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Editorial guidlines

Guide for submission of manuscripts

A paper should be written in a concise way, saved as the MS Word for Windows file format. The manuscripts submitted should be in line with the following requirements

  • article – up to 8,000 words (including References, footnotes and Tables), only in exceptional cases a slightly larger volume of text is allowed;
  • Texts included in the special sections of the journal (e.g. notes and texts discussing specific papers) – 4,000 words at the maximum;
  • Reviews and Reports – no more than 800-1200 words.

Authors from abroad are requested to submit proofread English manuscripts.

The first page of a submitted article should include the following items: a title of a paper in English title, Author(s) surname and first name, affiliation, address(es), email(s), abstract (no more than 200 words), keywords (in English, in separate lines). The list of key words should contain the following information: one for the topic, one – area of study, one – research method and three, at the maximum, other key words.

A submitted article should be accompanied by a signed statement of originality. Articles without such statements will not be looked into.

Preparation of article

Structure of article

Article should have the following structure

  1. Introduction – formulating the research problem, stating the research aims.
  2. Theoretical background - literature review - explore and critically discuss theoretical concepts and
    hypotheses guiding your research; clearly define a research gap.
  3. Materials and methods – data and materials that have been used and the way of their usage.
  4. Results – outcome of the analyses carried out.
  5. Discussion – in what way the carried out research refers to other studies and analyses.
  6. Summary.


References should be listed in alphabetical sequence at the end of the text, according to the APA style with DOI (if possible), or in case of Internet available documents – website address.

  • Citation in the flow of the text
    One author: e.g., According to Kowalski (2014) ….
    Two authors: Kowalski and Nowak (2014) claim that ….
    Three and more authors: Kowalski et al. (2016) are of opinion that …

  • Citation in brackets
    One author: (Kowalski, 2010)
    Two authors: (Kowalski & Nowak, 2014)
    Three and more authors: (Kowalski et al., 2016)

    In case of literally quoting fragment of the text, page numbers are given according to the following pattern: (Kowalski, 2010, p. 11-12).

    Items of the literature for the particular authors are separated by semicolon. Different publications of the same author from the same year are marked respectively by a, b, c, etc. in ascending order (starting with the oldest one). Similarly, the items of literature of various authors should be mentioned in ascending order (Kowalski, 1999; Nowak, 2004; Kowalski & Nowak, 2010).

Notation of References (examples)

  • Book
    According to the pattern: Name, initials. (Year). Title of the book. Place of publication: Publisher’s Name. For example: Nazwisko, Inicjał imienia. (Rok). Tytuł książki. Miejsce wydania: Wydawnictwo.

    Kowalski, A. (2010). Podstawy geografii fizycznej. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo XYZ.
    Kowalski, A., & Nowak, K. (2010). Podstawy geografii fizycznej. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo XYZ.
    Kowalski, A., Nowak, K., & Kowalska R. (2010). Podstawy geografii fizycznej. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo XYZ.

  • Book published under editorship
    For example Kowalski, A. (ed.). (2010). Podstawy geografii fizycznej. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo XYZ.

  • Article in the journal
    According to the pattern: Last name, Initials. (Year). Title of article. Title of journal, yearbook’s no. (issue’s no.), page numbers.

    For example, Nowak, A., Kowalski, A. (2014). Zjawiska krasowe w Słowenii. Młody Geomorfolog, 90 (2), 25-37.
    Attention! Between page numbers authors should use a dash (24-37), not an en dash (24–37).
    In case of multi-author publications analogical format of bibliographic notation is used as in the case of book publications.
    When a paper has a DOI no., it should be given in the form of the full link version at the end of bibliographic item, i. e., Nowak, A., Kowalski, A. (2014). Zjawiska krasowe w Słowenii. Młody Geomorfolog, 90 (2), 25-37. https://doi.org/xxx.

  • Text retrieved from the Internet website
    If the text we refer to is located at the Internet website, then it is required to provide the following information (if available): Author, date of publication, title, link together with date of access, e.g..

    Nowak, A. (2014). Title of the text from the Internet website. Retrieved from www.yyyy.pl (24.05.2014)

    In case of other kinds of publication, check the proper requirements for APA formatting style.

It is requested to limit the number of items in References to what is strictly necessary (also limiting the selfcitations).


Text should be submitted with Tables inserted inside the main text. In case of Tables, a title should be placed above the table, whereas source – below. Authors are requested not to use the function of frames processing, or of shading of rows and columns, etc. In Table cells, avoid use of tab charachters (Tab) and end of paragraph marks (Enter) – when necessary use the forced break line (Shift+Enter).


Text should be submitted with included Figures. Figures and photographs should be also sent in the form of separate files with the same enumeration as that given in the text. Graphic files enclosed with text document should preferably be saved in JPG (raster images) and EPS (vector images), or sent as editable files, such as CDR, PSD or AI. High resolution of figures and photographs is required (minimum 300 dpi for raster files). Explanation for elements of the legend in map in English can be placed within or beyond the figure. Authors need to make sure whether the figures after resizing (by inserting an illustration into Word document) to maximally 12.5 cm (width) and 20 cm (height) are sufficiently clear and readable (pay attention to the size of fonts). Calibri is the font style required for description. All the images should be saved in CMYK or grayscale mode.


Equations should be inserted by use of Microsoft Equation Editor (default in older Word versions, recent versions available through: Insert – Object).

Before submitting a paper, make sure that the article is complete. It should include

  1. title in English
  2. abstract in English
  3. key words in English
  4. statement about originality of the article.


Author’s or Authors’ submission of papers to Przegląd Geograficzny journal will be deemed to signify that the copyright owner is the Publisher, i.e. the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences. It is also taken to confirm granting of the author’s or authors’ express consent for the free publication of their papers by the Publisher (IGSO PAS) in print and electronic formats under Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 4.0 licence

The remaining information

Editors do not charge any fees for editorial work and printing the article. Also, colour print is free of charge. All the journal issues are available in Open Access. Full-text articles are freely available without embargo period.