Guidelines for authors


1. Presentation of the journal

The Revue d'Histoire Contemporaine de l'Afrique (RHCA), a biannual journal, aims to focus on the history of the continent in the 19th and 20th centuries. It intends to think critically about certain mechanisms –economic, political, social and cultural – by breaking free from preconceived ideas, especially in terms of the African history periodisation. The Revue d'Histoire Contemporaine de l'Afrique wishes above all to publish articles that promote a historical approach. The common denominator of the journal is therefore the study of the facts of the past. However, it remains open to dialogue with other disciplines in the human and social sciences (SHS).
The RHCA publishes articles mainly in French, but also for meetings and exchanges between historians of Africa, regardless of their place of residence (Africa, Europe, North America). The publications will make it possible both to report on research in African history by French-speaking researchers, and to translate the work of non-Francophone researchers in areas of the continent that are often not very accessible in French-language literature (English-speaking, Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking Africa).
Finally, the journal claims to be an accessible journal, publishing in continuous flow and entirely in open access. This approach is guided by the desire to facilitate the publication process and to make the results of current historical research accessible to the

2. Submitting an article

Papers submitted for publication to the RHCA (whether as part of a special issue or for journal columns) must be unpublished.
All papers will be double-blindly peer-reviewed by historians selected by the journal's committee for their expertise on the topic. In case of a double negative evaluation, the article will be refused.
Failure to comply with the instructions will block any evaluation process. The article may therefore be refused as long as it does not meet the journal’s standards.

3. Guidelines for authors

Presentation of the article

• A full title
• A signature including the author's name and institutional affiliation.
• An abstract of approximately 150 words (including spaces).
• 5 to 6 keywords.


40,000 to 55,000 characters (all spaces included).

General guidelines

• The main text must be presented in a simple manner: justified, Times New Roman 12 font for the main body; Times New Roman 10 for the footnotes.
• Single line spacing, no paragraph indentation, no special styling sheet (choose “Normal” style in the menu), no word breaks.
• Avoid underlined font and page breaks
• In order to have articles easy to read, insert visible headings and subheadings (1 level of subheading maximum). Use bold font for headings, italics for subheadings.

Bibliographical references

• Bibliographical references will be included in the footnotes (no bibliographical references in the main text).
• A final bibliography will also be placed at the end of the document.
• If you are using Zotero, please make sure to click on the “Break link with Zotero” option before sending the article.
• By convention, never place a footnote reference in a title or a subtitle.

Footnotes references in the presence of quotation marks

• If it is a whole sentence between quotation marks, the final punctuation is placed inside the quotation marks and the footnote reference is placed as close as possible to the word.
e.g. “This is an example2.”

• If the quotation is only a portion of a sentence, the punctuation is placed outside of the quotation marks.
e.g.: This is “another example2”.

References to public records
e.g. Senegal National Archives (ANS), K321(26), Political Report about the Casamance district, April 26, 1930.

References to books
e.g. Miescher Stephan (2005), Making Men in Ghana, Bloomington, Indiana University Press.
e.g. Sow Alfa Ibrahim (1978), Les structures anthropologiques de la folie en Afrique, Paris, Payot.

References to a journal article
e.g. Beek Jan (2010), « Étiqueter les “déviants”. Le travail des policiers au Nord-Ghana », Déviance et Société, 34(2), p. 279-290.

References to a chapter in an edited book
e.g. Beek Jan (2012), « Étiqueter les “déviants”. Le travail des policiers au Nord-Ghana », in J. Beek et B. Jan (eds), Déviances et sociétés en Afrique, Paris, L’Harmattan, p. 49-76.

References to a press paper
e.g. Babacar Sarr, « Le problème de la jeunesse en Afrique », Dakar-Soir, 23 janvier 1978.

Reference to a web paper or website
Author, « Title », Journal, date. Online, consulted on <insert the date you consulted the site>. URL: Permanent Link

Images, tables and graphs

Please indicate their exact location within the text, their caption, and forward them to the editorial staff in HD format, accompanied by the copyright or authorisation of reproduction from the right holders, where applicable.