The editor of the journal checks if articles submitted fit with the disciplinary orientation and the formal requirements of Civilisations. Texts satisfying these conditions are anonymized and submitted to two (or more) referees, who are selected by the editorial board basing on their competence for specific topics. Referees can be members of the editorial board, or not; they are requested to evaluate the content and the formal aspects of the text, and if it matches well with the topic of the special issue (when relevant). In case referees have opposite opinions, the editor solicits more evaluations. Basing on this, and on opinions possibly expressed by the guest editors, the editor announces the author that his/her text is accepted, rejected, or has to be resubmitted with minor or major transformations. In such a case (minor or major transformations), the editor – still in collaboration with the guest editors – takes a final decision after receiving the second version, except if a last series of changes (usually minor at this step) is requested once more.
Civilisations welcomes special issues. Potential guest editors are requested to send a proposal (one or two pages). It is submitted to the editorial board, and in case of approval, a schedule is designed. The guest editors write a call for papers (in English and in French) that is diffused by the secretary of the journal. The editorial board evaluates the short proposals sent by the potential contributors, in collaboration with the guest editors. The selected authors are asked to send a paper for a deadline. The texts are submitted to the evaluation procedure referred to here above. The guest editors write the introduction to the special issue; the editor and the editorial board evaluate it.