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Focus and Scope

The peer-reviewed open access journal Le foucaldien (French adj. foucaldien, masculine: qui découle de la pensée de Michel Foucault ou s'y apparente) publishes interdisciplinary research along the lines of the philosopher and historian Michel Foucault (1926–1984) in English, German, and French. It mainly focuses on updating and operationalizing Foucauldian concepts and approaches in preferably plain language. Possible subjects might include: 

  • research about Foucault's thought in the sense of its interpretation, historicization, and contextualization;
  • research using Foucauldian concepts and methods like archaeology and genealogy, discourse and dispositif, heterotopia, biopower, parrhesia, etc.; 
  • research confronting Foucault's work with more current approaches like media studies, digital humanities, post-colonialism, new materialism; 
  • research along and even beyond Foucauldian lines such as surveillance studies and governmentality studies.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are published as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available. Special collections of articles are published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to a Creative Commons license agreement. One of the benefits of open access publishing lies in others being able to re-use material. We believe that the greatest societal good is possible when people are free to re-distribute scholarship and to create derivative works. This is why we recommend the CC BY license, under which others may re-use your work, on condition that they cite you.

If you wish to use a more restrictive license, which we do not advise, please indicate your choice in the submission form when prompted, from CC BY-SA, CC BY-NC, CC BY-ND, CC BY-NC-SA, CC BY-NC-ND. SA ('sharealike') means that others must impose the same license on their derivatives. NC ('non-commercial') means that the work may only be used for non-commercial purposes. Please note that this may mean that those within the university cannot re-use your work for teaching. ND ('no-derivatives') means that others may not modify your work. This could prevent larger portions from being included in course packs or for those in the digital humanities to use your work.

Archiving Policy

The journal's publisher, the Open Library of Humanities focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Open Library of Humanities journals are indexed by the following services:

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


Le foucaldien is a spin-off from the academic weblog foucaultblog, which was founded by a group of humanities scholars at the University of Zurich in 2013. The motives for launching the peer-reviewed open access journal in 2017 were to further professionalize the publication process, make the contributions digitally sustainable, and broaden the scope. From 2013 to 2017, the foucaultblog had established itself as a respected research platform by publishing more than fifty reviewed open access articles, organizing several international workshops and conferences, and editing three special issues. Hence Le foucaldien was able to build on substantial publications and a multitude of users.

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