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Open Access Policy

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  2. The journal does not have any Author charges.

Authors’ statement

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Key principles

  1. The editors accept only articles not previously published and not submitted anywhere for this purpose.
  2. One scientific article cannot have more than 3 authors.
  3. The article must comply with the scientific profile of the magazine as described on the home page.
  4. Subject of publications may include: scientific articles, reviews of scientific publications, translations of scientific publications.
  5. Publication in the Refeksje magazine is free of charge.
  6. The texts sent must comply with ethical standards. This means that practices such as plagiarism, guest authorship, ghostwriting are unacceptable.
  7. Each article is subject to an internal review by the editors of Refleksje magazine, as well as a double external review. The texts are checked for linguistic, methodological and factual correctness. In the event of any shortcomings, the texts will be sent back to the authors. Details of the review process can be found here:

Technical requirements:

  1. Times New Roman Font, 12 points (text size), 1.5 line spacing.
  2. Standard margins, i. e. 2. 5 cm from each edge.
  3. Please delete space after paragraph (by default, Word has a 10 point – should be set to 0 point).
  4. The text should be justified.
  5. Do not move single characters in the text from the end of the line to the next line.
  6. The dates should be written as: 4 June 1989, decades should be written as: 1980s (or the 80s of the 20th century)
  7. Names in the main text: J. Derrida, but the first occurrence of the given name and surname should be written in full, e. g. Jacques Derrida.
  8. Note the different use of the hyphen sign, e. g. two-part names should be written using a hyphen: T. Łoś-Nowak, whereas in case of separating parts of a sentence – use a hyphen (space on both sides). Short foreign language phrases should be written in italics (de facto, ad rem).
  9. Titles of books, monographs, scientific papers etc. should be written in italics, without quotation marks, e. g. Filozofia nauk społecznych.
  10. Titles of press publications and scientific magazines should be written in plain quotation marks, e. g. „Krytyka Polityczna”.
  11. Tables, diagrams, charts etc. – centered with the number and title at the top (font 12, TNR) and a footnote indicating the source (centered, font 10, TNR) at the bottom. The space before and after – 0 points.

General requirements – construction of the article and form of their

  1. Volume: scientific articles and translations – maximum 15 pages, minimum 8 standardized typescript (14 400 to 27 000 characters, including spaces and punctuation marks), reviews of scientific articles – 3-4 pages of standardized typescript (5400 to 7200 characters, including spaces and punctuation marks).
  2. The article must contain an introduction, subsections and an ending. The introduction should explain the research objective, i. e. include a research thesis/hypothesis/question, which in the form of proposals will be verified at the end of the article. Subsections of the article – centered and bold (12, TNR), should not be numbered.
  3. The first page of the scientific article should be as follows: in the upper left corner, name and affiliation, ORCID number, followed by a centered title in Polish and English.
  4. At the end of the text: abstracts in Polish and English with up to 800 characters each and key words (in Polish and English, max. 5), as well as a note about the author (in Polish), not exceeding 500 characters, format: name and surname [email address] – content of the
    note. We accept texts only in electronic form, in Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX) or OpenOffice (ODT) format. They should be sent to the e-mail address:
  5. Authors of all submitted materials are obliged to send to the editorial office a signed declaration of transfer of copyrights for publication, of independent preparation of the text and its original character.


In the Refleksje magazine we use Harvard footnotes, which consist in giving sources directly in the text, in the form of semicircular brackets containing the author’s name, year of publication and page.

E.g. (Nowak, 2019, p. 55)

They are also called midtext footnotes because, unlike the Oxford footnotes, the lower footnotes are never source footnotes. They only take the form of polemic and digressional footnotes.

Example notations:

  • (Nowak, 2019, p. 55) – a book or scientific article by one author..
  • (Nowak, Kowalski, Zalewski, 2018, p. 44-45) – a book or article by several authors.
  • (Politologia…, 2016) – a source, the author of which we are unable to indicate – in such a case, we shall only give the first word of the title in italics and, if possible, the date of publication.
  • (Amnesty International, 2017) – reports and studies issued by organisations, companies, international institutions, etc.
  • (Ustawa z 2 stycznia 2005 r.), (Zarządzenie Prezesa Rady Ministrów z 5 grudnia 2017 r.) – legal acts.

If we use the same work in two consecutive footnotes, we use latin. ibidem. This abbreviation make it possible to indicate the last quoted item in a simplified way, when it is relevant e.g. because of the change of the page of the work we’re referring to.

The Harvard footnotes are complemented by an attachment bibliography, which must be at the end of the article. It allows the reader of the article to find details of the work used by the author of the text in a given fragment.

Attachment bibliography:

The positions must be arranged in alphabetical order. In the case of a recurring publication date of the same author, the chronological order should be applied by adding lower case letters e.g. (2003a, 2003b, 2003c).

Please follow the adaptation of APA rules for the Polish language (details:

Example notations:

• Barber B. R. (2003), Strong Democracy Participatory Politics for a New Age, University of
California Press, Berkeley-Los Angeles-London.
• Friedent L. A. (1998), New Citizenship, „Media & Society”, vol. 18, nr 2.Inquiry into
Democracy. Report(2003), Parliament of Victoria, http://www.parliament.jhgiutiguigui,html.
• Konstytucja Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 2 kwietnia1997 r., Dz. U. 1997, nr 78 poz.
• Kowalski P. (2008), Rozwój cywilizacji, Wydawnictwo ABC, Warszawa.
• Krasuski K. (2009), Nowy pomysł na prywatyzację giełdy, „Rzeczpospolita” z dnia
• Miserez M.-A., Switzerland: a country of politicians, 24.08.2009,,
nd:_a_country_of_politicians.html?cid=669352, 15.10.2012.
• Nowak R. (1999), Władza i demokracja, [w:] Demokracja i władza, red. J. Kowalski,
Wydawnictwo XYZ, Warszawa.
• Rybińska A. „Nie” dla rozbrojenia narodu, 14.02.2011, „Rzeczpospolita”,–dla-rozbrojenia-narodu.html. 15.10.2012