Publication and reviewing rules


of publishing in „Issues of Forensic Science”

  1. The editorial board of „Issues of Forensic Science”, referred to as „the Editorial Board” accepts only original articles of theoretical and experimental content in form of synthetic, analytical and casuistic work that covers forensic science and related areas as well as reviews of scientific monographics works of one or more authors which are later referred to as „the Author”. The submitted works can neither be published in any other form, nor in the reviewing process by other publishers simultaneously.
  2. The Editorial Board does not return the articles to its Author. The board reserves the right to shortening and adjusting of the text as well as to modifying its titles and subtitles.
  3. The board reserves the right to dismiss the submitted work without detailed reasons.
  4. The works written against the present terms and conditions will not be published.
  5. The works are to be send to the e-mail address: or provided to the board on a digital data carrier such as CD, DVD or USB drive (the carriers are not to be returned to the author by the board).
  6. The number of characters in submitted text should not exceed 40 000 including figures, tables, abstract and bibliography. The text should be formatted in Times New Roman, size 12, spacing of 1.5 lines, margins of 2.5 cm width on both sides of the document. The contents are to be made with the basic formatting, with no highlights.
  7. Every submitted article is to be accompanied by an abstract (max 150 words) and 3 to 7 keywords.
  8. The submitted article should be written in Polish or English.
  9. The submitted article cannot be signed - it cannot bear any signs that may lead to identification of the author of the work. This data (first and last name(s) of the author(s), title of the publication, name of the author's employing institution, their position, address, phone number, e-mail, and, if required, information regarding the funding of the conducted research) should be enclosed in a separate file.
  10. The submitted articles will be subject to review by two reviewers in accordance with double-blind review principle, which entails that both reviewers and author(s) are unaware of each other's identities. Reviewers are selected from outside the institution to which the author is affiliated (authors are affiliated). Once a year, in the publishing house's website, the last names of our reviewers will be published.
  11. If the article receives positive feedback from the editor, but it is suggested that modifications and corrections be introduced, the author is obliged to answer the comments and consider introducing the suggested modifications.
  12. The editorial office has adopted and applies the Code of Publication Ethics. The Publisher, Authors and Reviewers are obliged to comply with the principles of ethics, in particular the principles of responsibility, integrity, transparency and confidentiality. The board recalls that ghostwriting and guest authorship are manifestation of scientific unreliability, therefore all detected incidents will be revealed and documented, including notification of relevant parties (the institutions that employ authors, scientific societies, association of scientific editors etc.). In order to counteract occurence of such incidents, the Editorial Board requires from all the authors revealing the contributions to creation of their works.
  13. Figures and Tables should be provided with titles and information on their sources (e.g. website address with date of accessing). Their number should be limited to a minimum necessary to understand the text. Captions under Figures and descriptions of Tables should be made in Polish or English language; numbers of Figures and Tables should be expressed in Arabic digits. Photographs ought to have 300 dpi resolution. The location of Figures and Photographs in the text should be marked by the captions and all graphic materials should be delivered in separate appendices (not in the text).
  14. Upon submitting a text for publication, the Author declares that the text sent is of his/her authorship and he/she possesses full (exclusive) personal and property right to it. The author also declares, that he has the right to dispose of materials placed in the work, such as: Figures, graphics, Tables etc., and that their use in the work does not infringe the rights of third parties.
  15. References to other works in the text and Bibliography should be made according to APA (American Psychological Association) system, version 6:
    1. references to other works – incase of referring to works of other authors the name of author / authors and year of publishing should always be given.
      - one author:
      According to Malinowski (2015) …
      In Polish Language Dictionary ( Doroszewski, 1961)…
      - two authors:
      According to Widacki and Dukała (2015)…
      It is stated in polygraph examinations (Widacki, Dukała 2015)…

      - three to five authors – all the names are given only in the first instance of referring to a given work in the text; in subsequent references exclusively the name of first author and an abbreviation "et al."
      As Bajerlein, Wojterska, Grewling i Kokociński (2015) demonstrated in their article….
      In the article mentioned above Bejrlein et al. (2015) demonstrated….
      As research has shown (Bajerlein et al., 2015)…

      - six and more authors – the name of the first author followed by the abbreviation "and others" as well as the year should be provided each time for the first and subsequent links.
    2. direct quotations - if a direct quotation from another work is included in the text, it should start and end with quotation marks and directly after the quotation the source and page numbers should be given:
      „………….” (Kowalski, 2016, p. 31)…
    3. Bibliography should be made in the alphabetical order basing on the following examples:
      Arntzen, F. (1989). Psychologia zeznań świadków. Warszawa: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe.  
      Buller, D.B., Burgoon, J.K. (1996). Interpersonal Deception Theory. Communication Theory, 6(3), 203-242.DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2885.1996.tb00127.x
      Sweetser, E.E. (1987). The definition of lie: An examination of the folks models underlying a semantic prototype. W: D. Holland, (red.), Cultural models in language and thought. New York: Cambridge University Press.
      Widacki, J. (red.). (2012). Kryminalistyka. Warszawa: C.H. Beck.
  16. Upon approval of the work for publication an Agreement on Transfer of Copyright to the Editor is concluded with the author.
  17. The author is not entitled to a remuneration for the publication in the Quarterly.
  18. The primary (referential) version of the Quarterly is the hard copy. „Issues of Forensic Science” is also available on the Editorial House's website.