Prawo Morskie (Maritime Law) - Guidelines for authors of scientific texts
1. All scientific texts, including (but not limited to) research articles and judicial commentaries (glossa), must include distinct introduction and conclusion sections.
2. The title should be followed by the abstract and keywords. For texts that are not in English, the bibliography should be followed by the title of the text in English, the English keywords and an English abstract at the end.
3. Sources cited in the bibliography should be grouped by type: scholarly literature, legal acts, list of case law, Internet sources.
4. Text volume: min. 20,000 characters, max. 40,000 characters.
5. Page settings: standard margins in MS Word – top, bottom, right and left margins of 2.5 cm.
6. Main text: Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 1.5-line spacing, double-sided alignment. Eliminate any double spaces, commas, and periods, any multiple carriage returns, manually entered new lines, manually entered hyphenations, etc.
7. Paragraphs should begin in the same way in all articles.
8. Spacing between words: always a single space.
9. For the article title and sub-titles on all levels: the font size and type, positioning within the column of text, method of highlighting, numbering (if any), paragraph spacing above and below should be uniform across all articles in accordance with the journal/publication template. In collective works, subtitles of each level should be marked uniformly in all articles by the scientific editor submitting files for typesetting and breaking.
10. Keywords: the placement and form of the keywords in each article should comply with the journal/publication template.
11. Footnotes should be unified and inserted automatically using the MS Word function: "References" → "Insert footnote", without additional space. Please use automatic footnote numbering with superscript Arabic numerals. An exception to this rule is the asterisk (the “*” sign), which can be used in the case of information about the author of an article, in a collective work, or to distinguish between textual (source) and authorial footnotes in edited editions of historical documents.
12. In footnotes referring to sources previously cited, use the Latin abbreviations (op. cit., idem, ibidem, etc.).
13. In the file submitted, all places that will ultimately contain hyperlinks should be so marked – in particular, all ORCID numbers, DOI addresses, and E-MAIL addresses should be properly linked.
14. No space should precede the following characters: period, comma, semicolon, colon, closing parenthesis, closing quotation marks, footnote reference, percent sign, degrees sign.
15. No space should follow the following characters: opening parenthesis, opening quotation marks. In abbreviations such as: p. (page), vol. (volume), etc., there should always be a space after the period.
16. Slashes should not be used with the function of parentheses.
17. Texts in English should use “curly English quotation marks”. Texts in other languages should use the appropriate quotation marks for the language, e.g. Polish texts should use „Polish quotation marks”, French texts should use « French quotation marks », German texts should use „German quotation marks“ etc.
18. For English texts, please use “double curly quotation marks” as the first level, and ‘single curly quotation marks’ for quotations inside quotations. In Polish texts, please use: „these quotation marks” as the first level, followed by «these quotation marks» for quotations inside quotations, and lastly ‘these quotation marks’ for third-level embedded quotations.
19. Do not use a prime character (`) in place of an apostrophe (’).
20. For foreign-language text, please use the correct characters with diacritical marks (e.g. à, á, â, ã, ä).
21. In Polish texts, single-letter words such as a, w, or i that fall at the end of the line do not need to be manually moved to the next line of text – the professional typesetting software will determine their location in the typeset text.
22. Please use highlighting consistently throughout the work. Ordinary highlighting (e.g. the use of italics or underlining) does not require special character styles to be defined.
23. Dates should be written in a standardized form throughout a given work (e.g., 10.03.2021).
24. Numerical expressions indicating a range or approximate magnitude should be consistently separated by a dash throughout the publication (e.g., 1914-1918, 18th-19th century, pp. 5-8, 5-8 percent).
25. Neither a hyphen (-) or n-dash (–) should be used in place of the minus sign (−).
26. The bibliography should be standardized throughout the work according to the article/publication template.
27. Affiliations of individual article authors: standardized and placed in the source file according to the publication template standardized for all authors. Additional materials attached to the transmitted text
1. All tables, figures, charts, graphs, diagrams, or illustrations should be placed in their intended position within the text, or submitted as a separate file together with a detailed description: article number, table/drawing number, etc., i.e.:
• drawings, charts, diagrams – should be drawn up and submitted as electronic source files in formats from MS Windows environment software (e.g. Word, Excel, Corel 11, Photoshop, etc.), as printouts, or as original drawings of good quality,
• photos – should be submitted as original photographs, digital camera files with the highest possible resolution (tif, jpg), or scans with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi,
• tables – should be placed in the text or a separate document (if there are many), do not use embellishments, background colors.
2. All supplementary materials should be accompanied by descriptions regarding their positioning within the column of text and base size, plus any framing guidelines, captions, titles, numbers. Figures and tables should be placed in the main text, close to the place where they are referenced, or on separate pages in numbered order, while indicating in the text the approximate location where they should appear. Please remember to make drawings according to the following guidelines:
• they must be legible and clear,
• their descriptions should be standardized and adapted to their size,
• drawings should not have a border or a shaded gray background,
• on graphs, drawings and diagrams, textual description should be simplified to the necessary minimum,
• all explanations should be placed in the caption, or in the legend under the figure,
• if possible, drawings, charts, and diagrams should be submitted in the original version as source files,
• all graphics supplied in raster formats (.jpg, .tif, .png) should be sized to achieve a base resolution of 300 dpi, as files with lower resolution will prevent proper printing.
3. Across all articles, a uniform separation of text and descriptions, uniform numbering of drawings, formulas and tables, and a uniform scale of drawings should be maintained. Template of the article intended for publication in Prawo Morskie (Maritime Law)