About éditions papiers


Ce n'est pas tant la quantité du savoir qui importe, que la part que nous lui donnons en nous. Notre affaire et notre intérêt est de vivifier toute cette matière intellectuelle. Un peu de savoir et beaucoup d'esprit, beaucoup d'activité de l'esprit, voilà l'essentiel1.


An on-line catalogue of texts and questions, éditions papiers consists of two parts.
The Laboratory allows authors to put hypotheses to the test using collective energy and a diversity of perspectives. The discussions unfold in the margins in order to enhance the original proposition.
The Publications is a collection of finished texts accepted by the editors without consideration of genre or format. Their selection does not conform to the norms of academic, ‘disciplined’ writing used in traditional publication. Instead, éditions papiers favours texts that combine the rigour of the academic with the enthusiasm of the non-specialist, the erudite with the ordinary, the poetic with the political.

The Laboratory and Publications are not strictly separate. Problematic aspects of the texts appearing in the Publications can be submitted to public discussion in the Laboratory. Conversely, questions enriched by discussion in the Laboratory should be edited and submitted to Publications.

Commentaries in the margins

The Laboratory is original precisely because it encourages discussion in the margins of a text.  We did not know how to better express the importance we attach to dialogue and collective reflective than by lifting the commentaries from the bottom of the page, where they are too often relegated by websites. The discussion may overflow and eventually supercede  the text, reversing the normal order of things, so that the initial text becomes a pretext, the catalyst for a web page centered on debate.
Although our site is called éditions papiers, this is certainly not a reference to the printed press! In breaking the confines of vertical reading and white margins imposed by traditional publishers, the Laboratory takes advantage of the possibilities offered by Internet with its progressive page layout of the gloss, exegesis, and middrach. The Publications, in turn, welcome all forms of expression: texts, images, videos, cartoons, etc.


éditions papiers adopts the principle of strict transparency.
A wall of tags – or keywords – greets the reader. All the terms are chosen by the authors to qualify their personal propositions and texts. This constellation of words expresses our aims better than a mission statement. Each new article creates its own tags or enhances already existing terms. Each submission thus redefines the overall identity of the site.

The search engine is the main point of entry to the contents of the site.  We eliminated the traditional rubrics and links normally used by publishers. The web site of éditions papiers is a minimalist structure entirely defined and organised by the texts of which it is composed.


The texts edited in the Publications are under the aegis of preprint, unless the author states otherwise. All rights are reserved by the author,  including the right to publish a piece in institutional or scientific form in a review or a book.

All forms of citation or reproduction must nevertheless be accompanied by reference to the author, title, date, and source, viz. editionspapiers.org.
By its very nature, the collaborative and progressive work undertaken in the Laboratory cannot claim a definitive status.

Concerning the copyright of images, éditions papiers shares the position expressed in Images Re-vues, under the following link:


We warmly welcome all submissions. These may be addressed to the editorial committee:

Gil Bartholeyns, Pierre-Olivier Dittmar, Thomas Golsenne, Misgav Har-Peled, Vincent Jolivet, Arnaud Lambert, Yoann Moreau, Claire Moyrand, and Benjamin Perriello compose the editorial committee of éditions papiers.
éditions papiers is an independent entity. It does not receive any financial support, public or private.

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1  D'après Paul Valéry, « Discours au collège de Sète », Variété IV .