Author’s Guide

Dear Author,

If you want to send an article for a review, you should fill out and submit the Application Form and read the Editorial Regulations, and draw up the footnotes in your publication in accordance with the following rules.

Thank you!


Rules for creating footnotes

1) Footnotes should be placed at the bottom of the page and should have continuous numbering.

2) Each footnote should begin with a capital letter and end with a dot.

3) Footnotes concerning scientific papers should be created in the following way:

– footnote concerning the source – a book:

initial of the first name (dot and space) and the full last name of the author + title (in italics) + place and a year of publication + page; all items should be separated by a comma and a space;

Example: M. Bogusz, Defectiveness of a local law act (study in the field of administrative law science), Gdańsk 2008, p. 199

– footnote concerning the source – an article in the journal:

initial of the first name (dot and space) and the full last name of the author + title (in italics) + “name of the journal” (in quotes, without italics) and a year of publication + No. /volume + page; all items should be separated by a comma and a space;

Example: T. Bąkowski, On the “silent approval of the organ”, “State and Law” 2010, vol. 3, p. 108.

– footnote concerning the source – an article in a collective work:

initial of the first name (dot and space) and the full last name of the author + title (in italics) + [in:] + data of the editor of the collective work (initial of the first name and the full last name) and designation (eds.) + title of collective work (italics) + place and a year of publication + page; all items should be separated by a comma and a space;

Example: J. Łukasiewicz, Issues of rationalization of creation of administrative law (selected remarks) [in:] E. Bojanowski (eds.), Administrative Legislation, Gdańsk 1993, p. 134.

– footnote concerning the source – a book, whose authors are several people, and individual views contained therein can be assigned only to individual authors:

initial of the first name (dot and space) and the full last name of the author + [in:] + details of the authors of the work + title of the work (in italics) + place and a year of publication + page; all items should be separated by a comma and a space;

Example: W. Chróścielewski [in:] W. Chróścielewski, J. P. Tarno, Administrative proceedings and proceedings before administrative courts, Warsaw 2011, p. 71.

– referring to the same source in the article for the second (and subsequent) time should take place in a shortened form, e.g.:

Bogusz, Defectiveness…, p. 200.

Łukasiewicz, Issues of rationalization…, 135.

– in the case of reference in the next footnote to the source cited in the footnote next preceding, please use the abbreviation Ibidem (in italics), with the page number;

– in case of referring to the website, one should enter its address, as well as the date on which the quoted content was available on the website.

4) Referring to legal acts in the article should apply the following rules:

  1. a) the name and date of adopting (issuing) of a normative act should be referred to in the main text, e.g. the Act of January 1998 on Ratification of the Concordat between the Apostolic Capital and the Republic of Poland; while the place of publication of the act should be indicated in the footnote, e.g. OJ of 1998 No. 12, item 42 .; it is also necessary to add information about subsequent amendments to the legal act (by placing, after indicating the place of publication of the act, the phrase “as amended”);
  2. b) year of publication of OJ should be given only if it is different than the year of issuing the legal act or if we are appointing a consolidated text of the act; it should be remembered that from 1 January 2012 Dziennik Ustaw (Official Journal of Rep. of Poland) is published only in an electronic version without division into numbers;
  3. c) when referring to a consolidated text, this fact should be indicated with the following phrase: “consolidated text”;

5) When referring to court rulings, the main text should specify the type and date of the ruling and its reference number, e.g. the ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court of 24 February 1989, I SA 1104/88, while the footnote, for example, may indicate the place of publication – ONSA 1990, No. 1, pos. 5; LEX No. 1126276.