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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically using the journal’s online submission website.

The form of manuscript:

  • Microsoft Word or Open Office file;
  • Font: Calibri 12-points; line spacing: 1.5; justified;
  • Articles or essays - no more than  40 000 characters (including space);
  • Reviews, conference reports – no more than 15 000 characters (including space);
  • Articles, essays – should be divided into separated parts using bolded headings, the first part – Introduction - is expected to include the goal of the paper, theoretical background, the presentation of methods and the shortened form of research questions or hypotheses; the last part – Conclusions - ought to include the key findings resulted from research process and theoretical reasoning.

All paper proposals  undergo double-blind peer review:

The author's name and affiliation are not allowed to appear in the manuscript – only the title of the paper proposal.  At the same time the author should send separate covering sheet including:

  • full names and academic or professional affiliations of the author(s);
  • postal address, e-mail address and telephone number of the correspondence author;
  • indication of corresponding author’s name;
  • article title;
  • abstract - including the goal of the paper, theoretical background, the presentation of methods and the shortened form of research questions or hypotheses and conclusions;
  • keywords


  • article title
  • abstract
  • keywords
  • main text
  • references


  • acknowledgements
  • appendices

References in the text:

  • surname of the author and publication date, page number if citation is included, e. g.: (Smith 2016) or (Smith 2016, p. 44); when many sources are referred: (Smith 2016; Johnson 2015); when there are three authors all the surnames are enumerated (Smith, Johnson, Newman 2014), more than three authors: (Smith et  al. 2012); authors with two works in the year: (Smith 2012a; Smith 2012b); if there is no author of the work there is cited few first words of the work or study should be used: (“In this tutorial”, 2016), also the name of organization (or abbreviation of the full name of organization) that published the work or report can be used: (American Psychological Association 2016 or APA, 2016).
  • Quotations inside the text – should be written in quotation marks, quotations inside quotations – should be written using angle quotes: >>… <<
  • Tables, figures, photos: separately numbered, title (above) and reference (source) below the table or photo.
  • Endnotes – are exceptionally allowed but limited to a minimum.

Reference list:

  • presented in alphabetical order;
  • maximum three authors of the work can be listed, if there are four and more authors, only the name of first author is enumerated and the abbreviation “et al.” is used;
  • If the article or internet source does not include the author’s name – the original title of the article should be used or - if the source has no title – the original title should be given (depending on the content of the source).

Zahariadis N. (2003). Ambiguity & Choice in Public Policy. Political Decision Making in Modern Democracies. Georgetown University Press: Washington.

Articles in journals:

Yanovitzky I. (2002). Effects of News Coverage on Policy Attention and Actions. A closer Look Into the Media-Policy Connection. Communication Research, Vol. 29(4), pp. 422-551.

Articles in edited book:

Burkhardt  S. (2011). Skandal, Medialisierter Skandal, Medienskandal: Eine Typologie Őffentlicher Empörung.  In C. Petersen, K. Bulkow (Eds.), Skandale – Strukturen und Strategien Őffentlicher Aufmerksamkeitserzeugung. VS Verlag fűr Sozialwissenschaften: Wiesbaden, pp. 132-155.

Edited book:

Garrard J., Nevell J. L., (Eds.). 2006. Scandals in past and contemporary politics, Manchester University Press: Manchester.

Internet source: author of the article or the title (If there is no author) or first three words of the article (when there is no author and no title), the name of organization or webpage that published the article, internet link, the date of the source retrieval:

US and Germany have IT issues most likely on the screen, Media Tenor ,, 17.05.2016.

conference papers:

Boydstun, A. E., Moody J., Thomas  H. F. (2010, June). Same Day, Different Agenda? A Comparison of News Coverage Across print, Television, and Online Media Outlets. Paper presented at the Comparative Policy Agendas Conference, Bainbridge Island, WA.

Legal documents:

Mental Health Systems Act, 41 U.S.C. § 9403 (1988).


Ustawa z dnia 25 lutego 2016 r. o zmianie ustawy o radiofonii i telewizji. Dz. U. 2016, poz. 443. (2016).

Article in newspaper or magazine:

Travis A. (2016, May 17). Police treatment of domestic abuse victims to be investigated. The Guardian, p. 6.


Travis A. (2016, May 17). Police treatment of domestic abuse victims to be investigated. The Guardian,, 17.05.2016.

Reports: author or title of the work (year of publication, number of the report). Name of the organization. Location.

Oceny roku 2015 i przewidywania na rok 2016. Komunikat z badań (2016, 2/2016). Centrum Badania Opinii Społecznej: Warszawa.


Presidential Election 2016: Key Indicators (2016). The Gallup,, 17.05.2016.

Unpublished works:

Manuscript: author (2008). Title of manuscript. Unpublished manuscript. Forthcoming: article author (in press). Title of article. Title of Journal. Forthcoming book author: book author (in press). Book title.

The format of references is based on APA style:

Basics of APA style:


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 12-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.
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