Editorial Guidelines

1. Editorial Process

Deadlines, submission and correspondence

Authors are invited to send their proposals for contributions (3000 characters) by email to the following address: contributor@noria-research.com. The proposal should include the topic, the analytical perspective, a list of sources used, as well as a draft outline. It should also clearly state what format the author envisions for publication (i.e. intentions for publication). The approval of the project does not guarantee the approval of the article itself. The editorial team reserves the right not to publish the text in the case of substantive divergence of opinion between the author and the editorial team.

Noria commits to answering within fourteen days after receiving the proposal. Once the text is approved, the authors are encouraged to submit a first draft version (v1) within the month following the reception of the approval email. At that stage, Noria will require that authors do not submit the text to other publications. 

Proofreading and publication

The process of proofreading and editing is built through constant dialogue. The following steps structure its key stages and clarify the commitments due by each party.

This first step allows proofreaders to verify the alignment of the text with previous recommendations, the consistency of the argument with the sources and data used, and the overall structure of the paper. 

Noria commits to sending its edited, assessed version (R1) within three weeks. 

The second version (v2) is expected to reflect the suggested changes or to clarify any confusing passages brought to the author’s attention in the previous step. 

Authors are encouraged to send this version two weeks after they receive the first edits, at the latest. The editorial team commits to sending their second edited version (R2) within two weeks.

Here changes will be exclusively at the level of style and presentation.

 Authors are encouraged to send the third version (v3) one week, at the latest, after they receive the new edits (R2).

At this point: 

  • Biographies and the methodology box will be provided (see below)
  • The illustrations created with Noria’s graphic artists will be approved by the editorial team
  • The final productions by the mapping workshop will be delivered

 Once the text is approved, a final dialogue will lead to the approval of: 

  • Proposed pull quotes in the body of the text to enrich the reading experience
  • An introductory abstract of 1000 characters maximum, presenting the main contributions of the article and its relation to the major analytical themes Noria focuses on 
  • Title choices

Once the final draft has been approved,  all of the elements (texts, illustrations, maps, infographics, bios) are posted online. 

The communication team drafts a newsletter and communicates on social media.


Noria ensures the dissemination and promotion of the article on all of its channels. The authors will be involved in the diffusion and promotion of their work through media platforms who work with Noria.

2. Recommendations

3. Editorial Rules


Authors may propose a short bibliography which will be placed at the end of the article. The bibliography allows readers to learn more about the main issues developed in the text. It is not compulsory and should be adapted to the anticipated audience.

→ Book: John Doe (year), Title, Publisher

→ Chapter: Jean Dupont (year), “Title of the chapter” in Jane Smith (ed.), Title, Publisher

→ Article: John Doe (year), “Title of the article” in Journal, volume

→ Electronic references should be given in the same format as paper books or journal articles, followed by the word “online” which is itself a hyperlink to the source.


Any document or media presented (in the body of the text or downloadable via a link) should be named or captioned. A short caption should specify the source and the copyright license.

“Feminist protest on the Place the la République (Paris), February 11, 2022. © Name of the photographer” or “Portrait of Glubb Pasha in 1936. Wikipedia, BY-SA license.” For downloadable documents, the file should be renamed.

“Human Right Watch report on war crimes in Syria, 2018” or “Peruvian Ministry of Plan database, 2014.”


Quotes from interviews conducted in the field should be integrated into the narrative flow in the body of the text, to limit the use of footnotes (see above). Use quotation marks (“…”) before and after the quote. Use simple quotation marks (‘…’) for quotations within quotations. If the whole sentence is a quote, then the quotation mark is placed after the period. If the quote is part of a longer sentence, then the quotation mark is placed before the period.

Long quotes (for instance from an interview) should appear as a separate paragraph, with wider margins on both sides.

Acronyms and names of organizations

→ Acronyms et names of organizations must be spelled out when first used, with the acronym or abridged name inside parentheses. In the rest of the text, only the acronym or abridged version is used. United Nations (UN)

→ Acronyms that have a meaning in and of themselves are not capitalized. Hamas (an acronym of the Arabic for “Islamic Resistance Movement”, also meaning “zeal”), not HAMAS.

→ In a foreign language, they should be immediately followed by their translation into French or English, without brackets or quotation marks. Example: le Labour (Parti travailliste) britannique.

→ on-English organization names must be translated inside parentheses when first used. They are not italicized, except if they appear as part of a non-English language quotation. Munazamat Badr (Badr Organization).