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  • All publication projects must be presented in accordance with the guidelines specified below. For further information, please contact the staff member responsible for the publications service (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

    Presentation of the publication project (preliminary request)

    Authors and editors of collective works are invited to submit a detailed publication project in the form of a presentation form that includes:
     
    (1)     the position and qualifications of the author(s)
    (2)     the work's provisional title
    (3)     an overview of the work
    (4)     a complete table of contents
    (5)     technical specifications: the text's approximate length (number of characters, including spaces), the nature and number of the illustrations, and possible tables and appendices
    (6)     a blurb specifying the project's academic interest, its originality, and its publication context
    (7)     the examiners' report, if the work is based on a thesis
    (8)     details of grants for which the work could be eligible.
     
    As far as is possible, the preliminary deadline for submitting the complete manuscript (less than twelve months) should be specified.
     
    Please note that:

    • Unedited theses are not accepted: the proposed manuscript must have been reworked with a view to publication.

    • Similarly, conference proceedings must have been revised under the authority of an editor who guarantees the quality of the contributions as a whole and their thematic coherence (see the note to conference organisers). The style must be that of a written work and not an oral paper.

    • While there is no maximum page count for monographs, excessive lengths (beyond 500000 characters, c. 500 pages) risk putting the feasibility of publishing the volume with the FSA in jeopardy. The maximum page count for conference proceedings is fixed at 1300000 characters, including spaces.

     

    From the submission of the complete manuscript to the delivery of the final manuscript

    The project is submitted to the editorial committee for an opinion (*). If this is favourable, the author is asked to send a complete manuscript, prepared according to the current editorial guidelines. This should be supplied as a digital file, with an unbound paper copy of the manuscript including a printed set of all the illustrations.
    Only complete manuscripts, with a full set of chapters and copies of all images with captions, are reviewed. They are appraised by two academic experts, with a technical evaluation of the manuscript in parallel. The technical and academic expert reports are released within three to six months on average.
     
    The submission of a manuscript implies that it has not been proposed to another publisher at the same time (if it has, this must be stated).
     
    Permission to reproduce illustrations or long quotations from works not published by the FSA must have been obtained in advance by the author (please include copies). In no circumstances will the FSA take responsibility for permission requests.
     
    The decision to publish or not is taken on the basis on these evaluation reports: proposed manuscripts are accepted, declined, or accepted subject to the author making the alterations or corrections requested by the readers.
     
    The final manuscript. For the acceptance to be definitive, the author will then be asked to ensure the submission of a final revised manuscript that includes the modifications requested, within a reasonable period of time (six months maximum in the case of major revisions).
    If permission to reproduce copyrighted material has not yet been supplied, the author must imperatively do so at this stage. Anything lacking will lead to a delay in publication.
    Once the revised manuscript has been accepted, no major modification of the text is possible.
     

    (*) Editorial committee

    The chief purpose of the editorial committee, established in 2013, is to provide opinions on publication projects submitted to the FSA.
    This committee, which is composed of the director of the FSA, the president of the Academic Board, the Director of Ancient Studies, the Director of Modern and Contemporary Studies, as well as a member of the staff of the publications service, meets on average three times a year.
     
    Date of the next editorial committee: 21 March 2017.
     

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