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Instructions to Authors

Please note that the journal now encourages authors to complete their copyright licence to publish form online.


Articles and comments published in French Studies Bulletin do not normally exceed 2000 words and no abstract is required. Authors are requested to submit their contribution as an email attachment (in Word 2000 or more recent programme). Authors must word process all notes, numbered consecutively at the end of their article, NOT using end- or footnote programmes in Word. Articles, comment pieces, conference reports and other material should follow the MHRA Style Guide. Further guidance for authors on style may also be found on the website of French Studies. Alternatively, authors may wish to view a recent article as a model of appropriate style. Submissions should be sent electronically, preferably in Word 2000 or later, as email attachments to the Editor, Dr James Simpson, School of Modern Languages and Culture, University of Glasgow, Heatherington Building, Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RS

Two files are requested: 1. the article itself (please anonymize this file, so that when your work is sent to specialist readers they will not know your identity); (2) a short covering statement (which may be the body of your email) giving author name, full institutional or postal address, the title of the article and a declaration that it is not offered for submission to any other journal and will not be while under consideration with French Studies Bulletin. Please also give a word count (notes included) and if electronic files are part of the submission, electronic copies of copyright clearance. OUP’s policies and guidelines for authors concerning copyright can be accessed here.

Articles which also include supplementary electronic image or sound files are also welcomed (providing all copyright has been cleared in advance of submission).

In reaching a decision to accept articles for publication, the Editor will consult with independent expert readers.

Please note that French Studies Bulletin does not publish the following: creative writing in French; translations of creative or critical work; review articles of books about French Studies topics; academic articles longer than 2000 words.
Articles of 6000-8000 words should be addressed instead to The General Editor, French Studies. Book reviews should be addressed to The Editors, Reviews, French Studies. Further details about submitting to French Studies can be found here.


Authors should follow the MHRA style for producing their manuscripts and footnotes. The MHRA style guide is available for free download at this site.


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 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.


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


Authors will receive a url link to their article. Offprints may be purchased at the rates indicated on the order form which must be returned with the proofs.


French Studies Bulletin 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 Bulletin can use the following Creative Common licence 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:

CC BY - £1350/ $2150 / €1750

List B Developing country charge* - £625 / $1075 / €875

List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

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.


In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources in the manuscript. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .

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