Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

New Horizons in English Studies publishes research in English-language literatures (English, Anglo-Irish, Anglo-Scottish etc. literature, British literature, American, Canadian, Australian etc. literature, to name just a few), English-language linguistics or comparative linguistics that contains an English-language element, and cultural studies, including media studies. Within these broad areas, focus can be placed on topical issues but also on historical matters relevant to an understanding of the shape and functioning of English in a variety of uses. By disseminating results of research in these fields, the journal will aid students, teachers, and academics dealing with the English language in its contextual richness.


Section Policies

Language and Didactics

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Culture and Media

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Peer Review Process

  1. All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by the Section Editors. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal.  
  2. The journal operates a double-blind peer review process, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the review process.   
  3. In most instances, authors can expect decisions on submissions within 60 days.
  4. The Journal retains the right to make changes in accepted manuscripts that (in the opinion of the editor) do not substantially alter meaning as well as for grammatical, stylistic and space considerations. In case of more complex modifications suggested by the reviewers, the authors will be asked to prepare a modified version and re-submit it to the editors.   
  5. In view of the recommendations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education the following procedure is required:
    a. If a manuscript is co-authored, the authors must indicate in the footnote their specific contributions to the work (concept and thesis design, interpretation of data, methodology used in the preparation of a manuscript etc.). Ghost authorship (in which individuals who have made author-level contributions to the paper are not included in the author list) is not permitted for papers published in New Horizons in English Studies. Nor is guest or honorary authorship. The detection of such practices by the editors will result in immediate notification of the relevant actors (institutions employing the authors, societies, editors’ associations, etc.). Other individuals who have participated in generation of the research paper but who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgement section with a brief indication of the nature of their contribution.
    The authors should also specify (in a footnote) the funding sources related to the publication, such as national and international grants, grants from foundations, associations or commercial institutions.
    c. The author who submits the manuscript bears the responsibility for providing the required information.
  6. Authors may appeal a rejection by sending an e-mail to the Editorial Office of the journal. The appeal must provide a detailed justification, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers’ and/or Editor’s comments. The Section Editor of the journal will forward the manuscript and related information (including the identities of the referees) to the Editor-in-Chief, or Editorial Board member. The academic Editor being consulted will be asked to give an advisory recommendation on the manuscript and may recommend acceptance, further peer-review, or uphold the original rejection decision. A reject decision at this stage is final and cannot be reversed.


Open Access Policy

New Horizons in English Studies is an open access journal, which means that the journal offers free and immediate access to its contents to promote the unrestricted global exchange of knowledge. The free availability means that any users are permitted to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited" (Budapest Open Access Initiative, https://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/read). 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. The content of the license is available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

CC-BY licensed articles (postprint versions) may be shared by authors with anyone, on any platform or via any communication channel provided they are attributed to New Horizons in English Studies as the original publisher.




Tasks of the Editorial Team

Devoted to presenting work of the highest quality in English literature, linguistics and cultural studies from the multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives, our Editorial Team reflects the academic team spirit of our Alma Mater, University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska. We believe in dialogical and multivocal development of our respective fields within English Studies reflecting the specificity of Eastern-European perspectives matched with the cutting-edge research into English-speaking cultures carried out across the globe.

Roles of Editors:

  • Responsible for the whole journal content
  • Selects, appoints and manages Section Editors and Editorial Board members
  • Attracts high-quality manuscripts
  • Oversees the timely publication of the journal
  • Liaises with the publisher of the journal
  • The changes suggested in the journal by the Editor-in-Chief will be considered as final
Section Editors:
  • Assist EiC in getting manuscripts reviewed and published
  • Handle articles by subject areas
  • Regularly interact and co-ordinate the entire process of reviewing of articles with the peer reviewers 
  • Promote the journal
 Editorial Board Members:
  • Solicit articles/manuscripts for the journal
  • Assist with peer review
  • Encourage others to submit manuscripts
  • Identify and suggest key topics to include in the journal and invite key authors on these topics to submit an article.




Ewelina Bańka (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Grzegorz Drożdż (University of Silesia), Grzegorz Maziarczyk (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Michał Szawerna (Philological School of Higher Education, Wrocław), Jacek Woźny (University of Wrocław)


Rafał Augustyn (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Ewelina Bańka (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Agnieszka Bryła-Cruz (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Dorota Brzozowska (University of Opole), Christopher Garbowski (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Paweł Hamera (Pedagogical University of Cracow), Paweł Jędrzejko (University of Silesia), Anastazija Kirkova-Naskova (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Macedonia), Ewa Klęczaj-Siara (University of Technology and Humanities, Radom), Hubert Kowalewski (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Anna Krawczyk-Łaskarzewska (University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn), Karolina Majkowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Grzegorz Maziarczyk (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska (University of Opole), Rainer Nagel (University of Mainz), Stankomir Nicieja (University of Opole), Barry Lee Reynolds (University of Macau, China), Oliver Martin Traxel (University of Stavanger) Natalya V. Watson (Northeastern University of Boston, USA), Angelina Żyśko (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin)


Ilona Banasiak (University of Warsaw), Abby Bentham (University of Salford, UK), Łukasz Borowiec (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Stephen Dougherty (University of Agder, Norway), Joanna Durczak (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Paweł Hamera (Pedagogical University of Cracow), Joanna Jabłońska-Hood (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Julia Fiedorczuk (University of Warsaw), Daniel Karczewski (University of Bialystok), Robert Kiełtyka (University of Rzeszów), Ewa Klęczaj-Siara (University of Technology and Humanities, Radom), Karolina Kotorowicz-Jasińska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Andrzej Kowalczyk (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Irena Księżopolska (Vistula University of Warsaw), Rafał Kuś (Jagiellonian University of Cracow), Karolina Majkowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Dominika Narecka (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Sabina Nowak (Jagiellonian University of Cracow), Wojciech Nowicki (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Małgorzata Olsza (Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań), Elżbieta Pawlak-Hejno (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Serhiy Potapenko (Gogol Nizhyn State University, Ukraine), Małgorzata Rutkowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Urszula Terentowicz-Fotyga (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Irmina Wawrzyczek (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Agata Zarzycka (University of Wroclaw)


Katarzyna Baran (Universitat Rovira i Virglil, Spain), Eliza Borkowska (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw), Susan Erdmann (University of Agder, Norway), Christopher Garbowski (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Maria Garda (University of Turku, Finland), Paweł Hamera (Pedagogical University of Cracow), Marietta Izdebska (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Małgorzata Karczewska (Vistula University, Warsaw), Danuta Kępa-Figura (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Konrad Klimkowski (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Hubert Kowalewski (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Rafał Kuś (Jagiellonian University of Cracow), Mirosław Miernik (The University of Warsaw), Aleksandra Mochocka (Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz), Małgorzata Myk (University of Łódź), Victor Navarro-Remesal (CESAG Comillas Pontifical University, Spain), Wojciech Nowicki (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Elżbieta Pawlak-Hejno (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), Vorachai Piata (Language Institute of Khon Kaen University, Thailand), Alicja Piechucka (University of Łódź), Serhiy Potapenko (Nizhyn Gogol State University, Ukraine), Magdalena Sawa (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin), Vasyl Starko (Lesya Ukrainka Volyn State University, Ukraine), Kathleen Staudt (Wesley Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary, USA), Willian Sullivan (University of Florida Gainsville, USA), Justyna Wierzchowska (University of Warsaw), Bryan Yazell (University of Southern Denmark)



Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on the COPE’s Core Practices guidelines (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices), previously found under the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (https://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf).


I. Editors’ responsibilities

Publication decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. The editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The decision will be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal's scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author's explicit written consent.

II. Reviewers' responsibilities

Contribution to editorial decisions

The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not been cited in the reference section. They should point out whether observations or arguments derived from other publications are accompanied by the respective source. Reviewers will notify the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.

III. Authors' responsibilities

Reporting standards

Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources

Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/], which states that the printed articles may be shared by authors with anyone, on any platform or via any communication channel provided they are attributed to New Horizons in English Studies as the original publisher.

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.


Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2020). “Core Practices”. Retrieved from: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices and  http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf



The journal is indexed in:


MLA International Bibliography

DOAJ (Direcory of Open Access Journals)

CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library)

CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities)

MIAR (Spain)

BazHum (Polish Humanities Journals)

Pol-Index (Polska Baza Cytowań)


ICI World of Journals (Index Copernicus