Przegląd Zachodni

Guide for authors


  1. The quarterly publishes scholarly articles and materials (such as reports and reviews) on the general topic of Polish-German relations, German history, contemporary German affairs, European integration, transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland and selected global issues.
  2. The journal is interdisciplinary, with each individual issue dedicated to a selected theme.
  3. Authors are requested to submit their texts electronically to the editorial office.
  4. Each submission shall be reviewed.
  5. Authors of works selected for publication shall transfer their copyrights to the publisher and declare in a contract that their submission has not been previously published.
  6. The editorial office reserves the right to correct, abridge, modify and/or amend submissions, subject to author consent.
  7. In addition to the main body of text and footnotes / endnotes, submissions shall include:
    5 to 6 keywords in Polish and English,
    article title in Polish and English,
    a half-page article abstract (summary) in Polish and English,
    literature (in alphabetical order, arranged by author/editor name),
    author’s address, academic degree, phone number, e-mail address and the name of the author’s research institution.
  8. The suggested approximate article size is 1 “publishing sheet”.


  1. Latin references (ibidem, op.cit., i d e m ….).
  2. Note numbering to be placed in body of article, text of note – in footnote, i.e. at bottom of page.
  3. No references such as [author date] to be inserted in body of article followed by a reference in literature. 

Sample literature notes:

- books:
- I. Kant, Krytyka czystego rozumu, Kęty 2001, p. 25.
- I. Kant, op.cit., p. 30.
- J. Nowak, Łacina dla początkujących, Warszawa 1997, p. 23.
- I d e m, Łacina dla zaawansowanych, Kraków 2004, p. 100.
Postawy Polaków wobec wyborów do PE w 2004 roku, in: A. Adamczyk, (ed.), Unia Europejska na rozdrożu, Poznań 2008, pp. 61-73. Ibidem.
- periodicals, newspapers:
- H. K of h l, Die deutsche Präsidentschäft im Rat der Europäischen Union, „Deutschland“ issue 4, 1994.
- P. B u r a s, Niemiecka neuroza?, Gazeta Wyborcza, 09.12.1998, p. 22.
- websites:
- (date posted 24.03.11). 


  1. Guide for reviewersKey text reviewing guidelines for Przegląd Zachodni.
    1. Submissions to Przegląd Zachodni will be reviewed by at least two independent third-party reviewers.

    2. For foreign-language texts, at least one of the reviewers shall be affiliated with a foreign institution that is based in a country other than that in which the author is domiciled.

    3. It is recommended that the mutual identities of author(s) and reviewer(s) remain undisclosed (to ensure double-blind reviewing).

    4. Where the double blind regime is not achieved, the reviewer shall disclose any conflicts of interest in a signed declaration of interest; conflicts of interest are defined as:

    • a direct personal relationship (blood relationship, kinship, legal association, conflicts) between the reviewer and the author,

    • a professional reporting relationship between the reviewer and the author,

    • direct academic collaboration between the reviewer and the author within the two years prior to the writing of the review.

    1. Reviews shall be made in writing and indicate clearly whether the article should be accepted or rejected for publication.

    2. Criteria for classifying publications as publishable or unpublishable as well as the review form are posted for the general public on the journal’s website.

    3. The names of the reviewers assigned to individual publications/issues shall remain undisclosed; once every year, the journal shall publish a list of its cooperating reviewers.

  2. Preventing breaches of academic integrity

    Ethics is a cornerstone of quality in science. Readers must be assured that authors of publications present their work in a transparent, reliable and honest manner regardless of whether they are actual authors or have relied on the help of a specialized entity (natural or artificial person).To demonstrate their integrity and compliance with the highest editorial standards, researchers are requested to name all contributors involved in creating their publication (i.e. any party that has made substantive contributions, contributions in kind, contributions in money, etc.). Such disclosure is not only a good practice but also an expression of social responsibility.

    On the opposite side of the issue are the deplorable practices of ghostwriting and guest authorship.

    Ghostwriting is a case of a person making a substantial contribution to a publication without being credited for his/her involvement as one of the authors and/or without being named in the acknowledgements to such publication.

    Guest (honorary) authorship is a case in which a person whose contribution is minimal or non-existent is nevertheless credited as an author/or co-author of a publication.

    To prevent ghostwriting and guest authorship, the editorial office of Przegląd Zachodni has adopted the following solutions:

    1. The editorial office requires that publication authors disclose in writing the contributions of each author involved in creating the publication (stating their affiliations and outlining their contributions, i.e. giving credit for having specifically authored the concept, precepts, methods, protocols, etc., as used in preparing the publication), with the main responsibility for such disclosure resting on those authors who make the manuscript submission.

    2. Ghostwriting and guest authorship are breaches of academic integrity. Any discovered cases thereof will be disclosed by, among others, notifying relevant organizations (the author’s employer, academic societies, academic editor associations, etc.).

    3. The editorial office expects to be notified how a publication has been funded and what contributions have been made by research institutions, academic associations and other organizations (financial disclosure).

    4. The editorial office shall document any and all cases of academic dishonesty and especially any breaches and violations of ethical rules applying to research work.

    Since 2015, under the point system of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, 12 points are awarded for each publication in Przegląd Zachodni.

the Institute for Western Affairs in Poznan

ul. Mostowa 27 A
61-854 Poznań
NIP: 783-17-38-640