(Studies in Law on Religion)


Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego invites submissions of original, previously unpublished research in all areas of law on religion. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and should be sent in electronic form to the journal editors.


This journal does not charge any fees for article submission, processing or publication. No honoraria are paid to authors of unsolicited papers.


The journal welcomes contributions on the status of churches and other religious organizations, and on the legal status of individuals in terms of freedom of conscience and religion. Besides research articles (also in the form of conference proceedings), Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego publishes book reviews, conference reports, case notes, legal opinions and commentaries, as well as translations and presentations of source documents.


Manuscripts submitted for publication in Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego must not infringe third-party copyrights. All authors and contributors as well as sources of funding should be disclosed. The practice of ghostwriting and ghost authorship  is regarded as scientific misconduct and violation of the research ethics principles. Any cases of such misconduct will be recorded and revealed by the editors. Originality of every submission must be confirmed by completing and signing a declaration of originality and a publishing agreement


All submissions should be saved as a Word document and delivered in electronic form through the online submission system.  


All authors are responsible for the content of their manuscripts. The editors do not verify any dates, proper names, quotations, bibliographic data, etc.

Articles should not exceed 40,000 characters (including spaces). Reviews should contain a maximum of 10,000 characters.


Submissions should include an abstract (150-300 words), a list of keywords (a minimum of 4 keywords separated by semi-colons), and a list of references (comprising only the references cited in the text). Authors should also provide their current postal address, e-mail and phone number, and supply the following information to be included in the note about the author: their academic degree or title, affiliation, place of employment, as well as their ORCID iD identifier.


Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the journal is granted the right to print it. No royalties are paid to authors. Authors receive one electronic copy of the journal with their published work. The editors do not return unsolicited material and reserve the right to edit and abridge submitted texts. All manuscripts should be proofread within two weeks of notification from the editors. If no author-corrected proofs are returned within the time frame, the necessary editorial corrections are made and the manuscript is forwarded for publication.

Detailed editorial guidelines

Manuscripts submitted in electronic form should not rely on automatic hyphenation or any other additional formatting. Articles should be internally divided into sections.


The main body of the text should be in Times New Roman 12. 1.5 line spacing and a 1.25 cm indentation for every paragraph should be used. Footnotes should be single-spaced, in Times New Roman 10.


Italics should be used for titles of publications and foreign terms. Bold type may be used for titles and parts of text that require highlighting.


Footnotes should be numbered consecutively beginning with 1. Footnote numbers (in superscript format) should be placed immediately after the preceding word, before punctuation.


Bibliographic citations and references should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (author-date system)*. The following exemplify reference list entries for selected types of publications. Examples of corresponding in-text and footnote citations are given underneath each entry.


  • books: full name(s) of the author(s), year of publication, title, volume (if applicable), place of publication and publisher. Example:

    • Doe, Norman. 2011. Law and Religion in Europe: A Comparative Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

[Doe 2011, 65]

    • Ferrari, Silvio, and Iván C. Ibán. 1997. Diritto e religione in Europa occidentale. Bologna: Il Mulino.

[Ferrari, and Ibán 1997, 34-36]

  • chapters in edited volumes: full name(s) of the author(s), year of publication, title of the chapter, title of the volume, editor(s), page numbers, place of publication and publisher. Example:

    • Sublon, Roland. 2006. “Simbolo, segno e lettera.” In I simboli religiosi tra diritto e culture, edited by Edoardo Dieni, Alessandro Ferrari, and Vincenzo Pacillo, 21-45. Milano: Giuffrè.

[Sublon 2006, 23]

  • articles: full name(s) of the author(s), year of publication, title of the article, title of the journal, volume/issue, page numbers and the DOI number (if applicable). Example:

    • Stanisz, Piotr, and Jakub Pawlikowski. 2017. “Il diritto dei medici all'obiezione di coscienza in Polonia: recenti sviluppi”. Quaderni di diritto e politica ecclesiastica 2: 459-473. DOI 10.1440/88268

[Stanisz, and Pawlikowski 2017, 463]


Two or more publications by the same author(s) should be distinguished by including lower-case letters a, b, c, etc. after the year of publication:


  • Stanisz, Piotr. 2017a. “Ochrona wolności religijnej w wymiarze indywidualnym i instytucjonalnym w postulatach Stolicy Apostolskiej i w traktatach Unii Europejskiej. Zbieżności i rozbieżności." In: Kościół a Naród i Państwo w perspektywie 1050. rocznicy Chrztu Polski. Historia i teraźniejszość, edited by Józef Krukowski, Mirosław Sitarz, and Ireneusz Dosz, 225-245. Lublin: Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL.

[Stanisz 2017a, 230]

  • Stanisz, Piotr. 2017b. “Conscientious objection of medical professionals according to Polish law and the encyclical Evangelium Vitae." In: The Value of Life. The Present Time through the Prism of St John II's Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, edited by Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik, and Krzysztof Wiak, 165-177. Warszawa: Instytut Papieża Jana Pawła II.

[Stanisz 2017b, 170]


* Authors whose texts include references to manuscripts originally written in scripts other than Latin (e.g., Cyrillic) are requested to use the Chicago Manual of Style the notes and bibliography system instead. In such cases, bibliographic citations provided in notes should contain original titles followed by their transliterations in square brackets, and a reference list should provide only transliterated titles.



Case-law/court judgments, legal acts and other documents should be cited either in the main text or in footnotes, using corresponding national or international usage. The following information should always be provided:


  • case-law/court judgments: name of the judgment, name of the court, date of the judgment, identifier number, place of publication and page numbers (if applicable).
  • legal acts: full title, date of issue and place of publication.
  • other documents: issuing authority/author (if applicable), title (if applicable), date of issue (if applicable) and place of publication (e.g., website and date of access).