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Special Issues: Guidelines for Editors and Authors

The Proposal

The proposal should:

  • explain the origin (i.e. whether the result of a conference, a call for papers or commissioned articles) and the rationale of the Special Issue
  • provide a table of contents and a full set of abstracts (300 words each)
  • provide an indication of the proposed length of the final articles (see below)
  • provide an indication of the time-frame for each of the stages of the project.


The total length of a Special Issue should not normally exceed 40,000 words, including the Introduction. The number of articles included may be variable (for example, 5 at c. 8000 words, 6 at c. 6500 words). While a larger number of shorter articles is possible, editors will need to ensure the overall balance of the volume.

Peer Review Process

Full proposals will be considered by the French Studies Editors and relevant members of the Editorial Board and, where appropriate, sent to external reviewers for specialist evaluation. The main evaluation criteria will be: coherence of the volume, potential quality of the contributions, interest to readers of French Studies, and likely importance to research in the field/sub-field. At this stage, a decision will be taken regarding the acceptability of the project, and feedback will be provided to the prospective Special Issue editors. Where there has been a decision to take the proposal forward to the next stage, the Guest Editors will be expected to coordinate the composition of the issue as per the timeline indicated in the proposal and to submit the entire Special Issue as a single submission on ScholarOne. The submitted material will be considered by the Editors and relevant members of the Editorial Board. Where appropriate, external reviewers may again be approached. At this stage, the Editors will communicate any further recommendations or requirements to the Guest Editor(s) and will agree a final deadline for the revised submission.

Responsibilities of Guest Editors

The Guest Editor(s)

  • have responsibility for the selection, commissioning, editing and provision of the final manuscripts to the Editors of French Studies
  • will normally be expected to provide a preface/ introduction to the issue
  • will be expected to deal directly with authors throughout the process. The Journal Editors will communicate directly with authors only in exceptional circumstances and at relevant points of the production process
  • will be expected to update the Journal Editors regularly on the progress of the Special Issue
  • will be expected to ensure that authors follow the Journal's presentation and referencing guidelines
  • will be expected to ensure that all authors supply illustrations of an appropriate quality and that authors obtain all necessary copyright permissions. Relevant documentation should be provided with the final version of the Special Issue
  • will be expected to proof-read the entire volume and to ensure that authors proof-read their contributions
  • should provide full contact details, including email addresses, for all contributors