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Author Guidelines

Manuscript requirements

Please use single line spacing to conserve paper during the review and production processes. The author(s) should be shown and their details must be printed on a separate cover sheet. The author(s) should not be identified anywhere else in the article.

As a guide, articles should normally be between 20000 and 35000 characters (with spaces) in length, with greater length being permitted in exceptional circumstances. A brief autobiographical note should be supplied including full name, affiliation, e-mail address and full international contact details.

Authors must supply a structured abstract set out under 4-7 sub-headings: Purpose, Methodology/approach, Findings, Implications/limitations either for further research, for practice, or for society; and the Originality/value of the paper. Maximum is 250 words in total. In addition provide up to six keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper. Categorize your paper under one of these classifications: Research paper, Viewpoint, Technical paper, Conceptual paper, Case study, Literature review or General review.

Where there is a methodology, it should be clearly described under a separate heading. Headings must be short, clearly defined and numbered. Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.

All Figures (charts, diagrams and line drawings) and Plates (photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form. Figures should be of clear quality, in black and white and numbered consecutively with arabic numerals.

Figures created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and Illustrator (CorelDRAW) should be saved in their native formats.

For figures which cannot be supplied in MS Word, acceptable standard image formats are: .pdf, .ai, .wmf and .eps. If you are unable to supply graphics in these formats then please ensure they are .tif, .jpeg, or .bmp at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide.

For photographic images (plates) good quality original photographs should be submitted. If supplied electronically they should be saved as .tif or .jpeg files at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide. Digital camera settings should be set at the highest possible resolution/quality.

In the text of the paper the preferred position of all tables, figures and plates should be indicated by typing on a separate line the words "Take in Figure (No.)" or "Take in Table (No.)". Tables should be typed and included as part of the manuscript. They should not be submitted as graphic elements. Supply succinct and clear captions for all tables, figures and plates. Ensure that tables and figures are complete with necessary superscripts shown, both next to the relevant items and with the corresponding explanations or levels of significance shown as footnotes in the tables and figures.

References to other publications must be in Harvard style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. You should include all author names and initials and give any journal title in full.

You should cite publications in the text as follows: using the author's name, e.g. (Adams, 2006); citing both names if there are two authors, e.g. (Adams and Brown, 2006), or (Adams et al., 2006), when there are three or more authors. At the end of the paper a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied:

    1. For books: Surname, Initials (year), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication.
      Harrow, R. (2005), No Place to Hide, Simon & Schustler, New York, NY.

      Karaszewski, R. (2008), Leadership in the Global Business Environment - Unwrapping the Japanese Approach, Wydawnictwo UMK, Toruń.

    1. For book chapters: Surname, Initials (year), "Chapter title", Editor's Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
      Glińska-Neweś, A. (2010), "Organizational Culture of SMEs in Light of the Research on Positive Organizational Potential", in: Matejun, M. (Ed.), Managing the Potential of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Business Practice, Monografie Politechniki Łódzkiej, Łódź, pp. 11-26.

    1. For journals: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", Journal Name, volume, number, pages.
      Stankiewicz, M.J., Glińska-Neweś, A. (2009), "Reference model of knowledge management and its cultural context", Argumenta Oeconomica, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 35-57.

    1. For published conference proceedings: Surname, Initials (year of publication), "Title of paper", in: Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Publisher, Place of publication, Page numbers.
      Haffer, R. (2010), "The Impact of Management Systems on Companies‘ Performance Related to Different Stakeholders. The Polish case", in: Tow, T.T., Yusup, Y., Fizani, F., Fizri, A. (Eds.), Preceedings of International Conference on Environmental Research and Technology (ICERT 2010). Research and innovation towards environmental sustainability, School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Peneng, pp. 28-34.

    1. For unpublished conference proceedings: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of paper", paper presented at Name of Conference, date of conference, place of conference, available at: URL if freely available on the internet (accessed date).
      Haffer, R., Kristensen, K. (2009), "People Management as Indicator of Business Excellence. The Polish and Danish perspectives", paper presented at the 1st Annual Canadian Quality Congress „Focus on Future: Quality, Innovation and Social Responsibility”, 19-21 August 2009, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, available at: Haffer&Kai Kristensen_manuscript_ver02/pdf (accessed 20 August 2009).

    1. For working papers: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", working paper [number if available], Institution or organization, Place of organization, date.
      Moizer, P. (2003), "How published academic research can inform policy decisions: the case of mandatory rotation of audit appointments", working paper, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds, 28 March.

    1. For encyclopedia entries (with no author or editor): Title of Encyclopedia (year) "Title of entry", volume, edition, Title of Encyclopedia, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
      Encyclopaedia Britannica (1926) "Psychology of culture contact", Vol. 1, 13th ed., Encyclopaedia Britannica, London and New York, NY, pp. 765-71.
      (For authored entries please refer to book chapter guidelines above.)

    1. For newspaper articles (authored): Surname, Initials (year), "Article title", Newspaper, date, pages.
      Smith, A. (2008), "Money for old rope", Daily News, 21 January, pp. 1, 3-4.

    1. For newspaper articles (non-authored): Newspaper (year), "Article title", date, pages.
      Daily News (2008), "Small change", 2 February, p. 7.

  1. For electronic sources: if available online the full URL should be supplied at the end of the reference, as well as a date that the resource was accessed.
    Castle, B. (2005), "Introduction to web services for remote portlets", available at: (accessed 12 November 2007). Standalone URLs, i.e. without an author or date, should be included either within parentheses within the main text, or preferably set as a note (roman numeral within square brackets within text followed by the full URL address at the end of the paper).
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Final submissions of the article


Once accepted for publication, the Editor may request the final version as an attached file to an e-mail or to be supplied on a CD-ROM labelled with author(s); title of article; journal title; file name.

The manuscript will be considered to be the definite version of the article. The author must ensure that it is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors. Final version of the article should be submitted in two files, one in MS Word format, second – in pdf format. Figures, Tables and Plates should be enclosed additionally as separate files as mentioned above.


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. This text has not been previously published and/or submitted in another publishing house.
  2. The file is saved in Microsoft Word (doc) or RTF format.
  3. The text of the publication is in Times New Roman (12-point font size), spacing 1,5 (for long block quotations: Times New Roman 11 and spacing 1,0).
  4. Possible sources of the work funding are listed in the publication in a place required by editorial rules. In the submitted work there appear no ghostwriting, guest-authorship and/or conflict of interest. The author is acquainted with the current procedures of texts’ reviewing in the journal.
  5. The author agrees to the terms and conditions of the License Agreement with Nicolaus Copernicus University. The content of the agreement is available HERE. With regard to the joint publication, the author submitting an article for publication fills in a statement concerning the percentage contribution, in which the contributions of particular co-authors in the submitted text are given. The content of the work is known to all its authors who give permission for it to be published. The completed statement must be uploaded as an additional file along with the article.

Copyright Notice


Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed.

Plagiarism and ghostwriting

In response to the issue of plagiarism and ghostwriting the editors of the Journal of Positive Management has introduced the following rules to counteract these phenomena:

1. Contributors should be aware of their responsibility for a content of manuscripts.

2. Collective authors are obliged to reveal the contribution and an affiliation of each author (i.e. who is an author of specified part of a paper).

3. Any act of dishonesty will be denounced, the editors will inform appropriate institutions about the situation and give evidence of all cases of misconduct and unethical behaviour.

4. The editors may ask contributors for financial disclosure (i.e. contribution of specified institutions).


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