Le monde francophone

Guide For Authors: Submitting Articles

  1. Send your submitted article as a single file (including Notes and Références / Works Cited) by email attachment to: Edward Ousselin, Editor in Chief (edward.ousselin@wwu.edu). The file should be in Word .doc format (not .docx).
  2. The French Review subscribes to a policy of “anonymous” submissions: Assistant Editors will not know the identity of the author whose article they are asked to evaluate. Therefore, the attached file of the article should not include the author’s name, university affiliation, or any other reference that would identify the author. The author's email message should provide the title of the article, the author’s name, address, institution, telephone number, and email address.
  3. The usual length for articles, including endnotes and works cited, is 4,000 to 6,000 words. All articles must be accompanied by an Abstract of 100 words, maximum, in the same language as the manuscript (the abstract should be in a separate file, also in Word .doc format).
    Most articles will fit into one of the following rubrics:
    • État Présent
    • Film
    • Focus on the Classroom
    • Interview
    • Linguistics
    • Literature
    • Professional Issues
    • Review-Essay
    • Society and Culture

    An online rubric is designed for texts and lesson plans that can be used directly in the classroom at all levels:

    Dossiers pédagogiques

  4. Use endnotes, not footnotes. Reference numbers are typed in superscript, outside punctuation marks (use Arabic, not Roman, numerals). However, for articles written in French, endnote numbers (as well as closing quotation marks) precede punctuation. Do not use the automatic endnote function. The Notes should be in normal text, paragraphed and double-spaced, after the last page of the article. The Works Cited (use “Références” if the article is in French) will follow the Notes. The format of the Works Cited should follow MLA style. However, do not include the redundant “Print” or “Web” designations. In the Works Cited, a URL should be in the following format: <pole-emploi.fr/candidat>. Page numbering should be used throughout the article. In general, the use of subheadings should be avoided (especially “Introduction” and “Conclusion”). An author may occasionally wish to acknowledge special assistance, in the formulation of the article, to a colleague or an institution. This should be done sparingly and always as a final endnote to the article.
  5. Authors of interviews should use Q:and R: (in boldface) to indicate questions and answers. They should also provide an introduction to the author and a list of Références / Works Cited. An interview should be a substantive conversation, which deepens our knowledge of the artist and/or his/her work, and which enhances our knowledge of literature or film in general (contemporary novel or cinema, changing trends in fiction/theater/poetry/film, art’s relationship to politics, culture, history, etc.).
  6. Authors should never practice multiple submissions, that is, sending the same article to more than one journal at the same time. The French Review has an enviable record of furnishing a prompt answer on submissions. If, after devoting considerable time to a manuscript, the French Review’s editors and consultants learn that it has been accepted elsewhere (or, for that matter, that the author is guilty of plagiarism), we will not entertain a submission from that person again.