Instructions for authors

The journal’s editing committee welcomes any scientific article dealing with the Nordic Countries during the contemporary era and up to the present day. Literature studies as well as all fields of social sciences and humanities will be considered. Once submitted to the editors, articles will be given to members of the journal’s scientific committee for an evaluation of the contribution’s scientific quality. The article will then be sent back to the author for correction. At all steps of this process the journal aims to work in the quickest possible delays.

Authors are invited to follow these rules while writing their contributions:

- Articles should not be longer than 40 000 signs (notes and spaces included);

- Two summaries should be provided, one in French and the other in English, both maximum a dozen lines in length. The editors will help with summaries in French if necessary. Furthermore, the author should provide his or her professional affiliations and his or her latest publications;

- All tables, graphs and maps must have a title and be numbered. They have to be transmitted to the editors as separate files of sufficient resolution (ideally 300 dpi) in grayscale. Their place in the text must be clearly marked.

- Authors should submit their texts at the following address: as .doc or .rtf files. Sending a contribution means accepting the conditions of publication, both as a paper version and online. No royalties will be given in both cases.

     I.   Style guide

The font used should be Garamond, 11 pts for the text, 8 pts for footnotes.

Notes should be footnotes, not endnotes.

Caps should be used only for the beginning of sentences.

If the text contains special characters, use Unicode fonts (Arial under Windows, Lucida Grande under Mac, etc). Failing that, give the editors the name of the font or fonts used and ideally provide the editors with a file containing the fonts used. In any case, give a paper version of the special characters used.


1)      Articles should be structured as follows:


Written in italics, the summaries should be placed between the title and the article’s introduction.



Titles should be as short and precise as possible. The hierarchy of titles should clearly appear (different font, font size, or numbers). Do not go beyond three levels of titles/subtitles.



Use the ruler to determine a first line indent to mark the beginning of a paragraph. Use a double space between paragraphs only to mark a strong and significant divide (for example after the introduction or before the conclusion).



Short: less than two lines. They should be inscribed in normal font and between quotation marks, in the body of the text. Always use French quotation marks « … », and use English quotation marks “...” to mark a quotation inside a longer quotation.

– When a quote is merged into a normal sentence, put the final dot outside the quotation marks.

Ex.1 : Mme Lepic said his hair were like « drum sticks. He would break his comb trying to brush them - if he had one ».

– If the quote starts with a complete sentence but is part of a wider sentence, it should be introduced by a colon. In any case, the quotation should in that case start with a capital letter and the final dot should be placed inside the quotation marks.

Ex.2 : Two centuries before the beginning of our era, the poet Terence said: « I am human, I consider nothing human alien to me. »


Long: Present them as a normal paragraph, same font, but only 10 in size, with a line break before and after, no quotation marks, and a small indent leaving space both on the right and on the left of the quotation.


Ex. 3 : Long quotations of more than two lines,

should be marked as a paragraph using a smaller font size.


In a quotation, any cut should be marked with […], as well as any personal comment. All quotation of more than 10 lines, taken from a source less than 70 years in age and post mortem,  can be subject to copyrights.

Quotations must exactly correspond to the original text, and be systematically accompanied by a footnote giving the source of the quotation.



Should be inserted using Word’s automatic footnote system.

The footnote reference number is placed after closed quotation marks, but before punctuation when the quotation is inserted in the text (example 1). In case of a complete quotation (example 2), or of a long quotation the reference number is placed at the end.


Ex.1 : Mme Lepic said his hair were like « drum sticks. He would break his comb trying to brush them - if he had one »1.

Ex.2 : « I am human, I consider nothing human alien to me. »1


Notes should be as concise and precise as possible (bibliography, sources, short comments…).


2)     Basic typographic rules


Is used for words and expressions in foreign languages (not English), or to insist on a specific concept or expression (if the emphasis is inside a quotation, add a footnote with the mention “emphasis added”).


  Quotation marks

Quotation marks (“ ”) are used around a quotation. Dashes (‘ ’) are used to emphasize a group of words located inside a quotation.


  Caps and accents (acute and grave)

The rule is, when necessary, to accentuate caps.

i Under Word, accents can be marked with the following short keys before writing the cap letter.

Ctrl + 4 (on the main keyboard, not the number panel) for the acute accent,Alt + Bold + 7 for the grave accent.


  First and Second Names

Those are always marked with a cap on the first letter, otherwise written normally. You can chose whether to use full First Names or just initials: in that case, use the same system consistently throughout the article.


 Titles of books

Are written in italic in a regular text, and in regular is the text is in italic.


  Titles of articles

Are written between quotation marks



In caps, without dots (UNESCO, CNRS). If the acronym is not well-known, explain its significance in a footnote at first occurrence.

Names of societies, ministries etc… are in regular, with only a cap on the first letter.



Will be written in full letters (five men, etc).


  Short forms

You should use the following: 20th century, BC., etc., Mr., Ms., Mm., Mlle, 1s, 2nd, ed., dir., chap., vol., p. 14 et p. 124-127.

 II.   Reference system

Please use footnotes.

1)      First references to sources in footnotes



First names then Second name, Title, Print Run Number, Place of Publication, Publisher  (Collection; Number in the collection), Date of Publication, p. x.


Ex : Claude Hagège, Halte à la mort des langues, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2002.


  Book of contributions

Title, First Name of the editor then Second Name of the editor, followed by (ed.), Place of Publication, Publisher (Name of the Colelction; Number in the Collection), Date of Publication, p. x.


Ex: Advances in the Sociology of Language, Joshua Fishman (dir.), Paris, The Hague/Mouton, 1971.


For a book with several editors, separate their names with &. If there are more than two editors, separate only the last two ones with &, the others are separated using commas.


  Book chapter

First Name then Second name, “Title of the chapter”, in Title of the book (for conference proceedings, add the name of the conference, date and place), First Name of the editor then Second Name of the editor, followed by (ed.), Place of Publication, Publisher (Name of the Collection; Number in the Collection), Date of Publication, p. x.


Ex : Eric Eydoux, “Les littératures du nord et le temps du paganisme”, in Dragons et drakkars : Le mythe viking de la Scandinavie à la Normandie XVIIIe-XXe siècles, Caen, Musée de Normandie, 1996,
p. 29-36.


For a book with several editors, separate their names with &. If there are more than two editors, separate only the last two ones with &, the others are separated using commas.


  Journal or newspaper article

First Name of the Author then Second name of the Author, “Title of the article”, Name of the review, journal or newspaper, Volume, Issue, Date of Publication, p. x.

Ex : Jean-François Battail, “Peut-on parler d’unité du monde nordique?”, Nordiques, n° 1, janvier 2013, p. 33-48.


  Theses and unpublished materials

First Name of the Author then Second name of the Author, Title, Thesis or memoir, Speciality/Department, University, Date of Defence, Number of volumes, page numbers followed if necessary with the mention (typ.), p. x.



Addresses of Internet website must be mentioned in the footnotes.

If the document is a text edited and available online, the reference must be written as for a paper document; the only difference is that, instead of the editor, you will write the address of the website and the date of your last consultation of the website, for example: Last visited on July 3rd 2014. Mention, when it is possible, the name of the organisation or country that produced the website. If the date of publication is unclear, add instead of the date [nd].


Ex. : Jacques Leclerc, « La mort des langues », in L’Aménagement linguistique dans le monde, TLFQ, université Laval, Québec, May 3rd 2010, [] (Last visited February 10th 2011).


2)     References to sources after the first occurence

Do not in any cases use Ibidem.

1. If the reference has been given in the footnote directly preceding the one you are working on:

Ibid. replaces the complete reference of the book you are referring to;

Ibid., p. xx. refers to a page of the book you are referring to;

Ibid., p. xx-xy. refers to several pages of the book you are referring to.


2. For the second and next occurrences of references, and if the source you are referring to is not in the footnote immediately preceding the one you are working on, then use short-forms as follows: Name of the Author, Date of Publication, p. xx.

III.            Fonts

For your information, here are the fonts used in Nordiques.






Chapter titles




Subtitles 1st level




Subtitles 2nd level






8 pts