Polish Journal of English Studies is a peer-reviewed journal for scholars working in the literature and culture in English, as well as theoretical and applied linguistics.

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 at least two independent scholars prior to their publication. We publish general issues as well as specific, topic-oriented ones.

The journal encourages previously unpublished submissions in linguistics, applied linguistics, literature, cultural studies and related aspects of history.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.

The journal is fully funded by the Polish Association of English Studies, a non-profit academic association. The journal does not publish advertisements. The journal is published biannually in June and December each year. All issues of the journal are archived via full-text databases listed in “Abstracting” section of the website.

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: pjes.edu.pl;
  • 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Each review must include unequivocal evaluation of the submitted text and clear recommendation concerning its acceptance or rejection.

6. The editorial board selects reviewers appropriate for each contribution also not included in the currently published list of reviewers.

7. The names of new reviewers are consequently added to the list which aims at including all the reviewers in the history of the journal.

8. The contributor receives reviews as soon as they are available as retains the right to respond to them in writing.

9. In case of inconclusive reviews the editorial boards retains the right to make the final decision or seek additional review.

10. The authors of accepted articles are requested to respond to the reviewers remarks in writing and correct their articles as soon as possible.

11. The online version is considered the primary (reference) version.

12. “Ghostwriting” and “guest authorship” are considered scholarly unreliability and as such they will be revealed including notifying appropriate authorities.

13. The journal allows the authors to retain the copyright of their papers, without restrictions.

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 (250-300 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 here.

Remember to choose Author–Date option!

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. The editors reserve the right to copyedit and proof-read all papers accepted for publication.

10. 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.


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, Anna Wołosz-Sosnowska at pjes@pjes.edu.pl, or via our contact form.

Further information is also available from the above address.