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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (unless an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text uses a 12-point font, 1.5 spacing.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Two files are submitted: full text with author's data (author’s name, last name, affiliation, email, ORCID number) and anonymised text version. This only applies to the original research article, reviews do not require an anonymised version.

Author Guidelines

We welcome all submissions based on original research in anthropology and related disciplines. Before making a submission please read the journal description to ensure that your paper fits into Ethnologia Polona’s aim and scope. It is also very important to carefully study our Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. Submission of an article implies that the author accepts our Ethics Policy and commits to respect its principles.

Ethnologia Polona is divided into two sections: “Special Section” and “Varia”. The "Special Section" is the main part of each issue, which focuses on a selected research topic and is supervised by a thematic editor and the editor-in-chief. In this section we accept original research articles related to the current topic of the issue. The “Varia” section contains articles unrelated to the main topic of the volume. There is no preference for any specific subject: however, proposed manuscripts should be linked with and contribute to anthropological theory and debates. They can be submitted at any time. This part of the volume is supervised by the editor-in-chief.

Ethnologia Polona also accepts book reviews and occasional guest edited collections of thematic articles published as special issues. Propositions of special issues must be arranged with the editor in advance.

Manuscript Types

Articles (no longer than 7000 words) are manuscripts based on ethnographic empirical research and analysis, but may also be discursive critical essays. Original research articles go through double blind peer-review. During the submission process the author will be asked to upload two text files: a full article version with author's data (author’s name, last name, affiliation, email, ORCID number) and an anonymised version of the article.

Book reviews (no longer than 1200 words) describe and evaluate books on current ethnological and anthropological issues. Book reviews are not peer-reviewed, but are published at the discretion of the editor-in-chief. Only one file is required during the submission process: a full article version with the author's data.

Review Procedure

The publication process usually takes between 10 and 12 months from submission to publication. Submitted articles are preliminarily selected by the Editorial Team with regard to their compatibility with the overall journal thematic profile, formal requirements and general standards of scholarly publications. The author receives the first answer within 4 weeks of submitting a paper. Articles that meet the above listed requirements are forwarded to a minimum of two outside reviewers who are considered experts in the area of study the article touches upon. In some cases, editors might suggest changes in the manuscript before they forward it to the reviewers. The reviewers are carefully selected by the Editorial Team in consultation with the guest editor. The review process is based on the principle of double-blind peer review, which means that neither the reviewer nor the author know each other’s identities.

The manuscript is reviewed based on the article's:  

- concept (the choice of topic, a well-defined research question, the formulation of the paper’s objectives),
- argumentation and methodology (the selection and application of the method of analysis),
- innovative character,
- potential contribution to anthropological knowledge,
- relevance to the journal’s Aim and Scope and the theme of the issue,
- imbeddedness in existing literature relevant to the topic,
- narration (clarity, appropriateness of style),
- formal correctness (suitable title, division into subsections, footnotes).

The reviewer submits his/her written review up to 4 weeks after receiving the manuscript. The review contains the reasons for the article’s rejection/acceptance or - if the article requires revisions - the conditions that it must meet in order to be accepted for publication. In cases of contradicting evaluations, a third reviewer is named. The author is requested to revise his/her paper according to the reviewer’s comments and guidelines. The author has limited time to introduce these changes. The editor-in-chief in collaboration with the Editorial Team is responsible for the final decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of the article. If a controversy arises, the Editorial Team can appoint another reviewer.

Reviewers evaluate manuscripts following the principles of Ethnologia Polona’s Ethics Policy.


Length of manuscript: Articles should be no longer than 7000 words (approx. 40 000 characters), including references and notes, but excluding the abstract.

Required: Submitting an anonymised version of the article, alongside the normal version.

Manuscript style:

  • Format: .doc. or .rtf
  • Font size: 12 for main text and bibliography, spacing 1.5; 10 for footnotes with single spacing
  • Margins (left, right, top and bottom) 2.5 cm; the text should be justified.
  • The title (14 p), author’s name (12 p), last name and affiliation (10 p) should be in capital letters (all CAPS) and centred.
  • Subheadings should be in capital letters (12 p), while lower level subheadings in bold; additional line before subheadings.
  • Quotations: double inverted commas should be used, except for quotations within quotations, which should have single inverted commas. Full stops should be placed after the brackets containing the citation reference.
  • Longer quotations (of more than 4 lines) should be set off from the text with an extra line above and below as ‘block quotes’: in smaller font (10), indented from left and right (1,25 and 15,25), and typed without double inverted commas. Full stops should be placed after the last word of the citation, but before the brackets containing the reference.
  • Italics should be used only for foreign words and titles of books, which are mentioned in the body of the text. Titles of newspapers, journals, or articles should be given in quotation marks.
  • UK English spelling should be used.
  • All pages should be consecutively numbered, starting with 1, in the bottom right hand corner of each page.
  • Please use consecutively numbered footnotes, starting with 1, and keep them to a minimum. Do not use endnotes.
  • Paragraphs: a single tab to begin a new paragraph, except for the first paragraph in a section or the paragraph following a block quote.
  • Keywords: should be separated by commas.
  • The author’s name, last name, affiliation, e-mail, and ORCID number should be given at the very end of the article.


Citations within the text:

  • Single author quotation: (Laidlaw 1993, 208)
  • Two authors, more than one page: (Humphrey and Hugh-Jones 1991, 124-136)
  • Several authors: (Goody et al. 1987, 25)
  • Citation of another author's work in a secondary text: (Laidlaw 1996, as cited in Lewis 1998, 45)
  • Please include page numbers in full: (Geertz 1970, 35-37)
  • References to websites should be included in footnotes and must mention the date you accessed the website. E.g.: (accessed 01.06.2019)


Bibliography should come at the very end of your text.

  • Single author monograph

Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1922. Argonauts of the Western Pacific. London: G. Routledge & Sons.

  • Several authors’ monograph

Kristiansen, Kristian, and Thomas B. Larsson. 2005. The Rise of Bronze Age Society. Travels, Transmissions and Transformations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Edited volume

Hodder, Ian, ed. 1991. Archaeological Theory in Europe. The Last Three Decades. London: Routledge. 

  • Journal article

Bogucki, Peter. 1993. “Animal Traction and Household Economies in Neolithic Europe.” Antiquity 67 (256): 492-503.

  • Book chapter

Leacock, Eleanor B. 1980. “Montagnais Women and the Jesuit Program for Colonization.” In Women and Colonization: Anthropological Perspectives, edited by Mona Etienne and Eleanor B. Leacock, 25-42. New York: Praeger. 

When in doubt, consult the Chicago Manual of Style online, under the Author-Date system. It can be found here:



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