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Genèses: Social Sciences and History

Genèses aims to understand contemporary societies by shedding light on their historicity, describe the processes that shaped them, and contribute to the history of knowledge in the social sciences.

In recent years the social sciences have manifested a growing interest for the objects of study and the tools of historians. Conversely, historians have long borrowed analytical instruments from other disciplines. Although the intellectual conditions for this dialogue seem to be united, disciplinary isolation remains remarkably strong.

Genèses is a venue for encounters and exchange, where different approaches to historicity may be expressed. It brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines, including historians, sociologists, political scientists, jurists, and anthropologists. It contributes to contemporary debates by historically embedding important current scientific and cultural themes. It also explores the history of the academic world by considering the genesis of disciplinary fields and boundaries, their subjects, and their methodologies.

Genèses has become a leading journal thanks to its resolutely and rather exceptional multi-disciplinary perspective. The articles published since its first issue in 1990 have allowed Genèses to assemble a significant body of knowledge in history and the social sciences. As an essential informational tool on the intellectual climate in the social sciences and emergent research themes, Genèses offers established as well as up-and-coming authors a forum for actively engaging in the liveliest contemporary research debates.

Genèses’s intellectual identity

Internationally engaged Genèses is in step with international scientific discussions, and actively participates in the development of comparative perspectives by welcoming work on France and other countries by authors writing in French and other languages.

A space for dialogue, exchange, and comparison between disciplines. Genèses dares to transcend the disciplinary boundaries that limit most journals by developing a form of reflective practice common to all social sciences, thereby avoiding the theoretical and methodological confrontations that often plague individual disciplines and hinder their development.

Particularly attentive to innovation. The increasing division of labor in research makes it quite difficult for single-discipline journals to place their findings in a broader knowledge context. As a multi-disciplinary journal, Genèses favors the dissemination of innovation by supporting the emergence of new topics and fields of research.

Editorial Policy

Each quarterly issue of approximately 180 pages opens with a thematic collection of articles lending each issue its title, followed by an unrelated article and regular columns. A rich iconography, mature critical apparatus, and bibliographies offer useful working tools.

The theme covers a subject of importance to social sciences and history, and is composed of four articles presenting the results of original work from multiple disciplines addressing the theme from different angles. The columns (rubriques) are open spaces for discussion emphasizing social science subjects or tools. On topical, sometimes hot scientific issues, Controversies (Controverse) invites contributions whose courteous tone does not exclude sharp discussion and debate. As it is rare to discuss the scaffolding of social science knowledge construction, “Savoir-faire” focuses on the tricks of the trade, reveals the unspoken aspects of appropriated knowledge, and allows common questions to be addressed to distinct disciplinary practices. Insight (Fenêtre) offers research summaries attentive to change and the emergence of new subjects. It also presents the settings, institutions, and programmes of actual, concrete research. In Document (Document), a specialist presents an original source: archives, correspondence, testimony, field journals. On the occasion of a recent publication, Viewpoint (Point Critique) outlines and contrasts recent research on a given theme. Translation (Traduction) makes a leading text published in a foreign language available to French readers, with an introduction placing it in context. Resisting (Combats) will feature articles that describe and analyse the shaping and transformation of work practices specific to a profession or a field of activity through the reforms that have targeted the public sector for over the past twenty years. Readings from Different Angles (Lectures Croisées) offers two opinions on an important publication. Readings (Lectures) hosts reviews of recently published books and journals that aiming to facilitate for inter-disciplinary exchange.

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

All PUF journals follow policies and practices that reflect the current best principles of transparency and integrity (COPE).

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Editorial Committee

Editorial board
Isabelle Backouche, Simon Bittmann, Véronique Bontemps, Jean-Louis Halpérin, Paulin Ismard, Wilfried Lignier, Paula López Caballero, Nicolas Mariot, Nathalie Montel, Joseph Morsel, Julie Pagis, Clyde Plumauzille, Ioana Popa, Yann Potin, Jay Rowell, Paul Schor, Manuel Schotté, Johanna Siméant-Germanos, Benoît Trépied, Cécile Van Den Avenne

Current editing directors (rotating directors)
Joseph Morsel and Ioana Popa

Editorial secretary
Alexia Chatirichvili

Editorial committee
Risto Alapuro, Stéphane Beaud, Fanny Cosandey, David Feldman, Heinz Gerhard Haupt, Jane Jenson, Pierre Karila-Cohen, Sandrine Kott, Benoît de L’Estoile, Yvon Lamy, Thomas Lindenberger, Martyn Andrew Lyons, Susanna Magri, Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye, Bertrand Müller, Gérard Noiriel, Michel Offerlé, Renaud Payre, Ludmila Pimenova, Jean-Noël Retière, Emmanuelle Saada, Mariuccia Salvati, Peter Schöttler, Francine Soubiran-Paillet, Gareth Stedman Jones, Pat Thane, Christian Topalov, Peter Wagner, Florence Weber

Author guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the following address: They may be submitted in French or English. Please contact us before submitting a text in Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese. Papers may not have been previously published, in either paper or electronic format, and should not have been submitted to another journal at the same time.

Upon submission of the final version of the article, the author must provide a 500-character abstract and a short presentation of him- or herself (5-6 lines).

Cover page: This page should include the title of the article and the name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the author(s). The author’s name should not be repeated on the first page of the article.

Text: The manuscript should be double-spaced. Long quotes should be in a paragraph apart. Accented capital letters (in French and other accented languages) should retain their accents. First (given) names should be written out. Acronyms and abbreviations should be explained the first time they are used, and henceforth be written without punctuation, abbreviations in capital letters and acronyms as proper nouns. Each section of the article should be given a non-numbered header.

Length: Feature articles should not exceed 60,000 characters (including spaces, footnotes and references), and column articles should be limited to 50,000 characters.

References: Sources should be cited in parentheses in the text, not in footnotes: (Le Goff 1996 : 223-250).

The list of references, in alphabetical order by primary author’s family name, should be given at the end of the article. Multiple references for the same author should be given in chronological order. References should be complete, including the author’s first (given) name, the city of publication, the publisher, the date of the first edition (in brackets) in the case of a reprinted work, and the original title when referring to a translation.

The following are examples of the norms to be followed:

Braudel, Fernand. 1979. Civilisation matérielle, économie et capitalisme, XVe-XVIIIe siècle, vol. 3 : Le temps du monde. Paris, Armand Colin.

Brown, Peter. 1995 [1971]. La toge et la mitre. Le monde de l’antiquité tardive, translated by Christine Monatte. Paris, Thames and Hudson (Original edition: The World of Late Antiquity. London, Thames and Hudson).

Candar, Gilles and Christophe Prochasson. 1992. « Le socialisme à la conquête des terroirs », Le Mouvement social, no 160 : 33-63.

Dasen, Pierre. 1993. « L’intelligence et la ruse », in Jean Lemond (éd.), L’esprit technologique. Nancy, Presses universitaires de Nancy : 15-25.

Durkheim, Émile. 1981 [1895]. Les règles de la méthode sociologique. Paris, Puf (Quadrige).

Olivera, Philippe. 2001. « La politique lettrée en France. Les essais politiques (1919-1923) », PhD. dissertation in History, Université Paris I.

Endnotes: Notes are reserved for comments and non-bibliographic references, and should be kept to a minimum. They should be continuously numbered and placed at the end of the article, following References. Methodological notes or supplementary commentary may be put in boxes of a maximum of 4,500 characters (including spaces) in the main text.

Illustrations: Photographs and graphics accompanying articles should be of the best quality possible. Photocopies are not accepted. Photographs should be provided in high-definition print or digital format. Graphics should be provided in a file separate from the text and should be transmitted in the original format of the software used to make them. Kindly provide permission to reproduce any material requiring authorization, and privilege iconography that is in the public domain.


Revue Genèses
Alexia Chatirichvili
54 boulevard Raspail
75006 Paris — FRANCE

Telephone: 0033 (0)1 49 54 24 16


Code of ethics

The Code of Ethics applicable to drafting committees and editorial boards of academic journals offered on, including Genèses, is available on this page.

Other information

Print ISSN : 1155-3219
Online ISSN : 1776-2944
Publisher : Belin

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