|Instructions for authors|
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The interdisciplinary journal Natures Sciences Sociétés publishes original material in French and English. The journal accepts different kinds of material, the objective being to identify topical issues in a spirit of dialogue, monitoring and controversy, and to clarify problem statements while respecting their complexity, on the basis of rigorous scientific information and arguments. These contributions are assigned to the different sections.
Scientific articles. These may concern either research results, syntheses on a particular topic (methods, approaches, scientific discipline), epistemological reflections or a scientific analysis deriving from societal questions. The manuscript structure and length may vary depending on the length of the analysis. It should, however, not exceed a total of 45,000 characters (including footnotes, abstracts, keywords and bibliographic references).
The Section Research News is dedicated to scientific activities - research or teaching programmes, calls for tender, research units or bodies, on-going research programmes - and their discussion. Papers in this section should not exceed 30,000 characters.
The Section Focus presents exploratory studies which open up perspectives or research orientations, experience feedback on research practices (interviews or statements) as well as personal contributions to societal debates (25,000 to 30,000 characters).
The Section Opinions is dedicated to personal viewpoints on live scientific topics relating to societal issues (15,000 characters).
The Section Events and Books includes:
As a debating platform, the journal also encourages the publication of responses to papers published in its different sections. Such comments should not exceed 10,000 characters.
Rules for submitting manuscripts
Mansucripts in all Sections should include:
Contributions to the Section Research News should additionally provide:
Presentations should observe the following order: title, author(s) references, abstract in the paper's language, title and long abstract in English or French (depending on paper language), keywords (French and English), text, acknowledgements, bibliographic references, illustrations (boxes, figures and tables with their relevant legends), each illustration to be placed on a separate page.
Manuscripts are to be typed with 1.5 spacing and a wide left margin. All pages to be numbered. Text of intended boxes (e.g. historical background of topic addressed; clarification of particular notions; commented general statistics, definitions, explanations, methodological clarification) should be placed outside the body of text and given at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page. The author should take care that the length of box texts is compatible with the total length of text.
Some presentation rules
Style of footnote references and of list of bibliographic references (Sections Articles, Research News and Focus)
All bibliographic references in the Literature list at the end of the paper must be cited in parentheses in the body of text: name of author(s) and publication date: (Author, 1997); (Author and Author, 1997); (Author et al., 1997) [use et al. where there are more than 2 authors]; (Author, 1996, Author, 1997). When the name of the reference author is quoted in the text body, only the publication year is given in parentheses: " According to X (1997)... ". References in the Bibliographic List are given in alphabetical order in the following format (please observe order and punctuation):
Cerf, M., 1996. Approches cognitives des pratiques agricoles: intérêts et limites pour les agronomes, Natures Sciences Sociétés, 4, 4, 327-339.
Fabbe-Costes, N., 1997. Les multiples rôles du système d'information et de communication dans l'action stratégique, in Avenier, M.-J. (Ed.), La Stratégie « chemin faisant », Paris, Economica, 251-270.
Reix, R., 1996. Systèmes d'information et management des organisations, Paris, Vuibert.
Thesis, DEA and Report
Ognov, A., 2000. Systèmes d'information et traçabilité dans les exploitations agricoles : éléments de diagnostic. Mémoire de Diplôme d'agronomie approfondi, INA P-G, Paris.
Where an article or document can be downloaded or consulted on the Internet, indicate the relevant URL in parentheses at the end of the reference.
Please specify the DOI of a bibliographic reference where available:
Place illustrations (Tables, Graphs, Figures, Photographs) at the end of text, each on a separate page. These shall be numbered using Arabic numbers and accompanied by a short legend in French. They must be cited in the text body (Box, Table, Fig.). A list of of illustrations with their legends shall be placed at the end of text. Graphs and figures must be submitted in separate electronic file in .EPS, .PS, .PPT or .TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, and photographs in .JEPG format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Since figures in the journal are mostly presented on a single 80 mm wide column - exceptionally 170 mm width - font point size used in the original A4 format must be big enough so that the lettering can be read after it is reduced to column width.
Colour illustrations1 are published in black and white in the printed version. Take care that they are legible (choice of lineart for graphs, brightness and contrast for photos). Reproduction of photos or colour figures in the printed version, if required, is at author's cost (estimate available on request from the publisher).
All illustrations must be high quality for direct reproduction. They will not be edited by the publisher.
It is the author's responsibility to seek permission to reproduce any material already published (photos, figures, tables) from the publishers and the authors concerned. The source must be mentioned.
Once corrections have been introduced according to the Editorial Committee's requests and final acceptance of article, the author must send the finalized version of his/her article in Word or RTF format (with figures and illustrations inserted at the end of text) by electronic mail to the Editorial Bureau. Illustrations (figures, graphs, tables, photographs...) must be provided in .EPS, .TIFF, or .JPEG format.
Proofs will be sent by electronic mail to the reference author by the publisher accompanied by a transfer of rights form and a form for requesting additional printed off-prints.
Corrections are to be sent back to the publisher according to instructions given and within the time limit indicated. The transfer of rights form shall also be returned completed and signed. No article will be published by the journal without the author's signature on this document.
As soon as the paper is published in the journal, the reference author shall receive a PDF file of the article in way of off-print.
1 Images remain in colour in the electronic version.