Information for Authors
Only original contributions will be published in ‘Studia Socjologiczne’.
The manuscripts submitted to ‘Studia Socjologiczne’ will not have been
published before and they will not be under consideration for
publication anywhere else at the time of their submission,
notwithstanding the form and the language of the publication. We publish
articles in English, provided that they have been written in clear
academic English as customary for publications in social sciences (no
proof reading will be done). All submissions, including book reviews,
should have a title. For articles and review essays please provide an
abstract and keywords.
Any and all submissions should be made online through the Editorial
System available at https://www.editorialsystem.com/stsoc/.
Please follow the guidelines below.
As concise as possible, preferably 5-7 words, unequivocal, without any
quotations and, as far as possible, without metaphors. We suggest to
refrain from using subtitles. The title should be clear and easy to
memorize both in English and in Polish.
The submissions should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words, including
tables and graphs. 5,000 words is roughly 15 printed pages (Times New
Roman 12, 1.5 interline spacing).
Please apply the following formatting throughout the text: A4 paper
size; Word or equivalent format; Times New Roman 12; 1.5 interline
spacing; 25 mm margins on all sides; justified; continuous page numbers
in bottom right-hand corner; title of the article in bold and centred;
all headings left-aligned, bold and indented. Paragraphs should be
indented. Tables, graphs, etc. should be in black and white only and
attached at the end of the text as an appendix.
The article should include the following elements, which should be
easily identifiable for the reviewers (the authors may compose and name
these elements in any way they choose, always bearing in mind that
including them increases the chances of manuscript acceptance).
1. Main thesis (research question, problem to be solved)
2. Theory/literature review (as well as an indication of direct
connection between the theory and the research problem)
4. Data and analysis; interpretation of research findings and their
The abstract should make it easier for the reader to reach the article
and provide an incentive to read it. It should present research
questions, aim and scope of the work, data, method, and scope of
research as well as main theses and findings.
The abstract should be written in third person and should neither repeat
nor paraphrase the title of the article. It should not include
definitions or quotations, and should not be argumentative. It should be
concise, without any stylistic effects or repetitions. We encourage the
authors to use simple or compound sentences, without parentheses. An
abstract that is imprecise, inaccurate or irrelevant makes it difficult
to reconstruct the article’s contents, thus reducing the chances of a
reaction from readers.
The author should give 3-5 keywords. The first may be the name of
sociological subdiscipline to which the submission belongs. Keywords
should not be too general (e.g. globalization, capitalism, social
change), they can be proper nouns. Keywords should make it possible for
the reader to find the article in an electronic database. We suggest to
use standard terminology, to refrain from using neologisms, metaphors
Reviews and acceptance
Any submission is accompanied by a statement made by each of the authors
confirming that the submission it her/his/their original work and that
the participation of any other person who contributed to it has been
duly acknowledged (e.g. as a footnote or a note acknowledging such
person’s making the data available, developing the method of
measurement, methodological consultation etc.), and that no person has
been named as the author of the submission whose contribution is
negligible (honorary authorship).
If work on the submission was supported by a fellowship, a research
grant, etc., the author should name any such sources of funding of the
work or its publication in a footnote.
Each submission is reviewed by two reviewers in a double-blind system
(the reviewers do not know who the author is and the author does not
know who the reviewers are). A list of reviewers is published on the
cover of paper version and on the journal’s website.
The reviews are made in writing and should be concluded by qualifying
the submission into one of the following four categories:
1. Accept (without revision or with minor technical and editing
2. Accept subject to revision (a minor revision as suggested by the
3. Revise and resubmit for review (a major, substantial revision as
suggested by the reviewer).
The main criteria which the reviewers take into account are:
a/ Originality and theoretical impact of the problem (including research
design and method);
b/ Methodological correctness; credibility and relevance of the data;
c/ Clear presentation of the main thesis/research question; clear and
d/ The extent to which the submission increases or modifies the existing
theoretical insights, research methods or findings;
e/ Formal correctness of the text (including compliance with editing
Depending on the form and content of the text, the further criteria may
a/ the potential to inspire a scientific discussion;
b/ teaching potential;
c/ originality of the empirical data.
Most reviews suggest minor or major revisions. Revisions should be
clearly marked in the manuscript (e.g. through track changes option,
different colour etc.). In case of a paper resubmitted after a major
revision (reviewer’s decision no 3: ‘Revise and resubmit for review’),
three documents should be submitted:
• draft version of the manuscript (the original text with clearly
visible track of changes);
• clean version of the manuscript without track changes;
• response to reviewers, containing the answers to the questions raised
in reviews, indicating what has been changed and what has been left
unchanged in the paper (and explaining why it has been done so).
Academic journals are ranked according to various criteria. Rankings are
important because the publication’s ‘value’ expressed in points depends
on them. Self-citations (in this case meaning references to other
articles published in the same journal) are a factor negatively
influencing the journal’s position in rankings (the more self-citations
there are, the worse it is for the journal). References to and citations
from other journals, preferably the top ones in a given field, are
favoured. Naturally, in some cases referencing an article published in
‘Studia Socjologiczne’ can be absolutely necessary for constructing an
adequate argumentation. However, the manuscripts containing an excessive
number of self-citations will not be forwarded to reviewers unless the
number of self-citations is radically cut.
The editors of ‘Studia Socjologiczne’ are committed to maintaining
academic integrity and high standards of research practice. All
instances of breaching the legal and the ethical principles of the
academic practice, including plagiarism and self-plagiarism, will be
registered and publicized.
Referencing Style Guide
References to literature should be inserted in text (not in or
endnotes!) in the following form: (Okólski 2012: 75). The notes in
manuscript should be kept to a minimum and take the form of endnotes
that are placed before the Reference list.
Reference list should be formatted in the following way:
Cooley, Charles H. 1922. Human Nature and the Social Order. New York:
Berkman, Lisa F. and Ichiro Kawachi, eds. 2000. Social Epidemiology. New
York: Oxford University Press.
Chapter in a book:
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,
Okólski, Marek. 2012. Modernising impacts of emigration. “Studia
Socjologiczne” 3: 49-80.
Journal article (if DOI is available):
Halamska, Maria. 2016. The Evolution of Family Farms in Poland: Present
Time and the Weight of the Past. „Eastern European Countryside” 22:
27-51, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eec-2016-0002.
The reference in the text should have the same form as in the case of
‘paper’ publications. In the Reference list at the end of the manuscript
the link to the publication and the date of access (DD MM YYYY) should
be provided alongside the source description.
Example 1: reference in text (WB Group 2017); in reference list: WB
Group. 2017. International Debt Statistics. http://databank.worldbank.org/data/download/site-content/IDS-2018.pdf.
Example 2: reference in text (Wang 2017); in bibliography: Wang, Trisia.
2017. Big Data Needs Thick Data. „Etnography Matters”. http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2013/05/13/big-data-needs-thick-data/.
Editorial System User Guide
1. Go to https://www.editorialsystem.com/stsoc/
2. Click ‘Create an account’ and provide your email address as a login.
3. Fill in the registration form and select a password. It is important
that you memorise (write down) your password, because all your contacts
with the editorial team will run through the Editorial System (ES) only.
4. The log-in procedure is the same for Reviewers and Authors. The
system ascribes a reviewer status and informs Reviewers about it by an
email. The following part of the Guide is addressed to Authors.
5. After successfully logging in, click ‘Submit new manuscript’.
6. Follow the instructions that will appear on the monitor. The
submission procedure for ‘Studia Socjologiczne’ consists of 12 steps.
Each step should be passed, otherwise the ES will not proceed with
submitting the manuscript to the editorial team. Below please find the
additional information in some of the steps:
Step 3: Running head. ES allows 60 symbols, we recommend to limit short
title to 30-35. Short title will appear on the journal cover and in the
Step 4: Abstract. ES allows 150 words.
Step 5: Authors. Submitting author (a person logged in ES) will be
automatically indicated as the Corresponding author (all communication
with the editorial team will run through the email of this person) as
well as the first author. If there are more authors than one, click ‘Add
author’ and provide their details. After the co-authors are added, the
order in which the authors’ names will appear can be changed (i.e. the
submitting author should not necessarily be the first author of the
manuscript). If you want to change the corresponding author, select an
‘set a corresponding author’ icon beside this person’s name.
Step 6: Author’s statement. The statement should be filled in and signed
(the form is available for download from ‘Studia Socjologiczne’
website), scanned and attached through ES. Manuscripts with no author’s
statement cannot be submitted.
Step 7: Keywords. Each keyword should be confirmed by a separate ENTER.
Step 8: Topics. Indicate the topics (ideally one!) that best match the
manuscript’s content. Your choice will help us in selecting competent
Step 10: Files. Upload manuscript. ES allows to upload separate files
with tables and figures but this is not obligatory. However, we advise
to upload heavy or complex figures/graphs as separate files. Please
remember that figures, maps or diagrams in colour will not be accepted.
Please make sure that all such material is provided in grey-scale and is
Step 11: PDF file. ES will automatically generate a PDF file, which has
to be opened and accepted. Reviewers will work with the PDF file, but
they will also have access to the original file.
Step 12: Submit manuscript. ES will assign a number to the manuscript,
this number shall be used in contacts with the editorial team. After the
successful submission of the manuscript the Author will receive an
automatic message confirming the submission.