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Author Guidelines

Acta Geologica Polonica publishes original and review papers on all aspects of basic geology, with particular focus on sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeontology, regional geology, structural geology, and regional petrography. All papers are published in English. The papers must not have 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 Editorial Office before submission.

Electronic submission: Please use the Journal website: Submissions at the Journal e-mail address ( or at the addresses of the Editors ( and are also acceptable.

Procedure: Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two referees and are not processed further until receipt of the referees’ reports.

Text: The manuscript should be written concisely in clear language (British English or American English spelling consistent throughout). The entire manuscript, including abstract, text, references, tables, figure captions and appendices should be double-spaced and left justified. Usage of a standard font (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri), 12 point only, is required. Captions to text-figures and plates should be written separately at the end of the manuscript. The manuscript should be numbered beginning with the title page. The International System of Units (SI) should be used for all units of measurement.

Title page should include: (i) title; (ii) first name(s) and surname(s) of author(s); (iii) full affiliations and address(es) of author(s) [including e-mail address(es)]; a corresponding author may be designated if required; (iv) abstract; and (v) key words (up to seven).

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

Citation of references. 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. When authorship of a taxon is being indicated, a comma should be inserted between the author’s name and the year of publication. Use ‘and’ for two authors and ‘et al.’ for more than two authors. The references should include only papers cited in the text (including those in which taxonomic names were created). All quotations must be accompanied by a page reference. Consecutive references within the same brackets should be arranged chronologically and separated by a semicolon; for those by the same author, the years should be separated by commas. References by an author that were published in the same year should be distinguished by suffixes.

In the case of references in non-congress languages, English, German or French versions of the title should be given when available, and the original language stated in square brackets at the end of the reference, e.g., [In Polish with German abstract].

The references in the reference list should be set out corresponding to the following examples:


Bogoslovsky, B.I. 1969. Devonian Ammonoids: I. Agoniatitida. Trudy Paleontologicheskogo Instituta, Akademia Nauk SSSR, 124, 1–342. [In Russian]

Ginter, M., Ivanov, A. and Lebedev, O. 2005. The revision of “Cladodusoccidentalis, a Late Palaeozoic ctenacanthiform shark. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 50, 623–631.


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

Book chapter:

Brenchley, P.J. 1990. Biofacies. In: Briggs, D.E.G. and Crowther, P.R. (Eds), Palaeobiology. A synthesis, 395-400. Blackwell Science; Oxford.

Symposium Volume:

Hauser, L. 2014. Vertebrates of the Downton Bone Bed. In: Bauert, H., Hints, O., Meidla, T. and Männik, P. (Eds), 4th Annual Meeting of IGSP 591, Estonia, 10-19 June 2014, Abstracts & Field Guide, 36. University of Tartu; Tartu.

Unpublished works:

Lozano-Francisco, M.C. 1997. Los bivalvos del Plioceno de la provincial de Málaga. Unpublished PhD Thesis, 743 pp. University of Málaga, Málaga.

Staśkiewicz, A. 2015. Lower Jurassic (Dudziniec Formation) in the Kościeliska Valley (Tatra Mts.). Unpublished MSc Thesis, 127 pp. University of Warsaw. [In Polish]

Synonymies should be ordered as follows:

1904. Serpentula tuberculifera n. sp.; Brünnich Nielsen, p. 92, pl. 1, figs 22, 23.

part 2001. Pedinocephalus peregrinus Henningsmoen, 1957; Weidner, pp. 65, 66, figs 5 (left cranidium only), 7.

In all citations and synonymy lists, the numbers of figures and plates, if originally given in Roman numerals, should be changed into Arabic numerals.

Repositories. All specimens discussed and illustrated should be assembled in collections curated by museums or educational institutions. Manuscripts referring to collections in private hands will not be accepted.

Stratigraphic terms. All chronostratigraphic and geochronologic terms should comply with the most recent International Chronostratigraphic Chart (available at

Illustrations. All illustrations (excluding plates) should be numbered in the sequence of their first reference in the text and labelled as Text-figures (abbreviated Text-fig. and Text-figs). The font size should not be smaller than 8 pt.; the line width should not be smaller than 0.2 mm. Drawings and photographic illustrations should be saved as jpg, tiffs or pdf files, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi; upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, editable versions will be required (CDR, AI, EPS, TIFF) with a minimum resolution of 400 dpi at final size, not-interpolated and not compressed at any stage. 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 must be suitable for reduction to these dimensions. Colour figures are acceptable without extra charges but authors must contact the Editorial Office before submission.

Plates: Photographic illustrations may be arranged into a full-page format (160 × 220 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, 6-8). Colour plates are acceptable without extra charges but authors must contact the Editorial Office before submission.

Tables should be numbered in the sequence of their first appearance in the text. Large tables (exceeding a single page size) are recommended to be inserted at the end of the text as Appendices (available in printed form or as on-line version only Appendices; see below).

Appendices are inserted at the end of the text and include additional data. Large appendices, exceeding 4 pages, are recommended to be available in on-line version only.


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 under consideration for publication in another journal (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.

  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

  4. A list of at least four potential reviewers, preferably from outside the author(s) country, is suggested.

  5. Non-native English authors are requested to have their text handled by a language editor prior to submission. Texts which do not meet the basic standards of written English will be rejected.

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