For Authors



  1. Papers should be sent by email to the address: https://www.editorialsystem.com/aspfc/
  2. All papers undergo a preliminary review by the scientific editor or topic editor in order to verify whether they fall within the subject matter and the editorial standards of the journal. The scientific editor suggests the names of the reviewing editors. All papers are reviewed by two reviewers in a double-blind review process.
  3. The review is provided in a written format, and is entered in the form available from the journal’s website.
  4. In these cases where the Reviewers suggest modifications to the paper, the Editor forwards their remarks to the Author for approval and consideration.
  5. In the case where a given paper receives two negative reviews, the Editor informs the Author and publication is declined.
  6. In the case where a given paper received two different reviews, the final decision is made by the Chairman of the Editorial Board who may or may not consult the Members of the Board.
  7. The fee for publication in the “Acta Scientiarum Polonorum, Formatio Circumiectus” is paid by the Authors. Information about the fees and any additional information can be obtained from the Secretary of the Kraków Agricultural University Press at the email address: anna.balakowska@urk.edu.pl
  8. It is the responsibility of the Authors of the publication to obtain consent for the publication of any previously copyrighted data, drawings or photographic images.


General and technical requirements for the submissions
  1. Length of the paper including tables, figures and photographs should not exceed 12 pages of the A4 format.
  2. Document style – the text should be written in Times New Roman type of font, 10 point, with 1.5 line spacing. Highlighting using italics or bold text is permissible, however, underlining of letters, words or sentences is not.
  3. Size of tables and figures must not exceed the B5 format (12.5 cm × 19.5 cm); tables should be described using Times New Roman font of 9 points, with 8 points in table contents, with a single line spacing. Vertical lines should be avoided as far as possible. Document format for tables should be either .doc or .rtf.

The following layout is assumed
  1. Title of the paper in Polish (or in English, if the entire paper is written in English; the same rule for keywords).
  2. First and last name of the Author(s).
  3. Affiliation.
  4. The abstract of the paper should include clearly distinguished points: 1. Purpose of the work. 2. Research methods applied. 3. Significant research results and conclusions. The minimum length of the abstract should be 350 words.
  5. Keywords – up to 6 keywords should be quoted, useful for indexation and search terms. We recommend that the words used in the title should not be repeated as keywords.
  6. Main body of text of the scientific paper should include: an introduction featuring research objective and hypothesis, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions (or summary) and literature. We recommend quoting relevant subject literature, including papers published in previous issues of “Acta Scientiarum Polonorum”.
  7. Title, abstract as a translation of the summary and keywords into English.
  8. Address of the Author’s workplace (Authors’ workplaces) – both postal address and email/website.
  9. Titles and contents of the tables, as well as descriptions and keys for the figures should be given in Polish and in English, if the work is published in the Polish language; and the numbering of tables and figures should be given in Arabic numerals. If the given work is published in the English language, all descriptions should be given in English only.

Units and notation – International System of Units (SI) must be used, for instance kg · dm–3 (and not kg/dm3).

Literature (in-text references) – when quoting the works by other authors, we provide name and year of publication in brackets [Kowalski and Lewandowski 2000, Lewandowski 2001, Zalewski et al. 2001] or ...according to Kowalski [2000]...

A list of quoted works (reference list) should be collated alphabetically as follows: Author’s (authors’) last name(s), first name initials; year of publication, when there is more than one work by the same author published in the same year, after the year they should be itemized as a, b, c etc.; title of the work; edition and place of publication, number of volume, issue, and page numbers, for instance:

Chełkowski, Z. (1966). Introdukcja troci do rzeki Gowienicy. Gospod. Ryb., 1 (2), 18–19.
Greń, J., Kowalski, Z. (1972). Statystyka matematyczna. PWN, Warszawa.
Turski, W. (1972). Projektowanie oprogramowania systemów liczących. Mat. Konf. Projektowanie maszyn i systemów cyfrowych. Warszawa 2–5 June 1971. PWN, Warszawa, 132–139.

The Author submits the text of the paper to the Editor in a digital file. After receiving the review, the Author sends the Editor a new copy of the paper, corrected according to the Reviewers’ suggestions and, if applicable, with a written explanation of why certain suggestions were not followed. The main part of the paper (summary, the main body of the text, and literature) should be saved in one file. Tables, figures, and other appendices should be saved and sent in separate files. The Editor reserves the right to abridge and correct as well as modify and elaborate the contents, subject to the Author’s approval. All illustrations (such as drawings, diagrams, graphs) should be developed and saved as separate digital files (source files) using software compatible with Windows environment (for instance, Excel, Corel Draw, Photoshop etc.).


Each paper is assessed by the Chairman of the Editorial Board (Subject Editor) and if it meets the content criteria and falls within the journal’s profile, it is submitted for review.

  1. At least two independent Reviewers are recruited from entities outside the Author’s home institution.
  2. Double-blind review process is employed, where neither the Authors nor the Reviewers know each other’s identities.
  3. The review has a written format and concludes with an unambiguous recommendation as to whether the article should be published or rejected.
  4. The list of Reviewers collaborating with the journal is published annually in the last issue of the year – the fourth issue of the quarterly. It is also made available at the website after all four issues have been sent to print.
  5. A sample review form in downloadable pdf format is available here – download


In order to prevent cases of scientific misconduct the Editorial Board has procedures in place to deal with cases of “Ghost-writing”, “Guest Authorship”, “Plagiarism” and “Self-plagiarism”.

Ghost-writing: A situation where someone makes a substantial contribution to a publication without revealing his or her participation as one of the authors or without being mentioned in the acknowledgments attached to the publication.

Guest Authorship or Honorary Authorship: A situation where one or more authors are cited as making a significant contribution to a work were as in reality the contribution is insignificant.

Plagiarism: The act of using someone else's work as one's own without acknowledging the source of that work.

Self-plagiarism: The act of using your own earlier published work without acknowledging the source of that work.


All papers published in Acta Sci Pol. journal Formatio Circumiectus series are available under an open access license (CC-BY). This means:
• everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all papers published in the Formatio Circumiectus series of the Acta Sci. Pol. journal,
• everyone is free to reuse the published material as long as proper citation of the original publication is given,
• open access publication is supported by the authors’ institutes or research funding agencies by paying a fee for the editorial process.

No special permission is required to reuse all or part of a paper published in the Formatio Circumiectus series of the Acta Sci. Pol. journal, including figures and tables. For papers published under an open access Creative Common CC BY license, any part of the paper may be reused without permission provided that the original article is explicitely cited.
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