Publishing rules

All authors are kindly requested to observe the following rules concerning the form of submissions sent to our journal:

  1. The Editorial Board accepts only those submissions that have been sent in electronic form to
  2. The Editorial Board reserves the right to return submissions not conforming to the rules listed below to their authors to be corrected and reedited.
  3. The Editorial Board reserves the right to introduce into submitted articles and reviews formal changes necessitated by editorial rules, linguistic culture etc.
  4. Article formatting rules:

    Article heading

    The author's first name and surname should be followed by the author’s full affiliation, placed below (e.g. Université de Lille, Faculté des Sciences Historiques, Artistiques et Politiques), and if there is no affiliation - by the name of the author's city;

    Key words

    The article title should be followed by five to seven key words in English.

    Body of the text

    • Quotes within quotes should be in French quotation marks (‹‹example››) in Polish and in single quotation marks (‘example’) in English;
    • quotations of more than four lines are considered block quotations to be presented in a smaller size font and without quotation marks;
    • italics are reserved only for titles of printed publications and for individual foreign expressions, phrases and terms that are not quotations (e.g. sensu stricto etc.);


    A submitted article should be accompanied by a summary (1500–2000 words) in English.

    Works cited and literature on the subject

    • A submitted article should be followed by a list of cited sources and literature on the subject in alphabetical order, in two sections. Each item on the list should be the full version of the abbreviated reference used in the footnotes.

      Manuscript sources and unpublished works:

      BAV [= Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana], Ottob. Lat. [Ottoboniani Latini] 2223

      NLA HA [= Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, Hannover], Cal. Br. 21, nr 502

      Printed sources and literature on the subject:

      • stand-alone source edition:

        STAROWOLSKI 1655 = Monumenta Saramatarum viam universae carnis ingressorum, coll. Simon Starovolscius, Cracoviae 1655

        KROMER 1984 = Marcin Kromer, Polska, czyli o położeniu, ludności, obyczajach, urzędach i sprawach publicznych Królestwa Polskiego księgi dwie, transl. Stefan Kazikowski, ed. Roman Marchwiński, Olsztyn 1984

      • source publication which is part of a series:

        MGHns, IX = Die Chronik des Bischofs Thietmar von Merseburg und ihre Korveier Überarbeitung, ed. Robert Holtzmann, Berlin 1935 (Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Scriptores Rerum Germanicarum, nova series, IX)

      • source with a known author, which is part of an edited volume:

        DŁUGOSZ 1974 = Jan Długosz, Katalog biskupów krakowskich, in: Katalogi biskupów krakowskich, ed. Józef Szymański, Warszawa 1974 (Monumenta Poloniae Historica, nova series, X, 2), pp. 125–281

      • monograph:

        THUM 2006 = Gregor Thum, Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945, Pantheon, Berlin 2006

      • article in a journal:

        FIALKA 2017 = Jiří Fialka, The role of popular culture in rural-to-urban transformation contributing to the “Slušovice miracle”, “Urban People / Lidé města”, XIX, 2017, 2, pp. 211–230

      • article in a book by multiple authors:

        BARTMANSKI, EYERMAN 2013 = Dominik Bartmanski, Ron Eyerman, The Worst Was the Silence. The Unfinished Drama of the Katyn Massacre, in: “Narrating trauma. On the impact of collective suffering”, ed. Ron Eyerman, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Elisabeth Butler Breese, Paradigm Publishers, Boulder–London 2013, pp. 237–266

      • book by multiple authors:

        Narrating trauma 2013 = Narrating trauma. On the impact of collective suffering, ed. Ron Eyerman, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Elisabeth Butler Breese, Paradigm Publishers, Boulder–London 2013

    • when quoting successive editions of a publication, we mark them by adding a relevant upper index number (e.g. Warszawa 19712).


    • All quotations of the same item in the footnotes should feature an abbreviated description of the item referring to the “Works cited and literature on the subject” list discussed above;
    • a reference to a manuscript source comprises an abbreviated name of the institution where the source is kept (sometimes with the name of the city), name of the collection/fonds and number of the unit, preceded by the abbreviation ms (manuscript)/ts (typescript) (in the case of a stand-alone unit) or the abbreviation no. (in the case of a file), finally, number of the page or leaf marked recto or verso; in justified cases the reference may be shortened to the name of the author, title or commonly used name (e.g. Psałterz Floriański; Kodeks Sędziwoja) and page or leaf number; such an abbreviated form must be explained in the “Works cited” list discussed above;
    • an abbreviated description of a publication comprises the name of the author/authors or first noun of the title (e.g. a source, edited volume) or abbreviated name of the series, followed by publication date and relevant page numbers;

      Examples of abbreviated references used in footnotes:

      Manuscript sources and unpublished works:

      BAV, Ottob. Lat. 2223, f. 6v

      NLA HA, Cal. Br. 21, nr 502, ff. 23–32v

      Printed sources and other works:

      1 THUM 2006, pp. 55–64.

      2 GALLUS ANONYMOUS 1952, pp. 128; MGHns, IX, p. 277.

      3 Narrating trauma 2013.

    • publications by the same author published in the same year are marked after the year of publication by means of consecutive letters of the alphabet, e.g.


    • abbreviations of names of ancient authors and titles of their works should be in line with those adopted in LSJ9 and OLD;
    • phonetic transcription should be used in the case of foreign alphabets.