Editorial requirements

Editorial requirements for articles
Editorial rules – download


Preferred text editor: Microsoft Word

Text formatting:
A4-sized paper; margins: top, bottom, left, right 2.5 cm; headline and footnote 1.5 cm.
font: Times New Roman, font size – 12; abstract – 11, spacing between lines – 1.5, margins of 25 mm. Page numbering: bottom, middle. Page number font – Times New Roman 10 pt.

Personal data of the Author(s):
first name and surname of the Author(s) are placed on the first page (top left)

Title of the article:
We use the Times New Roman 14 pt. font. The font: bold The paragraph: centered.
The title of the article is followed by the title of the article in English (Times New Roman font 11 pt.)

Abstract (abstract) and keywords (key words)

Provide abstracts in Polish and English. (500 – 1000 words).

IMPORTANT: In the abstracts, include the following:

a) the subject of the article, its main research problem;
b) theoretical assumptions and research methods;
c) an outline of the solution to the research problem;
d) conclusions from the analysis.

The abstract in English should be checked by an English teacher or native speaker
Key words (5-7) should be placed after the abstract in a given language.

Main text of the article
Font: Times New Roman 12 pt.
Paragraph: alignment – justified;
Line spacing: 1.5 lines;
first line – 1 cm indent (it is to be set automatically in the Format / Paragraph / Special / First Line ).


Italics and text in bold are accepted. But do not underline words or use single or double quotation marks.

Format of footnotes in the text

Use the MLA Style. Always refer to a specific item in the bibliography. Referring to the works of others in your text is done by using parenthetical citations. This method involves providing relevant source information in parentheses whenever a sentence uses a quotation or paraphrase e. g.

(Czaczkowska: 2013,77) or (Furmanek: 2000, 172-173; Wiatrowski: 2004, 156).
Czaczkowska thinks (2013: 77)

Three categories can be distinguished … (Czaczkowska: 2013, 77)

In the case of a repetitive publication date of the same author, lowercase letters are added to the issue date, e.g. 2000a, 2000b, 2000c.

Please do not use abbreviations such as ibid.

Please do not include book titles and articles in the text. Only references to bibliography are accepted (see above). All complete references should appear on your works cited page at the end of the article.

Footnotes (numbered) are used only to post comments, reminiscences, notes, etc.

Put quotes in quotation marks (we do not use italics).

The definition proposed by E. Durk gained great popularity… According to him (Wąsecki: 1982, 10-11): suicide should be considered: “…the taking of one’s own life”.

For quotations that are more than two lines, place quotations in a free-standing block of text and omit quotation marks.

In “American Origins of the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Movement,” David Russell argues,
Writing has been an issue in American secondary and higher education since papers and examinations came into wide use in the 1870s, eventually driving out formal recitation and oral examination (Russell: 1934).

Paragraph: paragraph setting – justified; first line – no indentation; indentation from the left and from the right 1 cm; line spacing 1.5. Spacing from the main text – “before” and “after” 12 pt. Omitted fragments should be indicated by three dots in square brackets. Replace the first names of the researchers cited with their first initials: R. Jakobson, A. Nagórko, D. Szumska, etc.

Provide the titles of the books and articles quoted in the text (and the bibliography) using MLA Style (2008).


Use 12 pt. spacing between tables, figures, diagrams, etc. and the main text: FORMAT / PARAGRAPH / SPACING BEFORE 12 pt.

Chapter and subchapter numbering:

Number all chapters and subchapter. Do not use the default setting in numbering, i.e. the default numbered lists.
1.2. 2.

Automatic hyphenation
Automatic hyphenation.


The works cited list should be placed at the end of the article and it should be put into alphabetical order by the authors’ names. If you cite more than one publication by the same single author in the same year, then assign the different articles/books lowercase letters to distinguish them. e.g. 2000a, 2000b, 2000c).

When a work is published without an author’s name (e.g. websites) , begin the works-cited-list entry with the title of the work – one or two words which may help to find and identify the sources, e.g. ( Strong personality … 2013).

Bibliographic list template
Use the MLA Style (2008)

Scientific monograph:
Tetaz, N. 1976. Warto żyć. Samobójstwo – jego istota i zwalczanie. Warsaw: State Medical Publishing Company.

Essif Les. Empty Figure
Pavis, Patrice. 2003. Analyzing Performance: Theater, Dance and Film. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Articles from scientific anthologies

Takahashi, Yasunari. 2001 ,,On Mindleswsness: Beckett, Japan and the Twentieth Century.’’ In: Samuel Beckett. Endlessness in the Year 2000. Amsterdam and New York. 38-42

Czekalski, R. 2016. ,,Milenium – katechezą narodu.’’ In: Czaczkowska E. K. (ed.), 1966. Milenium chrztu Polski Prymasa Stefana Wyszyńskiego. Perspektywa teologiczno-społeczna. Warsaw: 175-184.

An article from a scientific journal
Mac Mathúna, Liam. 1989-1990. “The Topographical Vocabulary of Irish: Patterns and Implications”. AINM Bulletin of the Ulster PlaceName Society 4: 144-164.

Metadata at the end of the article:
Place the postal address of the scientific research unit represented by the Author(s) and the e-mail address of the Author(s) at the end of the article.

Articles should not exceed 15 A-4 pages (tables and charts included)


Authors are responsible for obtaining prior permission from the copyright holder for the use of copyrighted materials (e.g. figures/images) from other publications. (Graphic file resolution – 300 dpi, preferred format – TIF). Provide the information about the content, source (and other information required by the copyright law) for all illustrations.

MLA Style Manual, Modern Language Association of America, 3rd ed., 2008

Detailed information on format, style and bibliography can be found on:

To prevent cases of ghostwriting and guest authorship, the Editors of humanistica 21 have used appropriate procedures adopted in the Polish humanities.

To prevent ghostwriting and guest authorship, the journal uses the appropriate procedures adopted in the Polish humanities. Authors are asked to sign the COPYRIGHT FORM and send it to the publisher’s e-mail address. The form can be found on the journal’s website.

Ghostwriting and guest authorship firewall

Ghostwriting takes place when a person makes a substantial contribution to a publication, without revealing their share in the work as one of the authors or without being credited in the acknowledgments to the publication.

Guest authorship (honorary authorship) occurs when a person listed as an author/co-author of a publication has contributed little (or nothing) to the creation of the publication, and yet is mentioned as its author (co-author).

To prevent ghostwriting and guest authorship, the authors are required to state that they are the sole authors of the paper submitted.

If an article is written by two or more authors, they are required to disclose all the information concerning the contribution of individual authors in the creation of the paper submitted for publication (including contributions from each author regarding the study concept, the assumptions, methods, parts of the text etc.). The corresponding author holds the main responsibility for providing the correct information.

Ghostwriting and guest authorship are examples of scientific misconduct. All detected cases will be revealed and the relevant bodies (employers, scientific associations etc.) will be notified.

The editorial board will document all forms of scientific misconduct, especially violations of scientific ethics.

Information on sources of financing publications

Authors should disclose all information concerning the contribution of research institutions, associations and other entities to the article.

Authors should inform the editors of the journal about the contribution of scientific research institutions, associations and other entities in the development of the material presented in the article.