International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal

The Journal of University of Lodz

Editor In Chief: Krystyna Kujawinska Courtney
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International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal (IS) is a learned journal devoted to political and cultural studies in the international context. We hope that all scholars specializing in these fields will find our journal a valuable resource, and that it will also have a broader appeal to academics working in such areas as social studies as well as international relations. It is one of the first journals of this kind, not only in Poland but in Central and Eastern Europe, but its scope is not limited to the region; on the contrary, we aim at bringing to our readers the most interesting perspectives and voices of opinion about current global issues and the most topical and innovative research in the area of international, cultural and political studies. That is why the IS publishes essays that vary in focus and methodology. In pursuit of the goal of continued excellence, we have inevitably been dependent on the contributions of our colleagues working in other disciplines, such as philosophy, literature or anthropology.

The IS has generated a worldwide interest, and we have received good quality submissions from all over the world. We collect and publish articles to special thematic issues, but we also accept proposals which are not connected with our current call for papers. While editing most of such non-thematic issues, the operation of singling out articles form the pool of submissions has unfailingly revealed some surprising connections, which in another age might have elicited a Baudelairean awe of correspondence.

The journal’s content consists of two permanent parts: "Articles" and "Book Reviews," but we also welcome the readers’ comments and observations in the form of "Letters to the Editor" which present responses to the articles published in the IS. We hope that more contributions will also come, less formally, in the form of ideas for special issues or new features, along with information about new work, exciting new methodologies, and conference announcements, defined as broadly as possible. We are eager for such suggestions and wholeheartedly invite all our prospective contributors and readers to give us the benefit of his/her creative thinking about the future of our journal.

My mission as the editor is a clear one – to secure and maintain the IS's reputation as one of the preeminent journals of international cultural and political studies. It is a goal that I hope to achieve with the generous support of the Editorial Board. Yet, a task's clarity does not necessary make it easier to accomplish. It is my intention to avoid complacency either about the intellectual quality of our journal or, no less important, about what makes an article right for us to publish. One danger here is that we could miss a groundbreaking study or – more likely – an innovative but still speculative and risky new idea. I hope that anticipating such dangers will help to avoid them, especially if this editorial foreword can serve as a public announcement the IS intends to constantly expand its intellectual horizons, to redefine its scholarly profile, and to be bold on behalf of new forms of scholarly excellence. We will attempt never to lose our focus on international studies, but what "international studies" is, means and does in these first years of the new century has itself been part of the revolution in our field of scholarly endeavours.

Why subscribe and read

  • The IS journal publishes high-quality peer-reviewed articles from various fields form humanities and social sciences.
  • All papers concern topical affairs in culture and politics.
  • IS journal is interdisciplinary—it is dedicated to building bridges and creating synergies between different areas of scholarship, such as international relations, communication, anthropology, social and political geography, philosophy, literature, cultural studies, journalism, and mass media studies.
  • IS journalprovides state-of-the-art research in those fields.

Why submit

  • The journal has international circulation.
  • It is an effective channel for fast and far-reaching dissemination of research results.
  • The reviewing and editing process is very swift.
  • The contributors include scholars form many countries all over the world.
  • The contributors can count on fast and constructive double blind peer-review by experts.
  • The IS has been highly assessed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and has a reputation of a leading journal in political and cultural scholarship.

Rejection Rate

  • 32%

Similarity Check Plagiarism Screening System

The editorial board is participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.

Detailed description of the Similarity Check System can be found at:

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Instructions for authors

Please use this section as a guideline for preparing your article for submission. This set of guidelines (updated October 2012) replaces all previously issued guidelines. Please make sure that you consider all of the following points before you submit your article. If there is doubt about the standard to be used, please note that we will be using the 2009 edition of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

We only accept texts written in English. We do not cover the costs of translating articles from other languages into English.
Texts should include:

  • the title of the article,
  • the author's name
  • institutional identification,
  • the address of this institution,
  • and the author’s e-mail address.

Essays should not exceed 5.000 words (20 A4 pages) including tables and references; announcements and reviews should be no longer than 2. 500 words (10 A4 pages). All texts should be edited using Times New Roman 12 p., line spacing 11/2.

Manuscripts should be delivered either as hard copy (with an electronic version included on a CD) or online, via e-mail as an attachment. Contributors are also expected to supply at the beginning of their article

  • an abstract (of not more than 100 words),
  • maximum 10 keywords,
  • and (in a separate attachment or file) their biographical blurb (150 words).

In the manuscript the title should precede the author's name, affiliation, full institutional address information and the author’s e-mail address (everything bold, centered, an initial capital for each major word capitalized).

All tables and illustrations should be titled and numbered. Author's explanatory notes should be numbered consecutively and placed underneath as footnotes, not at the end of the manuscript (please keep all notes to a minimum).

Works cited, should correspond to the MLA format, and should be included after the main body of the manuscript. Submissions that do not conform to the MLA style sheet requirements will not be considered for publication.

International Studies Style Sheet

Main stylistic points:

1. Abbreviations are expressed without full stops (e.g. USA).

2. Bold is restricted to essay titles and subheadings.

3. Essay subheadings have an initial capital for each major word and are unnumbered.

4. Italics are used for titles of books, journals, newspapers, films, plays, etc. Italics are also used for foreign words also for emphasis where necessary.

5. Spelling: British English.

6. Dashes: Unspaced em dashes—are used for parenthetical comments.

7. Dates in the body of the text: February 18, 2011.

8. Foreign language words or phrases: accompanied by a translation in brackets. Book titles and article titles in a foreign language are accompanied by translation in square brackets.

9. Hyphenation: we use “worldwide,” “postwar” and “postcolonial” but “socio-political,” “anti-terrorist.”

10. Numbers that begin a sentence are spelled out (e.g. eighty percent).

11. Percent: written as % but spelled out in the beginning of a sentence.

12. Numbersof centuries are spelled out (e.g. twentieth century)

13. Elision of numbers: we use 135-36 not 135-136. This does not apply to teens or when the first number ends in zero (40-43 rather than 40-3).

14. Omission of text: shown by an ellipsis. The form is . . . with a character space on either side. If a sentence ends before the ellipsis a full stop follows it without a space. . . . Then the rest of the ellipsis is spaced as already stated.

15. Quotation marks: we use double curly quotation marks. Single quotation marks only for quotes within quotes. MLA: “By convention, commas and periods that directly follow quotations go inside the closing quotation marks, but a parenthetical reference should intervene between the quotation and the required punctuation. . . . All other punctuation marks--such as semicolons, colons, question marks, and exclamation points--go outside a closing quotation mark, except when they are part of the quoted material.”

16. Parenthesis: The full stop goes inside if the parenthesis forms an independent sentence (and outside if it is part of a sentence).

17. The names of publishers are spelled out (Oxford University Press rather than OUP).

18. We use English spelling for foreign geographical names.

19. Margins: 2.5 centimeters all around.

20. Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks.

21. Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively (at the bottom, the right-hand corner).

22. Indent the first line of paragraphs one 1.5 cm from the left margin.

23. Works Cited - the heading centered and in bold.

In-text citations:

Publications are referred to in the text in one of the forms shown below.

1. If the author's name occurs in the sentence only the page number is given in parentheses.

2. If the name does not occur naturally in the sentence, both the author’s surname and page number are given in parentheses e.g. (Austin 17).

3. If you refer to two several books by the same author, please use the author’s surname followed by coma, then the title of the work you are referring to and page number e.g. (Austin, Sense and Sensibility 17).

4. If the author refers to a source quoted in another work, he/she should provide information on secondary source by using the abbreviation “qtd. in” and list the work used in the works cited.

5. A short quotation of less than 4 lines may be included in the body of the text in quotation marks, but if it is longer block quotations indented from the left margin (use Tab) should be used instead.

6. Web documents should be cited using the title in parenthesis. If the source includes fixed page numbers (not page numbers of a printout) or section numbering (e.g. paragraphs), the relevant numbers should be cited.

Works Cited (examples):

books and chapters form books:

Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. Ed. Claudia Johnson. New York: Norton, 2001.

Bourdieu, Pierre, and Jean-Claude Passeron. Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture. London: Sage, 1977.

Friedman, T. L. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2005.

Follett, Ken. Lie Down with Lions. New York: Signet, 1986.

-----. The Pillars of the Earth. New York: Signet, 1990.

Scholte, J. A. “The Globalization of World Politics.” The Globalization of World Politics. An Introduction to International Relations. Eds. J. Baylis, S. Smith, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

journal articles:

Sewerynski, M. “Legal Countermeasures Against Unemployment in Poland During Political System Transformation.” International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal 1 (2000): 51-62.

Kelley, Klara and Harris Francis. “Traditional Navajo Maps and Wayfinding.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 29.2 (2005): 85-111.

online article:

Kaplan, N. “E-Literacies: Politexts, Hypertexts, and Other Cultural Formations in the Late Age of Print.” Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine, 2.3 (March, 1995): 1-4. Web. 14 May 2004 <>.

TV programs, series:

Blair, Tony. Interview. Six O’clock News. BBC1. 29 Feb. 1997.

film, video:

Macbeth. Dir. Orson Welles. Film. Republic Pictures, 1948.

Birds in the Garden. Video. London: Harper Videos, 1998.

Reference works:

Bergman, Peter G. “Relativity.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Vol. 26. 15th ed. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998. 501–508.

IS publishing policy:

Manuscripts submitted must not be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal. The authors must submit a statement about the originality of his/her article, which must be signed and posted to the IS Journal Office. Or goal is to eliminate ghostwriting and guest authorship practices i.e. situations, in which the real author/major contributor has not been acknowledged, or, conversely, there are, among the contributors, people whose involvement was minimal or none. We consider such practices unethical, as they undermine the credibility of the entire publication system. All cases of ghostwriting and guest authorship will be disclosed and reported to the institutions, where the suspect authors are affiliated. Upon acceptance of an article, author(s) will be asked to transfer the copyright.

Please submit your manuscripts to International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal via email to:

Krystyna Kujawińska Courtney, University of Lodz, POLAND

Advisory Board
Krzysztof Batorowicz, University of South Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Reghina Dascal, University of Timisoara, ROMANIA
Samrat Laskar, University of Kalyani, INDIA
Tomasz Domański, University of Lodz, POLAND
Marek Dziekan, University of Lodz, POLAND
Christoph Hauswitschka, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, GERMANY
Stefan Hojelid, Linnaeus University, SWEDEN
Robert Łoś, University of Lodz, POLAND
Elżbieta H. Oleksy, University of Lodz, POLAND
Gesine Palmer, Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg, GERMANY
Jurgen Pieters, University of Gent, BELGIUM
Małgorzata Pietrasiak, University of Lodz, POLAND
Eugeniusz Ponczek, University of Lodz, POLAND
Andrzej Sepkowski, University of Lodz, POLAND
Alicja Stępień-Kuczyńska, University of Lodz, POLAND
Magdalena Śniadecka-Kotarska, University of Lodz, POLAND
Donald L. Wallace, Central Missouri State University, USA
Adi Wimmer, University of Klagenfurt, AUSTRIA

Language Editor
Michael Fleming

Technical Editor
Zdzisław Gralka

International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal
Faculty of International Studies and Politology
Department of British and Commonwealth Studies

University of Lodz
ul. Narutowicza 59a
90-131 Lodz, Poland

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T: +48 22 701 50 15