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Manuscript preparation and style guidelines




Manuscript preparation

1._Introduction (4-5 pages minimum, 20 pages maximum)
2._Text, preceded by :
0._b._previous editions
0._d._any notes concerning authorship and date
0._e._note on the text
3._and accompanied by:
0._b._for new editions, critical apparatus
5._Bibliographical note


Style guidelines

Bibliographical references.
Authors’ names in full.
Articles in periodicals and books: article title in guillemets «…»; periodical title in italics; comma, volume number in arabic numerals (if the journal is numbered in parts, arabic numeral preceded by n.; part numbers are superfluous if the journal is numbered yearly and pagination is continuous); comma and date; comma and page numbers.
For books, omit publisher’s name (only place and date of publication, not separated by a comma).

— Carl Appel, «Tristan bei Cercamon?», Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 41, 1921, pp. 219-227.
— Giuseppe Cusimano, «Raimbaut larga pansa», Bollettino del Centro di studi filologici e linguistici siciliani, n. 6, 1962, pp. 427-444.
— Dimitri Scheludko, «Über die arabischen Lehnwörter im Altprovenzalischen», in Festschrift für Carl Appel zu seinem 70. Geburtstag am 17. Mai 1927, Halle 1927 (= Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 47), pp. 418-442.
— Aurelio Roncaglia, «Il primo capitolo nella storia della lirica europea», in Concetto, storia, miti e immagini del Medio Evo, a cura di Vittore Branca, Firenze 1973, pp. 247-68.?
— István Frank, Trouvères et Minnesänger, Saarbrücken 1952.

The Bibliographical note should include manuscripts, repertories, dictionaries, any critical editions if these are numerous.
There is no need to indicate anastatic reprints.
Manuscript sigla in boldface; small capitals to be used only for Latin etyma.
When quoting a passage, indicate first and last pages (or lines), not pp. x and ff.

Footnotes are allowed only in section 1.
When in doubt, check the already published lecturae or ask the Editorial Board.


Use of apostrophes

When an apostrophe marks the elision of a letter it should be set close up to the next character (fin’amor) unless the elided vowel follows a vowel in which case it should be followed by a full space (semblari’ ufaniers, auri’ ops, cortezi’ e sen).

Use of quotation marks

« »: quotations;
“ ”: quotations within quotations;
‘ ’: meanings of words and translations: aziman ‘magnet’; but if the meaning is from a dictionary or translation, then guillemets « » should be used as for quotations: aziman «aimant» (PD); single inverted commas should be used to indicate ‘so-called’: the ‘weaker’ feudalism in the Midi;
do not use typewriter 'single' quotes (ascii 039) or "double" quotes (ascii 034) instead of curly ‘single’ (ascii 0145, ascii 0146) or “double” quotes (ascii 0147, ascii 0148).

Italics and quotation marks

Please use italics for forms and readings, guillemets « » for quotations.


How to quote this journal

With the increase in online publications, electronic journals, digital libraries, repertories, concordances, etc, the general consensus is to treat them as printed works. In particular, titles of periodicals and any other type of work are in italics; titles of articles in journals or books in guillemets «…».
To quote an article from Lecturae tropatorum, the volume number should be mentioned (in roman or arabic numerals according to the specific editorial guidelines), as well as the date and website. This should enable the article to be traced within a few seconds. In an excess of detail, the address of the single contribution may be given, which will then appear to the reader as a sort of offprint, distinct from the periodical in which it appeared.


— Giuseppe Tavani, «Raimbaut de Vaqueiras (?), Altas undas que venez suz la mar (BdT 392.5a)», Lecturae tropatorum, 1, 2008, pp. 33,
— Giuseppe Tavani, «Raimbaut de Vaqueiras (?), Altas undas que venez suz la mar (BdT 392.5a)», Lecturae tropatorum, 1, 2008, pp. 33,, on page [or p.]

Since each contribution has its own page numbers, it is preferable to indicate the total number of pages in order to give an idea of the article’s length.
When citing online there is no need to give the whole address, that of the journal will suffice.

Cover for printed offprints

The cover for any printed offprints may be downloaded here.