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This article considers the limited reception of Espaces & Sociétés, as well as other French urban studies journals, in the English-speaking sociological and urban literature. There is a lack of data on the impact of citations from French journals in English-language publications and in international debates, which are often conducted in English. French articles are little-cited in international journals despite efforts to traduire abstracts, as well as the accessibility of free translation systems (e.g., Google traduire). A large number of French contributors publish in English-language journals but they do not communicate about French journals. A small number of 20th-century French theoreticians are among the most cited authors, but through the English translations of their writings. Collective strategies, such as indexing French-language journals in international databases, would be a more effective policy.


  • scientific communication
  • France
  • urban studies
  • social science journals
  • bibliometric analysis
Rob Shields
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