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Information for Authors

Articles submitted to Studia Socjologiczne should be original work and should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, regardless of the type and language of publication.

From 2012 on, Studia Socjologiczne publishes texts in English, so long as they are written in proper academic English, and if they successfully pass the review procedure.

The manuscripts should be sent (as attachments) by email to: redakcja@studiasocjologiczne.pl

All texts (including book reviews) must have titles. An abstract in Polish (approx. 150 words) and several key words should be provided for all articles and review essays. The abstract and key words in English need to be provided at a later date if a manuscript is qualified for publication.


Technical Requirements

The following technical requirements need to be met: A4 format; Word text editor; Times New Roman 12 font; 1.5 spacing; 25 mm margins on each side of a page; text should be aligned to both left and right margin (justified); page numbers should be placed in the right bottom corner of the page; the page numbering sequence should be kept throughout the whole document; the main title should be provided in bold font and aligned at the centre; all other titles should be aligned to the left and given in bold font with an additional space before it. Each paragraph should start with an indent. Tables, figures etc. should be provided at the end of the text and only in black and white. 

Manuscripts should not contain author details. Author details (first and last name, institutional affiliation, telephone, regular and email address) should be provided in a separate file in order to ensure the anonymity. 


Reviewing Procedure

1. Alongside the manuscript, authors submit a statement that the text is original work of the author (authors) and that the contribution of any third parties (e.g. granting access to data, development of a measurement technique, methodological advice etc.) has been duly publicized (e.g. in a footnote or acknowledgement). Also, the submitting author should state that among the authors of the manuscript there is no individual whose contribution to the text is insignificant (so called “honorary authorship”). 


2. If a manuscript writing has been facilitated by author(s) receiving some institutional support (e.g. scholarship, research grant, etc.), author(s) are obliged to acknowledge the sources of financial support in the text.

3. Each submitted manuscript undergoes a double-blind peer review procedure, i.e. the identities of the authors are not disclosed to reviewers and the identities of reviewers are not disclosed to the authors. At least one English native-speaker will be reviewing the manuscripts submitted in English.

4. Reviewers provide their reviews in writing. A review contains the final conclusion about the acceptance of the manuscript for publication, its rejection or the necessity of making revisions.

5. The key criteria of evaluation by reviewers:

  • Is the discussed issue original and theoretically sound (this also refers to research design and methodology)?
  • Is the methodology correct?
  • Is the style clear and argumentation line – logical?
  • To what extent does the manuscript enrich (or modifies) the existing theoretical conceptualizations, research methods? Does it contribute to the already existing knowledge on the issue?
  • Is the text formally correct (have the technical requirements set by the journal been met)?

6. Additional criteria that are taken into consideration depending on the character of the manuscript:

  • Inspiration for academic debate
  • Value for academic teaching
  • Use of the original empirical data

7. Studia Socjologiczne editors are dedicated to maintaining academic integrity and high standards of research practice.  All instances of breaching the ethical principles of the academic practice will be registered and publicized.



An abstract should be a tool that allows readers to find an article and encourages them to procure its full text. It should contain research questions, aim and objectives of the text (e.g. “the use of direct violence in work relations as a means of building dependence of employee on employer”), it should describe the data or research material, the methods and scope of research (e.g. “based on the content analysis of 50 biographic interviews”, “a survey on a representative sample of adult Poles”), and finally, it should present the key findings and conclusions. Abstracts should not repeat or paraphrase the title of the text and it should not contain definitions, citations and fragments of argumentation. It has to be succinct and free from rhetoric figures and repetitions. We encourage the use of simple syntactic structures. An imprecise, inadequate and inaccurate abstract prevents from understanding the content of an article, and therefore minimizes the chances that the article is noticed by potential readers.

Abstracts should be written in third person. They should contain key words in its content.

Key Words

Authors should indicate up to five key words. One of them can be a sub-discipline of sociology relevant for the article. Key words should not be too general (e.g. globalization, capitalism, work, history, social change). Proper names can be used as key words. Key words should be selected in such a way that a person running a journal database search using the key words would be able to locate the article (e.g. alienation, Japan, manager, Sennet, work relations).

Since both abstract and key words appear in Polish and in English, authors should consider potential difficulties with translation. We encourage using the most standard terminology in both languages, to avoid neologisms, metaphors and the like.

The bibliography should be placed at the end of the text. The following style should be used:

Author-date referencing style within the text: (Okólski 2012: 75).

If there are notes in the text they should be few, short and presented as endnotes, before the bibliography.



Cooley, Charles H. 1922. Human Nature and the Social Order. New York: Scribner’s.

Okólski, Marek. 2012. Modernising impacts of emigration, Studia Socjologiczne 3: 49-80.

Znaniecka Łopata, Helena. 1965. The Function of Voluntary Associations in an Ethnic Community: Polonia. In:  E. Burgess and D. Bogue (eds.) Contributions to Urban Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 203–223.

Colomy, Paul and J. David Brown. 1995. Elaboration. Revising, Polemic, and Progress in the Second Chicago School. In: G. A. Fine (ed.) The Second Chicago School? The Development of a Post- war American Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 17–81.

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