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pacific-credo Publications


With the support of the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), the Centre for Research and Documentation on Oceania (CREDO) has just acquired its own publishing house, pacific-credo Publications.
The aim of pacific-credo Publications is to produce and distribute scientific works in French and English which contribute to the development of our knowledge of both contemporary societies in the South Pacific region and those henceforth part of the past.
All the human and social sciences disciplines are concerned, with particular focus on Pacific archaeology, history, and social and cultural anthropology.

Pacific-credo Publications has chosen the print-on-demand process: books are printed for each individual order.

The Editorial Project

In the last few years, the number of publishers bringing out works in the human and social sciences (HSS), and particularly in the field of Pacific research, has fallen drastically, even among academic publishers. The publishing houses which do manage to continue to publish this research are often the victims of economic models forcing them to produce only books sufficiently attractive to cover the high costs of so-called "traditional" publishing.

Faced with this situation, the CREDO, supported by the CNRS, has decided to equip itself with its own means of publishing by opting for an innovative and viable economic model and  distribution method. This consists in using the print-on-demand publishing principles which have developed considerably in the last few years but have not been fully adopted by the research world, and even less in the human and social sciences than elsewhere.

The publishing process

Print-on-demand principles are simple and economically viable, but they entail a number of constraints which potential authors need to take into account before submitting a manuscript.
The publisher prepares works in the form of electronic files. When these "final corrected proofs" (FCP) have been approved, they are sent to a printer who prints the books individually for each order. The printer is responsible for printing, dispatching and receiving payment for orders and takes a commission on the sale price.
This process, made possible by the latest digital printers, has many advantages: publishers do not manage financial or logistic relations with customers, nor do they advance money as the printer is remunerated directly through the commission taken on payment of the order. They do not have to manage stocks of unsold books and the works remain permanently available. Finally, the books can be put online in order to be downloaded free of charge or in return for payment.

Submitting a manuscript

The aim of pacific-credo Publications is to publish and distribute scientific works in French and English which contribute to the development of our knowledge of both contemporary societies in the South Pacific region and those henceforth part of the past.
All the human and social sciences disciplines are concerned, with particular focus on Pacific archaeology, history, and social and cultural anthropology.
Pacific-credo Publications publishes books in three collections:

Submission process

A reply is then sent within 2 weeks, requesting authors to send their manuscript in electronic form by addressing it by e-mail to publications@pacific-credo.fr and by post as a CD or DVD-ROM and/or paper version to the following address:

Secrétariat de rédaction
pacific-credo Publications
Aix-Marseille Université
CREDO – Maison Asie Pacifique – Case 89
3 place Victor Hugo
13003 MARSEILLE, France

Any illustrations must be sent in a separate file. The place where they are to appear must be indicated in the text.

Please note: even if pacific-credo Publications decides not to publish manuscripts, CDs and DVD-ROMs are not sent back to authors or archived by the publisher but destroyed. They can however be claimed by authors no later than a month after receiving the final decision and on their request.

Assessment process

Pacific-credo Publications' editorial board quickly assesses the manuscript's acceptability.

If it passes this stage, it is sent to two anonymous experts who return their reports within three months of receiving the manuscript.

The reviewers decide on whether the article should be published and, if necessary, recommend alterations to the editorial board.

Assessment grids are proposed to the referees. These differ slightly depending on the collection for which the manuscript was submitted.

The editorial board assesses the reviewers' reports and, if necessary, transmits recommendations for alterations to the author.

If the reports are contradictory, an additional referee, a specialist in the discipline and/or subject, is appointed.

Publishing process

If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author agrees to comply with the reviewers' recommendations and ensures the submission of a revised final manuscript.

If authors choose not to take into account any minor recommendations, they must inform the subeditor (publications@pacific-credo.fr) and explain the reasons for their decision.

Before sending the manuscript, the author must prepare it according to the principles outlined in the pacific-credo Publications' style guide.

Please note that if the presentation does not conform to this guide, the manuscript will be returned to the author. This will affect the manuscript's publication date.

Once the manuscript, with revised content if necessary and suitably presented, has been received, the publisher then sets the layout and distribution process in motion.