Information for Authors

General information

“Studia Gdańskie” (abbr. StGd ) is a scientific periodical that publishes original scientific articles and reviews, which are not currently the subject of any other publishing process, within research disciplines belonging to the fields of theological, human and social sciences, in particular biblical exegesis, systematic and practical theology, history of religion and the Church as well as philosophy, sociology and pedagogy.

Texts, i.e. articles and reviews, are published in Polish or English. All articles submitted to StGd undergo a blind review process before their publication.

The submitted articles must meet the criteria of original scientific texts. The aim of the article must be evident, the (hypo)theses discussed in it should be clearly formulated, the main and original content emphasized, the methodology appropriate and clear. The articles must be provided with appropriate documentation (citations, bibliographical references, list of literature consulted, etc.).


In order to ensure the legality of the publisher’s use of the scientific article created by the author for publication in “Studia Gdańskie”, following the provisions of the Act on Copyright and Related Rights, the use of the article by the publisher takes place under the terms of the following license:

The author grants Gdańsk Theological Seminary (publisher of the journal “Studia Gdanskie”), free of charge and for an unspecified period of time, a non-exclusive licence to the submitted article, which constitutes a work as defined in Art. 1 of the Act on Copyright and Related Rights [Work], along with the right to grant further licences to the Work (in particular for reprinting in other publications), in all known fields of use, including in particular:
1. Publication and distribution of the article in paper and electronic form;
2. Recording on mechanical information carriers;
3. Entering into computer memory;
4. Placing in an on-line reading room;
5. Introducing to circulation;
6. Entering into online periodical database, including full-text ones;
7. Distribution of the article under the terms of the Creative Commons license: Attribution-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0).

Rules for accepting and reviewing articles

1. Articles in electronic form in Microsoft Word format should be submitted and attached after logging in or registering at
2. The texts are first submitted for preliminary assessment to the subject editors, who decide whether to admit the article to the review process.
3. Each article is assessed by two reviewers using the principle of double-blind review, i.e., the authors and reviewers of the articles do not know each other’s identities.
4. The list of reviewers cooperating with “Studia Gdańskie” is available on the journal’s website.
5. The final decision on accepting the article for publication is made by the Chief Editor, taking into account the assessment of the reviewers and the final version of the text provided by the author after addressing any corrections suggested by the reviewers.
6. The Editors reserve the right to make linguistic corrections.

Editorial guidelines

1. The volume of the article (including the list of references) must not exceed 40 thousand characters, and that of the review15 thousand characters (including spaces), in A4 format (font Times New Roman 12, spacing 1.5; in footnotes font 10 with superscript references).
2. The article should be accompanied by:

a) abstract (100-150 words) and keywords (3-5) in Polish;
b) title, abstract and keywords in English;
c) an alphabetical list of literature used in writing the article;
d) a short biographical note about the Author (including academic titles and degrees, place of work (affiliation), ORCID number and correspondence address (regular and electronic).

3. Articles submitted to the Editor should be linguistically and stylistically correct and have a clear layout with a marked introduction, subsequent parts of the analysis (with subheadings) and conclusion.
4. No special formatting should be used in the submitted text; use the Enter key to start a new paragraph, do not split words or use highlighting.
5. If the submitted article is the result of a specific research program or project financed by an organization or institution, this should be clearly indicated in a separate footnote on the first page of the article (reference attached to the title). For example: This study is part of a research project funded by the National Science Centre (UMO-2017/31 / B / HS1 / 03457).
6. Explanatory footnotes should be used only when it is necessary. Arabic numerals should be used when numbering the footnotes. Explanatory footnotes should not be used for routine bibliographical references. Routine bibliographical references should be placed in the text itself in brackets, giving the author’s surname, the year of publication, page number/s, e.g. (McCormick 2007, 54). In references where a page range is given, a hyphen should be used between the page numbers, e.g. 12-14 (with no space between the hyphen and the digit). Individual references in the same brackets should be separated by a semicolon and pages by a full stop (without spaces), e.g. (McCormick 2007, 54; Dohmen 2021, 40.45.71-73).

Where two or three authors (surnames) are included in the same reference, an “and” should be used between the last two surnames, e.g. (Schmid and Kowalski 2017, 53-57). In the case of more than three authors in the same reference, the first author’s surname should be given and then the abbreviation “et al.”, e.g. (Nowak et al. 2007, 41). The use of abbreviations such as “cf.” is not permitted. For routine references relating only to the last sentence, brackets (with a reference) are placed in the sentence, i.e. written before the full stop (the last punctuation mark). For routine references relating to more than one sentence or to an entire paragraph, brackets are placed outside the last sentence, i.e. after the full stop (the last punctuation mark). All publications used in writing the article should be listed separately at the end in a special section entitled” Bibliography” arranged in alphabetical (by author’s surname) and chronological order. In cases of more than one publication by the same author in the same year, the appropriate letter (a, b, c etc.) should be added to the year of publication, e.g. 1992a, 1992b etc.

In the case of references to biblical texts, standard Polish abbreviations of biblical books should be used (according to: Pismo Święte Starego i Nowego Testamentu [Biblia Tysiąclecia], 5th edition, Poznań 2008). When quoting a biblical text, a hyphen (-) is used between verses and a dash (–) between chapters. There should be no space after the digit informing about the book number; likewise, before the digit indicating the verse number, e.g., 2Sm 6-8; 1 Kings 7: 13-22: 40.48-51.

7. Notation of the bibliography (the most common types)
Below are examples of bibliography entries in the most common publications, the form of which should be applied in the final list of literature used (Bibliography).

a. Book
Surname, initial (s) of the author’s first name (s). year of publication. Full title (in italics) (Publishing series; number in the series). Place of publication: Publisher.

Butler, T.C. 2009. Judges (Word Biblical Commentary; 8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

More authors:
Jaczynowska, M., Musiał, D., Stepień, M. 2004. Historia starożytna. Warszawa: Trio.

b. Journal article
Surname, initial (s) of the author’s first name (s). year of publication. Full title of the article. Name of the journal (in italics), volume (issue), first-last page.

Kubiś, A. 2016. Znaczenie pozycji aniołów w grobie Jezusa w J 20,12. The Biblical Annals, 6 (3), 459-493.

c. Chapter / article in a book
Surname, initial (s) of the author’s first name (s). year of publication. Chapter / article title. In: Surname, initial (s) of the editor’s name (s), Full title of the book (in italics) (Publishing series; number in the series). Place of publication: Publisher, page numbers.

Szamocki, G. 2021. The Motif of God’s Mountain and Transhumanism in the Biblical Perspective. In: R. Petkovšek, B. Žalec, Transhumanism as a Challenge for Ethics and Religion (Theology East – West / Theologie Ost – West; 27). Zürich: LIT Verlag, 181-188.

d. Internet source
Surname, initial (s) of the author’s first name (s). year of publication. Title. http address (date of access)

Pioske, D. 2019. First Temple. (access: 13/05/2022)


Ethical principles applicable to the journal

The editors of “Studia Gdańskie” apply principles of publication ethics that prevent unfair publication practices in accordance with the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

By submitting the text to the editorial office of “Studia Gdańskie” the author of the publication states that the submitted text is an original, earnestly prepared work that has not been published before and is not currently subject to evaluation by another journal.

If the author wishes to reprint elsewhere an article published in “Studia Gdańskie”, he/she must obtain written consent to make the publication available.

The text should meet the bibliographical and footnote structure requirements, in accordance with the copyright law.

If the text is to be sent for review it must meet the criteria set out above.

I. Responsibilities of the Editor

Decision regarding publication: The Editorial Board is responsible for deciding whether to accept or reject the submitted article. The decision is based on the scientific merit of the publication, its compliance with the topics presented in the journal, the originality of the approach to the topic and the clarity of the argument.

Impartiality: When evaluating articles, the authors’ nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, origin, citizenship, or political beliefs are not taken into account. The works are subject to evaluation only in terms of their content.

Confidentiality: The editors do not disclose any information about the submitted works to unauthorised persons. The only persons authorized to possess this information are the author, reviewers, and editors.

Disclosure of information and conflict of interest: Unpublished works may not be used by the editors, or any other persons involved in the publishing process without the written consent of the authors.

Proceedings in the event of violation of the principles of publishing ethics: in cases involving academic fraud, the Editor follows the procedure recommended by COPE. The procedure algorithm can be found here (link:

II. Author’s obligations

Scientific integrity: The author is obliged to accurately describe the research work conducted, objectively present and discuss the results. The publication should contain information enabling the identification of data sources. Presenting and interpreting the research results in a dishonest or inaccurate manner is unacceptable and may result in withdrawal of the work.

Originality and plagiarism: Authors may submit for publication only their own original work. Studies and/or information from other scientists used in the publication should be marked to indicate that it is a quotation. Plagiarism or falsification of data are unacceptable. The author should not submit the same work to more than one journal.

Confirmation of sources: The author is obliged to list in the bibliography the publications that were used by him/her to create the text. Only publications that are relevant to the presented subject should be cited.

Authorship of the work: Authorship should be limited to those who have significantly contributed to the conception, execution, and interpretation of the work.

The author who submits a multiple-author text for publication is required to disclose the contribution of individual authors to its creation (including the affiliation of the authors).

When submitting a multiple-author text for publication, the author should ensure that all co-authors have been acknowledged in the text, that they have read and approved the final version of the work before its publication, and that they have agreed to its submission for publication.

Ghostwriting (concealing the contribution to creating the paper of people other than those officially listed on the editorial page) and guest authorship (presenting as co-authors people who did not contribute to the publication in any way) are signs of academic dishonesty. Any detected cases of dishonesty in this respect should be disclosed, including notification of relevant entities, e.g. institutions employing the author, scientific societies, etc.

III. Responsibilities of the Reviewer

Participation in editorial decision-making: The reviews are intended to help the Chief Editor and the Editorial Board make editorial decisions. They also help authors to improve the quality of their work.

Double-blind review: The Editor applies a double-blind review model, which means that the identity of the reviewers is not known to the authors, and the identity of the authors is not known to the reviewers. This solution ensures greater objectivity of the assessment by excluding the potential bias of the reviewer towards the authors. The publication is assessed on the basis of at least two independent reviews, made by specialists from outside the research unit with which the author of the publication is affiliated.

Meeting deadlines: the reviewer is obliged to deliver the review within the agreed deadline. If, for any reason, he/she is unable to meet the deadline or undertake to write the review, they should immediately inform the Editor and provide the reason.

Confidentiality: All reviewed texts and their reviews are confidential. Disclosure of texts to third parties is not permitted (except for the people involved in the publishing process).

Anonymity: All reviews are prepared anonymously. The editors do not share authors’ personal data with reviewers.

Objectivity: The review should be an objective and constructive assessment of the work. Subjective criticism of the author of the work by the reviewer is considered inappropriate. All comments should be properly justified.

Verification of the originality of the text: The reviewer is expected to identify any published work that the author has used but not included in the bibliography. The reviewer should inform the editors of any breach of ethical standards by the author of the text, including any significant similarity or overlap between the content of the reviewed work and any other published work known to the reviewer, as well as any suspicion of plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

Disclosure of information and conflict of interest: The reviewer is not permitted to use the reviewed work for his/her personal needs and benefits. Neither should they review the work if there may be a conflict of interest with the author.

List of reviewers: Names of the reviewers of “Studia Gdańskie” remain for the attention of the Editorial Board.