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Articles will normally be of 8-10,000 words, but longer ones may be allowed in exceptional cases. They may be submitted in either English or French (though the published article will be translated into English). Papers should be submitted electronically via the online submission website . Any editorial or submission queries should be sent to the Editor.

French History welcomes proposals for historiographical essays of full article length, as well as review articles that combine 2 or more recent publications – usually up to 2000 words long. The editors would be happy to discuss ideas for such essays or review articles. The journal is interested in receiving proposals for fora in which important new books, developments in the field, or major scholarly events are debated. The journal publishes occasional research notes.

French History does not - except in exceptional circumstances - publish translations of articles or chapters that have already been published in French or another language. If in doubt, authors should consult one of the editors (Penny Roberts for the period before 1789, Julian Wright for 1789 and after), bearing in mind that the editors will always prioritise the publication of original, unpublished material. French History does undertake to translate new and original articles that are drafted in French, and French authors should submit in the original language in the first instance.
The Editor will notify authors as soon as possible on the acceptability of their papers and inform them of any changes that need to be made, but will not enter into correspondence about papers considered unsuitable for publication.


Department of History
Durham University
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Department of History
University of Warwick
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Neither the Editor nor the publisher accepts responsibility for the views of authors expressed in their contributions. Authors may not submit manuscripts that are under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Articles and Book Reviews should be in Word and double-spaced with an unjustified right-hand margin. Each page should be numbered. Please note, however, that our online submission site does not yet accept ‘.docx’ documents. Please use Word's ‘Save As’ option to save your document as an older (.doc) file type (this should be straightforward); and upload in the earlier format.

Authors are asked to consider the broad readership of French History as they prepare their material for submission. In particular, they are encouraged to draft the openings of articles and review articles in such a way as to make their material accessible to readers who may not be specialists in their own field.


In articles, and review articles, footnotes should be numbered consecutively and placed together in double-spaced typing on a separate page or pages at the end, though they will be published at the foot of each page. In reviews of books, there should be no footnotes, all material being incorporated in the text.

Author affiliation

In articles and review articles, the author's name should appear at the beginning, immediately under the title of the piece. An asterisked footnote should be included, giving the author's present position, and an address sufficient for him/her to be contacted by readers, and (if so desired) brief acknowledgements. Degrees and other personal details should not be included.


Authors should also submit a 150-word abstract of their article. This will appear at the head of the text and will serve to alert potential readers to the article on the journal's website.

Quotations and References

Any quotations from particularly difficult (or archaic) French sources should be given in French first, followed by an English translation; otherwise French quotations are acceptable without translation. If the translation is not the author’s, this should be referenced.

Quotation marks should be single and not double unless they indicate a quotation within a quotation.

Presentation of main text

French Historyarticles are normally divided into sections defined by Roman Numerals (I, II, etc.); usually there will be between 4 and 7 sections. Sub-headings are not normally used.

UK English: honour, colour, lling, lled, organize, centralization, analysing.

Use commas (and other punctuation) only to avoid ambiguity; do not use extraneous punctuation.

Do not use serial commas (the ‘Oxford comma’):

red, green and blue (not ‘red, green, and blue’)

In French terms or titles, always use accented caps rather than unaccented: État rather than Etat.

Use French spelling for names in French:

Lyon, Marseille, Reims, Henri, François

Spell out one to ninety-nine; 100 and above in figures; but for whole units words may be used:

an eleven-year-old boy; fifty years; 4000; 10,000

a crowd of some five thousand

Always use figures for percentages and measurements:

5 per cent; 34 per cent

Most institutions, movements, parties, etc. take roman:

Ligue du Midi; Préfecture de police; Société des Avocats

But there are some exceptions, notably Parlement de Paris, Chambre des Comptes .

Use italics for titles unless part of proper name: the préfet ; Préfet Dubois

Use lower case unless part of a proper name:

the president; President Mitterrand; the general; General Mercier

It is preferable to use the French title for institutions or offices, rather than the English, but please be consistent whichever you choose. If strictly necessary, then gloss the French title on first mention.

juge d’instruction (examining magistrate)

ministre de l’Intérieur (Minister of the Interior)

président du conseil (President of the Council)

Style in italics if used in a general sense; roman if part of proper name.


Page references do not take p. or pp., whether in articles or books [NB this is a recent editorial change].

Unless absolutely necessary for clarity or further information, avoid using prefatory expressions such as ‘See, for example,’ and ‘For history of this, see,’; instead go straight to the reference.

Avoid giving references in parenthesis. Simply use a colon followed by the reference.

Primary sources

Avoid ibid.

For archival sources, use A[rchives] N[ationales,] etc. for first reference, not (AN hereafter); thereafter use abbreviation. Lay out information from an archive in order from the name of the archive itself down to the actual file, document or folio being referred to.

For correspondence, use the form: Paul-Boncour to Viviani, 30 Mar. 1907.

Secondary sources

Use ibid. rather than short title whenever appropriate.

‘XVIIe siecle’ with superscript always, not ‘xviie siecle’.

Use initials, not full author names: C. E. Dawn Jr and A. K. John.

Never use p. or pp. – NB this is a recent change in editorial policy.

Newspapers or other documents with dates: abbreviate the month: Le Temps, 22 Jan. 1903.

French titles, capitalize book titles up to and including the first noun.

Book, journal and newspaper titles in French : initial caps up to the first noun, including intervening articles:

Le Petit Méridional; Le Temps; À La Recherche du temps perdu

Publication details : give place of publication (even if Paris or London), followed by a comma and the date of publication. Do not give publisher name. (NB using Paris or London is now once more obligatory).

Capitalization in English titles : follow standard Oxford capitalization for book and article titles – volume number but not issue number for journals.Abbreviate only current, English journal titles:

J. Wright, The Regionalist Movement in France, 1890-1914: Jean Charles-Brun and French Political Thought (Oxford, 2003), 33-4.

J. D. Burson, ‘Theological renewal and Enlightenment confrontations at the Sorbonne (c. 1730-1750)’, Fr Hist, 23 (2009), 471.

Volume numbers:

If only one volume is cited in the article, reference only that volume:

C. Haton, Mémoires de Claude Haton , ed. L. Bourquin, vol. 1 (Reims, 2001).

If several volumes are cited, give the total number of volumes after the title, and the volume cited in lower case roman numerals followed by a full point, after the publication details:

C. Haton, Mémoires de Claude Haton , 4 vols (Reims, 2001–04), iii. 34–39.

For US state abbreviations use two-letter postal abbrev: MA (not Mass.).

Do not use a full point for contractions: edn, eds, vols, fos, etc.

Use full point for: ed., vol., ibid., et al., trans.

A style guide for authors may be downloaded here style guide , which authors are strongly encouraged to study.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page .


Upon publication, all authors will receive a url to enable free online access to their paper.

Authors can buy offprints or order copies of the issue in which their paper appears by using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.


It is the author's responsibility to obtain print and online permission to quote material (text and images) from third party sources and to cover any costs incurred in securing these rights. The Editor should be alerted at the earliest opportunity as to any difficulty in securing these third party rights.

Authors submitting manuscripts do so on the understanding that the work has not been published previously and, should it be accepted for publication, that the author(s) obtain the necessary permission to use material already protected by copyright.

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible.

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

Please note that by submitting an this 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.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content; author; original publication; year of original publication; by permission of [rights holder].

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


French History 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 History can use the following Creative Common licences for their articles:

• 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

Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225

Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

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