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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Submissions should not be longer than 40,000 characters.
  • Authors are requested to register and/or send the texts electronically via

  • Apart from the article, a submission should contain an abstract (about one-third page long) with the keywords. The keywords should also be included immediately before the text of the article. All articles are published with abstracts in Polish and in English. Authors can submit abstracts with keywords in these two languages or in Polish only.
  • The main formatting guidelines are available on the website of the University of Silesia Press (; see Dla Autora. See also section Author Guidelines.
  • Unsolicited materials are not returned.
  • Metadane artykułu zostały przygotowane i zgodnie z wytycznymi dla autorów zostaną wprowadzone do systemu w wersji polskiej i angielskiej.

Folia Philosophica is edited and published semiannually at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. The main submission requirements are the high quality and originality of the papers.


Format Guidelines

Submissions are accepted both in English and Polish. The articles should not exceed the length of 40,000 characters, including footnotes or endnotes.

You are welcome to register and send us electronic copy of your paper on our Open Journal Systems: .


Please include:

  • the suggested title of the paper;
  • the Author’s name, qualifications, and affiliations (if any);
  • the Author’s full postal and email addresses;
  • an abstract of 500–900 characters; and
  • a set of 4-6 keywords for indexing purposes.

Do include page numbers.

Some general rules apply:

  • Do not arrange your text with the space key (e.g., for table-like passages, etc.). Use tabs or a paragraph (return key).
  • Do not insert page breaks manually.
  • Do not use all capital letters to highlight something within your text. You may highlight text passages with italics or boldface.
  • Dashes should be distinguishable from hyphens. Please use the long dash (Ctrl+Minus; for example, 2003–2005).
  • Endnotes or footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. If it is necessary to create a footnote, it is preferable to use the MS-Word function to do so (Insert -> reference -> footnotes).
  • The publisher's name is an obligatory element of the description of a monograph.
  • The DOI number must be given (as a link) if the publication contains such a number.
  • Tables should be created with the table function of MS-Word or Excel or with the tabulator. Do not create tables using the space key!
  • All tables should have a short heading, completely labelled columns, and footnotes if required.
  • The format for cited literature should be consistent throughout the article. It is indispensable to include the author’s name, the title, the publication year, and the publication place.
  • When citing internet addresses, it is important to include the access date as well as the URL.

Manuscripts sent for review will not be returned.

Ghostwriting consists in contributing in a significant way to a published work without having one’s name included as a co-author or without having one’s contribution stated in the acknowledgements.

In the case of guest authorship (honorary authorship), the contribution of a person indicated as the author or co-author of a published work is negligible or nonexistent.

To prevent ghostwriting and guest authorship, the following procedures are applied:

1. Authors are requested to disclose the contribution of all co-authors to the preparation of the publication, indicating their affiliation and exact type of contribution, that is, who is the author of the ideas, assumptions, methods, protocols, etc., used in the publication. The co-authors must declare the degree and character of their contribution. The bulk of the responsibility rests with the submitting author.

2. Both ghostwriting and guest authorship are instances of academic dishonesty; all such cases will be made public, with relevant bodies notified about the fact (the employing institution, scientific associations, academic editors’ associations, etc.).

3. Authors must provide information on the publication’s funding sources, including the contribution of various research institutions, associations, and other entities (financial disclosure).

4. All cases of academic dishonesty will be documented, in particular those that violate research ethics.

Publication ethics of Folia Philosophica

Folia Philosophica follows the rules and best-practice guidelines specified in the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors published by the Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011 (download the PDF file).


Duties of the Editor

1) The Editor is responsible for the selection of articles for publication from among those submitted to the journal.

2) In making the choice, the Editor must not be guided by such factors as race, gender, sexual preferences, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or political philosophy of the Author.

3) The choice of articles to be published in the journal is guided solely by:

- the value of the submitted text for the development of the research field and its fit with the scope of the journal;

- the originality of the text;

- the linguistic quality of the manuscript;

- clarity; and

- conformity with legal regulations concerning defamation, violation of  copyright rules, and plagiarism.


Privacy policy

Until the article is accepted for publication, the Editor or any other member of the Editorial Board shall not disclose any information concerning the submission to third parties, except to:

- the Author / Co-author;

- the Reviewers;

- members of the Editorial Board;

- the publisher; and

- copy editors, proofreaders, and printing technicians who prepare the volume for publication.

Confidentiality and competing interests

(To assess the possibility of competing interests, please consult the PLOS policy.)

Unpublished, original research material submitted to the Editor will never be used by the Editor or any other person who had access to it before publication for their own research purposes without the explicit written permission of the Author (a list of such persons is given in section Privacy policy).


Duties of the Reviewer

1) The Reviewer provides the Editor with relevant information on the basis of which a conscious decision can be made concerning the acceptance or rejection of the submitted text.

2) The Reviewer provides the Author with relevant information on the basis of which necessary improvements can be made to the manuscript, helping the Author to meet the highest standards of scholarly research or making it easier for the Author to write academic texts in the future.

3) The Reviewer provides the review on time or informs the Editor about any circumstances that prevent him or her from meeting the deadline.

4) In evaluating the submission, the Reviewer remains unbiased.

5) The Reviewer formulates his or her comments in a clear and unambiguous way.

6) The Reviewer should never argue ad-hominem.

7) The Reviewer should never make use of the review to boost his or her academic status or professional position.

8) The Reviewer will inform the Editor of any competing interests (to assess the possibility of competing interests, please consult the PLOS policy). In case of competing interests, the Reviewer will refuse to evaluate the submission and notify the Editor about the fact.

9) The Reviewer will treat all received documents as confidential.

10) The Reviewer is obliged to identify any cases of insufficient documentation of sources or suspected plagiarism and to notify the Editor about them.


Responsibility and duties of the Author

1) Authors submit manuscripts based on original research.

2) Authors present an accurate and detailed description of the research procedures applied.

3) Authors present data which are reliable and verifiable.

4) Authors provide complete and accurate references to all sources and works cited, including references to all other scholars and authors whose work has enabled them to write the submitted text.

5) Authors must not submit texts which contain falsified data or which distort statements of other authors.

6) Authors present an unbiased discussion of the collected data, based on a sound methodological background.

7) Upon the Editor’s request, Authors will submit raw data for verification by members of the Scientific Board of the journal, assisted by an expert in the field with which the submission is concerned. If necessary, Authors will consent to making these data public (provided that making them public does not violate the law and the Authors’ ownership rights and does not pose a threat to the safety of confidential data)

8) All submitted texts must be original and properly referenced, with all sources and cited works accurately documented, including texts that form the canon of a particular discipline and have influenced the final shape of the presented research.

9) Authors must not submit texts which involve plagiarism, whether this concerns undocumented translation, unreferenced quotation, or lack of appropriate reference to unpublished works of others, or ideas consciously borrowed from other scholars, including students, whose unpublished papers remain their intellectual property.

10) Authors are aware that plagiarism and data falsification are not only offences but also extreme cases of academic dishonesty and misconduct. Bearing this in mind, Authors take care to ensure that no element of their research may put their academic integrity into question.

11) Authors quote sources accurately, provide precise references to works by their mentors and other scholars, and document all data with references to reliable and verifiable sources of information.

12) Authors do not submit texts previously published – with the exception of copyrighted materials solicited by the editorial office if its members decide that reprinting them is important for the structure and thematic unity of the volume.

13) Multiple submissions, that is, submitting the same text to several journals at the same time, will be considered unethical. Therefore, Authors will not submit the texts they present to Folia Philosophica to other journals or volumes.

14) Authors who submit texts to Folia Philosophica retain the rights to their material.

15) Once the submission is positively reviewed, accepted for publication, and published, the Authors retain the rights to the published material and grant the right to use it to third parties, in accordance with Creative Commons License 4.0 International: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

16) Authorship is limited to individuals who have substantially contributed to the research and the writing of the text submitted to Folia Philosophica, be it in the realm of data collection, the idea of the study, the methodology applied, or the process of carrying out the research. All individuals who have contributed significantly to the study should be indicated as co-authors, irrespective of their academic status. This applies also to research assistants and students whose work was indispensable for carrying out the research or for writing the text.

17) Individuals who have not contributed to the work may not be indicated as co-authors.

18)  Authors are obliged to disclose all cases of competing interests, especially financial interests, or other significant factors which might influence research results or data interpretation.

19) Authors will notify the Editor of any serious errors or inaccuracies which Reviewers or editors of the volume were unable to identify and will ask for an errata. All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes, in case of detection.

20) If the publisher or editor of the journal is notified of any allegations of misconduct in the research, the publisher or editor shall consider them in accordance with the principles of the "Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors".

21) In the event that the journal is no longer published, an electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content will be kept in the Repository of the University of Silesia RE-BUŚ (

22) The Author is fully responsible for the contents of the article. According to the "Quod scripsi, scripsi" principle, the article published in the journal, whether electronically or in print, cannot be retracted or corrected. Because each article is automatically forwarded to numerous databases and is identified with a unique DOI, the text cannot be altered in any way.


The rules above are based on: Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors <>

The journal does not require any fees or charges for the preparation of the manuscript and/or publication of materials in the journal.