Recherches amérindiennes au Québec

Managing editor(s): Laurent Jérôme (Directeur)



Published in Québec since 1971, the French-language journal Recherches amérindiennes au Québec aims to contribute to the knowledge of the cultures and socio-political realities of First Nations—primarily of Québec, but also, more generally, of all the Americas. As a multidisciplinary journal, it opens its pages to all researchers working on topics related to First Nations, including, but not limited to, anthropologists and archaeologists, historians and ethnohistorians, ethnolinguists, and specialists involved in, among other things, the legal, political, economic, literary, and artistic aspects of First Nations. The journal Recherches amérindiennes au Québec welcomes various theoretical currents and intellectual traditions. It is aimed not only at specialists but also at a wider audience, native or not.


America, History and Life • Abstracts in Anthropology • Anthropological Index • Anthropological Literature • BASE-Bielefeld Academic Search Engine • Bulletin signalétique (Ethnologie) • Bibliography of Native North Americans • CSA (Linguistic and Behavior Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts) • Current Abstracts • Google • Google Scholar • Historical Abstracts • INIST– • MLA International Bibliography • PubMed • Repère • Scopus • SocINDEX • Synergies Canada • TOC Premier


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Editorial policy and ethics

Recherches amérindiennes au Québec is an international French language journal published in Québec since 1971. The articles published in the journal relate to First Nations of Québec, Canada, USA and Latin America. The journal is triannual and is under the supervision of a Director supported by members of an Editorial Committee.

The main disciplines which the journal is interested in are: social and cultural anthropology, applied anthropology, social and cultural archaeology, ethnohistory, ethnography, ethnolinguistics and Indigenous ethnoscience, and finally legal, political and economic sciences relating to Indigenous affairs. The journal is open to all theoretical currents and all intellectual traditions.

The Editorial Committee invites researchers to submit thematic proposals or articles. Before contacting the Journal or the Editor, researchers are encouraged to consult the Guide to Theme Issues and the Guidelines for Authors.

Peer Review Process

Recherches amérindiennes au Québec fully supports the principles of anonymous peer review. Any manuscript submitted to the journal Recherches amérindiennes au Québec for publication (an article or a research note) is first submitted to the Editorial Board, which judges its admissibility. The texts considered admissible are then peer reviewed by at least two recognized experts (external readers) who are selected from the international scientific community. This peer review process is completely anonymous. The selection of reviewers is the responsibility of the Editorial Board, which acts under the supervision of the Director.

The main criteria for evaluation are: interest and originality of the subject; the quality of the conceptual framework, the methodology and documentation used, the quality of the style and language as well as the overall structure of the article. An evaluation sheet is sent to external readers.

Any manuscript submitted for publication may be: (1) refused; 2) accepted with major revisions; 3) accepted with minor revisions or; 4) accepted as submitted. In case of major revisions, the Editorial Board reserves the right to re-submit the revised version of the article to an external reviewer.

In the event of conflicting reports from external reviewers, the Committee will use a third evaluation. If there is no agreement among the members of the Editorial Board following receipt of the divergent evaluations, a sub-committee of three persons (from the Editorial Board) will be formed and the final decision will be taken after reviewing and re-reading all external evaluations and the opinions of the Editorial Board members.


The author remains the copyright holder if his/her text is published in Recherches amérindiennes au Québec. However, we ask the author to sign an agreement that confers to the journal an exclusive first-time license and a non-exclusive license to reproduce and distribute the full text or extracts from the text. Any subsequent reproduction or republication of the text must include a note indicating the complete reference of the initial publication in Recherches amérindiennes au Québec.

Diffusion and Open Access

The archives of Recherches amérindiennes au Québec – starting with 2008 issues – are available in open access on Érudit, while the articles of the current issue are accessible with a moving wall of twelve (12) months. The journal authorizes the author to self-archive the final PDF version (postprint) of his/her text after a twelve (12) month embargo. The Journal does not allow the self-archiving of WORD versions of texts accepted for publication.

Digital Preservation

Recherches amérindiennes au Québec is permanently archived on Portico.

Anti-plagiarism Policy

In order to protect the authors’ rights and to ensure the unpublished nature of the texts it publishes, Recherches amérindiennes au Québec journal has adopted an anti-plagiarism policy. As a general rule, the quality of anonymous peer-reviewers makes it possible to avoid plagiarism. The Journal considers as act of plagiarism the fact of:

  • appropriating, in whole or in part, the work of others by passing them off as their own and / or without mentioning the source;
  • copying, in whole or in part, his/her own work already published, without mentioning the reference to the original publication (self-plagiarism);
  • summarize the original idea of an author by expressing it in his own words, but by omitting to mention the source.

If a case of plagiarism is detected before publication or if there is a serious doubt, the author will be immediately contacted and informed. If the plagiarism is minor, the author must rewrite and quote correctly its sources and include the exact references. If the plagiarism is more substantial (25% of the text and more), the article will be automatically rejected.

If a case of plagiarism is detected after publication, the article will be removed from the digital version of Recherches amérindiennes au Québec and, for the sake of transparency, an editorial note will be inserted in the paper version of the following issue.

If an article is refused or withdrawn due to plagiarism, its author will no longer be able to publish in Recherches amérindiennes au Québec. The Journal’s decisions regarding plagiarism are final.


Guidelines for authors

Manuscripts (articles and research notes)

The journal publishes only original and unpublished texts. Manuscripts already published or already submitted in other journals cannot be accepted. Authors must advise us of any other project to publish the text submitted. Although the Journal cannot pay royalties, exclusivity is still required but agreements could be arrived at in specific cases.

All articles are published in French. Articles in other languages could be submitted and if they are accepted by the Editorial Board, they will be translated. Opinions expressed in the articles remain those of the authors. Articles must be submitted by email in WORD format (.doc or .docx). All quotes must be translated into French.

Shorter than the article, the research note refers to ongoing research with or without preliminary results: hypotheses and objectives, methodology, work in progress and, if possible, an outline of the results. Obviously, the research note will be accompanied by an exhaustive bibliography.

Figures photographs and captions

Maps, figures, tables or illustrations (with their captions) may be included in the article. They should be placed at the end of the text with a clear insertion point in-text. The author must ensure that the illustrations are free of rights. These maps, figures, tables or illustrations should also be sent in a separate document, AND please note they will not be returned to the authors. Photographs or figures are to be submitted in PDF or JPG format: 300 dpi for a width of 11,6 cm


Table of content (article and research note)

  • Title
  • Author ‘s name, institutional affiliation, postal address and email
  • Text for an article (between 7000 and 8000 words MAX. including endnotes and references)
  • Text for Research note (approx. 4500 words including endnotes and references)
  • Endnotes – at the end of the text (10 max.)
  • References cited (see below for the style)
  • Abstract (approx. 150 words)
  • FIVE keywords
  • Bio-bibliographical note (125-150 words, see below for an example)


Font and style

  • Recommended font : Times 12 justified with DOUBLE SPACED text;
  • First subtitle : Bold and Small Capital
  • Second subtitle : Bold only
  • Third subtitle : Italics

Bibliographic standards

  • In-text references must be in the following style: (Phillips 1998 : 154; Rogers 1969 : 46);
  • Different references by the same author must be in ascending chronological order;
  • References cited must be listed at the end of the text in the following style (respecting the punctuation):


OTIS, Ghislain (dir.), 2004 : Droit, territoire et gouvernance des peuples autochtones. Presses de l’Université Laval, Québec.

SILVER, Shirley, et Wick MILLER, 1997 : American Indian Languages. Cultural and Social Contexts. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Article in a journal

SCARRE, Chris, 1999 : « Archaeological theory in France and in Britain ». Antiquity 73(279) : 155-161.

Article in a book (with an editor)

ROGERS, Edward S., 1969 : « Band Organization Among the Indian of Eastern Subarctic Canada », in David Damas (dir.), Contribution to Anthropology : Band Societies : 21-50. National Museum of Canada, Bulletin 228, Ottawa.


ANC (Archives nationales du Canada), 1878-1932 : Manuan Agency. Surveys of the land for the Coocoocache Reserve. Indian Affairs, RG-120, vol. 7764, dossier 27074-3.

HBCA (Hudson's Bay Company Archives), A.6/15; A.6/17: London Office Correspondence, 1794, 1806.

Electronic sources

ASSEMBLÉE DES PREMIÈRES NATIONS, s.d. : Bulletin de santé des Premières Nations, Hiver-Printemps 2005. <>, (consulté le 31 mai 2005).

VALENTINE, Lisa Philips, 2003 : « Song of Transformation: Performing Iroquoian Identity Through Non-Traditional Song ». Ethnologies 25(2) : 131-144. <>, (consulté le 2 juin 2005).

CANADA, Gouvernement du, 1996 : Rapport de la Commission royale sur les peuples autochtones. Document disponible sur Internet, <>, (consulté le 20 novembre 2009).

Film and Audiovisual Document

LAMOTHE, Arthur, 1983 : Mémoire battante. Ateliers audiovisuels du Québec et Radio-Québec, Québec, 164 min.

TAGOONA, William, 1981 : Northern Man. CBC, Boot Records.


Example of a bio-biographical note (could be submitted in English)

Pierre Beaucage, Ph. D. en anthropologie sociale (London School of Economics, 1970), est professeur émérite à l'Université de Montréal. Depuis 1963, il a réalisé une quinzaine de recherches de terrain en Amérique centrale et au Mexique, dont une recherche à long terme chez les Nahuas de la Sierra Norte de Puebla (1969-2010). En 2003, il a été titulaire de la Chaire de l'UNESCO sur le développement durable à l'Université de Valencia. Depuis 2007, il est professeur invité aux universités de Grenade et de Lleida (Espagne). Outre de nombreux articles, il a notamment publié : Imaginaires mexicains. Voyages dans le temps et l'espace (Musée de la civilisation/Fides, Québec/Montréal, 1998) et Corps, cosmos et environnement chez les Nahuas de la Sierra Norte de Puebla : une aventure en anthropologie (en coll. avec le Taller de Tradición Oral, Lux Éditeur, Montréal, 2009). Il a dirigé des numéros thématiques de Recherches amérindiennes au Québec et d'Anthropologie et Sociétés.

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Book Reviews and Critical Notes

The list of books received for review is posted on the Internet. To review a book, it can be acquired by contacting the person responsible for the reviews or the Editor. Authors must send their review (between 1200-1500 words) or their critical note (between 3000 and 3200 words) by email. The list of books available for review is regularly updated on the journal website (


The authors (of articles, research notes and book reviews) receive a PDF version of their text for private distribution (e.g., for grant applications) or for academic or educational purposes, as well as a promotional sheet of the issue which they are invited to distribute in their networks. They will also receive a print copy of the issue to which they have contributed.

Digital or Print Proofs

Unless otherwise stated, the journal does not send proofs of their articles to authors. The editorial staff reserves the right not to publish texts whose revision is excessive. The journal submits to the authors all major changes it proposes before the final graphic layout.

Editorial board

Editorial Team

Director : Laurent Jérôme

Chief Editor : Marie-Pierre Bousquet

Editor : Éric Chalifoux


Production staff

Subscriptions : François Girard

Linguistic revision : Marcelle Roy

Graphics and layout : Luc Mercier

Translation of abstracts in Spanish : Francisco Rivera


Editorial Board

Marie-Pierre Bousquet
Département d'anthroplogie, Université de Montréal

Sébastien Brodeur-Girard
Faculté de droit et École d’études autochtones
Université de Montréal et Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Adrian L. Burke
Département d'anthroplogie, Université de Montréal

Denys Delâge
Département de sociologie, Université Laval

Christian Gates Saint-Pierre
Département d'anthroplogie, Université de Montréal

Ingrid Hall
Département d'anthroplogie, Université de Montréal

Martin Hébert
Département d'anthroplogie, Université Laval

Nicolas Houde
Département de sciences politiques, Université du Québec à Montréal

Leila Inksetter
Département de sociologie, Université du Québec à Montréal

Laurent Jérôme
Département de sciences des religions, Université du Québec à Montréal

Jonathan Lainey
onservateur, Premiers Peuples, Musée canadien de l’histoire

Jacques Leroux
Département d'anthroplogie, Université de Montréal

Toby Morantz
Département d'anthropologie, Université McGill

Martin Papillon
Département de sciences politiques, Université de Montréal


International Committee

Philippe Descola
Collège de France, Paris, France

Emmanuel Désveaux
E.H.E.S.S. et L.A.S. Paris, France

Harvey Feit
McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Jacques Galinier
CNRS et Labethno, Université Paris-X

Gilles Havard
Mondes Américains – CENA et CNRS, Paris, France

Stephen Hugh-Jones
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Grande-Bretagne

Patrick Menget
EPHE, CNRS et LAMC, Paris, France

Thomas C. Patterson
University of California, Riverside (CA), USA

Joëlle Rostkowski
UNESCO et EHESS, Paris, France

Adriano Santiemma
Università di Cassino et Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italia

Rémi Savard
Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff
Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement, Genève, Suisse

Judith R. Shapiro
Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.