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Author Guidelines

Article Submission


Articles and reviews are encouraged

You are kindly requested to refer any questions to the APH Editorial Board, correspondence, including suggested articles and/or books for review, to: ‘Acta Poloniae Historica, Instytut Historii PAN, Rynek Starego Miasta 29/31, 00-272 Warszawa (Warsaw, Poland)’ (for snail mail), or email the same to:
Electronic mailing is the preferred mode of sending suggestions for articles and, especially, the text of articles as such. Just attach a Word-formatted file with your article(s) to your emailed message.
PDF-formatted files will not be accepted. Please be sure to attach your email address to the file.
A single article text (in Polish or in English) ought not to exceed 75,000 characters (spaces incl.), inclusive of any footnotes, tables, and/or maps.
An article proposed for publication in APH must be the author’s original work, not published and not assigned for publication elsewhere (save for works published in Polish, in certain cases). In case an article comprises illustrations, maps, tables, or (a) section(s) of the text previously published, the author shall be obligated to obtain the consent from the copyright holder for publication with APH.
All the texts approved for publication with APH are subject to editorial study and processing. Please carefully study the APH Editorial Guidelines before you send us the text of your article. Thank you!

Instructions to Authors


Acta Poloniae Historica Editorial Guidelines

I. First/last page text layout

1. Article
The TITLE is put in upper case letters, using straight centralised typeface, and appears on the first/front page. The first name and surname of the author is placed above the title, on the left, and is italicised.
The phrase ‘trans. [+ first name and surname of translator]’, italicised, appears below the text.

2. Review and short note
Details of the books under review are given in the header, as follows: first name, surname of the author/editor, written using a text typeface, straight; the title of the work is put with a text type and italicised; place and date of publication, in straight type; name of publisher/publishing house (straight type); number of pages (pp.); if applicable, details re. the illustrations, tables, annexes, indices, foreign-language abstracts/summaries, and series. Below the text: for reviews, the first name and surname of the author on the left; of the translator, as with articles. For short notes, just the author’s initials, italicised, placed on the right.

3. In memoriam
The title contains the first name and surname of the deceased individual, italicised; below, the exact dates of birth and death are specified, with full names of the respective months, and put in round parentheses. The annotations regarding the author and the translator: as with reviews.

II. Titles, citations/quotations

1. Titles of published works are quoted in italics; titles of chapters, subchapters, parts/sections of multiple-author works, articles in periodicals: using straight type, put in single inverted commas.

2. Quotations or citations are put in double inverted commas. Longer quotations/citations (spanning more than 5 lines) are quoted with no quotation marks, indented. Omissions within quotes are marked with a triple-dot mark, no brackets.

III. Dates and numerals

1. Dates in full: if within the text
January 1777; for footnotes Jan. 1777
2. Periods: from... to (till)..., or: between 1777 and 1799; or, 99
3. Orders of magnitude: separated with commas if put numerically; e.g.:
4. Percentage rates: numerically, e.g.: per cent

IV. Bibliographical descriptions in footnotes

1. Original works, non-serial: first name and surname of the author(s) in full (straight type), title (italics), place and year of publication in round parentheses (straight type), page(s) referred to (without a p[p].):

Marie-Luise Legg, Newspapers and Nationalism: The Irish Provincial Press, 1850-1892 (Dublin, 1999), 325.

2. Edited works: first name and surname of the editor(s) in full (straight type); ed. or eds. put in round parentheses (in straight type); title (italics); place and year of publication in round parentheses (straight type):

Hugh Cunningham and Joanna Innes (eds.), Charity, Philanthropy and Reform from the 1690s to 1850 (Basingstoke, 1998)

3. Articles in periodicals: first name and surname of the author(s) in full (straight type); title of article (straight type, single inverted commas); name of periodical (italics); annual set/file (Roman numerals, minuscule); number of volume, year (in round parentheses); pages:

Bernard Guenée, ‘L’Histoire de l’État en France de la fin du moyen âge vue par les historiens depuis cent ans’, Revue historique, ccxxxii (1964), 331-60.

4. Articles in multiple-author works: first name and surname of the author(s) in full (straight type); title of article (straight type, single inverted commas); in; description of the work in question, as per item 2 of the page:

Dympna McLoughlin, ‘Superfluous and Unwanted Deadweight: The Emigration of Nineteenth-Century Irish Pauper Women’, in Patrick O’Sullivan (ed.), Irish Women and Irish Migration (Leicester, 1995), 321–5.

The reference marks such as
idem, eadem, ibid., etc., may be applied, as opposed to op.cit. an abridged bibliographical description should be used instead; e.g.:

Marie-Luise Legg, Newspapers and Nationalism: The Irish Provincial Press, 1850-1892 (Dublin, 1999)

Legg, Newspapers and Nationalism.

  • No translations of Polish works into English are provided in the footnotes; such translations can be made within the text’s content, in square parentheses, using straight type.
  • No surnames are spaced out whatsoever.
  • Names of localities being places of publication of the quoted books are given, wherever possible, in English; similarly with the descriptions such as ‘ed.’, ‘publ.’, etc. – all as ‘ed.’.
  • No quotation mark is used after ‘see’ or ‘in’.
  • et al.
  • no.
  • col.
  • f./ff. – following a space
  • part


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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