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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 language and the form of the publication (paper or electronic). 

We publish articles in English, provided that they have been written in clear academic English as customary for publications in social sciences and that they are reviewed positively. 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. 

We do not have any article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.     

Ethical Standards

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.


As concise as possible, unequivocal. The title should be easy to memorize both in English and in Polish.

Word Count

The submissions should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words, including references, tables, graphs, and annexes, if any. Book reviews should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.

General Formatting Guidelines

Please apply the following formatting throughout the text:  

  • A-4 paper size; MsWord or equivalent file 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 indented
  • tables inserted into the body text.     

Formatting Guidelines for Graphs and Pictures

Graphs, pictures, diagrams etc. must be in black and white (grayscale). Please make sure that these elements are readable. Each graph or picture should be attached as a separate vector graphic file, with a filename such as ‘Graph 1’, ‘Graph 2’, ‘Picture 1’, etc. Five graphic files per article can be included

Popular software such as Word, Excel, Power Point and equivalent allow to save vector graphic as a .pdf file. To do that, click on the ready graph or picture, then select ‘Save As’, and then choose the ‘PDF’ format. Apart from the .pdf, graphics can be saved as .epg, .svg or other compatible with vector format.

Graphs and pictures should be numbered with subsequent natural numbers and they should have titles. Their location in the text should be marked. We recommend the following way to refer to graphs and pictures in the text: ‘the data presented in Graph 2…’, ‘see Picture 3’, etc.

Please avoid:

  • gradient fill, frames, solid fill and other similar visual effects
  • placing the title in the graphic area
  • using significantly different font sizes; for example, do not use font 9 for the description of value axis and font 16 for the category axis.

Submissions which fail to comply with the general formatting guidelines or with the guidelines regarding graphs and pictures will be returned to the authors for correction.


The article should include the following elements, which are to 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).
  3. Method.
  4. Data and analysis; interpretation of research findings and their discussion.
  5. Conclusion.


The abstract provides an incentive for the reader to read the paper. It should include a summary of the main points, including:

  • research problem, research questions, hypotheses
  • data and method
  • basic findings
  • embedding of research in the current and recommended future research.

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 very concise, no longer than 150 words. Too long abstracts will be cut short. 


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, 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 both in Polish and in English, to refrain from using neologisms, metaphors etc.

Author’s Statement

Any submission is accompanied by a statement made by each of the authors confirming that the submission is her/his/their original work and that no person has been named as the author of the submission whose contribution is negligible (honorary authorship).

Author’s Statement

Research Funding

If work on the submission was financially supported by a fellowship, a research grant, etc. such support should be acknowledged at the bottom of the first page, next to the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of the authors (without a footnote reference).


If any person contributed to the work on the final version of the text (including methodological consultants, critics of previous versions, etc.), their contribution can be mentioned in a short Acknowledgment section at the end of the main text (immediately before the references).

Reviews and acceptance

Submissions which fail to comply with the quality standards of „Studia Socjologiczne” or with the technical guidelines may be rejected by the editors or returned to the authors for correction. 

Upon the initial verification the submission is directed to the responsible editor who will take care of the submission on all stages of the reviews, until the final recommendation for the editor-in-chief.

Each submission is reviewed by two reviewers in a double-blind system (the reviewers do not know who the author or the other reviewer is, and the author does not know who the reviewers are). A list of reviewers is published 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 corrections).
  2. Accept subject to revision (a minor revision as suggested by the reviewer).
  3. Revise and resubmit for review (a major, substantial revision as suggested by the reviewer).
  4. Reject.

The main criteria which the reviewers take into account are:

  • originality and theoretical impact of the problem (including research design and method)
  • methodological correctness; credibility and relevance of the data
  • clear presentation of the main thesis/research question; clear and logical argumentation
  • the extent to which the submission increases or modifies the existing theoretical insights, research methods or findings
  • formal correctness of the text (including compliance with editorial guidelines).

Depending on the form and content of the text, the further criteria may include:

  • the potential to inspire a scientific debate
  • teaching potential
  • 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 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.

Referencing Style Guide 

References to literature should be inserted in text (not in footnotes or endnotes!) in the following form: (Cooley 1922: 43). The notes in manuscript should be kept to a minimum and take the form of endnotes that are placed before the Reference list. If a publication has a DOI, it should be placed at the end of the citation.

Reference list should be formatted in the following way:



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

Latour, Bruno, Steve Woolgar. 1986. Laboratory Life. The Construction of Scientific Facts. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Schumpeter, Joseph A. 1995. Kapitalizm, socjalizm, demokracja. Przekład Michał Rusiński. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN.


Edited books

Best, Heinrich, John Higley, eds. 2018. The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites. London: Palgrave-Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-51904-7.

Kiersztyn, Anna, Danuta Życzyńska-Ciołek, Kazimierz M. Słomczyński, red. 2017. Rozwarstwienie społeczne. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo IFiS PAN.


Chapter or other part of an edited book

Janicka, Krystyna. 1970. Społeczne aspekty ruchliwości geograficznej. W: W. Wesołowski, red.  Zróżnicowanie społeczne. Wrocław: Ossolineum, 375-400.

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


Journal article

Malewska, Hanna, Violaine Londe-Tarbes. 1996. Społecznicy, ich tożsamość i zaangażowanie. Studia Socjologiczne, 2: 35-54.

Kramberger, Anton, Miroslav Stanojevic. 2015. Class Concepts and Stratification Research in Slovenia.  East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, 29, 3: 651-662. DOI: 10.1177/0888325415599201.

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: 10.1515/eec-2016-0002.


News or magazine article

Skarżyński, Stanisław. 2020. Wybory w Irlandii. Exit poll daje trzem partiom ten sam wynik. Gazeta Wyborcza, 9 lutego 2020. https://wyborcza.pl/7,75399,25679427,wybory-w-irlandii-exit-poll-daje-trzem-partiom-ten-sam-wynik.html, accessed 10. 02. 2020.

Majmurek, Janusz. 2020. Wiara, nadzieja, gniew. Polityka, 29 stycznia, 23-25. 


Website content

The reference in the text has the same form as in the case of ‘paper’ publications, and the citation in the reference list at the end of the article includes a link to a web page and the access date (DD.MM.YYYY).

Example 1: In the text (CBOS 2016); in the reference list: CBOS.2016. Stosunek do przyjmowania uchodźców. Komunikat z badań nr 169. http://www.cbos.pl/SPISKOM.POL/2016/K_169_16.PDF, accessed 17.09.2017.

Example 2: In the text (Wang 2017); in the reference list: Wang, Trisia. 2017. Big Data Needs Thick Data. Ethnography Matters. http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2013/05/13/big-data-needs-thick-data/, accessed 17.09.2017.

Editorial System (ES) 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.

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 this Guide is for 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 10 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 on some of the steps:

Step 1 Title and type.  ES allows 60 symbols for short title, we recommend to limit it to 30-35 symbols. Short title will appear on the journal cover and in the running head.

Step 3 Authors. All authors have to provide their ORCID identifier. It can be obtained by clicking the link in the ES. The person submitting the text (who is logged in the ES) will be automatically indicated as the corresponding author (all communications with the editors will be addressed to this person) and 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 4 Author’s statement. The statement should be filled in and signed (the form is available for download on the Website of ‘Studia Socjologiczne’), scanned and attached through ES. Manuscripts with no author’s statement cannot be submitted.

Step 5 Keywords. Each keyword should be confirmed by a separate ENTER.

Step 6 Topics. Indicate the main topics (preferably just one!) that best match the manuscript’s content. Your choice will help us in selecting competent reviewers.

Step 8 Files. Here we upload the file ‘manuscript’ and the graphic files, if any. In the field ‘Description’ please fill in the title of a respective graph or picture. See ‘Formatting Guidelines for Graphs and Pictures’ above.

Step 9 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 10 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.

Numer bieżący

Studia Socjologiczne nr 2/2020 (237)