Instructions to authors

Ghost-writing Barrier

1. Editorial staff requires the authors to reveal the contribution of particular authors to the publications (together with mentioning their affiliation and contribution, that is, information on the authors of concepts, assumptions, methods, records, etc. used when preparing the publication), while the main responsibility is held by the author sending a manuscript. This has to be mentioned in the first note.

2. Ghost-writing (it is when someone makes a significant contribution to a publication without revealing his/her participation as one of the authors or without mentioning his/her role in acknowledgements) and guest authorship (there is a guest authorship / honorary authorship when author's participation is insignificant or none; still, he/she is the author/co-author of publication) are signs of scientific dishonesty, and every detected case will be  exposed together with informing competent entities (institutions employing the authors, scholarly societies, editors' associations, etc.).

3. The editorial staff requires information on sources of financing the publication, financial contribution of research centres, associations and other entities (financial disclosure).

4. The editorial staff will document all signs of scientific dishonesty, and especially violation and infringement of principles of research ethics.

Sending an article

Articles can be sent by means of journal digital platform of Nicolaus Copernicus University: First, there is a registration requiring the author's mailing address. After the registration is completed, the author can log in and submit a file, as well as, provide all the required metadata - both in Polish (note - remember to save data after entry) and in English (language selection in the upper left corner of the site; data in English have to be saved separately). Proper data entry and sending a text to the platform will result in an-email sent to an author confirming that the editorial staff has received the text.  The same information will be sent to the editor of the journal.

Please note that Journal Digital Platform of Nicolaus Copernicus University is supported by anti-plagiarism software iThenticate, thanks to which, since March 2014, each article of the journal has been verified with regard to plagiarism.

Instructions to authors

Authors are kindly asked to prepare submitted texts according to the below instructions. Observing the provided standards will greatly contribute to speeding up the process of publication. The requirements are as follows:

Length of text:

article – should not exceed 15 pages;
report – should not exceed 5 pages;
review or bibliographic note – should not exceed 4 pages;

Abstracts and notes on the author:

The article should end with an abstract and 5 key-words in English; the abstract should be headed with a translated title of the article;

abstract of the article and 5 key-words in Polish;

a short note on yourself as the Author of the article, mentioning your academic titles and workplace of research centre, e.g.: Ph.D. Jan Kowalski, Professor of Nicolaus Copernicus University, head of the Department of Philosophy of Education in the Institute of Philosophy at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń; 

Text format:

text file formats: *.rtf or *.doc (World 97 or later versions + special fonts used by the Author, e.g.  Greek font, Hebrew font, etc.);

font: Times New Roman, font size 12, bold letters and italics are allowed, underline is not;

1.5 line spacing;

left margin 3 cm, other margins approximately 2.5 cm;

please do not leave empty lines between paragraphs, do not use word-breaking, neither any special formatting;

in case of submitting a hard copy, single sided print is required;

Notes (The Chicago Manual of Style):

endnotes (Times New Roman size 10; 1 line spacing):

endnote concerning a monograph (one author)1 (two or more authors) 2

endnote concerning a chapter of a work written by multiple authors3

endnote concerning a journal4

referring to the same title as above5

endnote concerning a work which has been already mentioned in the endnotes but not directly above (one author)6 (two or more authors)7


1. Jerzy Bagrowicz, Edukacja religijna współczesnej młodzieży. Źródła i cele (Toruń: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, 2000), 24.

2. Jerzy Bagrowicz, Stanisław Jankowski, „Pan, Bóg twój, wychowuje ciebie” (Pwt 8, 5). Studia z pedagogii biblijnej (Toruń: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2005), 37.

3. Zdzisław Pawlak, „Rola religii w wychowaniu człowieka. Aspekt filozoficzno-teologiczny”, w: Edukacyjny potencjał religii, red. Jerzy Bagrowicz, Jarosław Horowski (Toruń: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2005), 105-119.

4. Józef M. Dołęga, „Nauki środowiskowe na początku XXI wieku”, Paedagogia Christiana 2 (2011): 19.

5. Ibidem, 27.

6 Bagrowicz, Edukacja, 34.

7. Bagrowicz, Jankowski, „Pan, Bóg twój, 67.



Bagrowicz, Jerzy. Edukacja religijna współczesnej młodzieży. Źródła i cele. Toruń: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, 2000.

Bagrowicz, Jerzy, Stanisław Jankowski. „Pan, Bóg twój, wychowuje ciebie” (Pwt 8, 5). Studia z pedagogii biblijnej. Toruń: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2005.

Dołęga, Józef M. „Nauki środowiskowe na początku XXI wieku”. Paedagogia Christiana 2 (2011): 11-39.

Pawlak, Zdzisław. „Rola religii w wychowaniu człowieka. Aspekt filozoficzno-teologiczny”. W: Edukacyjny potencjał religii, red. Jerzy Bagrowicz, Jarosław Horowski, 105-119. Toruń: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2005.


Include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if the journal lists one:

Dołęga, Józef M. 2011. „Nauki środowiskowe na początku XXI wieku”. Paedagogia Christiana 2: 11-39.


Figures and diagrams:

figures for publication must be of good quality (files *.tif, *.jpg or *.cdr of definition not less than 300 dpi), unified form and descriptions;

charts – made with Corel Draw or Microsoft Excel (it they must be edited during the process);

tables, diagrams and figures must be numbered, as well as, titled or captioned;  

Illustrations, diagrams and figures taken from online sources are not allowed;

all excerpts from other texts, illustrations, figures, diagrams, tables, etc. taken out of other works are protected by copyright; publishing materials protected by copyright is only possible upon providing the Editorial Office with a written consent of copyright owner by the Author.

If in doubt in relation to the instructions to authors, please contact Ms. Mirosława Buczyńska from Wydawnictwo Naukowe UMK, the publishing editor of the Journal, e-mail:

Licence Contract

After the work is accepted for publication, the Author should print out the licence contract in two copies, fill it in (without a contract number or a date of conclusion of the contract), sing it and send both copies to the editorial office address.