Mémoires du livre Studies in Book Culture

Managing editor(s): Anthony Glinoer (Directeur)



Mémoires du livre – Studies in Book Culture is a bilingual, open-access journal available through Erudit. It is dedicated to the study of the book in all its forms, including rare books, periodicals, and ebooks. The journal is open to everything concerning the past, present and future of the book: agents and institutions in the chain of production, materialities and contents, practices and uses. It is interested in the power that operates within the world of the book as well as in the power that books have. Mémoires du livre – Studies in Book Culture strives to shed light on the whole book culture, from the production to the reception of books : every link in the chain is analysed, from author to reader, including editor, distributor, translator, bookseller, and librarian. Resolutely interdisciplinary (history, literary studies, economics, sociology, etc.), the journal is equally open to the study of identities – by gender, culture, social group – as they express themselves in the history of the book.

Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture is managed by Anthony Glinoer, assisted by Eli MacLaren, Marie-Pier Luneau and Josée Vincent.

Guidelines for Authors



Contact us :

Courriel: mdl-sbc@usherbrooke.ca
Téléphone: (819) 821-8000 poste 62237

Groupe de recherches et d'études sur le livre au Québec

Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

Université de Sherbrooke

2500, boul. de l'Université

Sherbrooke, Québec

J1K 2R1

Open Access

The current electronic issues and the journal’s electronic archives are offered in open access.

Back issues (28 issues)

Permanent archiving of articles on Érudit is provided by Portico.

Editorial policy and ethics


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: https://www.erudit.org/public/documents_revues/memoires_protocole_eng.pdf), and then send the properly formatted article to the following address: mdl-sbc@usherbrooke.ca. 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:   http://www.erudit.org/revue/memoires.

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.

Digital preservation policy

Studies in Book Culture is permanently archived on Portico.

Editorial board

Managing Editor : Anthony Glinoer, Université de Sherbrooke

Associate Editors : Eli MacLaren (McGill University), Marie-Pier Luneau et Josée Vincent (Université de Sherbrooke)

Executive Assistants : Elisabeth Grégoire and Raphaëlle G. Grenon, Université de Sherbrooke

Editorial Board : Nicholas Dion (Université de Sherbrooke), Sara Harvey (University of Victoria), Sophie Heywood (Reading University), Leslie Howsam (Windsor University), Julien Lefort-Favreau (Queen's University), Scott McLaren (York University), , Ruth-Ellen St. Onge (McMaster University).

Translators : Shirley Fortier and Michelle Ariss

Scientific Committee : Frédéric Barbier (IHMC-ENS), Marie-Cécile Bouju (Université Paris-8), Claude La Charité (Université du Québec à Rimouski), José Antonio Cordon (Université de Salamanca), Robert Darnton (Harvard University), Ian Gadd (Bath University), Carole Gerson (Simon Fraser University), Claude Hauser (Université de Fribourg), Henning Hansen (UiT The Arctic University of Norway / Swedish National Heritage Board), Lucie Hotte (Université d'Ottawa), Michel Lacroix (Université du Québec à Montréal), Éric Leroux (Université de Montréal), Yvan Lamonde (McGill University), Bertrand Legendre (Université Paris-13), Martin Lyons (University of New South Wales), Dominique Marquis (Université du Québec à Rimouski), David Martens (KU Leuven), Jacques Michon (Université de Sherbrooke), Jean-Yves Mollier (Université Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Claire Parfait (Université Paris-13), Yannick Portebois (University of Toronto), Michaël Roy (Université Paris Nanterre), Hervé Serry (CNRS), Ray Siemens (University of Victoria), Yann Sordet (Mazarine Library and Library of the Institut de France), Claire Squires (University of Stirling), François Vallotton (Université de Lausanne), Dominique Varry (ENSSIB).