The Polish Political Science Yearbook (PPSY) accepts original research, theoretical and methodological papers, research and conference reports, as well as review essays and book reviews in English. The journal does not usually publish translations, but proposals are considered individually by the Editors. The PPSY publishes papers related to political science, international relations, public policy and security studies. However, we welcome all interdisciplinary studies on related issues.
The hard copy of the journal is the original copy.
The publication is free of charge. The journal does not have article processing charges, editorial charges or printing fees. The Professor Czesław Mojsiewicz International Cooperation Fund and our donors cover all costs of the PPSY.
Instructions for Authors
The Polish Political Science Yearbook (PPSY) accepts only papers in English which manuscript was proof-read and edited by an English language editor or a native-speaker.
The standard length of a manuscript is 10.000–30.000 characters with spaces including footnotes and references. Please consult all proposals exceeding the limit with the Editors before the submission. A conference report should include 2.500–10.000 characters with spaces, a review essay – 10.000–20.000 characters with spaces and a book review – 2.500–5.000 characters with spaces.
The PPSY uses in-text citations: the APA Formatting and Style Guide (see: guidelines or consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition; instructions how to cite legal documents in APA).
Submitted papers and research reports must include a 150 to 200–words abstract, 3 to 8 keywords and a biographical note for every author in the following standard: Degree Name and Surname – University, Department. Contact details: correspondence address, country; e-mail: e-mail address.
The manuscript should meet APA Formatting and Style standard. The paper should include subheadings. All supplementary material covered in the article, i.e. images and tables, should have title and source. Conference reports, review essays and book reviews should have the title and a list of references. We require additional information for a conference report - Conference Title, Place, (Month, Day, Year), Organiser - a review essay and a book review - Author, Title of book. Location: Publisher (number of pages). ISBN. Price.
The PPSY strongly suggests to apply following standards of the arrangement of contents:
- Research papers: significance of the topic, state of the art, hypothesis, methodology, results, discussion of findings, conclusions and list of references,
- Theoretical papers: importance of the matter, state of the art, new approach, application, possible verification, judgments and list of references,
- Methodological papers: significance of the field, description of a method, research procedure, application example, conclusions and list of references.
References should be in the “in-text citation” style. For one author: (Smith, 2010) and Smith (2010) or (Jones, 2012, p. 10) and Jones (2012, p. 10); For two authors: (Smith & Jones, 2005) or Smith and Jones (2005); For more than three authors: (White et al., 1998) or White and others (1998). Multiple works should be referred as: (Smith, 2010; Jones, 2012; White et al., 1998).
Editing the reference list please consult the APA Formatting and Style Guide:
- An article in a Journal:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). "Title of article". Title of Periodical, volume (issue number), pages. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyyy.
- An article in a Newspaper or Magazine:
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). "Title of article". Title of Newspaper or Magazine, issue number, pages.
- Book Review:
Author, A. A. (Year). "Title of book review [Review of the book Title of the Book, by B. B. Book Author]". Title of Periodical, volume (issue number), pages.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work: Subtitle. Location: Publisher.
- Edited Book:
Editor, A. A., & Editor, B. B. (Year). Title of work: Subtitle. Location: Publisher.
- Chapter in an Edited Book:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). "Title of chapter". In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of thesis (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Name of Institution, Location. Or: Author, A. A. (Year). "Title of thesis" (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from: Name of database. (Accession or Order Number).
- Electronic sources:
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). "Title of article". Name of Website. Retrieved from: http://www.address.com/url/.
Criteria for Publication
The Polish Political Science Yearbook accepts original papers, research reports, conference reports, review essays and book reviews in English. Submitted papers should present research findings or discuss theoretical approach or explain the application of research methods. The PPSY considers articles within the field of political science, international relations, public policy and security studies. It welcomes innovative ideas and pioneering approaches, as well as it supports interdisciplinary perspective in social sciences.
The PPSY does not accept manuscripts that are currently under review for publication or that have been printed in another journal in English. Typically, it does not publish translations, but proposals are considered individually by the Editors.
All papers and research reports published in the PPSY are double-blind reviewed by two independent scholars. Their assessment focuses on standards of study design, applied methodologies, the value of findings, contribution to the discipline, innovative approaches and presentation of results. Positive reviews are the necessary condition to publish a paper – if assessments are profoundly different, the PPSY may ask another expert to deliver a final evaluation.
All submitted papers should be written in British English. The PPSY accepts only proposals which manuscripts meet formal standards described in Instructions for Authors. Only these articles which fulfil general criteria and essential requirements are referred to the editorial process.
Papers and research reports:
- Comparative Politics: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Constitutional Law: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Development Studies: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- International Relations: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Political & Electoral Systems: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Political Communication: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Political Theory: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Polish & Central European Politics: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Public Policy & Governance: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Security Studies: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Special Sections: open/closed submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
- Research Reports & Opinions: open submission, indexed, peer-reviewed.
Conference reports – open submission, indexed.
Review essays and book reviews – open submission, indexed.
The Polish Political Science Yearbook (PPSY) prevents ghost-writing, guest authorship and honorary authorship in academic research. All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the paper should be listed as authors and all supporting institutions should be presented in the footnote (the financial disclosure rule). Principal authorship, authorship order and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved. Those who contributed to the work but do not meet the authorship criteria can be mentioned in the Acknowledgments.
The principal author must be prepared to sign the copyright agreement on behalf of all the authors.
The author delivers a signed copyright agreement and authorship declaration not later than after the initial acceptance of the paper.
Ethical Standards & Plagiarism Policy
The Polish Political Science Yearbook (PPSY) publishes peer-reviewed papers to present current findings of political science and related disciplines - our main objective is to present research results which are accurate and trustworthy. Therefore, the PPSY prevents copyright infringement, plagiarism and other breaches of best practice in publication. We are committed to meeting standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. The PPSY follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines in order to meet these requirements.
Publication of peer-reviewed papers involves different parties, which contribute to the realisation of our objective. Therefore, the author, the journal editor, the peer-reviewer, the publisher and the publishing partner have a responsibility to meet ethical standards at all stages of the publishing process, from submission to publication and dissemination of work. Below, we present a summary of the PPSY Ethical Standards:
- Editors are expected to act in a balanced, objective and fair way, without prejudice or discrimination on grounds of gender/sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic, national or geographical origin of the authors; to handle special issues in the same way as other submission, so that papers are accepted solely on their research merit and without commercial influence; to follow the COPE guidelines for editors; to use anti-plagiarism software provided by the publisher; to give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints and address their responses.
- Reviewers are expected to alert the editor to any potential conflicts of interest, and if necessary to withdraw their services; to alert the editors to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review; to maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author; to review the manuscript objectively and without prejudice, in a timely manner; to contribute to the editorial process with an assessment based on the current state of arts.
- Authors are expected to assert that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere; to confirm that all the submitted work is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from others, if necessary to obtain permission to reproduce content; to ensure that presented studies involving humans conform national and European laws and ethical requirements (including privacy protection) and that participants freely expressed their permission; to declare any potential conflicts of interests; to list all substantive contributors as authors; to inform the editor about all supporting institutions; to notify the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in the publiction is identified; to maintain records of data associated with the manuscript, and to provide access to these data if requested.
- Professor Czesław Mojsiewicz International Cooperation Fund and Publishing Partners are expected to ensure that good practices and the ethical standards are maintained; to review the publishing standards every two years and suggest improvements to the Editorial Board; to support editors, reviewers and authors during the publication process.
Misconduct, unethical behaviour and plagiarism may be identified and brought to the attention at any time and by anyone. The notification to the editor or publisher should provide information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated - all allegations are taken thoughtfully and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion will be reached. The editor-in-chief is responsible for the initial decision. Evidence should be gathered while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know. Minor misconduct is dealt without the need to consult more widely - the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations. Serious misconduct might require notification of the employers of the accused - the editor-in-chief should make this decision by further consultation with a limited number of experts.
Outcomes of identified misconduct or unethical behaviour (may be applied separately or in conjunction):
- Informing the author or reviewer about misunderstanding or misapplication of journal's standards.
- Letter from the editor-in-chief covering the misconduct.
- Formal notification of the misconduct.
- Retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the PPSY.
- Formal letter to the head of author's or reviewer's department or funding agency.
- Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation.