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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.

  • The study does not infringe the copyright of third parties (within the meaning of Ustawa z 4 lutego 1994r. o prawie autorskim i prawach pokrewnych – the Act from 4th February 1994 about copyright and related rights; the original text: Dz. U. 1994r. nr 24 poz.83, consolidated text: Dz. U. z 2006 r. nr 90 poz.631).
  • Texts sent to the editorial section have not been previously published or submitted for publication in any other journals or publishers.
  • I consent to: any stylistic changes resulting from the language standard and “Rules of submitting text in the Polish language” standard; making necessary changes in the layout of the content (in order to improve the legibility of the text) as well as using the text for printing and in electronic publications.
  • I transfer the copyright to the editors of the “Family Forum” magazine.
  • I also consent to the publication of the information about the article in scientific basis, including CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities) and CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library).
  • I declare that the sent texts are prepared in accordance with the principles of scientific reliability and there is no phenomenon of hidden authorship (ghostwriting) and apparent authorship (guestauthorship) in them, in accordance with the document “ Explanations concerning ghostwriting” published on the website MNiSW:
  • I acknowledge that the materials printed in the “Forum Family” magazine are protected by copyright . The text may be reprinted only with the consent of the Editors.

Submit the text

Research topics to the new issue of „Family Forum” should be submitted by the end of April (e.g. to the edition for 2020 – till the end of April 2020). 
Articles to the new issue of “Family Forum” should be submitted by the end of July (e.g. to the edition for 2020 – till the end of July 2020). 

  1. Rules of publication

The editorial staff of “Family Forum” accepts for evaluation and publication only original scientific articles as well as reviews and reports from conferences concerning marriage and family issues.

In the “Family Forum” magazine the publication of the articles is free of charge. 

  1. The review procedure

The editorial staff of “Family Forum” magazine conducts the procedure of reviewing the scientific articles in accordance with “The basic rules of reviewing publications in journals” posted on the website of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. This means that the review process is confidential, i.e. the author(s) and the reviewers do not know their identities (the so-called double-blind procedure). 
Any criticism by the reviewer(s) requires a detailed response from the author(s) of the article.
The correspondence between the author(s) and the reviewers is done through the “Family Forum” editorial office.
All accepted comments should be included in the revision of the work.
Clear and unambiguous reasoning is required in the case of disputable comments, indicating the reasons why the author does not comply with the reviewer’s opinion. 

The article can only be submitted for printing in the case of two clearly positive reviews. In the case of one negative and one positive review, the Editorial Staff appoints the third reviewer whose assessment decides whether or not to print the text. 

Texts which are not of a scientific nature (reviews, reports, interviews or descriptions of events) do not need to be reviewed and are eligible for printing directly by the Editorial Staff. 

  1. Comments on the preparation of the text 

Scientific articles:

The texts should concern the broadly defined issues of marriage and family, especially connected with the subject of the edition. 

The size of the text: from 40 000 to 51 000 characters (including spaces, footnotes

and bibliography). Exceptions to this rule must be individually agreed with the Editorial Staff. 

Publication in English, German and Polish is permitted. 

The text should include mid-titles. 

The sequence of the elements in the article:

  • the title of the article in the original language. The title should be short and indicate precisely what the article is about. It is good to include at least part of the keywords and proper nouns in the title;
  • the title of the article in English;
  • the abstract in English (it could also be in Polish or German but it will only be posted on the article’s website and sent to databases). The abstract should present the content of the article in as few words as possible. It should necessarily explain: 

1)  background;

2)  objectives;

3)  methodology;

4)  results;

5)  conclusions. 

  • English keywords;
  • the main text. Keywords or synonyms should consistently appear in the text;
  • the annex bibliography from the article must be defined by the English word 

The Editorial Staff requires exactly such an arrangement of the elements of the article and in  case of any deficiencies, the text will not be accepted for reviewing. 

The bibliographic notation 

The Editorial Staff of “Family Forum” magazine requires using Harvard references format 1 (2017) albo Cite Them Right 12th edition – Harvard (2022) system when quoting publications.


The editors also recommend the use of bibliography management software such as Zotero, Mendeley or End Note. We suggest using Zotero manager as it has two important advantages: a) it works on serious operating systems (Windows, Mc OS, Linux); b) it is free. 

A short textbook (in English) can be viewed here:



There is information on how to download and install the free bibliography manager; how to integrate it with a text editor and a web browser. Additionally, there is information on where to download the bibliography data about publications and how to process such information. 

If P.T. Authors decide to use the bibliography manager (or have been using such software for some time), please download the Harvard references format 1 (2017) albo Cite Them Right 12th edition – Harvard (2022) quoting style. It can be downloaded from the text editor icon with a gear wheel – (Set Document Preferences)/Zarządzaj stylami (manage styles)/Pobierz dodatkowe style(download additional styles)/ in “Style Search” please write Harvard and choose Harvard references format 1 (2017) albo Cite Them Right 12th edition – Harvard (2022) .  

The description of the quoting style Harvard references format 1 (2017) albo Cite Them Right 12th edition – Harvard (2022) can be found e.g. 

You can also use the automatic creation of bibliography: 

Acceptable text formats: *.odt, *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf (other formats possible after prior agreement with the technical editor). 

Acceptable graphic formats: *.eps, *.ps, *.jpeg, *.png, *.gif, *.bmp (other formats possible after prior agreement with the technical editor)  with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. 

The biographical note about the author: 

Several sentences of the information about the author; it is necessary to include affiliation; research areas and titles of significant publications as well as the official e-mail address and ORCID. 

Reviews of compact publications: 

The text length from 6 000 to 10 000 characters, including spaces. 

In case of foreign language publications – in Polish or English, in case of publications in Polish – in English. 

The description of the peer-reviewed publication should include the following data: author/editor, title, subtitle, publisher, place and year of publication, ISBN, number of pages, DOI (if exists).