Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Architectura publishes original scientific papers and review papers in English.
Before submitting, the papers have to be prepared according to the Guidelines specified below.
The Authors of the articles selected for printing are obliged to cover the cost of publication amounting to 600 PLN + 23% VAT for 12 pages of text (including all the required elements, abstract, tables, drawings, etc.) following the format specified in the Guidelines for the Authors. If the text is longer, you will be charged an additional fee 60 PLN + 23% VAT for each additional commenced page. We issue one invoice for each paper.
Submission of a paper to the Editorial Staff indicates that the Authors accept the above charges.
GUIDELINES FOR THE AUTHORS
Technical and editorial requirements
1. The papers including tables, figures and photographs should not exceed 12 pages of A-4 format (21.0 × 29.7 cm), mirror margins 2.5 cm each.
2. Style of documents – the text of the paper should be typed in Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing 1.5. Highlighting certain parts of the text is allowed, e.g. in italic or bold, but without underlining the letters, words or sentences.
3. Tables and figures:
- Titles of tables and captions of the figures should be typed in Times New Roman, font size 9, and numbered with Arabic numerals.
- In the titles/captions, please apply the following notation: “Table 1.” / “Fig. 1.”, whereas in the text – “Table 1” / “Figure 1” (referred in a sentence) or abbreviation “Tab. 1” / “Fig. 1” (mentioned in a bracket).
- Tables and figures (and their captions) should be completely understandable for the Reader without reference to the main body of the paper (self-explanatory tables and figures).
- Table headers and table contents, as well as captions of the figures and keys, should be provided in Polish and English if the paper is published in Polish. If the article is published in English, headers and all captions are to be written only in English.
- Content of the tables should be typed in Times New Roman, font size 8, spacing 1, without vertical lines.
- Text in the figures (axes, keys, etc.) should be typed in Arial.
4. Units – we expect the Authors to use scientific notation and SI units, e.g. kg · dm–3.
5. Equations within the text – if algebraic expressions are used in the paper, Authors are expected to use the following command path: Insert object >>> Create new object >>> MathType equation or Microsoft equation (various names of applications are used depending on the MS Word version). The technical editors in Wydawnictwo SGGW use Mathtype 5.0 to 5.2c. Please DO NOT USE the tool Equation (command Insert equation).
6. Quotations and list of references – the international APA style should be applied. Details and examples are available at the end of the Guidelines.
Layout of the papers
1. Title of the article in Polish (or in English, if the entire paper is written in English; the same applies to the abstract and keywords).
2. First name and surname of the Author(s) with their affiliation (scientific institution). If there are two or more Authors, their data should be provided in separate lines. Moreover, an e-mail address of the first Author should be provided as a footnote with the symbol * on the first page of the article.
3. Paper abstract (from 600 to 1000 characters) briefly describing the aim and research hypothesis, methodology, the most important results and conclusions. It should have an informative and not descriptive form. The Reader should be able to determine the most important elements of the paper without reading the entire text.
4. Keywords – please provide up to six keywords for indexation and searching purposes. It is recommended not to repeat the words used in the title.
5. In research papers, the text should include an introduction with the aim and research hypothesis, material and methods, results, discussion, conclusions (or summary) and references. In other types of original papers (case studies, scientific essays etc.) as well as review papers, structure should include an introduction, main text and summary. It is recommended to cite items important for the research topic, including these published previously in Architectura – Acta Scientiarum Polonorum”.
6. The terms “Article title”, “Abstract” (from 600 to 1000 characters) and “keywords” are to be used as translations of the terms “tytuł”, “streszczenie” and “słowa kluczowe” in the paper published in Polish.
Submission of the papers
1. The Author sends the document to the editorial office via e-mail (the paper should consist of one file with the text together with figures and tables put in the appropriate places of the text).
2. After the Author receives a review, they send to the editorial office:
- the paper corrected according to the Reviewers’ remarks (one file with all the figures and tables);
- written reply to the remarks of the Reviewers that were not taken into account, if necessary;
- source files of the figures with the program-specific extension (the graphic material should be prepared in the programs supported by Windows OS, e.g. MS Excel, CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, etc.);
- Author`s statement (download). In this statement, the Authors declare: 1) that the paper has not been published previously , 2) that no conflict of interest arises and 3 ) that the y lend copyrights to publish the paper onto the Publisher (Please note, that the Authors hold the copyright without restrictions).
3. The editorial office reserves the right to shorten, excerpt and edit the papers and supplement them with additional information with Author’s consent.
Citations and reference list (APA style)
(WE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHORS TO USE PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE MANAGEMENT TOOLS, e.g. EndNoteTM)
1. While referring to other authors’ works in the text, it is necessary to give the author’s surname(s) and the year of publication, as shown in the following examples:
- Publications with one author: “(Kowalski, 2002)” or “according to Kowalski (2002)”;
- Publications with two authors: “(Kowalski & Nowak, 2002)” or “according to Kowalski and Nowak (2002)”;
- Publications with three to five authors:
– the first reference including the names of all authors, e.g.: “(Kowalski, Nowak & Wiśniewski, 2002)” or “according to Kowalski, Nowak and Wiśniewski (2002)”;
– the next reference including only the first author’s name, e.g. “(Kowalski et al., 2002)” or “according to Kowalski et al. (2002)”;
- Publications with six and more authors: all references including only the name of the first author, e.g. “(Kowalski et al., 2002)” or “according to Kowalski et al. (2002)”;
- Simultaneous citation of many works: each reference separated by a semicolon, e.g. “(Kowalski, 2002; Nowak, 2003)”, in case of works by the same author – separated by a comma, e.g. “(Kowalski, 2002a, 2002b)” or “(Kowalski, 2002a, 2002b; Nowak, 2003)”.
2. Reference list should be indexed in alphabetical order using the following pattern: the surname(s) of the author(s) (subject to point 2b), initials of first names; year of publication (when several works by the same author were published in the same year, after specifying the year it is necessary to mark each position with the letters a, b, c, etc.); title of the work; place of publication (in case of a textbook, a monograph or other non-serial publications); name of the publishing house, volume number (issue), issue number and page numbers (in case of periodicals), DOI number in case of electronic publications (subject to „Electronic sources” section), as shown in the following examples:
a) depending on the type of work:
a journal paper:
Collins, F. G. & Sanjayan, J. G. (1999). Workability and mechanical properties of alkali activated slag concrete. Cement and Concrete Research, 29(3), 455–458. DOI: 10.1016/S0008-8846(98)00236-1
a printed book:
Greń, J. & Kowalski, Z. (1972). Statystyka matematyczna. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN.
a printed book chapter:
Haybron, D. M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pages 17–43). New York: Guilford Press.
b) depending on the number of authors:
in case of works with up to seven authors, it is necessary to give the names of all authors, e.g.
Zilch, K., Niedermeier, R. & Finckh, W. (2014). Strengthening of Concrete Structures with Adhesively Bonded Reinforcement. Design and Dimensioning of CFRP Laminates and Steel Plates. First Edition. Berlin: Ernst & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG.
in case of works with eight and more authors, it is necessary to give the names of the first six people, then after an ellipsis the last author’s name, e.g.
Vermaat, J. E., Wagtendonk, A. J., Brouwer, R., Sheremet, O., Ansink, E., Brockhoff, T., ...
& Giełczewski, M. (2016). Assessing the societal benefits of river restoration using the ecosystem services approach. Hydrobiologia, 769(1), 121–135. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2482-z
c) electronic sources:
in case of electronic sources which don’t have a DOI number (digital object identifier), it is necessary to give the address of the relevant website, e.g.
Narodowe Centrum Nauki [NCN]. (2012). Raport roczny 2011. Retrieved from: http://www.ncn.gov.pl/sites/default/files/obrazki/2011-sprawozdaniencn.pdf
3. The reference rules for other types of sources using the APA style, including standards, regulations, websites, etc., can be found here. You will also find detailed information here: APA Style (the official internet website), APA Style (manual), UMUC Library. We also encourage the Authors to use the tool for formatting references in APA style ( go to the website )
Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Architectura follows the ethical guidelines applicable for scientific publications and defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The guidelines are provided below:
Duties of editors:
Publication decision – when deciding whether to publish a paper, the Editorial Staff must take into account current legislation, including provisions on copyright.
No discrimination – as far as the fight against discrimination is concerned, the Editorial Staff fulfils its obligation to comply with relevant laws effective in Poland.
Confidentiality versus transparency and conflicts of interest – members of the Editorial Staff may not disclose information about a submitted article (including the content of the review) to any third parties. The Editorial Staff follows the double-blind review principle, which states that the names of Authors are not to be revealed to Reviewers and vice versa. The members of the Editorial Staff do not recruit Reviewers from among people who are professionally subordinate to Authors of the texts or who maintain some other personal relationships with them (provided that the Editorial Staff knows about such relationships).
Without the consent of the Authors, members of the Editorial Staff may not cite, quote or otherwise refer to the content of articles that have not yet been published.
Editorial decisions – the Reviewer has to support the Editorial Staff in their decisions about the publication of an article.
Timeliness – the Reviewer is to declare whether they can complete the review within the deadline set by the Editorial Staff. In case the Reviewer decides that they cannot complete a review within the specified deadline, they should notify the Editorial Staff about the potential delay.
Objectivity – reviews must be written in an objective way. Personal criticism of the Author is considered inappropriate. Reviewers are required to support their views with appropriate scientific arguments. Reviewers’ remarks should be constructive and to the point.
Confidentiality versus transparency and conflicts of interest – the content of a review should be treated as a confidential document. Information obtained from a review cannot be used for personal gain.
Verification of sources – the Reviewer must inform the Editorial Staff of any suspicion of copyright infringement in the reviewed text and pay attention to shortcomings or errors in the footnotes.
Appropriate attribution of authorship – authorship should be limited only to those who contributed to an article significantly. People who contributed to an article to a lesser extent should be listed as collaborators in the endnotes.
Disclosure of funding sources – the Author is obliged to disclose all the sources of funding for projects in their paper, as well as any contributions of research institutions, associations, and other entities.
Conflict of interest – it is a duty of the Author to disclose conflicts of interest that may affect the results and interpretation of their work.
Ghostwriting and quest authorship - the Editorial Staff believes that “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship” constitute academic dishonesty. Every such case, once discovered, will be exposed and met with consequences – including sending notifications to relevant parties (institutions that employ the Author, scientific societies, etc.).
“Ghostwriting” is considered to occur when someone who has made a significant contribution to a publication does not reveal themselves as one of the Authors, or their role is not mentioned in the publication’s acknowledgement section.
“Guest authorship” is considered to occur when an Author’s contribution is slight or, in extreme cases, equal to zero, and yet their name appears in the heading of the article.
Providing data – if Authors are requested to provide unprocessed data used in the paper submitted for publication, they are obliged to comply.
Multiple publications – the Editorial Staff considers it unethical and impermissible to submit the same paper simultaneously to more than one journal.
Originality, plagiarism, and verification of sources – Authors are only allowed to submit original papers to the journal. The paper should, by way of citations and footnotes, identify the sources that influenced the article submitted for publication. Authors must make sure that the names of the cited authors are correctly mentioned in the paper. Authors may not use confidential information without the consent of relevant authorities.
The Editorial Staff is obliged to document any instances of scientific dishonesty, especially breaches and violations of ethical principles in science.
All submitted articles are screened for plagiarism using Similarity Check service (powered by iThenticate) before the review process to ensure high quality of the published papers. If plagiarism has been detected, the paper will be rejected. <