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Information for authors

Histoire Épistémologie Langage (HEL) publishes thematic issues (350,000 characters), articles off theme (Varia section) and reviews (15,000 characters).

The thematic issues, as well as the varia articles submitted for publication, are selected on the basis of two reports, according to the double anonymity standard. The evaluation grid is available here.

Projects for thematic issues sent to the journal must include a general presentation of the dossier, a list of planned articles, and a brief description of each article.

Articles must be preceded by two abstracts (maximum 120 words) in English and French, and keywords in both languages. Authors are asked not to exceed 50,000 characters per article, including spaces, notes and bibliography.

The editorial board takes into consideration the publication of short early manuscripts, a variety of unpublished works, and translations of documents written in languages difficult to access.

The languages of the journal are French and English, but no issue can be entirely in English. The journal also accepts articles in the other main European languages, but these may not exceed 20% of the total pagination.

The texts published in the magazine are licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND.

Here you’ll find the model author’s contract we use.

Articles or thematic projects should be sent electronically to

Instructions to authors

SHESL thanks the authors to conform to the following guidelines:
1. Recommended number of characters: 50,000 characters (including spaces, notes and bibliography).
2. Two file formats requested: docx (or odt, etc.) and pdf.
3. Two abstracts and lists of keywords: in French and in English.
4. Bibliographic guidelines: please refer to the attached file.
5. Illustrations: minimum resolution of 600 ppp. They must be provided separately from the text, numbered and captioned. Only illustrations that are free of copyright (i.e., in the public domain, from Gallica, etc.) or whose owners will have been identified in order for SHESL to request permission to reproduce them will be accepted. Such permission shall not result in any charge at the expense of SHESL. Color illustrations will be printed in grayscale in the paper version of the book.
6.  All quotations must be rigorously referenced up to the page number.
7.  Structure and formatting of the article:

·       At the top of the text, on separate lines: title of the article | author | affiliation;
·       The author is free to arrange his/her text as he/she wishes and to number or not the titles of the sections. If so, the numbering format should be as follows: 1., 1.1., 1.1.1.;
·       Notes are footnotes only;
·       Bibliographic references called out in the text should be presented as follows: (name date: pages) → (Stéfanini 1976: 26-28), (Ascoli 1975 [1873]: 30);
·       Quotations longer than four lines should be placed in an indented paragraph;
·       Foreign language terms and quotations should be in italics;

Items to be included with the manuscript:

8.     The author’s postal address and a valid email address: these personal data will be used to prepare the contracts, for mailings by SHESL and for exchanges in the publishing process of the issue. They will be treated confidentially.
9.     Academic affiliation of the author (to appear at the head of the article): name of the institution, possibly laboratory /unit, or official signature established by the institution.



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