Guidelines and instructions to the Authors of “Studia Źródłoznawcze”

All the authors publishing in the “Studia Źródłoznawcze” are asked to follow the guidelines and instructions listed below on the form and references of the submitted texts:

  1. All texts should be submitted online, in electronic form as an attachment to an e-mail message, sent to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. The final decision on the content of the current volume is taken in May of the current year.
  3. The standard layout of a text to the sections of: “Dissertations”, “Materials”, “Reviews”, and “Discussions”, is as follows: first and family names of the author, together with his/her place of affiliation (if employed in the units of research studies) or town (if without employment, PhD students and graduate students). All should be written in sentence case, not capitalised.
  4. Next, the full title of the paper should be written, followed by: an abstract (a short characteristic of the text of no more than 400–700 words to summarise the principal points of the study. The abstract should not contain references, figures, or tables); keywords (maximum 5 to 7 key words in Polish and English should be mentioned below Abstract). The paper should be supplemented by a summary, no longer than one standard page of typewriting (up to 1800 characters with spaces), in Polish with an indication to what language it is to be translated (or already in the target language). The summary cannot be limited to a mere description of the content, as it should also cover the result of the analysis, the main conclusions and methodology, which should give a clear but concise description of the process of the study.

To the articles and texts listed in the point 3 a short note about the author in Polish and English (not more than 500 characters including spaces) should be included, with a full address of the primary place of employment and the current e-mail address. These data are necessary in accordance with regulations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The text should be followed by a select bibliography with the most important and most recent literature on the subject referred to in the study. First, there should be a list of sources (source editions), and then literature. Please, do not separate the individual items with full stops. In the case of articles and collective works, the page range of the article should be included, as in the example no. 10 below.

  1. Quotations should be written in quotation marks and not italicised. In the case of quotations from unpublished sources or source annexes the authors should follow: publishing guidelines by Adam Wolff (St. Źródł., 1, 1957: 155–181) for medieval and — if need be — early modern texts. I n the case of sources from the nineteenth and twentieth century standard guidelines for the text of the period in question should be followed; or the author could write his/her own guidelines and instruction (which is also possible for older source texts).
  2. The review’s heading has to include, in this order: first and family names (in full form) of the author of the reviewed publication, its title and subtitle (as in the title page); in the case of many authors: the title, first and family names of the editor; next — in the case of multivolumed publication — the number of volumes or parts (in Arabic numerals), and then: the publisher, place and year of the publication, and the number of numbered pages, unnumbered leaves, and of illustrations. In relevant cases the title and volume number of the publication series should be given, separated by comma, before the publishers’ name. In reviews we capitalise such terms as: the Author, and Editor, when they refer to the author or editor of the reviewed text. The first and family names of the author of the review article should be placed under the article, aligned to the right. Reviews articles and discussions should have their titles, and the full bibliographic references should be given in the first footnote.

Examples of bibliographic references of reviewed texts:

Zenon Piech, Monety, pieczęcie i herby w systemie symboli władzy Jagiellonów, Wydawnictwo DiG, Warszawa 2003, pp. 365, 1 nlb., il. 83.

Kolektarz wawelski sprzed 1526 roku świadek liturgii Kościoła krakowskiego w XV, XVI i XVII wieku, ed. X. Szymon Fedorowicz, Monumenta Sacra Polonorum, vol. 3, Polska Akademia Umiejętności, Kraków 2007, pp. 478, il. 24.

  1. We use and leave unexplained common abbreviations (such as: e.g., i.a., etc., ca.), and, in general: c. (century) — others – as little as possible, when necessary. The names of the months we write as numbers in Roman numerals, when the full date is given (without separating full stops), in other cases we write the name of the month (15 VII 1410; 16 July; in July 1410).
  2. Notes should be numbered consecutively and have the form of footnotes at the bottom of the page. The footnote mark should be put before the full stop ending the sentence (except when after the abbreviation with a full stop), or before commas in the middle of a sentence (except when the footnote has to be inserted between words which are not separated with a comma). After each footnote there should be the full stop. Footnotes in reviews and review article should be used according to the same guidelines as in other scholarly articles. But we may insert page numbers of the reviewed text in square brackets in the main text.
  3. In footnotes authors should use abbreviations according to the list included below. Titles of books and articles should be italicised; the titles of periodicals are written in roman letters (not italicised) in quotation marks (except for abbreviated titles which are written without quotation marks); titles of publication series — in roman letters without quotation marks. The title of an article published in collectively authored books should be separated with a comma, followed by — in: (without brackets). Volumes, numbers of the periodical issue, and their parts and other publications should be given in Arabic numerals, and their authors’ names – in normal type, not spaced-out. In case of the authors referred to in the text, their first name should be given in full only for the first occurrence, in the rest of cases we use only an initial; in footnotes – an initial of the first name; this applies also to shortened reference notes.
  4. At first mention in the notes, each referred work should be provided with a full bibliographic description, while further mentions should be indicated by the author’s initial of his/her first name, family name and the shortened title without a suspension points,

for example, first-time occurrence: W. Abraham, Organizacja Kościoła w Polsce do połowy wieku XII, Poznań 1962, p. 98-103,

next: W. Abraham, Organizacja Kościoła, p. 117-120;

or: B. Kürbisówna, Żywot bł. Salomei jako źródło historyczne, in: Studia historica. W 35-lecie pracy naukowej Henryka Łowmiańskiego, Warszawa 1958, p. 145-154,

then: B. Kürbisówna, Żywot bł. Salomei, p. 150.

Note: We do not use: op. cit., ibidem. When a note refers to the same work as the previous note, we use ibid. (an abbreviation of the Latin word ibidem, which means “in the same place”). If the pages are the same, no number is necessary. When different works by the same author are cited in the same or consecutive footnotes, we use id. (an abbreviation of the Latin word idem, which means “the same as previously mentioned”).

Examples of references to an article published in periodicals:

A. Gieysztor, Społeczeństwo i państwo pierwszych Piastów wobec chrystianizacji, “Nasza Przeszłość”, 69, 1988, p. 11-22.

A. Gieysztor, Syntezy, kompendia i pomoce historiografii polskiej w ostatnim półwieczu, Kwart. Hist., 94, 1987, no. 1, p. 243-253.

An example of a reference to an article in a collection of essays:

G. Labuda, Księżna Dobrawa i książę Mieszko jako rodzice chrzestni Polski piastowskiej, in: Scriptura custos memoriae. Prace historyczne, ed. D. Zydorek, Poznań 2001, p. 3 f.

An example of a reference to a source edition:

Miracula venerabilis patris Prandotae episcopi Cracoviensis, ed. W. Kętrzyński, in: MPH, vol. 4, Lwów 1884, no. 8, p. 452 f.

An example of a reference to a book published in a series:

Rejestry gospód w Krakowie z lat 1632 i 1649, ed. K. Follprecht, Fontes Cracovienses, vol. 11, Kraków 2005.

An example of an entry published in the PSB (Polish Biographical Dictionary):

W. Dworzaczek, R. Świętochowski, Okolski Szymon, in: PSB, vol. 23, Wrocław 1978, p. 679-691.

In the same way we refer to articles in encyclopaedias, lexicons etc.

  1. When referring to source editions, we use the abbreviations listed at the end of each volume of “Studia Źródłoznawcza”. In cases when there is no abbreviation of the edition referred to, and the reference is made repeatedly, we make an abbreviation at the first reference, giving it in square brackets after the word: “hereafter”,

for example: Korespondencja żupnika krakowskiego Mikołaja Serafina z lat 1437-1459, ed. W. Bukowski, T. Płóciennik, A. Skolimowska, Kraków 2006 [hereafter: Korespondencja żupnika], no. 27.

  1. When referring to texts accessible on the Internet and the World WideWeb, we use the following style:
  2. H. Rutkowski, Mapy Karola Perthéesa, <> [access: 28.03.2014]
  1. We accept only original texts that present new results of independent research. Texts submitted to “Studia Źródłoznawcze” must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere, either in whole or in part. Any closely related works submitted for consideration in other publications (e.g. in a shortened version, in a translation to another language, or on the Internet) should be noted and the author has to provide a copy for evaluation by the Editorial Board.


List of abbreviations


Archives and archival collections:

AA — Archiwum Archidiecezjalne / Archdiocesan Archives

AD — Archiwum Diecezjalne / Diocesan Archives [e.g.: AD Płock]

AGAD — Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych / The Central Archives of Historical Records

AN – Archiwum Narodowe / The National Archives

AP — Archiwum Państwowe / State Archives [e.g.: AP Poznań]

MK — Metryka Koronna in AGAD / The Crown Register kept in AGAD

ML — Metryka Litewska / The Lithuanian Register


BCzart. — Biblioteka Czartoryskich / The Princes Czartoryski Library

BJ — Biblioteka Jagiellońska / The Jagiellonian Library

BKórn. — Biblioteka PAN w Kórniku / The Kornik Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences

BN — Biblioteka Narodowa / The National Library (of Poland)

BOss. — Biblioteka Zakładu Narodowego im. Ossolińskich / Ossoliński National Institute Library

BPAU/PAN – Biblioteka Naukowa Polskiej Akademii Umiejętności i Polskiej Akademii Nauk w Krakowie / The Academic Library of the Polish Academy of Learning and the Polish Academy of Sciences

Important source editions:

AGZ — Akta grodzkie i ziemskie / [Municipal and Land Registers

Bull. Pol. — Bullarium Poloniae

CDMas. — Codex diplomaticus et commemorationum Masoviae generalis

CDSil. — Codex diplomaticus Silesiae

DKuj. Maz. — Dokumenty kujawskie i mazowieckie przeważnie z XIII wieku / Documents from Kujavia and Mazovia, mainly from the thirteenth century

CDUJ — Codex diplomaticus Universitatis studii generalis Cracoviensis

  1. epist. XV — Codex epistolaris saeculi decimi quinti

KDKK — Kodeks dyplomatyczny katedry krakowskiej św. Wacława / Diplomatic Codex of St Wenceslaus’ Cathedral Church in Cracow

KDm.K — Kodeks dyplomatyczny miasta Krakowa / Diplomatic Codex of the City of Cracow

KDMaz. — Kodeks dyplomatyczny Księstwa Mazowieckiego / Diplomatic Codex of the Duchy of Mazovia

KDMłp. — Kodeks dyplomatyczny Małopolski / Diplomatic Codex of Little Poland

KDPol. — Kodeks dyplomatyczny Polski / Diplomatic Codex of Poland

KDŚl. — Kodeks dyplomatyczny Śląska / Diplomatic Codex of Silesia

KDWlkp. — Kodeks dyplomatyczny Wielkopolski / Diplomatic Codex of Great Poland

MGH — Monumenta Germaniae Historica

MGH SS — Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores

Migne PL — J. P. Migne, Patrologiae cursus completus, Series Latina

MPH — Monumenta Poloniae Historica

MPH s.n. — Monumenta Poloniae Historica, series nova

MPV — Monumenta Poloniae Vaticana

MRPS — Matricularum Regni Poloniae summaria

NKDMaz. — Nowy kodeks dyplomatyczny Mazowsza / New Diplomatic Codex of Mazovia

Schl. UB — Schlesisches Urkundenbuch

UdR. Spisy — Urzędnicy dawnej Rzeczypospolitej XII–XVIII wieku. Spisy / Officials in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 12th to 18th century. Registers

VL — Volumina legum

ZDMłp. — Zbiór dokumentów małopolskich / Collection of Documents from Little Poland

Important publication series and continuing publications:

AKH — Archiwum Komisji Historycznej / Archives of the Commission on History

AKP — Archiwum Komisji Prawniczej / Archives of the Commission on Law

PSB — Polski słownik biograficzny / Polish Biographical Dictionary

RAU whf — Rozprawy (Polskiej) Akademii Umiejętności. Wydział Historyczno–Filozoficzny / Dissertations of the (Polish) Academy of Learning. Faculty of Philosophy and History

SPPP — Starodawne prawa polskiego pomniki / Monuments of Polish Ancient Law

Important historical periodicals:

Czas. Pr. Hist. — „Czasopismo Prawno–Historyczne” / “The Journal of Law and History”

Kwart. HKM — „Kwartalnik Historii Kultury Materialnej” / “The Quarterly History of Material Culture”

Kwart. Hist. — „Kwartalnik Historyczny” / “The Historical Quarterly”

Mies. Herald. — „Miesięcznik Heraldyczny” / “The Heraldic Monthly”

Przegl. Hist. — „Przegląd Historyczny” / “The Historical Review”

Rocz. Herald. — „Rocznik Towarzystwa Heraldycznego we Lwowie”/„Rocznik Polskiego Towarzystwa Heraldycznego” / “The Yearbook of the Polish Heraldry Society in Lwow”/ “The Polish Heraldry Society Yearbook”

Rocz. Hist. — „Roczniki Historyczne” / “The Yearbooks of History”

Sobótka — „Śląski Kwartalnik Historyczny Sobótka” / “The Silesian Historical Quarterly Sobótka”

St. Hist. — „Studia Historyczne” / “The Historical Studies”

St. Źrodł. — „Studia Źródłoznawcze” / “The Studies in Source Criticism”

Zap. Hist. — „Zapiski Historyczne” / “The Historical Records”

Zap. TNT — „Zapiski Towarzystwa Naukowego w Toruniu” / “The Records of the Scientific Society in Torun”

Other abbreviations:

bearb. — bearbeitet von

cap. — capitulum

cat. no. — catalogue number

col. — column

  1. — edidit, editor, editorial board
  2. — and the following (e.g.: p. 22 f.)

fasc. — fasciculum

  1. — footnote

fol. — folio

hrsg. — herausgegeben von

  1. — illustration

lib. — liber

  1. — microfilm

mpr. — typescript

ms — manuscriptum

nlb. — unnumbered pages

  1. — issue, number
  2. — original
  3. — page, pagina
  4. — pages

r — recto

repr. — reprint

sign. — archival reference number

v — verso

vol. — volume, volumen