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Author Guidelines

  1. “The Person and the Challenges: The Journal of Theology, Education, Canon Law and Social Studies Inspired by Pope John Paul II” welcomes scientifically valid, unpublished works in the following areas: theology, education, canon law and social studies and other related disciplines. The journal also publishes reports from important conferences and book reviews.
  2. “The Person and the Challenges” accepts contributions written in English, German, Spanish, Italian and French. The texts will be published in both a printed paper form and a digital version (PDF format) on the journal internet web.
  3. Authors of articles are required to provide their ORCID numbers (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) upon submitting their manuscripts. This number will be presented by the author’s name and affiliation. Submissions of authors who do not provide their ORCID numbers will not be accepted for publication.
  4. Texts published in the languages mentioned above should also provide an English version of: the title, keywords and abstract.
  5. Contributions should be submitted in .doc, .docx (MS Word)  format either as an e-mail attachment or on a CD. Graphics should be provided as separate TIFF, EPS, JPEG, PDF, PNG files with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
  6. Texts should be submitted in an unambiguous, clear and final form, ready for publication and corrected by the appropriate native speaker.
  7. The editors will provide a response indicating acceptance or refusal of the text within three months. Texts will be reviewed by subject specialists.
  8. The article should have section titles written in Arabic numerals. Footnotes with raised Arabic numerals, are to be inserted at the bottom of pages and not at the end of the article. A short list of references (5–20 publications) should be included at the end of the article. All acronyms and initials should be spelled out first before subsequent use
  9. References to books and articles used in footnotes should be given as follows:
    For Books:
    • J. Stala, Familienkatechese in Polen um die Jahrhundertwende. Probleme und Herausforderungen, Tarnów 2008, Biblos.
    • E. Osewska, J. Stala (eds.), Religious Education/Catechesis in the Family. A European Perspective, Warszawa 2010, UKSW.
    For Articles:
    • F. Pajer, L’educare e il credere tra vecchie e nuove utopie, “The Person and the Challenges” 1 (2011) 1, pp. 89–98.
    • P. Kieran, Family and Faith-Formation: Some Perspectives from the Irish Context, in: E. Osewska, J. Stala (eds.), Religious Education/Catechesis in the Family. A European Perspective, Warszawa 2010, UKSW, pp. 195–211.
    • (06.04.2011).
  10. The editorial board reserves the right to ask for revisions of style or corrections in order to ensure a standard methodological format.
  11. Reliability in science is one of the cornerstones of quality. For this reason, the editors of “The Person and the Challenges” thank the authors for their honest and ethical stance regarding the creation of work which is solely theirs and expect them to disclose the work or influence of others in the appropriate footnotes. According to the editorial staff “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship” is a manifestation of scientific misconduct, and any detected cases will be exposed, including notification of their respective owners.
  12. The obligatory guidelines for the reviewing procedures were published on 28 November 2011 by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. Some basic principles in reviewing the publications in “The Person and the Challenges”:
    a) Each article is rated “initially” by the editorial team, and then by at least two independent reviewers according to the “double-blind review process”;
    b) At least one of the reviewers is affiliated with an institution other than the nationality of the author’s text;
    c) The review is prepared in writing according to the form set out on the website of the journal. The censors then confirm their approval or rejection of the text for publication.
  13. The author will receive a copy of the journal in which their text is published.
  14. Submissions should be sent to:
    “The Person and the Challenges: The Journal of Theology, Education, Canon Law and Social Studies Inspired by Pope John Paul II”
    ul. Piłsudskiego 6
    33-100 Tarnów



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.

  1. The manuscript has not been published in the past in printed and/or electronic form in any other periodical or monograph in Poland or any other country.
  2. The manuscript has not been submitted to any other periodical or monograph in Poland or any other country.
  3. The manuscript is not in review by any other editorial staff.
  4. The manuscript has been prepared with professional and intellectual input of all its authors.
  5. The work has been performed exclusive of any conflict of interest between its authors and other institutions, businesses or organisations, and if any such conflict of interest (e.g. a commercial source of funding) exists, a relevant statement has been made in the appropriate section of the work.
  6. I, the author, hereby represent that this declaration is made with full awareness of the legal and ethical ramifications of an attestation of untruth. I understand that the editorial staff and the publisher reserve the right to verify the authenticity of the manuscript I have submitted and to immediately reject it should the above principles be violated. I understand that in the case of such violation the editorial staff and the publisher have the right to notify the author's superior, indicating the extent of such violation.

Copyright Notice

The author declares that he or she has full copyright to the work, and such copyright it is not limited to the extent applicable to this declaration, that the article is an original work and that it does not infringe any third-party rights.

The author agrees to a free-of-charge, non-exclusive and non-restricted use of the work by Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow i.e.:

  • to record and duplicate: make copies of the work by means of printing, reprography, magnetic or digital storage;
  • to circulate the original or the copies of the work (disseminate, lend or lease the original or copies thereof, publicly display, screen or make the work publicly available so that everyone is able to access it at the time and in place they wish to do so);
  • to include the work in a compilation;
  • the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow may grant sublicenses  Creative Commons Acknowledgement of authorship-Non-commercial use-Without derivative work 3.0 Poland

The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow makes the work available on the Journals Platform belonging to the University, according to the licence Creative Commons Acknowledgement of authorship-Non-commercial use-Without derivative work 3.0 Poland. Accordingly, the author authorises all interested parties to use the work on the following conditions:

  • the author and the title of the work will be listed,
  • the place of publication (name of the periodical and an Internet link to the originally published work),
  • the work will be distributed in a non-commercial way,
  • no derivative works will be created.

 The UPJPII Press does not waive any of its copyrights to any target group.


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