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Founded in 1921 by Charles Gide and Bernard Lavergne, Recma is today one of the oldest peer-reviewed journals dedicated to works on cooperation and the social economy.
Four times a year, Recma publishes new studies and research in history, sociology, geography, economics, law, management, philosophy..., focusing on the social economy (cooperatives, mutuals, nonprofits, and their foundations), in France, Europe, and other parts of the world.
The main criteria for publication are the article’s scientific quality, originality, novelty of perspective on the social economy, and its contribution to the debate between the sector’s researchers and practitioners. Articles are subjected to anonymous peer review but should be accessible to a non-specialist audience (acronyms spelled out, relevant background information provided, etc.).
After an initial reading by the Editors, articles are sent simultaneously and anonymously to at least two referees, one of whom is not a member of the Editorial Board. Publication depends on their decision and any required revisions.
Recma is published quarterly (January, May, August, and October). Count at least three months between submitting an article and publication. However, the process can take a year or more depending on the editorial schedule and the email exchanges between the referees and the author. The author is kept informed regularly.

Editorial Board

Jean-François Draperi (Director at Cestes, CNAM; chief editor)

Michel Abhervé (University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée), Nicole Alix (Confrontations Europe), Edith Archambault (University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne), Eric Bidet (University of Le Mans), Jérôme Blanc (University of Lyon II), Gilles Caire (University of Poitiers), Chantal Chomel (Coop de France), Danièle Demoustier (IEP Grenoble), François Doligez (University of Rennes 1, IRAM), Jean-Paul Domin (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne), Michel Dreyfus (CNRS), Marilyne Filippi (INRA Bordeaux), David Hiez (University of Luxembourg), Arnaud Lacan (Kedge Business School), Françoise Ledos (Coop de France), René Mauget (ESSEC), Henry Noguès (University of Nantes), Maurice Parodi (University of Méditerranée), Nadine Richez-Battesti (University of Aix-Marseille), Patricia Toucas-Truyen (CHS XXe siècle-Paris I).

Instructions to Authors

Articles should be between 35,000 and 40,000 characters (including spaces). This includes an abstract in French of about ten lines, footnotes, and a bibliography. Up to four levels of headings are allowed as well as sidebars.
Submissions should be sent to the Editors by email ( in Word or Open Office (not as a pdf). If there are any images (graphics, tables, charts imported from a spreadsheet, etc.), please include the source files (png, jpg, Excel, etc.).

Footnotes and bibliography:
- Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and not consist of bibliographical references.
- Any references cited in the text [e.g. (Poisson, 1931)] must appear in the bibliography as follows:
Books: Poisson E., 1931, Un plan de développement pour le mouvement coopératif, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France.
Articles: Blanc J., 2009, « Contraintes et choix organisationnels dans les dispositifs de monnaies sociales », Annales de l’économie publique, sociale et coopérative, vol. 80(4), p.547-577.
- Any formal presentation of the methodology should be in an appendix.

Sending copies
At publication, two copies of the journal are sent to the author. Remember to provide your postal address.


Code of conduct

Code of ethics

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

Other information

Print ISSN : 1626-1682
Online ISSN : 2261-2599
Publisher : Association Recma

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