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As a journal published in both French and English, the texts that authors submit to Gestion et Management Public (GMP) must be written in one of these two languages. Once the article has been accepted following an evaluation process, authors then become responsible for ensuring its translation into the other language.

Articles must be written in A4 size Word format and use Calibri 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm. top, bottom, right and left margins. The wordcount is limited at 70,000 characters (including spaces, abstract, appendices, notes and bibliography).

Articles submitted in French must provide an English language title and be preceded by French and English language abstracts of no more than 500 words; and by three to five keywords (also written in both languages).

Articles submitted in English must be preceded by an extended French language summary of approximately two pages; by abstracts (written in both languages) of maximum 500 words apiece; and by three to five keywords, also in French as well as English.

Abstracts should all highlight an article’s theme(s), context, objectives, issues, principal theorisations, methodological protocol and main findings.

Texts submitted and registered on the platform must be completely anonymised. It is only in the final version of an article accepted following GMP’s evaluation process that authors need to specify their first and last names, institutional affiliation and email address.

All English language texts must be proofread and copy-edited by a professional translator or native English-speaking reader. Note that the linguistic quality of all GMP Journal issues is assessed by Cairn International before publication. Otherwise, authors who do not translate their own texts should also identify the translator they used.


The front cover page is to include:

  • The article’s French language title at the top: Calibri 16, bold, centered
  • After skipping two lines, the English language title: Calibri 17, normal, centered
  • After skipping four lines, author(s) name(s) – Calibri 12, bold, centered – institutional affiliation (name, contact information) and email address: Calibri 11, normal, centered
  • “Abstract” (Résumé): heading in Calibri 12, bold; body in Calibri 11
  • “Keywords” (Mots-clés); heading in Calibri 12; the keywords themselves in Calibri 11
  • N.B. Abstracts of maximum 500 words; 5 keywords, each separated by a semicolon
  • To repeat, abstracts should all highlight an article’s theme(s), context, objectives, issues, principal theorisations, methodological protocol and main findings


  • The entire body text must be in A4 format, one-sided, Calibri 11, single-spaced, 2.5 cm top, bottom, right and left margins. No line breaks. 6 pt spacing after each paragraph.
  • Paragraph numbering should be tiered using Arabic numerals (maximum 3 levels):
    1. Section title (Calibri 12, bold);
    1.1. Subsection (Calibri 12, bold);
    1.1.1. Paragraph (Calibri 12, bold).
  • For each title: spacing 18 pts before and 12 pts after.
  • In-text quotations – along with phrases in Latin or other foreign languages – should be italicised.
  • Diagrammes, graphs, and tables should be numbered, featuring the title above (in Calibri 11, bold) and source references below (inm Calibri 10, italics). Diagrammes, graphs and tables created by the author(s) should indicate “author(s)” as their source.
  • Tables (and diagrammes, where possible) should be editable to facilitate pagination. This precludes the use of images or screenshots.


  • Bibliography and references should be presented in APA format.
  • In-text references should cite author name(s) and publication year in brackets – e.g. (Porter 1982). Avoid references and quotations from unpublished articles.
  • Notes must be located at the bottom of the page (Calibri 10, single-spaced).
  • End-of-text bibliographic references (Calibri 10) must meet international standards. Authors are to be listed in alphabetical order, starting with their surname and first name initial followed by the publication date, work title, page(s) being cited where a book is involved, publishing location, publisher name and collection details (where relevant). Article references should include the title of the publishing journal as well as the relevant volume, issue and page numbers. Where several works have been published by one and the same author in one calendar year, references are to be supplemented by a lowercase letter, e.g. (1997a), (1997b), etc.
  • Article reference: Hood, C. (1991). A public management for all seasons?. Public Administration, 69, 1, pp. 3-19.
  • Book reference: Osborne, D., Gaebler, T. (1992). Reinventing government. How the entrepreneurial spirit is transforming the public sector? Addison-Wesley.
  • Reference to an article in a collective work: Gueret-Talon, L. (2008). From quality to sustainable development: a challenge for public management. in Huron, D., Spindler, J. (eds.), Le management public en mutation. L’Harmattan. pp. 335-360.
  • Communications references: Desmarais, C., Edey-Gamassou, C. (2011). La motivation de service public à l’aune du service public à la française. AIRMAP-PMP Conference, June, Université de Versailles-Saint Quentin.
  • Please make sure to apply APA standards to all references, especially sections written using italics. For books: Surname and First initial of author(s), (publication year). Book title in italics. Publishing house. For articles: Surname and first initial of author(s). (publication year). Article title. Journal title in italics, Volume (Number), Page(s)


The final version of an accepted article must be carefully reviewed by its author(s) to ensure that all the aforementioned instructions have been followed as the text evolved through its various phases.

The final version should include the authors’ first and last names, up-to-date institutional affiliation and email address.

A telephone number must also be provided so that GMP can contact any authors requiring further information before publication.


Authors are kindly asked to scrupulously adhere to these general writing instructions and bibliography presentation rules.

Gestion et Management Public’s journal editorial board would like to express its deepest gratitude to all authors – past, present and future – for their ongoing trust and support.



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