Author Guidelines

Article types | Structure | Language & Text | Data & Symbols | Figures & Tables | References

Please consider the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission.

Article types

  • Research papers must display the outcomes of unpublished original research. These papers should make a substantial contribution to knowledge and understanding in Le foucaldien's subject matter. Research papers undergo a double-blind peer review, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the whole review process, and should be no more than 70,000 characters in length.
  • Review articles should reflect upon or critique a specific happening such as the release of a major study or other notable occurrences related to Le foucaldien's focus. These occurrences might be scholarly publications and conferences or aesthetic reflections in the form of novels, catalogues, exhibitions, documentaries, or performances. Review articles undergo an open peer review, where the contributions are reviewed by members of the editorial team, and should be no more than 30,000 characters in length.
  • Interviews can cover topics such as historiographic findings, current controversies, or methodological debates among scholars working along Foucauldian lines. Authors interested in submitting an interview should discuss their project with the editors before submitting a manuscript. Interviews undergo an open peer review, where the contributions are reviewed by members of the editorial team, and should be no more than 50,000 characters in length.
  • Editorials introduce Le foucaldien's special collections and are prepared by the journal's editors or by invited guest editors. Hence editorials are not open for submission. If you are interested in publishing a special issue with Le foucaldien, please send a proposal to the journal's editors by e-mail. Editorials undergo an open peer review, where the contributions are reviewed by members of the editorial team, and should be no more than 50,000 characters in length.

All character limits include spaces, notes, and bibliography.


Title page

To ensure blind peer review, please only list the title (no more than 100 characters) and abstract on the submitted manuscript file. The names of all authors, affiliations, contact details, biography (optional), and the corresponding author details must be completed online as part of the submission process. Author names should include a forename and a surname. Forenames cannot include only initials. The affiliation should ideally include 'Department, Institution, City, Country' (but only Institution and Country are mandatory).


All submissions must have the main text prefaced by an English abstract within 100 to 150 words summarizing the main arguments and conclusions of the article. This must have the heading 'Abstract' and be easily identified from the start of the main text. A list of four to six English keywords (all lower case) should be placed below the abstract. The abstract and keywords must also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.

Main text

Le foucaldien strongly encourages authors to prepare their manuscripts in jargon-free, plain language in order to make their articles understandable to non-specialist readers. The body of the submission should be structured in a logical and easy to follow manner. A clear introduction section should be given that allows non-specialists in the subject an understanding of the publication and a background of the issues involved. All articles should include subheadings that clarify the argumentation (not more than 100 characters and only first-order numbered as 1., 2., 3., etc., with the first number at the beginning of the text and the last one for the closing chapter).

Supplementary Files

Any supplementary/additional files that should link to the main publication must be listed, with a corresponding number, title, and option description. Ideally the supplementary files are also cited in the main text (e.g., Supplementary file 1: Appendix. Scientific data related to the experiments). Note: additional files will not be typeset so must be provided in their final form. They will be assigned a DOI and linked to from the publication.

Ethics and consent (if applicable)

Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Where applicable, studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should include a statement within the article text detailing this approval, including the name of the ethics committee and reference number of the approval. The identity of the research subject(s) should be anonymized whenever possible. For research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants (or their legal guardian).

Acknowledgements (optional)

Any acknowledgements must be headed and in a separate paragraph, placed after the main text but before the endnotes.

Funding information

Should the research have received a funding grant then the grant provider and grant number should be detailed.

Competing interests

If any of the authors have any competing interests, then these must be declared. A short paragraph should be placed before the references. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here. If there are no competing interests to declare then the following statement should be present: The author(s) has/have no competing interests to declare.

Authors' contributions

A sentence or a short paragraph detailing the roles that each author held to contribute to the authorship of the submission.

Language & Text

Pursuing a decisively multilingual approach, Le foucaldien welcomes articles written in English, German, or French. For submissions in English, authors are allowed to employ American or British spellings and grammar rules as long as they are used consistently throughout the whole manuscript. For German submissions, please use the rules according to the latest orthography reform.

Capitalization (in English texts)

For the submission title: Capitalize all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions (i.e., as, because, although). Use lowercase for all articles, coordinate conjunctions and prepositions (i.e., "The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception").

Headings within the main text: Subheadings in the text should follow the same rule as the main title.


The font used should be commonly available and in an easily readable size (i.e., Arial or Times New Roman, left-justified without hyphenation, 1.5 line spacing, 12-point size). Underlined text should be avoided. Italicized (but not bold) text to emphasize a point is permitted, but should be restricted to minimal occurrences to maximize their efficiency.


Use bullet points to denote a list without hierarchy or order of value. If the list indicates a specific sequence, then a numbered list must be used. Lists should be used sparingly to maximize their impact.

Quotes & apostrophes

Use straight "double quotation marks" except for quotes within another speech, in which case straight 'single quotation marks' should be used. Quotations that are longer than three lines in length must be typeset without quotation marks in an indented paragraph separate from the main text. The standard, non-italicized font must be used for all quotes.

It must be clear from the text and/or citation where the quote is sourced. If quoting from material that is under copyright, then permission will need to be obtained from the copyright holder.

Use only straight, unformatted quotes ("double" and 'single') and apostrophes (e.g., Foucault's) throughout the text (incl. notes and bibliography).

Acronyms & abbreviations

With abbreviations, the crucial goal is to ensure that the reader—particularly one who may not be fully familiar with the topic or context being addressed—is able to follow along. Spell out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subsequent references (i.e., "Foucault's conflict with the French Communist Party (PCF) indicates…"). Abbreviations should be in capital letters without full stops (i.e., USA, not U.S.A.); common examples from Latin origin do not follow this rule and should be lower case and can include full stops (e.g., i.e., etc.).


Use footnotes for all citations, references, and where crucial clarifying information needs to be conveyed. Please restrict additional footnote information to a minimum and reserve the notes section for references. Do not shift longer quotations or scholarly debates into the notes: if they are necessary to your argument, discuss them in the main text; if not, leave them out. Please insert the superscripted number after the quotation marks if referring to source material, after the end punctuation if referring to a whole sentence. When discussing specific concepts or theoretical terms, the note marker can also be inserted after single words.

Data & Symbols

Ellipses and dashes

To mark omissions within quotations authors should use square brackets with ellipsis […]; to mark the omission of single characters at the end of a word, square brackets and en dash should be employed [–]. Dashes can also be employed to denote emphasis, change of thought or interruption to the main sentence and can replace commas, parentheses, colons or semicolons. In this case, format dashes as em dashes—without spaces—in English texts and as en dashes – with spaces – in German or French texts. En dashes (without spaces) should be used for inclusive ranges (i.e., pp. 20–24, 1926–1984).


For numbers zero to twelve please spell the whole words. Please use figures for numbers 13 or higher. Authors may use either words or figures to represent large whole figures (i.e., one million or 1,000,000) as long as the usage is consistent throughout the text. If a sentence starts with a number, it must be spelt (except for year dates), or the sentence should be accordingly re-written.

Figures & Tables


Figures, including graphs and diagrams, must be professionally and clearly presented. They should be applied to strengthen the argument or illustrate the article in a meaningful and enlightening manner. The authors are responsible for clearing permissions and copyright issues. If a figure is not easy to understand or does not appear to be of a suitable quality, the editor may ask to re-render or omit it. All figures must be cited within the main text, in consecutive order using Arabic numerals (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). Each figure must have an accompanying descriptive main title. This should clearly and concisely summarize the content and/or use of the figure image (i.e., Figure 1: Michel Foucault giving a lecture at the Collège de France on February 19, 1974). Figure titles and legends should be placed within the text document after the paragraph of their first citation. The source of the image must be included, along with any relevant copyright information and a statement of authorization (if needed). If your figure file includes text, then please present the font as Arial, Helvetica, or Verdana. This will mean that it matches the typeset text.

NOTE: All figures must be uploaded separately as supplementary files during the submission process, if possible in color and at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Each file should not be more than 20MB. Standard formats accepted are: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS. For line drawings, please provide the original vector file (e.g., .ai, or .eps).


Tables must be created using a word processor's table function, not tabbed text. Tables should be included in the manuscript. The final layout will place the tables as close to their first citation as possible. All tables must be cited within the main text, numbered with Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Each table must have an accompanying descriptive title. This should clearly and concisely summarize the content and/or use of the table. A short additional table legend is optional to offer a further description of the table. The table title and legend should be placed underneath the table. Tables should not include: rotated text; color to denote meaning (it will not display the same on all devices); images; vertical or diagonal lines; multiple parts (e.g., 'Table 1a' and 'Table 1b'), these should either be merged into one table, or separated into 'Table 1' and 'Table 2'.

NOTE: If there are more columns than can fit on a single page, then the table will be placed horizontally on the page. If it still can't fit horizontally on a page, the table will be broken into two.


Le foucaldien employs The Chicago Manual of Style presenting all bibliographic information in notes and a bibliography (without ibid.). Sources are indicated by superscripted numbers which correspond to full citations at the end of the text (i.e., endnotes in the web version) or at the bottom of the page (i.e., footnotes in the PDF version). All references are also provided in a bibliography at the end of the article, listed in alphabetical order of the author's last name. For the accurate composition of the notes and the bibliography, authors should exactly follow the guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style.