Managing editor(s): Mouloud Boukala (Codirecteur), Diane Laflamme (Codirectrice) / Editor(s): Diane Laflamme (Rédactrice en chef)



Frontières is a research and knowledge mobilization journal based in Quebec that focuses on death studies. Published since 1988 its main areas of studies are social and health sciences. Its main objective is to contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenons of the borders between life and death in a multidisciplinary perspective highlighting the dialectic and epistemological links between theory and practice. It is aimed towards researchers, practitioners, teachers and students who are preoccupied by death in various fields. Frontières publishes articles evaluated by an external committee in the French language.

The main purpose of the magazine is to offer a better knowledge of the phenomena connected with the bounds  which life and death maintain.

In order to do so, Frontières publishes disciplinary and interdisciplinary analysis, gathered around relevant themes, related to the status of death in our culture.


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Postal address:

Revue Frontières
Université du Québec à Montréal
Case postale 8888, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal, QC, Canada
H3C 3P8


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Back issues (21 issues)

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Editorial policy and ethics


Frontières is published twice a year. It contributes to an education and a reflection on the various aspects (psychological, sociocultural, ethical, etc.) of the phenomenon of death and bereavement, taking into account a developmental perspective (from childhood to old age), as well as the relationship to educational, care and service institutions, without neglecting cultural and legal issues.

Submitted to the members of the scientific committee and external evaluators, the texts must meet the requirements of a high-level research journal. Frontières publishes only original and unpublished texts which, if accepted, shall not be substantially republished elsewhere without the permission of the Journal.

Frontières welcomes articles of theoretical, empirical and evaluative perspectives which should be about 6000 words long including bibliography and footnotes. The texts must be sent to the editorial board at the following address: The editorial staff retains the right to make minor corrections concerning language, punctuation, titles and subtitles, as well as the bibliographic protocol. Before submitting an article, consult the following writing protocol: (


All articles submitted to the journal are evaluated by a committee of at least two anonymous peers, chosen by the journal. At times, when needed, they will consult the Board of referees to help them out.

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.


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

In return, authors grant Frontieres 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 Frontieres journal, the date and the place of publication. Once the article is published, authors can deposit it on their institutional site.

The copyright owner guarantees Frontieres 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. Frontieres 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 Frontieres 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.


The Frontieres journal rejects all forms of plagiarism. Frontieres considers an act of plagiarism as:

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

2)  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:

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 Frontieres.

After publication:

If plagiarism is detected after publication, the article will be withdrawn from the journal Frontieres. The author will no longer be able to publish in Frontieres.

Editorial board


Mouloud Boukala, Université du Québec à Montréal

Diane Laflamme, Université du Québec à Montréal


Editorial Board

Patrick Bergeron, Université du Nouveau Brunswick

Mouloud Boukala, Université du Québec à Montréal

Chantal Caux, Université de Montréal  

Gil Labescat, Université de Montréal 

Diane Laflamme, Université du Québec à Montréal                   

Jean-Jacques Lavoie, Université du Québec à Montréal

Joseph J. Lévy, Université du Québec à Montréal

Isabelle Wallach, Université du Québec à Montréal

Scientific Committee

Hélène Bourdeloie, Université Paris 13 - Sorbonne Paris Cité

Michel Castra, Université de Lille, France

Gilles Ernst, Université Lorraine (Nancy), France

Axel Guïoux, Université Lyon II, France

Claude Javeau, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique

Evelyne Lasserre, Université Lyon 1, France

Gabriel Ringlet, Louvain, Belgique

Charbel Skaff, Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth, Liban


Management Board

Mouloud Boukala, Université du Québec à Montréal

Diane Laflamme, Université du Québec à Montréal

Joseph J. Lévy, Université du Québec à Montréal