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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.

  • 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).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

The ZFN editorial board accepts only original and creative research work, reviews of academic publications, conference reports, translations of selected texts, and manuscript studies.

The publisher and editorial board of the journal inform that texts submitted in Polish will be accepted conditionally up to and including 2024. Starting in 2025, the journal will accept only texts written in English.


The submitted work must include:

  • the main text prepared in one of the following formats: LaTeX, Libre/OpenOffice, MSWord, RTF, Word Perfect;
  • title, abstract (minimum 400 characters, maximum 1,300 characters), and a set of keywords;
  • the bibliography of referenced works provided at the end of the text, if the author(s) refers to other papers;
  • quotations and a bibliography conforming to the standards of ZFN.

It is advisable that submitted article is at least 20,000 characters long (including spaces).

Book reviews

  • Reviewed books must have original publication dates going back no more than three years.
  • The submitted text should be in LaTeX, Libre/OpenOffice, MSWord, RTF, or WordPerfect format.
  • The review should have its original title.
  • The title should be followed by a full biographical description of the reviewed publication (the format of the description is provided below, the square brackets are dropped in the final copy):
    [Author], [Title of the publication], [translators, editors, etc.], [Publisher], [Place of publication], [Year of publication], pp. [number of pages].

Manuscript studies

Guidelines for manuscript studies (in accordance with the publication standards of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research) are provided in the article by M. Stawarz, "Manuscripts."

Please contact the editors if you have any additional questions regarding your submission.

Before the publication of the manuscript, the author must obtain the permission of the respective institutions. (This condition does not apply to texts in the public domain, i.e., texts of authors who died earlier than 70 years ago).

Quotations: general guidelines

Note: To avoid allegations of copyright infringement, the author should use the correct quotation format.

To distinguish quotations in the text use “…” and ‘…’ characters for major and nested quotations, respectively. For quotations that are more than four lines of prose or three lines of verse, place quotations in a free-standing block of text and omit quotation marks.

Referencing guidelines

Texts submitted for publication in ZFN should follow the Harvard System of Referencing described in Anglia Ruskin University’s guidelines (version 6 is the best documented so far). The citation reference is placed in brackets in the main body of the text. This style requires the bibliography to be placed at the end of the article. All the references have to be written in Roman script.

A quick guide of the Harvard style of referencing is provided below (see also the PDF version)

quick guide of the Harvard style of referencing

See also the PDF version of the full guide to Harvard System of Referencing.

Researchers using reference management software should download the proper description of the format in the CSL language. The ZFN editorial staff recommends the use of the free reference management software Zotero. The file with the CSL description of the Harvard Style of Referencing can be downloaded from the Zotero archives.


Figures, images and art work submitted with the paper should be placed in the appropriate location in the text (one may mark the location of the specific image in the text as well). All of them should be submitted as separate supplementary files (in step 4. of the submission).

Drawings should be prepared in CorelDraw!:x.CDR format (if possible in a vector format). Other art work (images) may be sent in .jpg or .png format. (The image resolution should be a minimum of 300 dpi).

Note: Images placed on web pages usually have a resolution of 72 dpi and cannot be used in print.

By submitting images, the author of the text declares that he or she has the appropriate copyrights. Copyright information should be included in the caption under a given figure.

Documents in LaTeX format

Together with the LaTeX source file(s) of main text, the author should attach the following supplementary files (in step 4. of the submission):

  • the file with bibliography in BibTeX, BibLaTEx, etc. (if these are used),
  • figures (if there are any),
  • the PDF file with the reference version of the text.

Final Remarks

The editorial staff does not return unsolicited materials.

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.