Editorial process

Translated from:
Processus éditorial


Frontière·s, Revue d’Archéologie, Histoire & Histoire de l’Art was officilally launched in january 2019. It offers an Open Access medium to specialists of Ancient societies and consequently a wide and quick circulation among the scientific community, ensuring thoroughness by a peer review process.

Frontière·s is a biannual journal with a reading committee, based on the principle of double-blind review: both the reviewer and the author identities are concealed throughout the review process.


A thematic call for paper is launched every six months, in January and in June. The submission deadline is approximately six months later.

Authors may also submit articles unrelated to the CFP's framework. After approval by the reading committee, their article will be included in the Varia section of the journal within 6 to 12 months depending on the editorial calendar.

The contributors must specify their status and the organisation to which they belong. Articles should be a maximum of 22,000 characters (excluding spaces), in French or English, in line with the editorial and bibliographic standards of the journal.

Reviewing process

The editorial board reviews and selects articles according to criteria of compliance with these standards, orthotypography and the expected scientific rigour. They decide whether or not to transmit articles to reviewers, respecting the principle of double-blind peer review: this means that the reviewer is not informed of the identity of the author and vice versa. The reviewers are chosen in priority among the reading committee according to their field of expertise and as close as possible to the topics covered in the contribution. The editors also retain the possibility, depending on the specificity of a contribution, to choose experts outside the reading committee, but always in agreement with the editorial board. Similarly, a reviewer who declines to review an article (for ethical reasons, because their field of expertise is too far removed from the subject, or because they are temporarily unable to read the article) may propose another expert who is more likely to evaluate the contribution. Any person outside the reading committee who is consulted to provide expertise will receive an invitation to join the committee on a permanent basis.

The procedure for reviewing a contribution is as follows:

  • The article is sent by the editors to a reviewer. The reviewer has eight days to accept or reject the review and inform the editors of the issue. If the reviewer does not reply within this period or if they refuse, the article will be submitted to another reviewer who will again have eight days to accept or refuse the review.

  • Once the expert has committed to evaluate the article, they have two months to submit their expertise to the editors.

  • The expertise of the reviewers can lead to four outcomes:

    • Accepted without reservation: the article may be published as is in the journal Frontière·s.

    • Accepted with revisions: the article may be published on condition that revisions are made as requested by the reviewer.

    • Rejection as it stands: the article may be published on condition of substantial modifications and a reassessment by the reviewer.

    • Rejection.

  • In the first case, the author will be notified immediately of the acceptance of their article. In the second and third cases, the author will be given the anonymous expert opinion and will then have one month to submit a new version. Nota: in the third case, if the new expert opinion requires too much time, the editorial committee may propose to the author to publish the article in the next issue.

  • Once the final versions have been submitted by the authors, the editors will send the proof copies to the authors, who may then suggest minor corrections.


At this stage of the editorial process, all contributions are checked with the anti-plagiarism software Compilatio.


Once the copy-edited articles have been validated by the authors, the journal Frontière·s submits to them an author's agreement by which they grant the journal the right to publish their article under a Creative Commons license: Attribution – Non Commercial – Share Alike 4.0 France (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 FR). This transfer of rights is non-exclusive, and the authors may publish their contribution later in another medium, on condition that they mention the reference of their publication in Frontière·s.

Distribution and archiving

Creative Commons License

All contents of the journal are licensed under the Creative Commons: Attribution – NonCommercial – ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

The user is free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

Under the following terms :

  • Attribution — The user must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. The user may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses them or their use.

  • NonCommercial — The user may not use the material for commercial purposes.

  • ShareAlike — If the user remix, transforms, or build upon the material, they must distribute their contributions under the same license as the original.

The journal cannot revoke these freedoms as long as the user follows the license terms.

The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.

Open repository policy

Once the proof copies are approved and the agreements are signed, the articles can be published. Each author will receive his or her article in PDF format (published version). The latter may not be published on commercial academic network platforms such as academia.edu or researchgate.net. On the other hand, the author is encouraged to deposit the published version of his or her article on the HAL platform or any other institutional platform of scientific archiving in Open Access.

If they wish, they may also submit both the submitted version (preprint) and the accepted version (postprint), on the condition that they explicitly state that the version deposited is not the one approved by the journal Frontière·s.

Six months after the publication of the issue, all articles in their edited version will be uploaded to the HAL open archive and the Internet Archive platform by the editorial secretary, if they have not already been uploaded by their author.