Editorial Requirements

We only accept texts that are previously unpublished or  submitted for publication elsewhere, in part or in whole, in other journals or books, in both printed or digital version.  The journal accepts original scientific articles, academic publication reviews and opinion pieces for the Forum section.  Articles on practical social policy implementation are also allowed for publication. Original scientific articles are reviewed within the double-blind review process (see: review). They can be reports and reviews of own empirical research data, monographs, review articles, polemic articles. Original scientific articles should contain references to social sciences theories and methodologies.

 Authorship should be limited to the persons that made an important contribution to the concept and interpretation of the published study results. One scientific article may have no more than three authors. Book reviews, Forum commentaries, Editorials and materials other than original articles are not reviewed.

Original scientific articles can be written in the following languages: Polish, English, French and German. Apart from editorial content review, papers in foreign languages are initially assessed by a language editor. Linguistically incorrect papers are returned to the authors without being sent to reviewers.

Publishing articles in the journals is free of charge.


Plagiarism, ghostwriting and guest authorship are violations of academic integrity standards, and all discovered cases thereof will be disclosed, including notifying the institutions that employ the authors. The editorial board uses a procedure to counteract these procedures, consisting in verifying the received texts in an anti-plagiarist system and enforcing Authors’ declarations on, among others, ghostwriting and guest authorship.

The editorial board eliminates conflicts of interest by selecting competent peer reviewers and obtaining appropriate declarations from them.

If the editorial board is presented with scientific articles written by a member of the editorial team or the Scientific Council, procedures are implemented to ensure impartial assessment of the texts’ content value (e.g. excluding the author from assessing the substance of their work, anonymising peer reviewer details, assigning the review only to peer reviewers outside the unit that employs the author and outside the main unit that employs the editor-in-chief.

Personal data of the authors and peer reviewers are subject to protection in accordance with the provisions in force.

Articles and reviews are submitted in an electronic version to the following e-mail address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When writing to the Editor, please include exact correspondence address, phone number, e-mail address, academic degree and title and the institution represented by Author (affiliation) in the e-mail. 

Articles to be submitted to the review procedure have obtained a positive preliminary assessment by the editorial board and comply with the below preliminary criteria:

  1. The article submitted to editorial work cannot include unacceptable borrowings confirmed by the results of the an anti-plagiarist procedures (controlling the text with an electronic anti-plagiarist system and assessing the results).
  2. Attached to the article is the Author's statement on, among others, the ownership of copyrights to the submitted text, third parties’ contribution to it, sources of financing, the input of research and scientific institutions, associations and other entities. The statement also includes a declaration on ghostwriting and guest authorship. Not providing a signed statement (its scan) results in a refusal to publish the text.
  3. In their work, the Author(s) should disclose all sources of financing the projects, input of research and scientific institutions, associations and other entities. In particular, the Authors are requested to provide the sources of financing the research and the role of sponsor in planning, conducting and analysing the research and the sponsor’s potential influence on the contents of the article. Other affiliations (such as employment, consultancy, preparation of paid expertise) that may result in a conflict of interests so as to the submitted article.
  4. The article must adhere to the subject line of the journal and receive a preliminary positive assessment in terms of contents and methodology.
  5. The article should adhere to the Editor's criteria in terms of structure, formal criteria and linguistic correctness.

Articles to be submitted to the review procedure have obtained a positive preliminary assessment by the editorial board and comply with the below preliminary criteria:

  1. The length of the article should not exceed 40,000 characters (with spacing between characters), i.e. 22 pages, and should not be smaller than 2,000 characters. The length of review should not exceed 20,000 characters, i.e.. 11 normalised pages.
  2. One page of the text (A4 size, Word document file) with footnotes should include 30 lines, of which each should count approximately 60 characters with spaces (about 1,800 characters per page in total). All material should be typed 1.5-spaced in Times New Roman, size 12, with 25 mm margins. The text should be aligned to the right and left margin (justified); pages numbered in the lower right-hand corner, continuously. The title of the article and section titles should be written in bold and aligned right. Each paragraph should begin with an indent (standard, automatic spacing, no tabulation). Automatic styles should not be used.
  3. Tables must have the word “Table” number and title written above them, with the source quoted below.
  4. Charts, diagrams, etc., should be created on the colour scale from black to white Consecutive number and the word “Chart/ must be written above the tables, charts, diagrams, etc., and the source must be quoted below.
  5. Quotes must be written in typographic quotation marks (“ “ , „ ” for Polish). Italics is only used for titles (in the main text and the list of sources) and foreign terms and words.
  6. First and last name(s) of the author(s), as well as their affiliation (name of institution) should be placed in the top right hand corner. The institution name should be followed with a footnote with the e-mail address of the Author and the mail address of the affiliated institution.
  7. The original scientific articles in Polish must include short (up to 800 characters with spaces) abstracts in Polish and English, as well as keywords in Polish and English. The article title in English should also be provided . In case of articles not written in Polish, you must provide an abstract, title and keywords in Polish, as well as the abstract and keywords in the original language of the article.

The abstract for theoretical texts should include: key theses, arguments, conclusions, an outline of the text’s structure; for empirical studies: the purpose and aim of the study, the description of method(s) used for research, results, conclusions, an outline of the text’s structure. The abstract should be written in third person and include keywords. It should not repeat nor paraphrase the title of the article. It should be written in simple phrases, in a present tense.

The Author is obliged to provide from 3 to 5 keywords (in Polish and English).

In case of changes in the text after reviews, the author is obliged to provide the new version of the abstract in Polish and English, a new translation of the title into English and, if required, new keywords (in Polish and English).

  1. Problems of Social Policy only accepts texts with references shown as follows: (Weber 2002), (Weber 2002, p. 238) or ….. Weber (2002)….. If the paper has more than two authors, the first footnote in the text pertaining to such work must contain names of all authors, e.g. (Jaworski, Łukaszewska, Skolimowski, 2016), and the following footnotes should have an abbreviated form, e.g. (Jaworski et al., 2016). When referencing multiple works in a single footnote, the text concerning the following works should be separated with a semicolon and arranged alphabetically by the names of first authors, e.g. (Auguściak, 1987; Weber, 2002).
  2. Footnotes are used to provide additional explanations or substantial complementary contents. References to sources in a footnote should have the form described above.
  3. A bibliographic appendix, arranged in alphabetical order and containing all publications cited mentioned in the literature footnotes must be included at the end of the text and be formatted in accordance with the APA style (detailed instructions on its use are available, for example, here: http://www.liberilibri.pl/harasimczuk). Literature footnotes and the bibliographical appendix must be written solely in Latin script (for titles and names originally written in other alphabets, transliteration is required).


Examples of entries in the bibliographic appendix:

Williams, R. (2003). Television: technology and cultural form. London: Routledge.

Szatur-Jaworska, B. (ed.). (2018). Polityki publiczne. Wybrane zagadnienia teoretyczne i metodologiczne. Warsaw: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.

Porter, M. (1998). What is strategy? in: S. Segal-Horn (ed.), The strategy reader. (pp. 73–99). Oxford: Blackwell in association with the Open University.

Szacki, J. (2004). O tożsamości. Kultura i Społeczeństwo, vol. 3, pp. 20–41.

Bonen, A., Shaw, S.M. (1996). Recreational exercise participation and aerobic fitness in men and women: analysis of data from a national survey. Journal of Sports Science, August, vol. 13, no. 4, s. 297–303. DOI: XXXXXX.

Kamińska, A. (2012). Dania kieruje Unią w kryzysie. Co nas czeka? Downloaded from: http://www.polskieradio.pl/5/3/Artykul/517625,Dania-kieruje-Unia-w-kryzysie-Co-nas-czeka [last accessed: 30.11.2012].

Structure of the SCIENTIFIC article

  • Author (name and surname), university or other place of work (institution to which the author claims affiliation), address of the institution and Author's electronic address.
  • Article title (in the language of the article).
  • Main text of the article, including:
  • Introduction (including, among others, information on the nature of the article, its research purposes, sources used, the adopted theoretical perspective, research methods employed, source of financing the research;)
  • Article sub-chapters (parts of the article are not enumerated);
  • Conclusion (summary, final conclusions, etc.);
  • Bibliography (appendix).
  • Abstract in Polish.
  • Keywords in Polish.
  • Article title in English,
  • Summary (the text in English must be a translation of the abstract in Polish).
  • Keywords (translation of keywords provided in Polish into English).


  • Author (name and surname), university or other place of work (institution to which the author claims affiliation), address of the institution and Author's electronic address.
  • Full bibliographic description of the reviewed publication (with number of pages).
  • Review title (in the language of the article).
  • Review title in English (or Polish, if the review is written in another language).
  • Main text of the article (review article).
  • Bibliographic appendix, if required.

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