoué? (Paris: Grasset, 2010). —, Le Sanglot de l’homme blanc (Paris: Seuil, 1983).

Freadman, A., “Poeta (1st decl., n., fem.),” Australian Journal of French Studies 16, 1979, 102-34.

Nettelbeck, C., “Getting the Story Right: Narratives of World War II in Post-68 France”, in G. Hirschfeld and P. Marsh (eds), Collaboration in France: Politics and Culture during the Nazi Occupation 1940-1944 (Oxford: Berg, 1989), 252-93.

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Endnotes should be used instead of footnotes, and contributors are requested to minimise the use of terms such as ibid. or op. cit. Do not use the separator bar.

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Dates and numerals

Dates should observe the form “12 August 1933” (no comma or “th”). Ordinal numerals up to 100 should be typed in words; for example “seventeenth century” not “17th century”.

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Quotations of less than three lines should be enclosed within double inverted commas (and not the French « »). Quotations of more than three lines should start on a new line and be indented but not enclosed within inverted commas. There should be a blank line before and after the quotation paragraph, and no tab for the new paragraph after the quotation. Reference to an item in the works cited should be included parenthetically at the end of the quotation.

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English spelling

Spelling should follow that of the Oxford English Dictionary or the Macquarie. For consistency’s sake authors are asked to use ‘s’ (not ‘z’) in words such as ‘organisation’, ‘emphasise’. Also ‘centre’ for ‘center’, ‘labour’ for ‘labor’, ‘pre-war’ and ‘post-war’ for ‘prewar’, ‘postwar’.

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No space before punctuation (including ? or ! etc.), no double space after any punctuation signs.

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