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French Cultural Studies

French Cultural Studies

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Cultural Studies (General)

eISSN: 17402352 | ISSN: 09571558 | Current volume: 35 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

"Its wide-ranging coverage and the quality of its contributions make French Cultural Studies an invaluable research and teaching resource for those working in French studies." Jean Duffy University of Edinburgh, UK

French Cultural Studies responds to the important changes that have affected the study of French culture, language and society in all sections of the education system. It provides a forum for the research into all aspects of modern French culture.

The study of literature has a place in the journal, but particular prominence is given to such areas as cinema, television, the press, the visual arts, popular culture and cultural and intellectual debate.

French Cultural Studies is available on SAGE Journals Online.

French Cultural Studies aims to attract the best current research in all areas of French and Francophone cultural practice and cultural history, from the Revolution to the present day, including, but by no means restricted to: intellectual and literary history and publishing; cultural policy and institutions, including museums; the mass media; popular culture, including popular music; sport; cinema, visual culture and art history; the history of music; linguistics in its cultural context; minority cultures; culture, science and technology; French culture in the world.

Editor-in-Chief / Rédacteur en chef
Simon Dawes Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France
Editorial Board / Comité de rédaction
Jean Beaman University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Laura Carvigan-Cassin Université des Antilles, France
Maxime Cervulle Université Paris 8, France
Ruth Cruickshank Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Marion Dalibert Université de Lille, France
Mehdi Derfoufi Université Paris 8, France
Jacqueline Dutton University of Melbourne, Australia
Dylan S. Evans Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Jennifer Fredette Ohio University, USA
Abdellali Hajjat Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Karim Hammou CNRS, France
Kaoutar Harchi Cerlis (Centre de recherche sur les liens sociaux)
Michael Kelly King's College London, UK
Herman Lebovics Stony Brook University, USA
Christelle Lozère Université des Antilles, France
John Marks University of Nottingham, UK
Sarah Mazouz Université de Lille, France
Wendy Michallat The University of Sheffield, UK
Marwan Mohammed CNRS, France
Aurélien Mondon University of Bath, UK
Myriam Paris Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris, France
Philippe Poirrier Université de Bourgogne, France
Alison Rice University of Notre Dame, USA
François Robinet Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France
Dominic Thomas UCLA, USA
Steven Ungar University of Iowa, USA
Florian Vörös Université de Lille, France
Emma Wilson Cambridge University, UK
Advisory Board / Comité scientifique
Robert Abirached Université de Paris X, France
Robert Aldrich University of Sydney, Australia
John Armitage Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Etienne Balibar Ancien professeur à l'Université de Paris-Nanterre, France
Judith Butler University of California, Berkeley, USA
Christophe Campos Universite de Londres a Paris, France
T J Clark University of California at Berkeley, USA
Alain Cresciucci Université de Rouen, France
Peter Cryle University of Queensland, Australia
Christine Delphy CNRS, France
Rokhaya Diallo Georgetown University, USA
Clive Emsley Open University, UK
Didier Eribon Université d'Amiens
Elizabeth Ezra The University of Stirling, UK
Jean-Louis Fabiani Central European University, Hungary
Didier Fassin Institute for Advanced Study, USA
Eric Fassin Université Paris 8, France
John Flower University of Kent, UK
Didier Francfort Université de Lorraine, Institut d'Histoire Culturelle Européenne (Château des Lumières, Lunéville), France
Richard Griffiths King's College, London, UK
Marie-Paule Ha University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Susan Harris Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Jane Hiddleston Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK
Lynn A. Higgins Dartmouth College, USA
Shirley Jordan Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Roderick Kedward University of Sussex, UK
Philippe Lejeune Université de Paris XIII, France
David Looseley University of Leeds, UK
Philippe Marliére University College London, UK
Achille Mbembe University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Colin Nettelbeck The University of Melbourne, Australia
Pascal Ory Université de Paris, France
Kristin Ross New York University, USA
Leon Sachs University of Kentucky, USA
Joan W. Scott Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
Pierre Sorlin Université de Paris III, France
Tyler Stovall University of Berkeley, USA
Ludovic Tournès Université Paris Ouest, France
Françoise Vergès Fondation maison des sciences de l'homme, France
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: French Cultural Studies

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of French Cultural Studies will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to French Cultural Studies, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    French Cultural Studies is a fully peer reviewed international journal that publishes international research on all aspects of French culture in the Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Articles are welcome on such areas as cinema, television and radio, the press, the visual arts, popular culture, cultural policy and cultural and intellectual debate.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    French Cultural Studies adheres to a rigorous double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the identity of the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees and all manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions
    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    French Cultural Studies requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    French Cultural Studies encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    French Cultural Studies and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    French Cultural Studies offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    French Cultural Studies adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the Sage Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Typescripts can be in English or French.

    French Cultural Studies is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    They should be clearly typed using double spacing.

    Covering letter: please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

    Format of mss: Each manuscript should contain:

    (i) title page with full title and subtitle (if any). For the purposes of anonymize refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note should be supplied on a separate sheet.

    (ii) abstract of 100-150 words

    (iii) 5-8 key words

    (iv) main text and word count - suggested target is about 6000 words. Text to be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text

    (v) end notes, if necessary, should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the French Cultural Studies editorial office as follows:

    Simon Dawes


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