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Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture is a market opportunity that revolves around five priorities:

to offer an open access and therefore freely available electronic publication that creates a bridge between Francophone and Anglophone networks and that establishes a dialogue between the new generation of researchers and seasoned specialists, while ensuring a continuity in the field of the history of books through the dissemination, with respect to content, of the most up-to-date subjects.

Defined as the study of the book-system, the history of books, which is the main topic of the magazine, focuses on many elements: agents and institutions, materiality and content, as well as practices and usage.

Initiated by L. Febvre and H.-J. Martin (1958), and theorized by R. Darnton (1990 et 1992), the goal of the history of books, in a diachronic viewpoint, attempts to contextualize and highlight the whole process of the book-system from production to delivery.

To develop this global view of the “book as a means of communication” (Darnton), we will analyze each element, from the author and the reader to the publisher, the distributor, the bookseller, and the librarian. In short, we will examine the role of all those who participate in the production and circulation of the printed material. Thus, the book is a multifaceted object that benefits from being approached from several points of view.

Firmly interdisciplinary, the history of books calls on much expertise to situate the written work in society, to analyze its uses, and to measure its reach. In fact, Darnton considered that the history of books was “at a strategic point where other subjects […] come together on common matters.”

Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture is managed by Marie-Pier Luneau, and assisted by Marc André Fortin and Josée Vincent, professors at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Guidelines for Authors

Editorial policy


Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Cultureis published twice a year. Texts that are submitted for approval by the scientific committee must meet the requirements of specialized international research magazines.

Articles must focus on the book as a material object and on those people involved in its creation and distribution. Nevertheless, the approaches used to address these topics can vary according to each field (history, literary studies, library science, digital humanities, social sciences, etc.). The analysis can be historical or contemporary. Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture focuses on books of all kinds and from all cultures.

The journal does not ask authors to pay to have their work published. Articles can be submitted either in the form of proposals in response to a call for papers announced by the journal, or in the case of an issue designed around a theme, outside of the theme in the category titled “Varia.”

Before submitting an article, please consult and follow our formatting and style guidelines (link:, and then send the properly formatted article to the following address: It is also possible to submit a proposal for a themed issue by writing to the same address.



Upon receipt, and after being verified to ensure that no plagiarism has occurred, each article is reviewed by three experts: two blind referees, generally members of the scientific committee as well as a member of the editorial committee. These experts complete a detailed report and render one of the following four verdicts: 1) accepted without changes; 2) accepted with minor changes; 3) accepted with major changes; 4) refused.  In the case of major discrepancies among the verdicts, the journal may request an additional external evaluation. In rendering its decision, the journal regularly sends the referees’ anonymous reports to the authors so that they can revise their text. The journal’s final decision is irrevocable.



Full-text articles are published for free, in French or in English; the journal does not distribute a print version. Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book culture adheres to the definition of free access, as formulated by the Budapest Open Access Initiative. Consequently, the journal permits readers “… to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose.”

In return, readers commit to respecting “…the integrity of authors’ works and the right to be acknowledged and cited correctly.”

Copyright policy

The intellectual property and the copyright (©) on the original content of all articles belong to their authors.

In return, authors grant Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture free and exclusive licence of initial publication when their article appears, thereby granting the journal the right to produce and distribute the text for an unlimited amount of time and without territorial restrictions on the following web site:

Authors retain subsequent usage rights. However, a reference must be made to the initial publication and the title of the article and the names of all authors must be given as well a reference to the Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture journal, the date and the place of publication.

The copyright owner guarantees Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture that she or he is duly capable of and authorized to grant such a licence. The copyright owner asserts that the above-mentioned work is her or his work,  that it does not infringe upon the rights of someone else, either with regard to the text or to the illustrations. Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture commits to the respecting moral rights when using the work.

It is important to note that during the editing process, authors must sign a licence giving Mémoires du livres / Studies in Book Culture permission to publish the article. All co-authors must then complete and sign the form and return it to the journal before the article appears.


Anti-plagiarism policy

The Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture journal rejects all forms of plagiarism. Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture considers an act of plagiarism as:

Ø  Copying, in whole or in part, the work of someone else and presenting it as one’s own;

Ø  Copying, in whole or in part, one’s own work that has already been published elsewhere, without making reference to the original publication (self-plagiarism).

Prior to the publication of an article, authors confirm in the contract they sign with the journal that they are definitely the owners of the rights and that they are not infringing on the rights of anyone else with regards to either the text or the graphs, illustrations and pictures.

For its part, the journal will conduct various types of research activities, with the help of diverse tools (among them software and data bases, but also the indexes of print journals), in order to ensure that the article contains no instances of either plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

If plagiarism is detected, the journal will take the following measures:

Before publication:

Ø  If plagiarism is detected before the publication of the manuscript by either a member of the editing committee or by an external referee, the author will be contacted immediately. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the author must either re-write the text or correctly cite her or his sources and include precise references to the quoted text. If the plagiarism is substantial (20% of the text or more), the article will be rejected automatically and the author will no longer be able to publish in Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture.

After publication:

Ø  If plagiarism is detected after publication, the article will be withdrawn from the journal Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book culture. The author will no longer be able to publish in Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture.

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Managing Editor : Marie-Pier Luneau, U. de Sherbrooke

Associate Editors : Marc André Fortin and Josée Vincent, U. de Sherbrooke

Executive Assistant : Cécile Delbecchi, U. de Sherbrooke

Editorial Board : Björn-Olav Dozo, FNRS, U. de Liège, Anthony Glinoer, U. de Sherbrooke, Leslie Howsam, Windsor University

Translators : Shirley Fortier et Michelle Ariss, Université de Sherbrooke

Scientific Committee : Frédéric Barbier (IHMC-ENS), Claude La Charité (U. du Québec à Rimouski), José Antonio Cordon (U. de Salamanca), Carole Gerson (Simon Fraser University), Claude Hauser (U. de Fribourg), Michel Lacroix (U. du Québec à Montréal), Éric Leroux (U. de Montréal), Yvan Lamonde (U. McGill), Bertrand Legendre (U. Paris-13), Martin Lyons (U. of New South Wales), Dominique Marquis (U. du Québec à Montréal), Eli McLaren (U. McGill), Jacques Michon (U. de Sherbrooke), Jean-Yves Mollier (U. Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Claire Parfait (U. Paris-13), Yannick Portebois (U. of Toronto), Ray Siemens (University of Victoria), François Vallotton (U. de Lausanne), Dominique Varry (ENSSIB).

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Publisher Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec | ISSN 1920-602X (digital) | Frequency  2 issues per year | Publication period 2009- |  Available in Érudit 2009-  | Language(s)  French, English | Format Digital | Access policy Open Access | Discipline(s) Literary Studies, History




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