Information for Contributors

We invite our colleagues from Poland and abroad to contribute articles which would reflect their field of research and expertise. The articles will be blindly reviewed by two independent scholars prior to their publication. We hope to publish general issues as well as specific, topic-oriented ones. This first, inaugural issue is open to all scholars working in English studies.

The journal encourages previously unpublished submissions in linguistics, applied linguistics, literature, cultural studies and related aspects of history. Papers should be written in English. Conference reports as well as book reviews which address similar issues are also encouraged. Proposals of edited thematic issues are also welcome.


General Information

  1. Submission of an article for Polish Journal of English Studies equals accepting the following:
  • the journal publishes scholarly articles which offer new, original materials and information;
  • the journal does not offer any royalties;
  • full versions of all articles are available in the online (primary) version on the website of the journal:;
  • the journal and its contents are included in appropriate databases of scholarly journals;
  • the authors are fully responsible for any information, illustration etc. included in their articles.
  1. Each submitted article is first evaluated by the editorial board. Articles which do not fit the range of subject matter of the journal, do not keep academic standards, or include grave errors may be subject to desk rejection in case of which the authors will be immediately notified.
  2. Articles which do not follow the editorial guidelines will not be considered for publication. Please, acquaint yourself with current Notes for Contributors on our website before submission.
  3. After the initial acceptance by the board each article goes through double blind review process. Consequently, contributors are requested to submit their work in a form which allows the removal of all data of the author.
  4. Each review must include unequivocal evaluation of the submitted text and clear recommendation concerning its acceptance or rejection.
  5. The editorial board selects reviewers appropriate for each contribution also not included in the currently published list of reviewers.
  6. The names of new reviewers are consequently added to the list which aims at including all the reviewers in the history of the journal.
  7. The contributor receives reviews as soon as they are available as retains the right to respond to them in writing.
  8. In case of inconclusive reviews the editorial boards retains the right to make the final decision or seek additional review.
  9. The authors of accepted articles are requested to respond to the reviewers remarks in writing and correct their articles as soon as possible.
  10. The online version is considered the primary (reference) version.
  11. “Ghostwriting” and “guest authorship” are considered scholarly unreliability and as such they will be revealed including notifying appropriate authorities.


Notes for Contributors

  1. Articles should be no longer than 6,000 words (including all in-text citations, footnotes and the “Works Cited” section).
  2. Abstract (150-200 words each) along with 5 keywords should be attached.
  3. Biodata (note 100-200 words in length) listing the author’s education, professional experience, academic affiliations and achievements, etc. should be attached.
  4. Chicago style (author-date system) (accessed from HERE) should be used throughout. Major failure to comply with this requirement will result in your essay being automatically rejected.
  5. Reference follows this pattern (Kowalski 2013, 37) (Name Year, Page) – any more specific bibliographic data should be included in “Works Cited” section at the end of the paper.

Examples of entries in Works Cited section:

Book with one author:
Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.

Book with two authors:
Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf.

Article in a scholarly journal:
Weinstein, Joshua I. 2009. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology 104:439–58.

Chapter in a book:
Kelly, John D. 2010. “Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana.” In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, and Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

More detailed information is available at:

Remember to choose Author–Date option!

  1. Short quotations (no more than thirty words or three lines of poetry) should be run on (i.e. included within the text, separated by quotation marks) and enclosed within double quotation marks. Longer quotations (more than thirty words) should appear as a separate block, double-spaced and additionally indented left and right. They are not to be enclosed within quotation marks.
  2. The number of footnotes should be kept to a minimum. When simply citing the source, always use in-text citations. Footnotes may be used only to expand some thought or concepts that transcend the main text.
  3. Italics (and not underlining) should be used for titles of larger works such as books, journals, films, etc. and double quotation marks for titles of shorter works such as articles, shorter poems (which are not published in a separate volume), etc..
  4. The editors reserve the right to copyedit and proof-read all papers accepted for publication.
  5. Book reviews should be preceded by publishing details of the book under review in the following format and order:
    Terry Eagleton, 2013. How to Read Literature (New Haven and London: Yale University Press)
    They should NOT contain: title, abstract, keywords, “Works Cited” section, in-text citations.

NOTE! Only articles with the complete list of the required components (specifically, titled article, abstracts with keywords, complete bibliography and in-text citations consistent with Chicago stylesheet, author’s biodata) will be considered for publication and recommended for review. Authors are not allowed to submit any of the components separately. Otherwise, the articles will be returned to the authors until consistent with the requirements.

Papers should be submitted electronically to the Editor, Dr Weronika Szemińska at, or via our contact form.

Further information is also available from the above address.



Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Polish Journal of English Studies (PJES) is a peer-reviewed journal committed to ensuring the highest standards of publication ethics. All parties involved in the act of publishing (editors, authors, reviewers and the publisher) have to agree upon standards of ethical behavior. The principles of Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement are based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE (available here).

Responsibilities of the Editor and the Editorial Board of PJES

The editor and the editorial board of PJES are responsible for

  • deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal should be published. In making these decisions, they are guided by the policies of the journal and by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism;
  • providing guidance to guest editors, authors and reviewers on everything that is expected of them and also a description of peer review processes;
  • providing new editorial board members with guidelines on everything that is expected of them and keeping existing members updated on new policies and developments;
  • evaluating manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic and intellectual merit, without regard to the author(s)’ race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation or social class;
  • ensuring a fair and unbiased double-blind peer review of the manuscripts and that all information related to them is kept confidential. They also ensure that both authors’ and peer reviewers’ identities are protected;
  • ensuring that appropriate reviewers are selected;
  • developing and maintaining a database of suitable reviewers;
  • ensuring that unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript are not used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author;
  • taking reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints are presented concerning a submitted or published manuscript.
  • publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies whenever needed.

Guest Editors’ Responsibilities

Guest editors are responsible for

  • defining the subject matter and role of every article in a thematic issue;
  • providing clear guidelines to authors regarding the topic and boundaries of their contributions and the overall design of the issue;
  • ensuring, in collaboration with the editorial board, that appropriate reviewers are selected for all the articles (whether they have been commissioned or submitted as a result of a call for papers);
  • establishing a timeline for draft paper submission, peer review, revision and final paper submission with the editorial board, and ensuring that all deadlines are met;
  • writing the Introduction to the issue.

Authors’ Responsibilities

  • Authors of reports of original research 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 manuscript. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable;
  • Authors should not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to more than one publication at a time. This constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable;
  • Authors must ensure that they have written original works and that any work or words of others authors, contributors or sources have been appropriately credited and referenced;
  • Authors submitting their works to PJES for publication as original articles confirm that the submitted works represent their own contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works without clearly citing the source. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work;
  • Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable;
  • Authors must ensure that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere;
  • 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. Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors;
  • The corresponding author with the journal should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication;
  • Authors should disclose financial or other conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support should be disclosed;
  • 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 editors and cooperate with them to retract or correct the manuscript.

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  • Peer review assists the editor and editorial board of PJES in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript;
  • Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted;
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents;
  • Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage;
  • Reviewers must report to the editor of PJES if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s part;
  • Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper;
  • Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to the authors’ race, age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation or social class;
  • 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 connected to the papers.

Publisher’s Responsibilities

As publisher of PJES, Polish Association for the Study of English (PASE)

  • provides practical support to the editor and editorial board of PJES so that they can follow the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal;
  • ensures the autonomy of editorial decisions;
  • protects intellectual property and copyright;
  • ensures that good practice is maintained to the standards defined above.


Adapted from Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS)