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Editorial scope

The peer-reviewed journal Revue d’anthropologie des connaissances (RAC) was launched in 2007. It encourages studies on the conditions of production, use, transmission and mobilization of knowledge as discourses, practices and material infrastructures. It publishes articles that contribute to theoretical or empirical investigations about knowledge in society from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Anthropology is thus to be considered here according to its foundational and rather classical meaning: that is, says as a multi- and inter-disciplinary enquiry of practices and behaviors, of representations and ideologies, of vocations and professions, of agencies and structures, of techniques and objects as they take form through historical singularities or regularities.

The aim of the Revue d’anthropologie des Connaissances journal is to:

 • Explore, rigorously and in an informed way, all the dimensions of knowledge while sustaining a vibrant scientific debate about concepts, methods, ontologies, empirical studies, and related epistemological issues;

 • Uphold the most rigorous of academic standards by publishing articles that have been approved by the editorial board after a double-blind peer-review that selects reviewers who are experts in the same disciplines or matters of enquiry as the authors.

Every issue of the Revue d’anthropologie des Connaissances contains original peer-reviewed articles, published in both regular and special issues, and scientific book reviews. It welcomes contributions that address a large array of issues and matters of enquiry so to reflect the diversity of theoretical backgrounds and disciplines. In the case of special issues, the edition and peer-review process is shared between the editorial board and the guest editors; the latter bring the relevance of their position in a given area of interest and also the capacity to invite contributors and to manage an open call for papers. In the case of a special issue or when single manuscripts are submitted, the evaluation procedure applies in the same way: two external peer reviewers and the internal editorial procedure (opened up to guest editors in the case of a special issue) based on scientific discussions to ensure that the special issue meets the two main aims and remains within the scope of the journal.

The Revue d’anthropologie des Connaissances publishes original articles. It favors the publication of innovative articles that use the current tools of analysis within the anthropology of knowledge and those that push the envelope or revitalize the existing approaches. With the aim of becoming a scientific and stimulating forum (agora) in the field, it publishes empirical studies (notably results of field research) theoretical pieces, methodological discussions and scientific reviews. Longer articles (of about 80 000 characters) are also accepted, to enable in-depth analysis of empirical data. Research articles should demonstrate theoretical and conceptual positioning, while theoretical work should be articulated with examples from empirical findings. Book reviews should take a critical stance on contents and context of the book. These reviews can be based on one core text, a set of articles or even a theme that appears to run across a number of books written by several authors.

Submissions must be written in a style accessible to various disciplines. A positioning of the piece within its disciplinary context might be helpful for that purpose. This disciplinary positioning will also enable the Editorial Board to select appropriate peer-reviewers, which will ensure that the review follows the academic criteria of author’s discipline(s) and is fair, open-minded and relevant for the journal’s readership.

The Revue d’anthropologie des Connaissances is an open-access peer-reviewed on-line journal. Articles are available free of charge through the online portal Cairn ( There are two formats: 1) PDF, for downloading and printing, or 2) HTML, for on-line consultation. An annual volume is available for a reasonable fee and can be printed by Editions d’Archives Contemporaines (

Edition and Governance

To ensure its independence and multidisciplinarity, the Revue d’anthropologie des Connaissances is not attached to any specific institute. The journal is owned and published by an association of scholars founded in May 2006 ( The journal receives or received financial support from scientific establishments or labs: UMR PACTE, the Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, CNRS, INRA, IRD and IFRIS.

Editorial Staff

The Editorial Staff of the RAC is composed of the Chief Editor and of three Associate-Editors: one in charge of Special Issues, one of articles submitted in Varia, and one in charge of the Secretariat of the journal.

 • Chief Editor: Dominique Vinck, Professor at the University of Lausanne.

 • Associate Editor in charge of Varias: David Pontille, Research Director at CNRS, CSI Mines-ParisTech, Paris,

 • Associate Editor in charge of Special Issues and Reviews: Céline Granjou, Research Director at IRSTEA, Grenoble,

 • Associate Editor in charge of the editorial secretariat: Marc Barbier, Research Director at INRA, UMR LISIS, Marne la Vallée Paris-Est,

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is a collegial structure composed of tenured scholars who take part in the evaluation processes, in editorial decisions and in the management of the journal.

 • Jean-Pierre Albert, anthropologist, Professor at the University of Toulouse.

 • Rigas Arvanitis, sociologist, Research Director at IRD, CEPED, Paris.

 • Marc Barbier, sociologist, Research Director at INRA, LISIS, Marne la Vallée.

 • Béatrice Cahour, ergonomist, Senior Research Fellow at CNRS, LTCI Telecom ParisTech, Paris.

 • Florian Charvolin, sociologist, Research Director at CNRS, Centre max Weber, Lyon.

 • Liliana Doganova, sociologist, Research Fellow at CNRS, CSI Mines-ParisTech, Paris.

 • Denis Eckert, geographer, Professor at the University of Toulouse.

 • Céline Granjou, sociologist, Research Director at IRSTEA, Grenoble,

 • Michel Grossetti, sociologist, Research Director at CNRS, LIST, Toulouse.

 • Xavier Guchet, philosopher, Professor at Université Technologique de Compiègne.

 • Mina Kleiche-Dray, historian, Senior Research Fellow at IRD, CEPED, Paris.

 • Joelle Le Marec, Communication and information sciences, Professor at the University of Paris 1.

 • Christian Licoppe, historian and sociologist, Professor at Telecom-ParisTech, Paris.

 • Ashveen Peerbaye, sociologist, Senior Lecturer at Paris-Est University, Marne La Vallée

 • David Pontille, sociologist, Research Director at CNRS, CSI Mines-ParisTech, Paris,

 • Pascale Trompette, sociologist, Research Director at CNRS, PACTE, Grenoble

 • Dominique Vinck, sociologist, Professor at the University of Lausanne.

Scientific Committee

An international Scientific Committee ( has been created with the mission to mentor the editorial board on the editorial scope and potentially to resolve ethical issues or editorial embarrassments.

Evaluation committee

An Evaluation Committee ( is composed of scholars that take part regularly in the peer-review process. Each year the composition of this committee is published online on the website of the Société d’Anthropologie des Connaissances.

Instructions for authors


Submissions have to be original and cannot be submitted simultaneously to another journal. Authors are liable for any opinions expressed in their article.

The Revue d’Anthropologie des Connaissances has specific guidelines for publishing in the journal. Authors are encouraged to follow these guidelines for their submissions, which will facilitate the peer-review process and minimize the time for publishing accepted materials. Authors are invited to use the Word template found on the Journal’s web site and to submit their work via the online system (Open Journal System). The text should be straightforward and avoid special formatting, elaborate fonts or manual breaks in wording. An abstract of 800 to 1000 characters and a list of key-words are required in three languages: French, English and Spanish. Please include a short biography of about 5 lines that indicates the present position, institutional affiliation and email address. Authors are welcome to include a short acknowledgements section at the end of the text and before the list of bibliographic references. The text can be divided into sections and sub-sections using titles and sub-titles, with the limit of three levels (1.1.1.).

Papers should be submitted to the peer-review system of the journal online via the following URL:


The Revue d’anthropologie des Connaissances is a French language journal. Authors have the possibility to submit articles in their mother tongue but with an abstract, introduction and conclusion written in French. When an article is to be published in French with a DOI and referenced in Scopus or the WoS, the Journal offers the possibility of an English version of the article. In that case, authors are invited to produce – at their own cost- the English version of their paper. The Editorial Staff will control the quality of the translation, and might refuse its publication in case of poor quality.

Evaluation Process

Articles are primarily assessed by the editorial board to ensure that they meet a minimal scientific quality and correspond to the scope of the journal. They are reviewed by one or two members of the Editorial board and by two independent reviewers under a double-blind review process. External reviews play a key role in editorial decisions. Internal reviews serve only to ensure that a collegial discussion and follow up of the review process and revisions can take place. The same applies to those articles to be published in a Special Issue, which includes the point of view of the guest editors in the review process. In the latter case, the decision of the Editorial Board is key.

The Journal follows a double-blind peer-review process whereby peer-reviewers and authors are not known to each other; the editorial staff ensures the complete anonymisation of the manuscripts and reviews. The Editorial Staff is in charge of editing and sending the reviewers’ comments and the editorial decision to the authors. One member of the Editorial board is appointed to follow-up on the revisions and ensure the authors’ compliance with recommendations. This role is particularly meaningful for young researchers who need to be accompanied through the review process. Authors are asked to justify their revisions and to answer each reviewer’s comments one by one.

Articles are finally assessed for their readability, sometimes their style and also to ensure interdisciplinary comprehension. Stylistic comments to authors are made with this purpose in mind.

Publication timeline: on average, the duration of the review process is less than 5 months between the initial submission and the delivery of the decision with recommendations by the Editorial Board. On average the online publication of an accepted paper takes between 2 and 3 months. This timeline varies in the case of a Special Issue.

Detailed instructions:

Submission entry-point:


Société d'anthropologie des connaissances

Université Paris Est Marne la Vallée

Cité Descartes

Champs sur Marne

77 454 Marne la Vallée, Cedex 02, France

Email address:

Code of ethics

The Code of Ethics applicable to drafting committees and editorial boards of academic journals offered on, including Revue d'anthropologie des connaissances, is available on this page.

Other information

Online ISSN : 1760-5393
Publisher : S.A.C.

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