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Submit an article

Articles and pictures should be sent electronically by e-mail to the coordinator(s) of the journal issue or to the editorial secretariat (, via online FTP (WeTransfer type,, or through the French Ministry of Culture’s FTP at the following address:

Please specify in your accompanying message your postal address as well as your office and personal telephone numbers.

The articles published by In Situ are original texts. Authors are committed to maintaining the exclusivity of their paper to In Situ until the notification of their acceptance by the editorial board of the journal. The In Situ Journal is an electronic journal. All the articles published on the website are subject to the copyright laws that apply to a printed journal.

The article will not be accepted unless it is complete (main text, footnotes, bibliographic references, abstract, keywords, final images, captions and credits).

Composition of the text

Number of characters

Articles submitted to the journal should necessarily range between 15,000 and 35,000 characters (bibliography not included), spaces and notes included.

Text formatting

The text of the article should be in Word format (.DOC or .DOCX), single-spaced in Times New Roman, size 12. Any specific layout of the text should be avoided, in particular the use of tabulations: the electronic publishing software will apply an automatic page layout.

The article should indicate, immediately after the title and its possible subtitle:

  • first name and last name of the author,

  • profession and institutional affiliation,

  • E-mail address.

Titles of the article should not exceed 3 levels. For convenience, they may be numbered (but this numbering will not be preserved for the publication).

Placement of illustrations (photographs, graphic charts, maps, etc.) should be located in the text with the following mention between square brackets: [fig. 1], [fig. 2], etc.

Notes should be footnotes with note identifiers in Arabic numerals (automatic consecutive numbering), in Times New Roman, size 10.

The article should be accompanied, in separate files by:

    • 1 The author should thus provide the editorial staff with proposals for subject indexing. The editori (...)

    an abstract (about 1,500 characters, spaces included) and keywords1, that will be translated into French by the journal

  • a potential table of illustrations

Links and references

It is possible (and even advisable) to enrich the text with hypertext links, either within the document, or to other documents (another article in this journal, websites, online databases, etc.).

The authors are specifically invited to search using the Collections search engine ( and the Plateforme ouverte du patrimoine (“The Heritage Open Platform”, POP) ( the records likely to illustrate their point. The journal also encourages the insertion of links to the Mémoire, Mérimée, Palissy and Joconde’s databases.

Wording of captions and credits

Any illustration must include a complete caption, a mention of credits, that should be presented and worded as follows, on three consecutive lines:

  • Figure X

  • [caption:] Title, author, date, dimensions, medium, place of preservation (inventory number)

  • [credits:] © author of the work or holders of the rights / place of reproduction or of preservation, or organisation broadcasting the image [e.g.: © succession Picasso / RMN]


1 The author should thus provide the editorial staff with proposals for subject indexing. The editorial board recommends that authors describe their article by means of 6 terms or so chosen in priority from the list of keywords already used:

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