Recommendations to authors

The review Humanitarian Alternatives operates on calls for contributions or on order. In the latter case, the review solicits authors and participants who are likely to contribute to an issue that will be previously defined both for the Focus (main theme of an issue) and the other entries (Perspectives, Transitions, Innovation, etc.). The review also welcomes any other article proposal but reserves the possibility to reject it.

Unless it is expressly specified otherwise, the author agrees that his/her article (or oral contribution) is published on the review’s website ( and on any other external media of the review’s partners (press and the Internet).

We ask all English speaking authors to follow a number of principles for the layout of their articles. The review reserves the right to reject articles that don’t meet these recommendations.

Text size

The text, medium size, must be around 2400 words. A particular agreement can be established according to the projects. No footnote should exceed 75 words. We will avoid quoting complete Internet references (the links are likely to be expired) and prefer using the generic address of the websites in question.

Presentation instructions

The text should be presented in the simplest way possible:

  • Text justified at both ends, in Times New Roman 12 for the plain text and Times New Roman 10 for footnotes;
  • Uppercase accented;
  • No hard spaces before punctuation marks (;?,!,:)
  • Single-spaced text, no withdrawal of paragraphs;
  • No paragraph break within parts.

Subtitles should space the text and cut it into recognizable sections (avoid exceeding 2 levels of headings).

All notes have to be inserted as footnotes, by using the automatic system of WORD. By convention, we never use footnotes on the titles.

The author sends the article with a short biography (institutional affiliation, professional career, etc.) of 150 words maximum and a recent picture (portrait) in high definition.


Bibliographical references shouldn’t be in the main text but as a footnote. Subject to exceptions, the text shouldn’t have a final bibliography.

We will use the following patterns for the first references:

  • for articles :

Jean-Hervé Bradol, “The response to the Ebola epidemic: négligence, improvisation and authoritarianism”, Alternatives Humanitaires, Inaugural Issue, February 2016, p. 39-50.

  • for books:

Boris Martin, L’Adieu à l’humanitaire? Les ONG au défi de l’offensive néolibérale, Éditions Charles Léopold Mayer, November 2015, p. 8-12

  • for book chapters:

Sami Makki, “Les ONG anglo-saxonnes entre lutte globale contre le terrorisme et dynamiques néolibérales”, in Karl Blanchet and Boris Martin (eds.), Critique de la raison humanitaire, Éditions Le Cavalier bleu, 2006, p. 85-95. 

The repeated references will be noted:

  • for articles:

Jean-Hervé Bradol, “The response to the Ebola epidemic…”, art. cit., p. 42.

  • for books:

Boris Martin, L’Adieu à l’humanitaire?…, op. cit., p. 20-24.

  • for book chapters:

Sami Makki, “Les ONG anglo-saxonnes…”, art. cit., p. 92.