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Stylesheet for authors

The journal is edited with the online publication platform LODEL®. Authors are required to follow the guidelines below when preparing their manuscript, to facilitate the work of the copyeditor. Please email if you would like to receive a sample text with the correct formatting.

Following the style sheet does not guarantee that the article will be published, but any manuscript that does not follow these guidelines may be rejected by the editors of the volume or by the general editors.

General principles

Authors should avoid using their word processor’s pre-set formats, since these often create problems during the layout process. Authors are thus advised to deactivate the automatic stylesheet function of their word processor. When working in Microsoft Word 2016, for example, select the text, open the “Styles” menu, then “Clear all”.

Please avoid using bold, italic or underlined text, except in the cases mentioned below.

1. Metadata

Articles should contain the following information in the following format:

  • Author: first and last name of the author, position, name (and, where applicable, number) of research centre, university and faculty, postal and email address.
  • Abstracts: in French and English. (Book titles should appear in the original language.) Articles not written in French or English should also include an abstract in the language in which they are written.
  • Keywords: manuscripts should include 5-6 keywords in the language the article is written in, with French equivalents. The editorial committee reserves the right to modify proposed keywords to ensure coherent indexing.

2. Page layout

  • Margins: 2.5cm (1 inch) on all sides
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Line spacing: double spacing throughout, including bibliography, quotations and endnotes.
  • Quotations of less than three lines should be included in the body of the text, with quotation marks. Quotations over three lines should be set off from the body of the text without quotation marks. Quotations should not be indented, since this is done automatically by LODEL®.
  • Punctuation should follow the rules of the language the text is written in. Text and quotations given in French should include a non-breaking space before all double punctuation marks. In English, use double quotation marks “...” for the first level of quotation. Use single inverted commas ‘...’ for a quote within a quote, to indicate a gloss, or to draw attention to a word or phrase. Sources must be cited for all quotations.
  • Typography: Italics should be used to emphasise words or phrases in the text. If italics occur inside a quotation, the please indicate whether this emphasis is present in the original text, e.g.:
    text text “quote emphasis quote” (Jones 2001: 19, emphasis in original).
  • Tables: Please avoid using tables as much as possible as they are not easy to manage with LODEL®. Any tables submitted should be defined automatically in your word processor, rather than manually by using the TAB key and/or spacebar.

3. Organisation

Manuscripts submitted should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (or around 45,000 characters) maximum.

  • Titles and subtitles should be numbered in the following manner:
    1.1.1 (etc.)
  • Textes & Contextes does not accept texts written as a single block.
  • Please do not indent the first line of a new paragraph.
  • Please do not insert a line space between a title or subtitle and the text following it.

4. Quotations

A translation should be provided for all quotations not given in the language the article is written in. The translation should normally be given in the body of the text, with the original in an endnote. In cases where the analysis focuses on the language or style of the original quotation, the original version may be given in the text, with the translation in an endnote.

5. Endnotes

Except for the cases listed above, endnotes should be limited to supplying additional information that is not strictly necessary to the understanding of the text. Bibliographical references in endnotes should be treated the same way as references in the body text.

6. In-text references

Bibliographical references should be given, in the body of the text or the note. References should be given in parentheses, in author-date-page format:
As White has noted (2001: 65), we must...
quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote (Dupont 2001: 45).

7. Reference list

Articles must include a complete list of works cited in the text and in the endnotes, following the format given below. Authors are responsible for the correct formatting of their reference list.

  • Book
    • Surname, First Name (year). Title (= name of the collection, volume number), City: Publisher.
    • Bök, Christian (2001). Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (= Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, 2), Evanston: Northwestern University Press.
  • Edited book
    • Surname, First Name, Ed./Eds. (year). Title (= name of the collection, volume number), City: Publisher.
    • Withers, Jeremy / Shea, Daniel P., Eds. (2016). Culture on Two Wheels: The Bicycle in Literature and Film. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Chapter in an edited book
    • Surname, First Name (year). “Title of chapter,” in Surname. First Name, Ed./Eds., Title (= name of the collection, volume number), City: Publisher, pages.
    • Brogan, Una (2016). “Albertine the cyclist: A queer feminist bicycle ride through Proust’s In Search of Lost Time,” in: Withers, Jeremy / Shea, Daniel P., Eds., Culture on Two Wheels: The Bicycle in Literature and Film, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Journal article
    • Surname, First Name (year). “Title of article,” in Journal, volume/issue, pages.
    • Gifford, Paul (1981). “Humour and the French mind: toward a reciprocal definition,” in: Modern Language Review, 76, 534-548.
  • Dictionary or encyclopedia without an author
    • Title (year). City: Publisher.
    • Le Nouveau Petit Robert (1995). Paris: Dictionnaires le Robert
  • Electronic document
    • Name of document. Available via: <URL>. Consulted <date>.
    • IATE – InterActive Terminology for Europe. Available via Consulted 19 September, 2011.

If two or more articles published the same year by the same author are cited, letters should be appended to the in-text references and to the reference list entry in order to differentiate them:
     DuPont, Jean (2001a)
     DuPont, Jean (2001b)

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