For authors

Submission guidelines:

1.1 The journal “The Transformation of Private Law” publishes academic articles focusing on changes in the field of private law. Articles should address issues selected strictly on the basis of merit, especially they should not present „selected problems”.

1.2 The editorial board accepts proposals on a continuous basis. Consecutive issues of the journal consisting of at least three articles are published every three months at the end of each quarter of the year. All the issues are published in the digital and printed form, with printed form serving as the basic medium.

Submitting text proposals:

2.1 The text proposals should be submitted to the editorial board email: in a .doc or .docx file.

2.2 The text submitted to the editorial board should include following information:
a) name and surname of the author(s)
b) affiliations of the author(s)
c) information about the author(s) including DOI number (published in the article’s annotations in a form of an asterisk)
c) the title of the article in Polish
d) the title of the article in English
e) an abstract of the article in English
f) keywords in Polish
g) keywords in English
h) references placed directly under the submitted article and formatted according to the guidelines available on the website

2.3 Following items should be appended to the submitted text:
a) a declaration that the paper is an own work product, that all the persons meeting the criteria of its authorship have been listed, and it has never been published before and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere
b) a completed form including information listed in 2.2 and authors’ personal information (address of residence, telephone number and email address)

Publishing conditions:

3.1 Publishing a text in the „The Transformation of Private Law” Journal as well as submitting it for a review process is free of charge.

3.2 The author(s) are not entitled to remuneration neither for publication nor for the transfer of the copyrights. They are entitled to receive one author copy of the Journal.

3.3 All authors are obliged to transfer to Jagiellonian University in Kraków copyrights to the submitted article and a consent to process their personal data before their paper is published in the journal.

Initial review:

  1. The editorial board follows the principle of the equality of the authors. The editorial board can reject a paper without reviewing it only when:
    a) it does not meet the criteria of a scientific article,
    b) it covers topics unrelated the subject of the journal,
    c) it its submitted by a member of the editorial or programme board or by a person whose personal or professional connection with the member of the editorial or programme board may affect the publishing or reviewing process. Should such an article be accepted members of the editorial and programme boards whose engagement may arise concern about conflict of interests will be excluded from the reviewing and publish process.

Peer-review process:

  1. Papers are reviewed according to the reviewing procedure. Papers submitted without necessary form will not be reviewed and they will not be submitted for independent external peer review:
    a) minimum two independent external reviewers with at least Doctor of Law degree are appointed for review of each papuer. They are not affiliated with the Jagiellonian University in Kraków nor with the university the author is affiliated with.
    b) the identities of both reviewers and authors are concealed from each other throughout the reviewing process (double-blind review process).
    c) guidelines used for the reviewing process provide that in addition to giving the author the most important notes on the content of the article the paper should be classified into one of the following categories:
  • negative review: the paper is not eligible for publication
  • negative with the condition of revision: the paper may be eligible for publication if it undergoes major modifications
  • positive with the condition of revision: the paper is eligible for publication but requires minor modifications
  • positive review: the paper is eligible for publication
    d) if a paper receives two reviews with one being positive and the other negative it is submitted to a renewed reviewing process. The final decision about publishing of the article is made by the editorial board after taking into consideration the content of the reviews, author’s response to the reviews and the paper itself.

Publishing Ethics:

6.1 The editorial board of „The Transformation of Private Law” is strongly committed to the scientific integrity. Therefore any acts violating or breaching the rules of ethics in science will be documented and opposed.

6.2 Every paper submitted to the editorial board of the „The Transformation of Private Law” is evaluated by the editors and reviewers in terms of its authorship. It may be evaluated using an anti-plagiarism software.

6.3 Using works of other persons without crediting them accordingly as well as using the works to an extent that is not justified by the type of a submitted article (ex. a reporting article) is prohibited.

6.4 One of the fundamental rules of publishing academic articles is making sure that the person indicated as the author of the article is indeed the author of said work. Without limitations, the following situations should be considered as academic dishonesty:
a) ghostwriting which is a situation in which a person who contributed greatly to the article is not indicated as an author nor mentioned in the acknowledgments:
b) guest authorship (honorary authorship) which is a situation in which someone who did not contributed to the article or whose contribution was minor is indicated as an author of the article
6.5. In any of these improprieties are identified, the editorial board will notify the necessary entities, including law enforcement agencies and the disciplinary board of the scientific unit, unless a credible explanation is provided by the author.

Dispute settlements:

  1. All disputes regarding this journal should be settled amicably.
    Presented rules have been designed based in particular on:
    a) a letter written by Prof. Maciej Banach, Under-Secretary of State of Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland to editors-in-chief and publishers of scientific journals, 24 November 2011
    b) rules of review process adopted during the Editorial Board meeting on 19 January 2012, in force since 15 February 2012.
    c) rules of Committee on Publication Ethics, in particular Principles of Transparency and Best Practices in Scholarly Publishing, available at