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The peer-reviewed, open-access journal Le foucaldien publishes interdisciplinary research along the lines of the philosopher and historian Michel Foucault (1926–1984) in English, German, and French. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy credits Foucault with being "the author most frequently cited in the humanities" at the beginning of the 21st century, but his concepts are challenged in emerging fields such as media studies, digital humanities, postcolonialism, new materialism, and science and technology studies. Hence the main focus of Le foucaldien lies on updating, operationalizing, and criticizing Foucauldian approaches in preferably plain language.
The journal's publisher, the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), is a nonprofit organization financed by an international consortium of academic institutions. Due to its noncommercial orientation, the OLH does not charge any author fees. Le foucaldien's articles are peer-reviewed, published open-access under the Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0, indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and many other databases, and archived long-term in HTML, PDF, and XML. For details on the submission process, please check the author guidelines. On average, one third of the submitted articles are accepted for publication (usually after several revisions).
The journal is published as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles go online as soon as they are ready to avoid unnecessary delays in getting knowledge publicly available. Special Collections are published as part of the normal issue, but also within separate web pages. Le foucaldien is edited by Maurice Erb, Simon Ganahl, and Sergej Seitz, who are assisted by Stephanie Marx and Anna Wieder and supported by an editorial board of highly renowned scholars. For news around the activities of the journal, please visit our blog, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.
Focus and Scope
The peer-reviewed, open-access journal Le foucaldien publishes interdisciplinary research along the lines of the philosopher and historian Michel Foucault (1926–1984) in English, German, and French. It focuses on updating, operationalizing, and criticizing Foucauldian concepts and approaches in plain language. The journal is aimed at:
- research about Foucault's thought in the sense of its interpretation, historicization, and contextualization;
- research using Foucauldian concepts and methods such as archaeology and genealogy, discourse and dispositif, heterotopia, biopower, parrhesia, etc.;
- research confronting Foucault's work with more current approaches in, for example, media studies, digital humanities, science and technology studies;
- research along and even beyond Foucauldian lines such as surveillance studies and governmentality studies.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
- All authors qualify as authors and have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (e.g., only straight quotes and apostrophes, only first-order subheadings, en dashes without spaces for inclusive ranges) and is orthographically and grammatically correct.
- Tables and figures are all cited in the text. Tables are included within the text document, whilst figure files are uploaded as supplementary files.
- Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximize quality, the original source file is preferred).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- All notes and the bibliography have been formatted exactly according to The Chicago Manual of Style, Notes and Bibliography (but without ibid.), and all DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
- Every effort has been made to ensure that author names are removed from the manuscript. The following link provides information on ensuring a blind review.
Please indicate in the 'Comments to the Editor' box if this article is submitted to an ongoing or a forthcoming special collection.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (see The Effect of Open Access).
All submissions are initially evaluated by the editors, who decide whether or not the article is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable for peer review are assigned to experts who assess the article for originality, sound methodology, argumentative as well as stylistic clarity, accuracy of bibliographic information, spelling and grammar.
For research papers, the journal operates a double-blind peer review, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the whole review process. For review articles, interviews, and editorials, an open peer review is applied where the contributions are reviewed by members of the editorial team. If the authors are part of the editorial team, they are excluded from the review process.
The review process is expected to take eight to twelve weeks. Based on the reviewer reports, the editors will recommend minor or major revisions to the author(s), accept the article in its submitted form, or reject the contribution. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal's editors, who are supported by an expert, international editorial board. On average, one third of the submitted articles are accepted for publication (usually after several revisions).
Le foucaldien allows the following licences for submission:
- CC BY 4.0
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
This journal is published by the Open Library of Humanities. Unlike many open-access publishers, the Open Library of Humanities does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that we do not have costs. Instead, our costs are paid by an international library consortium.
If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while we cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with us.
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are published as soon as they are ready to avoid unnecessary delays in getting knowledge publicly available. Special collections of articles are published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.