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French Studies is published on behalf of the Society for French Studies by Oxford University Press. It publishes articles and reviews spanning all areas of the subject, including language and linguistics (historical and contemporary), all periods and aspects of literature in France and the French-speaking world, thought and the history of ideas, cultural studies, film, and critical theory. Since its first publication (in 1947), the journal has been a leading forum for the publication of ground-breaking work and for critical debate. The current editors are Professor Timothy Unwin (General Editor), Professor Russell Goulbourne and Dr Sophie Marnette (Co-Editors). Editorial responsibility for French Studies rests with the Editors and the Editorial Board (View full editorial board), assisted by the Advisory Board (View advisory board).

French Studies publishes about twenty articles per volume and its review section is unmatched in its breadth and its quality, providing prompt coverage of work published in French, English, German, and Italian. We publish more than 250 reviews in each volume. We also publish other types of article, including états présents outlining the current state of research on major authors or topics. And we occasionally publish special issues of the journal, devoted to a particular topic or author.


Articles are published in English or in French.

The journal aims in particular to publish articles which, in addition to making a contribution to a specialized area of knowledge, will be likely to have notable impact on wider critical debate. The journal is open to interdisciplinary or other submissions which explore innovative critical approaches. Articles submitted for publication will be assessed according to their originality and the importance of the contribution which they make, and their appeal to the interests of a wide international readership. In considering articles for publication, the Editors will consult with independent expert readers. A decision about publication will normally be reached within a period of three to four months. The Editors will also satisfy themselves that any work published in the journal does not contain any defamatory, unlawful or otherwise objectionable material, nor material which is inaccurate or misleading.


Please submit articles (and books for review) to the address below, not to individual Editors.

French Studies publishes reviews spanning all areas of the subject including language and linguistics (historical and contemporary), all periods and aspects of literature in France and the French-speaking world, thought and the history of ideas, cultural studies, film and critical theory. The journal's review section is unmatched in its breadth and its quality, providing coverage of work published in French and English.

French Studies does not usually review translations.

Books submitted for review should be sent to:

The Editors, Reviews,
French Studies
41 Wellington Square

Book reviews are commissioned by the Editors. Reviewers are asked to prepare their piece in accordance with our Style Notes for Reviews and to submit it as an email attachment.

Articles to be considered for publication should be submitted to the French Studies online submission website. Authors will need to register on the site the first time they use it. Should you have any queries about online submission, please contact Paula Potter at email

Articles should not as a rule exceed 6000-8000 words in length, including notes.

Authors should ensure that their main document is fully anonymized, for peer review purposes. Authors are also required to submit a title-page that contains their full contact details and affiliations. Please note that the source files (.doc or .docx) should be submitted rather than a .pdf file.

You can obtain a template of the title page by clicking here.

Before sending your article to us, please apply carefully the style and presentation indicated in our Style Notes for Articles otherwise it may be returned with a request for you to do so before we can consider it. Our house style is MHRA style, the full version of which can downloaded by clicking here.

You are requested to ensure that the text submitted is clear, correct, and definitive; authors’ changes may not as a rule be made at proof stage.

Authors may also wish to propose an état présent, an essay of 3000-4500 words providing an overview of research and publication on a given topic and highlighting in particular the most important recent developments in the field. This is subject to the usual process of peer review and authors should contact the General Editor, Timothy Unwin at in the first instance, before submitting an état présent.

We welcome proposals for guest-edited special issues of the journal, devoted to a particular topic or author. Please send proposals to the General Editor at When preparing and submitting such a proposal, please follow our detailed guidelines. Special Issues Guidelines

Authors of shorter articles (1200 words or less) may wish to consider submitting them to a sister publication, French Studies Bulletin: A Quarterly Supplement. Submissions should be sent (as soon as possible where topicality is of the essence) to Dr James Simpson, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow, Hetherington Building, Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RS, UK email

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


If you have any queries about articles please contact Paula Potter at email.

If you have any queries about reviews, please contact email Liz Skalka in the French Studies office.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.


French Studies authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in French Studies can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The Open Access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1850/ $3000 / €2450
List B Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that might apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


The corresponding author will be sent free electronic access to their article.

Offprints can be ordered using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.