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Author Guidelines

Acta Geologica Polonica publishes original papers on all aspects of basic geology. These papers must have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, in entirety or in part. The articles should be of moderate length (up to 80 manuscript pages). Longer manuscripts may be accepted but authors should consult the editor before submitting these.

Electronic submission: Please use the Journal websites:

Submitting at the Journal e-mail address ( is also acceptable. Please contact the editors.

Postal submission: The electronic version of the whole manuscript, best as PDF file, on CD/DVD-ROM disc should be sent to: Editors, Acta Geologica Polonica, Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw, Al. Żwirki i Wigury 93, PL-02-089 Warszawa, Poland.

Procedure: Manuscripts are reviewed by two referees and are not precessed further until receipt of referees' reports.

Authors receive one set of proofs (together with the manuscript) from the publisher. The corrected proofs should be sent back to the Editor. If the author(s) requests significant revision at this stage (more than 5% of the text), then a financial contribution to the costs of publication will be required. The author(s) will receive 20 off-prints free of charge. Additional off-prints may be purchased and the off-print order form (sent by the publisher together with the proofs) should be returned with the corrected proofs.

All papers are published in English.

Text: The manuscript should be written concisely in clear language. The text should be double-spaced, typed in 12 points for size. Captions to text-figures and plates should be written separately at the end of the manuscript. The text should be typed in normal letters. In all citations and synonymy lists, the numbers of figures and plates, if originally given in Roman numerals, should be changed into Arabic numerals. Literature references in the text, when given in parentheses, should give the author's surname followed by the year of publication with no comma in between. Use 'and' for two authors and 'et al.' for more than two authors. The Systeme Internationale (SI) should be used for all units of measurement.

The title page should include:
i. title
ii. first name(s) and surname(s) of author(s)
iii. affiliations and address(es) of authors [include e-mail addresses]
iv. abstract v. key words

Abstracts should be concisely written and should not exceed 200 words.

References should include only papers cited in the text and should correspond to the following examples:


Trammer, J. 1989. Middle to Upper Oxfordian sponges of the Polish Jura. Acta Geologica Polonica, 39, 49-91.


Wilson, J.L. 1975. Carbonate facies in geologic history, pp. 1-471. Springer; Berlin - Heidelberg.

Book chapter:

Flügel, E. and Steiger, T. 1981. An Upper Jurassic sponge-algal buildup from the Northern Frankenalb, West Germany. In: D.F. Toomey (Ed.), European fossil reef models. SEPM Special Publication, 30, 371-397.

Symposium Volume:

Odin, G.S. 1984. Geochronology of the Jurassic time: status in 1984. In: O. Michelsen and A. Zeiss (Eds), International Symposium on Jurassic Stratigraphy, pp. 767-776. Copenhagen.

Synonymies should be ordered as follows:

1904. Serpentula tuberculifera n.sp.; K. Brünnich Nielsen, p. 92, pl. 1, figs 22-23.
part 1902. Inoceramus Cripsi var. radiosa n.var.; A. Quaas, pp. 1701-171, pl. 20, fig. 9
1891. Olcostephanus involutus Quesntedt; J. Siemiradzki, pp. 78-79.

Illustrations: All illustrations (excluding plates) should be numbered in the sequence of their first reference in the text and are labelled as Text-figures (abbreviated Text-fig.). Insertion points for illustrations and plates should be marked in the left-hand margin of the manuscript. Drawings and photographic illustrations should be saved as jpg, tiffs or pdf files, with mimumim resolution 300 dpi. Including the legend, they should either match the size of a full page (160 × 220 mm), the width of a double column (160 mm), the width of a single column (75 mm), or they must be suitable for reduction to these dimensions. Colour illustrations are acceptable.

Plates: Photographic illustrations may be arranged into a full-page format (160 × 223 mm) and are numbered separately (with Arabic numerals) as Plates (abbreviated Pl.). Photographs in one plate are numbered consecutively from left to right and from top to bottom, and each is referred to as a Figure (e.g. Pl. 1, Fig. 2 or Pl. 3, Figs 4, 5-8). The plates must match the size of the full page (160 × 223 mm) or should be suitable for reduction to these dimensions. Colour plates are acceptable without any extra charges but authors must contact the Editor before submitting the manuscript.


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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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