Authors preparing texts for 'The Archives of Criminology' are requested to conformto the following guidelines:

  1. The text (including tables, if any) should be submitted only in digital format in Microsoft Word (Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1.5 line spacing), and tables and chartsshould be submitted in Microsoft Excel.

  2. The text must be accompanied by:

    – a list of 3–10 keywords in Polish and in English,

    – the title of the text in English,

    – an abstract in Polish of no less than 500 and no more than 1000 characters, including spaces and

    – an abstract in English of no less than 500 and no more than 1000 characters, including spaces.

  3. Headings may be used in the text, and it is recommended to structure the text as follows:

    Preface / Introduction / Preliminary remarks

    1. First heading

    1.1. Subheading

    1.2. Subheading

    1.2.1. Sub-subheading

    1.2.2. Sub-subheading

    2. Second heading

    3. Third heading

    Summary / Final remarks / Conclusions

  4. The full text of legal provisions, including laws of international conventions (in Polish or in English), should not be quoted in the text unless it is absolutely necessary and will be done as an exception.

  5. If a reference is made in the textto the names of other authors, their full names should be quoted.

  6. Marking passages in the text with bold font or underlining should not be done.

  7. Foreign-language wording used in the text should be formatted in italics.

  8. Bibliographic references in the text should be prepared in accordance with the principles of the Harvard Referencing Style and placed in the brackets in the text. For rules and examles of the bibliographic descrption see „Bibiliography and referencing” webpage.

  9. If the text is written in Polish, bibliographic descriptions in references list should be prepared in accordance with rules for Polish texts (see „Zapis bibliograficzny” in the Polish version of the website). If the text is written in English, see „Bibliography and referencing” webpage.

  10. The names of Polish acts should be written in lowercase letters (except for the Polish Constitution). The names of international conventions should start with a capital letter, but they should not be italicized.

  11. When referring to publishers of legal acts, please follow these guidelines:

    a) acts published before 2012: J.o.L of 2009 No. 20, item 107.  

    b) acts published after 2012 (without numbering): J.o.L of 2016, item 2290.

    c) when referring to a consolidated text, the above should be preceded by the abbreviation ‘i.e.'

  12. In the texts accepted for publication, the authors are required to provide information on the source of funding for their research.

  13. The submitted materials should be accompanied by a separate profile of the author:

    – academic degree or title,

    – name of the university with which the text is affiliated,

    – ORCID number,

    – phone number,

    – e-mail address.

  14. Texts should be submitted via TheArchives of Criminology’s online platform:, after logging into the system. All correspondence with the author(s) will also be handled via this platform, including news about reviews and corrected texts submitted in accordance with the reviewers’guidelines.

  15. Authors submitting texts are required to upload to the system an anonymized file, i.e., a file without personal data (name and surname) or other data that would allow the author(s) to be identified, e.g., references to their publications, the institution in which the project is being or has been carried out, words of thanks to the supervisor of the work on which the article was based, the name of the research project, etc.

  16. Texts which were co-authored are submitted by one of the authors (with whom correspondence will be held), who is responsible for entering all data into TheArchives of Criminology’s online platform and for correspondence with the editorial staff of TheArchives of Criminology. In the application submitted through the platform, the author should indicate all other co-authors of the text.

  17. All materials are subject to language editing and proofreading. The author will receive the final version of the text for authorization and correction. The author’s corrections should be carried out within 2 weeks. After this period, the editors will assume that the author agrees to the changes proposed by the editor.

  18. The editorial board of The Archives of Criminology do not impose restrictions on the size of the submitted texts. However, we publish rather more extensive analyses containing research findings along with an interpretation of them or in-depth analytical texts. The average size of texts published in our journal is 2–3 printed sheets. We do not publish short texts which are reports or minor contributions. We do not publish conference reports or publication reviews.

  19. An article is accepted for print when both reviews are positive.

  20. If the reviewers deem it necessary to make changes or additions to the text, then publication depends on the author’s introduction of said changes to the article.

  21. The editors do not return submitted materials to authors.

  22. The editors may refuse to publish a text without providing justification.

  23. The editors do not pay for published texts.

  24. The journal doesn’t require any fees for publishing papers.

  25. Six months is the average time between submission and publishing of the paper.

  26. Individuals whose texts are accepted for print will be required to sign a licence agreement (free, non-exclusive licence with the right to sub-licence) with permission to publish their work in paper and digital format by the Editorial Board of 'The Archives of Criminology'.