Managing editor(s): Roxanne Roy (Directrice), Mélodie Simard-Houde (Directrice), David Bélanger (Directeur adjoint), Louis Hébert (Directeur adjoint)

Journal preceded by Urgences



Published in French by the Department of letters of Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) and the Department of French studies of Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Tangence is a journal that draws upon a rich intellectual tradition spanning more than three decades. Initially entitled Urgences (between 1981 and 1991) and renamed Tangence in 1992 (issue no. 35), on more than 40 occasions since 1987 the journal has published related articles based on research conducted across a vast spectrum.

As its name suggests, Tangence is concerned with the relationships between literature and the other arts, philosophy and the sciences, with a view to drawing together knowledge along common lines of reflection. Not affiliated with any one school, the journal seeks to serve as a point of convergence between too-often-dissociated fields of investigation by examining a wide variety of themes and issues.


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Editorial policy and ethics

Tangence does not publish individual articles unrelated to an issue.

The article must be part an issue and its inclusion in the issue depends of the person in charge of the issue.

Instruction for those in charge of the issue

Submission of drafts

Proposals must include a presentation of the chosen theme and a list of the collaborators (approximately 7), indicating their topics of discussion and their professional status and institutional affiliation. Proposals must be forwarded electronically ([email protected]).

Dossier submission

After the project is accepted by the journal’s editorial staff, the complete dossier must be forwarded electronically along with:

  • a table of contents indicating the titles of the articles and their order of appearance,
  • an introduction detailing the theme of the dossier and presenting the contributions therein (55,000 characters maximum, including spaces),
  • the articles (for each: 55,000 characters maximum, including spaces), 
  • a summary of the dossier (200-250 words), 
  • a summary of each article (150-200 words), 
  • a bio-bibliographical note for each author indicating his/her professional status and main publications  (100-150 words), 
  • a list of all contributors’ emails.

Each article submitted to Tangence must follow editorial guidelines, failing which it will be returned to the author without further evaluation.

Editorial Guidelines

Peer Review Process

Each article submitted to Tangence is evaluated by two independent evaluators chosen by the journal’s executive committee among peers with a solid knowledge of the subjects discussed in a particular issue. The committee calls on experts from various institutional affiliations presenting no conflicts of interest. Anonymity of the authors and evaluators is assured throughout the double-blind evaluation process.

Decisions about whether or not to publish issues and articles are based on the results of the evaluations. Evaluators’ opinions and recommendations are conveyed to the authors by the directors of the journal. In disputed cases, the directors may need to make the final decision.

Note that Tangence publishes only original articles in French.


After evaluation, submissions are first revised by our editorial secretary in Trois-Rivières, who ensures respect for protocol. The secretary also highlights linguistic problems and verifies the accuracy of references while indicating the recommendations of the evaluators, where appropriate, for the authors’ consideration. A second reading is done by one of the journal’s directors.

The revised texts are then sent to the authors to make the needed corrections. After they are returned, the texts are read once again by a journal director, who verifies that all requested changes have been made. The page layout is done and the PDFs are sent to the authors for a final revision. A journal director reads the proofs one last time, and a definitive PDF format is produced.

Copyright management

The authors cede their rights to the journal. We systematically grant permission to reproduce an article on condition the author states that the original version was published in Tangence. The royalties produced by the additional reproduction of an article are divided equally between the journal and the author of the article. The author may archive a version of his/her article in an institutional repository.


The long-term archiving of Tangence is assured by Portico.


Tangence does not allow any type of plagiarism, whether it is a complete article or part of a work.

Plagiarism, as we define it, consists of copying all or parts of the content of an article or a work of another author without giving that author the credit for their work by means of an explicit reference.

Any type of plagiarism in a text will result in the denial of its publishing or, if already published, the withdrawal of the journal and the author will not be allowed to submit any future article to the journal.

In addition, if an assessor notices that a reference is missing in a text, the author will need to make the change before the publishing, in order to make sure their article will be included in the journal.

The Tangence team uses software, such as Compilatio, to find traces of plagiarism in the texts submitted to the journal.

Responsible conduct and research integrity

The editorial and ethical process of Tangence, as previously described, is based on the principles outlined in the Politique sur la conduite responsable et l’intégrité en recherche et création of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

This policy is guided, notably, by the concern to:
•    Conduct research in an honest search for knowledge;
•    Promote a climate of integrity, responsibility and public confidence in matters of research;
•    Possess the knowledge and expertise needed and act accordingly;
•    Examine others’ research with integrity;
•    Avoid conflicts of interest or, if these are inevitable, discuss them ethically;
•    Demonstrate transparency and honesty as regards requesting and managing public funds;
•    Use research funds and resources responsibly and render the proper accounts;
•    Disseminate research findings responsibly and on a timely basis;
•    Process data rigorously;
•    Recognize all contributions to a research, a creation or an invention as well as their authors;
•    Promote responsible conduct in research and the development of best practices. (free translation) (Extracts from the Politique sur la conduite responsable et l’intégrité en recherche et création)

All ethical violations will be examined by members of the executive committee who will make a decision based on this policy and the guidelines promoted by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Information for contributors

Contract between the author and the journal



I, ___________________________________________________________________________,


 grant the journal TANGENCE and its assigns the exclusive right


a) to first publication of the text titled






in the journal TANGENCE, and

b) to edit the text in compliance with the journal’s requirements subject to my revision and my definitive approval within a reasonable time frame determined by TANGENCE.


a) I guarantee that the text is an original work by me, that its publication does not infringe the rights of others and that I have full authority to conclude the present contract;

b) I guarantee that the text has not been published elsewhere, either in whole or in part, and that I have not participated in any agreement to this effect with another party. If necessary, I pledge to obtain the copyright holder’s permission to include in my text any passage that requires such permission; 

c) I authorize, as a contribution to the journal TANGENCE, the reproduction, adaptation, distribution and public display of my text in the electronic media, computerized data banks and other similar supports; this authorization includes the right to publicly display, convert into machine-readable form, reproduce and distribute copies of the text;

 d) I cede to the journal TANGENCE the right to authorize the reproduction and reprinting of the text, in electronic or printed form, in all languages and in all countries.

Finally, this is a partial cessation and authorizes the author to retrieve his/her article or report within the context of a future work published under the signature of the author (as author or editor).


Instructions to authors

The article must be clearly related to the problematic of the issue of the journal in which it appears.

The article must not exceed 55,000 signs maximum, including spaces

The author must use the drafting protocole of the journal.

The author must respect the usual norms of quality of a scientific paper specific to the field of letters and humanities and be written in proper French.

Editorial board

Editorial Staff


Roxanne Roy, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Mélodie Simard-Houde, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Associate Editors

David Bélanger, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Louis Hébert, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Editorial Board

Honour Members

Marc-André Bernier, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Frédéric Deloffre, Université Sorbonne Paris-4 (deceased)

André Gervais, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Lucie Guillemette, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Mireille Huchon, Université Sorbonne Paris-4

Claude La Charité, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Laurent Mailhot, Université de Montréal

Gerald Prince, Université de Pennsylvanie

Regular Members

Lise Andries, Université de Paris Sorbonne-Paris 4, CNRS

Olivier Asselin, Université de Montréal

Michel Biron, Université McGill

Philip Knee, Université Laval

Jacinthe Martel, Université du Québec à Montréal

François Rastier, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense-Paris 10, CNRS

Jacques Wagner, Université Blaise-Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand)

Managing Editors

Marie Lise Laquerre, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Marion Szymczak, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Marie-Odile Richard, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Nelson Guilbert, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières