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Author Guidelines

Authors are kindly requested to submit articles via MCSU online platform. To do that, go to, click Register, set up an account checking the Register as author and reader boxes. Then log in to your account and submit the article by filling the boxes with required data (incl. ORCID ID, affiliation incl. address, Bio Statement in English).

Editing guidelines:

1. WORD PROCESSING ENVIRONMENT: foreign language texts need to be submitted as Microsoft Word for Windows files (extension – .doc).

2. MARGINS: right and left 5 cm each, top and bottom 6.6 cm each.

3. HEADER AND FOOTER: 6.6 cm each.

4. MAIN FONT STYLE: Times New Roman, 11 pts.

5. LINE SPACING: 1 throughout the whole article.


7. ARTICLE LENGTH: the recommended article length, together with references, footnotes and appendices, should be 25000-30000 signs with spaces.

8. HEADERS: Times New Roman. Headers are to be centred and starting from the second page. On odd-numbered pages: article title (full or abbreviated) in italics. Space needs to be left for page numbering (for three digits).

9. TITLE PAGE: the first page (odd-numbered) uses the header LUBLIN STUDIES IN MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE Times New Roman, all capitals, 10 pts), then after four Enter hits: only the word AUTHOR (do not give affiliation), 13 pts centred; after four Enter hits: article title (bold, 13 pts). After three Enter hits give the word Abstract, then the abstract's text in English (max. 100 words), below give the word Keywords: and five keywords in English. Below give the article's title in English (if the original title is in a different language). Abstract and Keywords 10 pt font, 1 cm indentation from the left and right margin. Then after three Enter hits give the article's text with no indentation.

10. INDENTATION: 0.5 cm. Use first line indentation of all new paragraphs except for the paragraphs that immediately follow the section headline.

11. SUBCHAPTER TITLES: use a blank line give a section title with numbering, 11 pts font size. Do not use bold.

12. CITATIONS: short in the main body of text are to be highlighted by quotation marks (not italicised), longer than three lines are to be highlighted by the use of 9 pts font size, 0.5 indentation on the left side and single spacing (without quotation marks). Citations need to be carefully proofread.

13. QUOTATION MARKS: uniformed throughout the text, depending on the conventions adopted in a given language, either bottom and top or only top.

14. BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES in the main text and in footnotes are to follow the following format (APA Citation Style): (James, 2015, p. 5), (James, 2015, pp. 5-10), (James & Smith, 2015) or (James & Smith, 2015, pp. 10-13); one work by three to five authors first citation e.g.: (James, Smith, & Ford, 2010) and subsequent citation (James et al., 2010). When citing a few works of the same author published in the same year, use (Viart, 1990a, p. 34) and (Viart, 1990b, p. 43).

15. FOOTNOTES: only in the case of comments longer than bibliographical references 9 pts font size, single line spacing, numbered consecutively throughout the text. Bibliographic data in footnotes and in the Bibliography section at the back need to be the same.

16. HIGHLIGHTING: all in-text highlighting is to be done using italics, rather than by using bold or underlining. We don’t use double highlighting (e.g., italics within the quotation marks).

17. EXAMPLES: short examples (single words or phrases) in the main text shold be highlighted in italics (without quotation marks). Long examples (sentences or paragraphs) are to be distinguished from the main body of text through 9 pts font size, 0.5 line indentation on the left and single spacing. Long examples are not to be put in quotation marks.

18. FIGURES: drawings, graphs, pictures etc. need to fit a properly formatted page. Figures are to be given a caption underneath, 9 pts font size, e.g. Figure X. title. Drawings/graphs/diagrams are to be inserted as ready-made elements (not drawn with MS Word in-built drawing tools).

19. TABLES: tables must fit a properly formatted page. Tables are to be given a caption Table X. title (9 pts font size) above the table.

20. NON-STANDARD FONTS: if the text uses non-standard fonts (e.g., phonetic, logical or mathematical symbols) which are not available in the standard installation of the word-processor or the Windows operating system, they need to be attached as a separate file upon article submission. For articles in languages using non-Latin alphabet, the references list must be made in the Latin alphabet.

21. BIBLIOGRAPHY/REFERENCES: the bibliography should include only works directly referenced in the main text, in alphabetic ordering, 9 pts font size, use APA style sheet as in the examples below:


  • for books:

Perry, R. (2007). Race and Racism. London: Palgrave Mcmillan.

Rutherford, J. (Ed.). (1990). Identity: Community, Culture, Difference. London: Lawrence & Wishart.

Goodwin, J., & Jasper, J. M. (Eds.). (2012). Contention in context: Political opportunities and the emergence of protest. Stanford: Stanford University Press.


  • for chapters in edited books:

Hall, S. (1990). Cultural identity and diaspora. In J. Rutherford (Ed.), Identity: Community, Culture, Difference (pp. 222-237). London: Lawrence & Wishart.

Fléchon, G., Frassi, P., & Polguère, A. (2012). Les pragmatèmes ont-ils un charme indéfinissable? In P. Ligas, & P. Frassi (Eds.), Lexiques. Identités. Cultures (pp. 81-104). Verone: QuiEdit.


  • for articles:

Kerbrat-Orecchioni, C. (1996). Texte et contexte. Scolia, 6, 39-59.

Tutin, A., Novakova, I., Grossmann, F., & Cavalla C. (2006). Esquisse de typologie des noms d’affect à partir de leurs propriétés combinatoires. Langue Française, 2(150), 32-49.


  • for articles from websites:

Denhart, H. (2008). Deconstructing barriers: Perceptions of students labeled with learning disabilities in higher education. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 41, 483-497. Retrieved August 10, 2018, from


  • provide DOIs for referenced works, if available:

Orban, A.-M. (2007). La blog’attitude: rester dans le vent! Pensée plurielle, 1(14), 45-51. DOI: 10.3917/pp.014.0045.

Titles of books in main text and footnotes are to be in italics (do not use underlining). Bibliography/references are to be formatted in a uniformed manner, with consistent use of capitals and italics in titles.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. Additionally, you have ready to attach with your article signed percentage of author`s work declaration.

  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

  7. Please note!

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