Nineteenth-Century French Studies welcomes proposals for special issues. Such volumes should demonstrate those qualities that have long been the hallmark of the journal: rigor and depth of exposition; a balance of theory and textual analysis; and contributions from European and North American scholars, from junior and senior colleagues alike. For investigating a new field of study, for crossing disciplines, or for highlighting a certain line of inquiry, the Editorial Board seeks volumes that make significant contributions to our field's understanding of the long nineteenth century. Issues typically include between eight and ten articles, each in MLA style and approximately 6,500–7,000 words in length (including endnotes and list of Works Cited).
Proposals for special issues, in English or in French, should include the following:
- rationale (750–1,000 words);
- names of the guest editor or editors;
- the bilingual call for papers, to be published in the usual venues;
- names of potential contributors—please indicate whether they have already committed to participating; and
- a proposed calendar for carrying out the project, ending with the anticipated date of submitting the completed manuscript (in November or May).
The journal's Advisory Board will evaluate proposals for their potential impact on nineteenth-century French studies as well as their ability to address the above criteria.
Once a proposal is accepted in principle, the guest editor(s) should anticipate submitting the completed manuscript to the Editorial Board at ncfsarticles [at] gmail [dot] com one year before the anticipated publication date. Members of the journal’s Editorial and Advisory Boards will then evaluate the manuscript and advise the Editor, with respect to the overall project as well as to each individual contribution. If a contribution is found to be unacceptable, the guest editor(s) may be invited to proceed without it if the overall volume is of appropriate length, or replace it with another text (which would then go through similar peer review). The Editor will accept a manuscript only after all individual articles receive a positive review. Once accepted, the guest editor(s) and Editorial Board will work together to produce final copy suitable for publication.
For more information about special issues, please query the Editor.