About the journal

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Parallèles is included in the following databases: Bibliography of Interpreting and Translation (BITRA), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS), Google Scholar, MLA International Bibliography (listed in the Directory of Periodicals), Translation Studies Bibliography (TSB).



Founded in 1978, Parallèles is a scholarly journal that publishes high-quality original research in translation and interpreting, as well as other forms of multilingual and multimodal communication. It is published by the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Parallèles is double-blind peer reviewed, open access and, since 2013, web-based only. The journal is published bi-annually – in April and October – and alternates between thematic and non-thematic issues. Special issue proposals are examined once a year. They should be submitted by October 1, two and a half years prior to the expected publication date, via our online form. For non-thematic issues, submissions will be considered during a six-month window, from August to January, for publication in October of the same year. All articles accepted for publication are subject to comprehensive guidelines for reviewing, based on initial quality control by the Parallèles team, anonymous refereeing by at least two external experts, and consequent revision by authors as required.

Parallèles is a multilingual journal. We welcome contributions in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, although the issues discussed may involve all languages and language combinations. English titles, abstracts and keywords are provided for all articles. The following types of submissions are welcome: original articles – empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical articles – and book reviews. Article submissions should not exceed 8,000 words. They must be uploaded on the journal’s manuscript submission and review platform (see the submission page for details).

Articles and book reviews published in Parallèles are licensed under the Creative Commons License CC-BY 4.0 which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium or format on the condition that the author(s) and Parallèles are appropriately credited as the original source. In this sense, copyright is retained by the author(s). No author fees are associated with publication.

The purpose of the Book review section is to discuss important publications (monographs and collective volumes) in the field, as well as introduce innovative works written in a range of languages, including minor ones, to a wider international readership. Book reviews should provide an accurate description of the contents of the book and critically assess its relative value with reference to similar works in the field. They should be between 700 and 1,500 words and will be solicited by the Editor-in-Chief.



The journal’s ethics policy is based on the guidelines published by COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Editors’ responsibilities

The editors have the overall responsibility for the journal’s quality management and have the authority to accept a submitted manuscript for publication. They commit to giving prompt and unbiased consideration to all manuscripts received.

They provide clear guidelines for manuscript submission and review. Authors and reviewers are treated with fairness, objectivity and transparency.

The editors protect authors’ confidentiality and reviewers’ anonymity. They undertake not to use unpublished information disclosed in submitted manuscripts in their own research.

The editors use Compilatio to ensure the originality of all manuscripts submitted for publication. The journal will publish a correction or retraction if presented with convincing evidence that the substance of a published article is erroneous or not original work. Retracted manuscripts will be removed from the journal’s website and a notice of withdrawal posted in the issue’s Table of Contents.

Authors’ responsibilities

Authors commit to submitting original research and to properly acknowledge the work and ideas of others. They agree to complete the journal’s Declaration establishing the status of their manuscripts before submitting them.

Authorship attribution should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the manuscript. All questions concerning authorship attribution must be clarified before submitting the manuscript.

Authors agree to participate in the peer review process and to revise their manuscripts accordingly. They are expected to provide, if necessary, information about where the data supporting the analyses or results presented in their manuscript can be accessed.

In research involving human subjects, authors are expected to have received prior approval from an ethics review committee or, if not, be able to indicate why such approval was not deemed necessary.

Peer reviewers’ responsibilities

Reviewers commit to providing an objective and informed assessment of the manuscript using the evaluation grid published on the journal’s website. They should explain and support their assessment in such a way that editors can understand the basis for their comments and authors can improve the quality of their manuscripts.

Reviewers pledge to disclose any conflict of interest resulting from direct competition, collaboration or other relationships with the authors, and to avoid cases where such conflicts prevent an objective evaluation.

Confidential information obtained during the peer review process must be kept confidential and not be used for competitive gain.