Instruction for Authors, and Review Policy

Our editorial office will not return manuscripts or other materials that have not been ordered or commissioned. All decisions made with regard to publishing a given manuscript are contingent upon the judgments made by the editorial team, and the assessment of reviewers. We reserve the right to modify or alter the titles and abridge the volume of the manuscripts submitted for printing. All our authors are requested to provide their ORCID number.

Please note that our editorial office will not accept manuscripts that have not been prepared in accordance with the Instruction for Authors. This rule also applies to the review process.
The declaration of the authenticity of the text (paper) has to be filled in, signed and scanned, and then sent (in pdf or jpg file): Contributor’s Statement
It is also possible to submit manuscripts of papers that deal with historical issues, which will be featured in the “From the History” section as well as “Reviews”.

The guidelines below provide the basic rules that have to be followed in oder to accurately prepare manuscripts to be submitted for publication in “Security. Theory and Practice” journal. Please make sure to adhere to these rules.

Formatting and editing
1. The article needs to be in Microsoft Word format (DOC or DOCX).
2. The paper’s length should not exceed a publishing sheet of approximately 20–30 thousand signs with spaces (7–10 pages A4 format) with footnotes and bibliography.
3. Font size 12 point, Times New Roman, interspace 1,5 lines, margins: left – 3,5 cm; right – 2,5 cm; top and bottom – 2,5 cm
4. Foreign language terms, expressions and titles of papers, books or other sources should be italicised. Please refrain from using bold fonts or underscores. Please use abbreviations (such as e.g., i.e., etc, and others) consistently throughout the paper.
5. The general structure of the paper: justified text, Times New Roman, font size 12 point generally, interspace 1,5 generally
– First name, last name (surname) – font size 12, bold font, left-aligned.
– Correspondence address (only for editorial board purpose)
– Paper’s title (with the translated version of the title of paper) – font size 14, bold font, left-aligned.
– Abstract in English, Polish, German, and Russian – font size 11, interspace 1, 200-250 words.
– Keywords (five to eight): English (Polish, German, Russian), font size 11, interspace 1.
– Introduction: font size 12.
– Subheadings: font size 12.
– Conclusion: font size 12.
– Bibliography: font size 12, intersection 1.

Authors should use footnotes: font size of 8–9.
In the footnotes, in order to indicate repetitions, Latin terminology should be applied: op. cit., ibidem, idem, or eadem. The address of the website referred to should be followed by the date of access.

Examples of footnotes:
o books (single author, multiple authors, no author, edited work)
H. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973.
J. Baylis, S. Smith, P. Owens, The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2007.
The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, p. 88.
R. Zięba, Cele polityki zagranicznej państwa, [in:] Wstęp do teorii polityki zagranicznej państwa, ed. R. Zięba, Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek, 2005, p. 50.

o journal articles (single author, numerous authors)
P. Wood, “Climate Change and Game Theory”, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 1219, 2011, pp. 153–170.
K. Pittel, D. Rübbelke, “Transitions in the Negotiations on Climate Change: From Prisoner’s Dilemma to Chicken and Beyond”, International Environmental Agreements, vol. 12, no. 1, 2012, pp. 23–39.

o newspapers (paperback and online issues)
A. Roth, “US says it will send troops to eastern Europe if Russia invades Ukraine”, The Guardian, 6 December 2021, p. 4.
A. Kubik, ”Do Paryża nie wjedziesz starym dieslem. Kto poczuje to w kieszeni?”, July 2019,,155287,24957051,do-paryza-nie-wjedziesz-starym-dieslem.html?disableRedirects=true [accessed: 12 November 2021].

o Internet websites (text and video resources)
CIA World Factbook: Poland, [accessed: 30 November 2019].
Assessing the risks to health from air pollution, EEA, January, 2019, [accessed: 15 November 2019].
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, YouTube, [accessed: 5 November 2019].

o Pieces of legislation
Konstytucja Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 2 kwietnia 1997 r., Dz.U. [Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland], 1997, no. 78, item 483.
Ustawa z dnia 27 kwietnia 2001 roku – Prawo ochrony środowiska [The Environmental Protection Act of 27 April 2001], Section 3, Dz.U., 2001, no. 62, item 627.

At the end of a paper, a detailed list of publications should be provided in an alphabetical order in the “Bibliography” section. If several publications by the same author have been used as reference, the items on the list of references should be arranged chronologically. Please do not number the individual bibliographical items.

Basic guidelines:

• all the items in the bibliography should not be grouped according to their types (e.g. monographs, press, Internet, etc.);
• the DOI identifier should be given (in case the publication has one); where a publication has been downloaded from the Interntet and does not have DOI, a relevant URL address ought to be provided;


Chander P., Game Theory and Climate Change, New York: Columbia University Press, 2018.

Baylis J., Smith S., Owens P., The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Grieco J., Realist International Theory and the Study of World Politics, [in:] New Thinking in International Relations Theory, eds. M. Doyle, J. Ikenberry, Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1997, pp. 163–201.

Articles in journals

Fijałkowski Ł., ”Teoria sekurytyzacji i konstruowanie bezpieczeństwa”, Przegląd Strategiczny, no. 1, 2012, pp. 34–38.

Walt S., “Alliance Formation and the Balance of World Power”, International Security, vol. 9, no. 4, 1985, pp. 3–43.

Pieces of legislation

Konstytucja Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 2 kwietnia 1997 r., Dz.U., 1997, no. 78.

Ustawa z dnia 27 kwietnia 2001 r. Prawo ochrony środowiska, Dz.U., 2001, item 627.


State of Global Air 2019 report, Health Effects Institute, Boston 2019.

The EU Emissions Trading, System in 2019: Trends and Projections, EEA, Luxembourg 2019.


Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Stay connected, 16 October 2019, [accessed: 8 November 2019].

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, Diplomatic Bluebook 2019: Japanese Diplomacy and International Situation in 2018, 17 October 2019,
page22e_000929.html [accessed: 5 November 2019].

Images, illustrations, and other visual elements
Images, drawings, charts/graphs and photographs should be sent by e-mail in a scanned form, or as an electronic file in one of the following formats: *.bmp, *.tif, or *.psd. Illustrations taken from other sources and subjected to copyright should be accompanied by relevant bibliographic information in the form of a reference to literature, placed in the caption of a given drawing.

Graphs, charts, and tables
Authors should make sure all the tables, charts and graphs are properly numbered. Please refrain from using colours in them, or shading, as the background should be transparent.
Font: headings, subheadings, and main text in the table – size 10.
Title (label)
Charts/graphs: Captions ought to be placed below charts; in the case of tables, titles should be placed above them.
The title “inside” a chart can only be applied if it introduces something new, and is not a repetition of the caption already put under the drawing.
Key to symbols: it should be used when necessary (e.g. when a visual illustrates several different data) ought to be placed in a place that does not hinder the readability of the chart.
Source: a full source must be provided under each table and chart/graph. Authors are allowed to also indicate a mention of contractual data, their own elaboration, or their own elaboration on the basis of an external source.
Additional explanations: as a rule, below a drawing (or a table), Authors should put some additional information necessary to understand its content.
Anticipation: the use of each table or chart/graph ought to be duly anticipated in the main text of the paper by means of a full-blown sentence, which allows to locate the table or graph/chart in a place that is convenient for the author and the editorial office. Below the graph/chart, it is recommended to add a brief summary.

Scientific reviews
Authors writing scientific-reviews are required to provide a scanned cover of the reviewed publication (it can be in a grey scale), as well as to include the following data in the review header: the author and title of the book (or its editor), the translator, the name of the publishing house, the place and year of publication, and the number of pages. In the case of foreign-language publications, a translation of their title is welcome.

Basic principles of reviewing publications in journals
1. At least two independent reviewers from outside a given academic unit shall be appointed to evaluate each publication.
2. The recommended solution is to adopt a model whereby the author(s) and reviewers do not know their identities (the so-called “double-blind review process”).
3. Based on other solutions, the reviewer shall sign a declaration of there being no conflict of interest; a conflict of interest is considered to occur between the reviewer and the author in the following cases:
a) direct personal relations (kinship, legal relationships, other conflicting relations),
b) relationships based of professional subordination,
c) direct scientific cooperation for the last two years preceding the preparation of the review.
4. The review must be prepared in writing and finish with an unequivocal conclusion as to whether a given paper should be allowed for publication, or rejected.
5. The rules for qualifying or rejecting publications and any review form are made public on the journal’s website, or in each issue of the journal.
6. The names of reviewers of individual publications/issues are not disclosed. Once a year, the journal shall feature a list of cooperating reviewers.

Review Form

Out of concern for academic integrity and the overall quality of published papers, the editorial board and the publishing house operate specific procedures geared towards preventing cases of ghost-writing. Both ghost-writing and guest authorship are examples of gross academic misconduct.
Ghost-writing occurs when the author (or co-author) of a publication has made a major contribution to its coming into being and yet does not reveal his/her participation as one of the legitimate authors thereof, or his/her role is not mentioned in the credits and acknowledgements section of the book.
As far as guest authorship is concerned, in spite of the fact that an individual has been mentioned as the author or co-author of a given publication, his/her actual role in the creation process is minor or none.
Please note that any identified case of ghost-writing and/or guest authorship shall be made public, and the relevant authorities will be notified without delay. In addition, all manifestations of academic misconduct will be duly documented for legal reasons.