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Author Guidelines

Instructions for authors

In-text citations and reference lists should be presented according to the APA style, the basic principles of which are presented below. If in doubt, use the following website:


1. Structure of the paper and format of the text

-          Language: English or Polish;

-          Length of text: 7000–7500 words;

-          Font: 12-point Times New Roman; spacing: 1.5 line; margins: 3 cm (left), 2.5 cm (other);

-          Include an Abstract and keywords (max. 5) at the beginning of the paper;

-          The main text should be divided into sections and numbered: 1. Introduction; 2. … (for sub-sections: 2.1. …; 2.2. …, etc.); 3. …; 4. …; 5. Conclusion;

-          Include a list of references at the end of the paper (sorted alphabetically);

-          If necessary, include footnotes;

-          Short quotations (fewer than 40 words) should be incorporated into the text (with single quotation marks, 12-point Times New Roman); quotations of 40 words or more should be written as block quotations (indented, without quotation marks; 10-point Times New Roman);

-          Include an ellipsis (a sequence of three dots with a space before and after) to indicate omitted words within a quotation.


2. In-text citation style

-          One author: Bagrowicz (2000) or (Bagrowicz, 2000) or (Bagrowicz, 2000, p. 12); (Chałas, 2018, 2019); (Śliwerski, 2004a, 2004b);

-          Two authors: Ciechowska and Walulik (2018) or (Ciechowska & Walulik, 2018, pp. 87–88);

-          Three or more authors: Biernat et al. (2018, p. 225) or (Biernat et al., 2018, pp. 225–226);

-          Use alphabetical order when the number of sources for the same citation is greater (Biernat, 2016; Nowak, 2010; Stępkowski, 2019);

-          Group author with abbreviation: (Ministry of Science and Higher Education [MSHE], 2020), and in the next citation (MSHE, 2020);

-          Biblical texts: (Mc 9:7; 1Ti 4:12–16);

-          Documents of the Catholic Church: (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2012 [CCC], no. 369), and in the next citation (CCC, no. 370);

-          Secondary sources: (MacIntyre, 1998, p. 105, as cited in Kaźmierczak, 2019, p. 96);

-          If the same work is cited in the next quote: (ibidem, p. 107).

3. List of references

-          Books: Ferguson, G. A. & Takane, Y. (2002). Statistical Analysis in Psychology and Education. New York: McGraw-Hill.

-          Chapters in books: Opiela, M. L. (2017). Developing religious and patriotic feelings in pre-school aged children in Sisters Servants’ nurseries. In F. W. Wawro & A. Lendzion (Eds.), Educational and Psychosocial Dimension of Experience (pp. 235–279). Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL.

-          Journal articles: Horowski, J. (2018). What conditions education for forgiveness in terms of the neo-Thomistic philosophy of education. Journal of Religious Education, 66(1), 23–36.

-          Edited books: McCosker, P. & Turner, D. (Eds.). (2016). The Cambridge Companion to The Summa Theologiae. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

-          Unpublished Master’s or Doctoral dissertations: Waga, L. (2016). Rola doświadczenia w tworzeniu wiedzy pedagogicznej [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

-          Websites: Hughes, P. M. & Warmke, B. (2017). Forgiveness. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved May 5, 2020, from

-          Legal acts: Ustawa z dnia 9 czerwca 2011 r. o wspieraniu rodziny i systemie pieczy zastępczej (Dz. U. 2011 Nr 149, poz. 887).

-          If a book or journal article includes a DOI, include the DOI at the end of the reference. 


4. Tables and figures

-          Include a number for each table/figure, as well as a title, above it;

-          Data presented in tables should not be repeated in the text;

-          If the data included in a table is from your own research/notation, specify the source as follows: Source: Own study.

-          Include information on independent variables at the top of the table: L=…

-          Present dependent variables as percentage values (without specifying the number L in each category) in the sidebar(s) of the table.


Table 1
            Respondents’ declared basis of faith

Basis of faith

Total (L=864)

Gender of the respondents

Female (L=493)

Male (L=371)






Personal thoughts and beliefs




Church attendance




Impact of reading




Tradition and upbringing in the family




Life experiences




Neighbourhood and environmental tradition








No data




Source: Own study.


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.

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