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Inventing Grand Paris/Entangled History of Metropolitan Areas is open to contributors from other researchers whose work focuses on the history of the development of Greater Paris or provides perspectives on the development of other metropolitan areas. The relevant disciplines are architecture, town planning/urbanism, history, geography or the social sciences in general.

The IGP research will review proposals that specifically address either one aspect of Grand Paris or another metropolitan area in France or abroad, or else a national or international comparative study. Authors can submit articles at any time as long as they fit with the scientific project of “Inventing Grand Paris” and belong to one of the contribution categories. Articles can cover the XXth century and the early XXIst century. They can also look at previous centuries or adopt a long-term approach.

Articles must be submitted for exclusive publication by Inventing Grand Paris, and should be sent in electronic format (.doc) by email to . They can be written in French or English.

Irrespective of the category of the contribution, authors should include a cover page, in a separate file, with the article title, the names of the author(s) and research institution(s), and an email address and telephone number. The article file should not include the author’s name, and should comply with the general presentation standards.

Submissions will be evaluated anonymously by the review committee which can accept the contribution as is, ask for minor changes, request major modifications, or reject the article, giving a reason for its rejection.

Contribution categories

Historical Panorama(s)

This section is dedicated to publishing completed research papers that provide major panoramas of the development of Grand Paris or other metropolitan areas in France or abroad, or that deliver a cross-perspective. These contributions, published along with conference proceedings, enable a deeper understanding of the construction of scientific knowledge about the temporalities of the development of metropolitan areas. The capacity to open up or renew research approaches will be appreciated. Contributions can focus on the history of development plans, operations, national or international networks, stakeholders, territories, etc.

Contributions are limited to 60,000 characters (including the title, text, footnotes and bibliography), must rely on sound critical materials and include carefully-curated illustrations. The body of the text can be broken down into two levels (parts and subparts, with titles in both cases).

Research in progress

This section sheds light on the wide range of historical research about Grand Paris and, more broadly, metropolitan areas. From this standpoint, it accepts brief news items (e.g. announcing a forthcoming scientific event, publication or exhibition); research logs; foundational articles or contributions whose conclusions are not yet complete and may be clarified later on. The objective here is to illustrate the “living” nature of scientific knowledge being constructed about the history of metropolitan development.

Contributions are limited to 15,000 characters (including the title, text, footnotes and bibliography) and must propose critical materials and illustrations. The body of the text can be broken down into parts (with titles).

The research notes are limited to 4,000 characters maximum and must include at least one illustration.

General presentation standards

Cover page

The cover page, provided in a separate file, should include the article title, the names of the author(s) and research institution(s), and an email address and telephone number.

Text and formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format (.doc), in Times New Roman font, 12 point, with line spacing set to 1.5. Use accents on capital letters when necessary. Write out the full form of acronyms and abbreviations on first occurrence. For long quotations, use block quotes in a separate paragraph. The structure of subtitles depends on which category you are submitting to (see above).


In the body of your paper, use parenthetical references instead of footnotes or endnotes: (Fourcaut 1988: 210-212).

Include a bibliography at the end of your paper, with entries in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. Give each author’s complete first and last names.

Follow these examples :

Bellanger Emmanuel, Girault Jacques (dir.). 2008. Villes en banlieues. Personnel communal, élus locaux et politiques urbaines en banlieue parisienne au xxe siècle, Paris, Créaphis.

Fourcaut Annie. 1996 [1988]. Un siècle de banlieue parisienne (1859-1964), Guide de recherche, Paris, L’Harmattan.

Hartmut Frank. 1995. « Paris dans la tête : architecture urbaine en Allemagne après 1900 », in Lortie André (dir.), Paris s’exporte. Architecture ou modèle d’architectes, Paris, Picard, Editions du Pavillon de l’Arsenal.

Hein Carola. 2014. « The exchange of planning ideas from Europe to the USA after the Second World War : introductory thoughts and a call for further research », Planning Perspectives, vol. 29, n° 2 : 143-151.

Le Goullon Gwenaelle. 2010. « Les grands ensembles en France : genèse d’une politique publique(1945-1962) », thèse d’histoire, Université de Paris 1.


Footnotes are numbered and should be used only for additional comments or non-bibliographical references. Footnotes should be used sparingly, although they can be more numerous for contributions to the “Historical Panorama(s)” category. In all cases, footnotes should not represent more than 20% of the total number of words in the article.


Authors must provide photos in digital format (JPEG) in the highest possible resolution, using a file name that indicates which order the illustration should appear in (for example, illustration1.jpg). Charts and tables should be sent in separate files, also indicating their order (for example, table1.xls).

The legend and source for each illustration must be included in a list of illustrations at the end of the article.

Authors must provide illustrations that are not copyrighted or for which they have obtained the right to reproduce. Authors must pay the costs, if any, of republishing copyrighted illustrations.