Informations for Authors

The journal "Law and Politics" has a scientific profile, which means, among other things, that the editorial board accepts articles accompanied by references and summaries in a foreign language. The publication of the entire text in a foreign language is also possible. All articles are reviewed by independent scientific staff members - members of the Editorial Board of the journal or external reviewers. The periodical "Law and Politics" may feature scientific articles, commentaries, reviews, reports, and debates (e.g., on current events or publications).

Formal requirements for submitted texts:

  • When submitting a scientific article for publication, each author is obliged to submit the appropriate statements.
  • Recommended length of a scientific article: about 20 pages, recommended length of a commentary: about 10 pages, recommended length of other texts (reviews, reports, debates): about 5 pages.
  • Font: Times New Roman.
  • Font size: 12.
  • Line spacing: one and a half lines.
  • A scientific article should include a summary in a foreign language and a list of literature cited in the text. The "Keywords" in Polish and "Keywords" in English (from 3 to 8) should reflect the essence of the considerations and correspond to the categories accepted in the given research area.
  • The text should be written in electronic version and saved in ".doc" or ".docx" format.
  • The file should be sent to the email address of the editor-in-chief of "Law and Politics" - Dr. Marek Woźnicki ( Adres poczty elektronicznej jest chroniony przed robotami spamującymi. W przeglądarce musi być włączona obsługa JavaScript, żeby go zobaczyć. ).
  • The work should be sent as an attachment and must contain the author's last name and first name, as well as the title of the work in the file name. The same data should be included in the email subject. In the case of reviews, after the book title, add the abbreviation rec preceded by an underscore - e.g., reviewed book_title_rec.
  • In the case of reviews, provide the first name and last name of the author of the reviewed item, the title, publisher, place and year of publication, and the total number of pages of the reviewed item.
  • In the case of commentaries, provide the thesis of the commented judgment and the place of publication. In the case where the judgment is unpublished or the thesis has been formulated by the author of the commentary, this should be clearly indicated.
  • The text should not use any formatting or graphic highlights.
  • Tables and graphs can be included in the text if they are truly necessary.
  • Use quotation marks only for quotes. A quote within a quote should be italicized. Quotation marks should also be used for journal titles.
  • Italicize book and article titles as well as foreign expressions.
  • Write the names of months in full, e.g., October 25, 2008, in October 2008; (thus providing the full name of the month).
  • When mentioning an organization or institution for the first time in the text, provide its full name, e.g., United Nations Organization.
  • When mentioning a person for the first time in the text, use their full name, e.g., Lech Kaczyński.
  • Proper nouns should be given in Polish, e.g., North Atlantic Treaty Organization, European Union, United States of America.
  • Do not decline acronyms (incorrect is the form PiS-u, PSL-u);
  • Write decades in words, e.g., in the eighties;
  • Use en dashes without spaces, e.g., 1945-1989;
  • Footnotes should be placed at the bottom of the page. They should be numbered sequentially. Footnote references should be placed before the punctuation mark.
  • Transliteration of Cyrillic characters into Latin characters according to the PN-ISO 9:2000 standard.

Rules for creating footnotes:

  • In footnotes, works should be cited in full bibliographic form: first letter of the first name(s), dot, last name, comma, title of the work (in italics), comma, place and year of publication, comma, page number referred to, period. E.g.: L. Antonowicz, Podręcznik prawa międzynarodowego, Warsaw 2002, p. 18.
  • Publishers should not be provided; the publisher should only be given in the case of reviews.
  • In the case of journals, provide the author of the article, title of the article (in italics), title of the journal (in quotation marks), year, journal number, page(-s). E.g.: M. Zaborowski, Niemcy a rozszerzenie Unii Europejskiej na wschód, "Sprawy Międzynarodowe" 1998, no. 4, p. 80.
  • From the Internet: author, title (if there is none, it should be given), exact address with the path, accessed on; E.g.: C. Nowak, Irlandia odrzuciła traktat,, accessed on 09.12.2005.
  • In the case of collective works: chapter/article author, chapter/article title (in italics), title of the collective work (in italics), editor of the collective work, place of publication, year of publication, page. E.g. A. Przyborowska-Klimczak, Prawne aspekty procesu integracji europejskiej, in: Prawo Unii Europejskiej. Zagadnienia systemowe, ed. J. Barcz, Warsaw 2003, p. 77.
  • Referring to another page of the source cited in the preceding footnote: Ibid, p. 76.
  • Referring to the same page of the source from the preceding footnote: Ibid.
  • A shortened version of the footnote used when citing a source that has already appeared in previous footnotes: L. Antonowicz, loc. cit., p. 12.



The editorial board of "Law and Politics" attaches great importance to the substantive level of the submitted texts. The principle is a multi-level control system for materials submitted for publication.

The first level of verification includes texts by students and doctoral students. A student or doctoral student is obliged to attach a positive opinion from the supervisor of their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, recommending the publication of the text.

The second level of verification (formal evaluation) of texts occurs at the stage of their acceptance by the editorial board. Each text receives a unique, four-digit encryption code. From now on, texts subject to further reviews will be identifiable only by this code, and reviewers will not have knowledge of the author's identity. Articles that do not meet minimum substantive and technical standards are not accepted. Formal evaluations are carried out by members of the Editorial Board (each text is reviewed by two members of the Board). All types of materials submitted for publication are subject to formal evaluation.

The third level of text verification is a substantive evaluation carried out by two independent reviewers appointed from outside the scientific unit affiliated with the author of the publication. The author or authors of the publication and the reviewers do not know each other's identities (double-blind review). Reviewers fill out a review form available on our website. A positive opinion from both reviewers is a condition for the article to be published in "Law and Politics".

The fourth level of text verification involves discussing them during plenary meetings of the Editorial Board of "Law and Politics".

The final decision to submit a particular text for publication is made by the Editor-in-Chief.


The Independence Foundation publishing the periodical "Law and Politics" is a non-profit organization.

Part of the circulation is distributed to interested communities free of charge, while the source of financing is funds provided by our partners and sponsors.

Taking into account the specific nature of our publication, at the current stage of its development and activity, we do not anticipate remuneration for authors.


Ghostwriting and Guest Authorship Barriers

  1. "Ghostwriting" occurs when the author of a publication does not disclose the involvement of a person who has made a significant contribution to the creation of the publication. "Guest authorship" occurs when the involvement of a person in the preparation of the publication is minimal or nonexistent, yet they are listed as an author/co-author of the publication.
  2. "Ghostwriting" and "guest authorship" are manifestations of scientific dishonesty, and any detected cases of such practices will be exposed, including notifying relevant entities (employers of authors, scientific societies, etc.).
  3. Authors of publications are obliged to disclose the contribution of individual persons to the creation of the publication (with their affiliations and contributions, i.e., information about who is the author of the concepts, assumptions, methods, etc., used in the preparation of the publication). The author submitting the manuscript is responsible for the accuracy of the information provided to the editorial board.
  4. Authors are obliged to disclose information about possible sources of funding for the publication, financial contribution from research institutions, associations, and other entities.
  5. All manifestations of scientific dishonesty, especially violations of ethical principles in science, will be documented by the editorial board.