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Submission Guidelines

Code of ethics

Editorial scope

Every effort is made to process submitted texts efficiently and quickly.

A proposal for an article that does not comply with the scope of the journal or that goes against its editorial line may be rejected by the editorial board without going through a blind peer review.

Peer Review Process

With the exception of the two cases cited above, presentations of collections in the “Collections & archives” section, and book reviews, all manuscripts submitted to the journal are anonymised and evaluated by at least two peer reviewers (double blind), of which at least one will be selected from outside the editorial committee. Presentations of collections in the “Collections & archives” section and book reviews are evaluated and discussed by the editorial committee.

After deliberation by the editorial board and the scientific editors of the special issue, based on the peer reviewers’ reports, a manuscript may be accepted, accepted with revisions (major or minor) or rejected. In the event the manuscript is accepted subject to revisions, the editors and the editorial board will make a final decision based on how far the author’s revised manuscript has enacted the suggestions and comments of the peer reviewers’ reports. If their manuscript is rejected at this stage, authors will receive a feedback report.

Impartiality and conflict of interest

Manuscripts are evaluated objectively, solely on the basis of their scientific content, without distinction of gender, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic origin, or institutional affiliation of the authors.

Experts are asked to provide informed opinions; ad hominem criticism is prohibited.

In the event of a conflict of interest with one of the authors or with the content of the manuscript to be evaluated, the external experts or members of the editorial board concerned must recuse themselves.

Any expert (internal or external) who knows they are insufficiently qualified to evaluate a manuscript or who knows they cannot do so within a reasonable time is required to notify the editorial committee.

Plagiarism and work already published elsewhere

The experts advise the editorial board and the management of the journal:

• if they identify substantial similarities with other content already published or in the process of being evaluated of which they may be aware;

• if the manuscript uses data from other authors without citing the source.

Confidentiality and use of data

The peer review process is strictly confidential. Information or correspondence about a typescript is not shared with anyone outside of this process. No unpublished information, no argument and no analysis contained within a manuscript is used or disclosed before the publication of the article without the consent of the authors.

Editorial processing

Any text accepted (from the initial submission, or after revisions) is the subject to editorial work that will be carried out in consultation with the author.

Authors' commitment

The authors guarantee that their manuscript is original work, and that it does not infringe the moral rights of the intellectual property of any other person or entity.

The authors guarantee that their manuscript does not contain any statements that are defamatory, fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate.

The authors guarantee that their manuscript has not already been published and that it is not based either in part or in whole on work already published.

Authors must not submit their manuscript to several journals at the same time.

The authors guarantee that they will provide full citations for all the publications they have used in their work.

The authors authorize the editorial team of the journal to make any modifications to their article and work with the editorial team when modifications are submitted to them for approval.

If they discover a material error or inaccuracy after the publication of their article, authors must promptly inform the journal and cooperate with it to either retract or correct the article in question.

If they are contacted by the journal after the publication of their article following the discovery of a significant error, authors must promptly transmit either their corrections or proof of the accuracy of the original article.

Requests for permission to reproduce and represent resources

The authors will have taken the necessary steps to obtain the right of reproduction and digital representation of the iconographic and/or multimedia resources to be reproduced in their article, or they will have taken care to use copyright-free material (which has fallen into the public domain or is under Creative Commons licenses). They will have made sure to have obtained the explicit agreement, in writing, of people who appear in any photos, videos or who are audible in audio extracts.

As an extra precaution, the authors will send on these authorizations to the editorial board. The journal declines all responsibility in this area and reserves the right to refuse potentially contentious resources.

Assignment of non-exclusive copyright free of charge

Authors who submit an article accept the free and non-exclusive transfer of reproduction and representation rights to the journal Strenæ, in any form whatsoever, including print. This applies to the textual, iconographic and multimedia materials of which they are the authors and/or the beneficiaries.

Authors who wish to deposit their article, after publication, in an open archive (such as HAL-SHS) are invited to ask the journal for the latest version, formatted and proofed, which will be given to them in PDF form.

Formatting guidelines

In order to guarantee an optimal editorial process, the editorial staff of the journal Strenæ draws the attention of its authors to the need to comply as closely as possible with the recommendations set out below. A complete and standardized article will be processed more efficiently by the editorial staff.

Submitting articles that are incomplete or that do not take these guidelines into account is likely to lead to the manuscript being returned to the author for amendment and/or addition by them.

Contributions should be submitted to the Editorial Board at strenae[at]

The full article will contain the following:

• text of the article, tables, legends of illustrations/tables, in separate text files (.doc, .docx, .odt)

• illustrations in .jpg exclusively (300 dpi), numbered in order of appearance, in a separate file.

Presentation of the text

The maximum article size (spaces, notes and bibliography included) is as follows:

• article (in a special issue or varia): 35,000 characters including spaces,

• book review: 10,000 to 15,000 characters,

• presentation of a collection or archive: 10,000 to 15,000 characters,

The text of the article will be accompanied by:

• a summary in French and in English;

• four to eight keywords in these same languages, preferably to be taken from the index of the journal (NB: proper names must appear in the form “Surname (first name)”.

• the title in French and in English.

Alongside their name (in capital letters) and first name (in lower case), the author will provide:

• their institutional affiliation,

• their full contact details (email and postal address), which will not be made public.


Quotations not exceeding three lines are integrated into the main text. Long quotes are to be indented, as shown below:

En France, l’entre-deux-guerres a longtemps été perçu dans l’histoire de la littérature pour la jeunesse comme une période de déclin, peu digne d’intérêt – une sorte de passage à vide entre l’essor extraordinaire qu’a connu le genre au xixe siècle et celui qui l’a caractérisé ensuite, tout au long de la seconde moitié du xxe siècle, sous l’influence, entre autres, de l’apparition du livre de poche pour la jeunesse.


The journal does not accept bibliographical references integrated into the text in the form of a parenthesis (Lévêque, 2013). Any bibliographical reference must be provided in the form of a footnote. Footnotes use the "footnote" style of the word processor chosen by the author.

Bibliographic references

On the first occurrence of a reference, the presentation will be as follows:

- for a book: First name Last name, Title, Place of publication, publisher, date of publication, page number. (Example: Florence Gaiotti, Experiences of speech in contemporary children's literature, Rennes, University Press of Rennes, 2009, p.113.)

- for a journal article: First name Last name, "Title of the article", Title of the periodical, volume or volume (t./vol.), number, date, page numbers. (Example: Sandra Laugier, “The experience of reading and self-education”, The subject in the city, n°8 (2), 2017, p. 39‑53.)

- for a collective work: First name 1 Last name 1, First name 2 Last name 2 (eds.), Title, Place of publication, publisher, date of publication, page. (Example: Cécile Boulaire, Matthieu Letourneux, Claudine Hervouet (eds.), The future of books for young people: conference proceedings, Paris, Bnf-CNLJ-JPL, 2010, p.30)

- for a book chapter: First name Last name, "Title of the article", in: First name 1 Last name 1, First name 2 Last name 2 (eds.), Title, Place of publication, publisher, date of publication, page numbers. (Example: Gaëlle Levesque, "On the life of nursery rhymes in the albums of Maurice Sendak", in: Florence Gaiotti and Eléonore Hamaide-Jager (eds.), Song in literature and material culture of childhood and youth, Arras, Artois Presses Universitaires, 2020, pages 107-119.)

For the following occurrences, the presentation of the bibliographical references will be as follows:

1. if the two footnotes follow immediately: Ibid., p. 5.

2. if the two footnotes do not immediately follow each other, we will opt for the presentation of the reference in short form:

- for a book: Initial-First name Last name, Title (shortened if necessary), op. cit., page number. (Example: F.Gaiotti, Speech Experiences, op.cit., p.28.)

- for a journal article: Initial-First name Last name, “Title of the article”, op. cit., page number. (Example: S.Laugier, “The reading experience”, op.cit., p.42)

- for a book chapter: Initial-First name Last name, “Chapter title”, op. cit., page number. (Example: G.Levesque, "De la vie des nursery rhymes", op.cit., p.112.)

Open Access Publishing

Open access

In accordance with the principles of Open Access, Strenæ is published free of charge and without embargo period on the OpenEdition Journals platform, and it encourages the dissemination of its content, as long as the work is attributed to the author. The journal Strenæ is listed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

Creative Commons License

Unless otherwise stated, the articles are published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license: the reuse of the texts is authorized as long as the work is attributed to the author, and within the limit of non-commercial use; derivative works (e.g. translations) are not permitted. The images and videos remain placed under their original legal notice.

Open archive

The journal Strenæ also encourages the authors of articles to deposit their texts in an open archive, such as HAL-SHS. For such deposits, the editorial team invites the authors to request, after publication, a PDF of the published version, after it has been proofed.

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