published at 29/01/2015


Archive policy of the journal

The journal intellectica has opted for an embargo of two years on original articles. Beyond two years, the articles (editor’s post-print version) may be freely distributed from the intellectica site or any other site. In the end, all the archives of the journal will be available on the open archives platform Persée. This plateform built thanks to the french ministery of "Enseignement supérieur et recherche" is devoted to host scientifc journal of social humanities published in french applying open access.

Introductory articles of each issue are open access as soon as they are published, and are therefore not subject to the embargo.

So-called “final” author versions of articles accepted for publication (after incorporation of corrections following layout, but not yet formatted) can be freely archived by the authors on HAL or another open archive portal.

In order to be informed on the editorial policy of the journal concerning open archives, it is also possible to visit either the national platform Mir@bel (formerly Héloïse), or the international platform Sherpa/Romeo.

By submitting your article, you accept this editorial policy as regards open access.

Manuscript Submission

Submission of articles or thematic issues (in Word or rtf format), preferably in an electronic version, have to be addressed to the Chief Editor, Virginie Beaucousin (

Each article submitted (together with summaries in English and in French) is examined by at least two reviewers, from different disciplines. The journal gives priority to work carried out or presented in an interdisciplinary perspective. Articles whose content or form restrict the audience to a small circle of specialists are given lower priority.

Manuscript preparation

Papers should be written in French or, failing that, in English (for non French-speaking authors).

  • As an indication, the normal length of an article is 50,000 characters, that is, about twenty pages.

Your paper should include

  • a summary in French and in English
  • the title translation
  • a list of key words also in French and in English
  • Specify the professional affiliation and the complete address (including an electronic address) of each co-author of the submitted article.

The structure of the paper should include paragraphs. The title of the paragraph are in small bold capitals ; Sub-paragraph in bold small case ; and third-level paragraph in plain italics. Do not exceed three levels (e.g. III - 2.2). Avoid an excessive number of paragraphs and line-spaces between paragraphs. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and be placed at the bottom of the corresponding page.

Figures should be numbered and have legends; the figures should also be communicated in an electronic version (format .jpg or .bmp), and they should not exceed 13×21 cm.

Use only Times New Roman and Symbol type. In the body of the text, bold and underlined characters are not allowed, and should be replaced by italics. Avoid words entirely in capital letters.

Punctuation should be carefully checked (with unbreakable spaces where appropriate, and inverted commas in the French typography : «  and »). Reminder : in French typography exclamation marks and question marks, colons and semi-colons are separated by an unbreakable space from the preceding word. Distinguish short hyphens (inside words and expressions), from long — hyphens with spaces which separate the members of a phrase. Authors submitting articles in English should follow the conventions of the English typography.

References to books and papers are presented in the text thus : (Cassirer, 1927) ; and quotations in the body of the text thus : (Godor, 1985, p. 183). If there are two authors : (Méchin & Chosal, 1967) ; for more than two : (Méchin et al., 1999). If several references follow each other : (Méchin, 1892a ; Chosal & Truck, 1965).

The bibliography at the end of the paper should be presented as follows.

For books:

Maverick, J.M., Méchin, D. & Chosal, J.-P. (1985). What Philosophers Can’t Do. New York: Peebles.

For book chapters:

Ephraïm, S. (1994). Niveau de base et baisse de niveau chez l’écolier monolingue. In G. Woody (éd.), Recognition (pp. 198-203). New York: Aguirre and Sons.

For journal papers:

Lagarrigue, P. & Truck, J. (1952). Rythmes neuronaux chez le merle chanteur. Ucellectica, V, 12, 201-294.

For conference proceedings:

Lawvere, F. W. (1996). The category of categories as a foundation for mathematics. Proceedings of the Conference on Categorical Algebra, La Jolla, 1965 (pp. 1-21). New York: Springer.

Reference to the translation of an original edition:

Dupont, J.-C. [1890]. On Words and Sentences. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press. Trad. J.-P. Chosal, Des mots et des phrases. Paris, Lavoisier, 2012.

Reference to a reedited/corrected and extended version of an original edition:

Duck, J. [1947]. Essai sur la vertu. Paris: Hermann. 2e éd., 2015.

For users of a bibliography manager (e.g. Zotero, Endnote), you must remove hyperlinks from your manuscript before submitting it (e.g. for Zotero users, click on "unlink citations" in the Zotero toolbar of your word processor).

Modifications requested by the reviewers and the Editorial Committee are the responsibility of the author. The final text should be sent as an attached document in an electronic message addressed to the Chief Editor.

To co-ordinate a special issue

To propose a special issue, the procedure is to submit to the Editorial Committe a one-page project which presents the theme of the special issue, and which will serve as the basic mandate for authors, and also for the press communiqué at the time of publication. The proposition should be accompanied by an indicative summary, taking care to diversify the viewpoints and disciplines. After discussion with the Editorial Committee, the person in charge of the special issue will have a definite agenda for solliciting and receiving the specific contributions of individual authors.

To submit an essay 

In order to reflect current research and scientific debates, Intellectica can also publish, as a complement to thematic special issues, short texts which shed light on aspects or intellectual positions in relation with the theme of the special issue, and which the Editorial Committee considers as relevant and interesting. These  texts are reviewed by the Editorial Committee alone (although the editorial committee reserves the right to call on external opinions if necessary). 

To submit a reply 

In order to permit exchanges between authors lasting beyond a single issue, intellectica has a special section "Replies" which allows for articles related to previous issues. For the authors, the procedure is the same as for submitted articles (see above).

To submit a review 

Intellectica has a special section "Reviews" which allows for the publication of texts which present, analyse or comment other documents (books, articles, etc...). The evaluation of these reviews is carried out solely by the Editorial Committee, and so it does not involve recourse to external referees.

To submit an article in open submission

intellectica regularly publishes articles not included in the special issues concerning various questions specific to the domain of cognitive science. Only complete articles (see the instructions above) are submitted to the evaluation process. The author(s) may propose external referees. For the authors, the procedure is the same as for submitting an article (cf above).

To submit an "issue in debate"

Intellectica offers the opportunity to their readers and authors, to write short letters (2-3 pages) that present an issue in the community. Typically, the issue is a question discussed during scientific meetings in the field of cognitive science and/or related to recent articles published by Intellectica. The presentation of the short letter must be submitted to the Editorial Committee that decides if the letter can be published or not. The letter "issue in debate" will be freely available on the website of Intellectica in the corresponding issue.