The State
and the Law

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Państwo i Prawo (PiP) [The State and the Law] is the second oldest academic legal journal in Poland. Affiliated to the Committee of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the monthly has been published without interruptions since 1946. The publisher is Wolters Kluwer Polska.
The Editor-in-Chief of Państwo i Prawo and the Editorial Committee are appointed for a term by the Dean of Division I: Humanities and Social Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences upon motion of the PAS Committee of Law Studies from among outstanding lawyers, who have made great contributions to the science and practice of law in Poland. So far, the subsequent Editors-in-Chief were: prof. dr hab. Stanisław Ehrlich (1946–1967), prof. dr hab. Sylwester Zawadzki (1967–1981), prof. dr hab. Leszek Kubicki (1981–2012), and prof. dr hab. Andrzej Wróbel (since 2012).
The members of the journal’s Editorial Committee are scholars from Poland and abroad, whrepresenting all branches of law, all of whom hold at least the degree of doctor habilitatus of law. An important element of Państwo i Prawo’s tradition is the diversity and pluralism of specializations and affiliations of Editorial Committee members.

ISSN 0031-0980

Państwo i Prawo publishes exclusively original academic papers from a certain area of legal scholarship. These papers come in the form of articles, polemic articles, and commentaries on the judgments of Polish and foreign courts or tribunals. Furthermore, PiP publishes academic reviews of monographs from the field of law, as well as short reports on the most important international or Polish nationwide academic conferences. Each manuscript published in PiP is reviewed. The publications are in Polish, English, French, or German. 
Articles published in Państwo i Prawo are among the most frequently cited papers, both in other legal periodicals or monographs and in the case law of general and administrative courts, and even the Constitutional Tribunal.

The strict requirements in terms of both methodology and contents that Państwo i Prawo set for the authors, the composition of the Editorial Committee, as well as the prestige and recognition of the monthly among the Polish scholars, all contributed to it becoming one of the most important forums of academic discussion about the law throughout its history spanning over 70 years. Virtually from the time it was established, PiP has published articles on the basic issues of the philosophy and theory of law (such as the construction of the legal system, the notion of legal norm, the typology of legal norms, the validity of law, the model of applying the law, conflicts of law, and the hierarchy of sources of law). Over years, these articles gradually acquired a canonical character, becoming the basic point of reference in all areas of the Polish legal scholarship. It was in Państwo i Prawo that fundamental discussions were conducted on problems arising in connection with the entry into force and application of the 1952 Constitution, the Little Constitution of 1992, and the 1997 Constitution, which is currently in force. Moreover, starting from the 1970s, Państwo i Prawo has been the fundamental place of academic discussion on reforms of procedural and substantive criminal, administrative, and civil law. Subsequent issues contained articles which analysed the provisions of almost all Polish codes and systemic acts. Some of the discussions and polemics that took place in PiP actually brought about changes in the direction of case law of the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court, and the Constitutional Tribunal or became the impulses for subsequent reforms of Polish legislation. The examples include a group of articles on the liability in damages for unlawful activities of public authorities. In the 1990s, topics concerning the EU started to be regularly discussed in the periodical. It was Państwo i Prawo that published articles on the legal conditions for and consequences of Poland’s accession to and membership in the European Union, which were broadly discussed among academics. Another important element in the publishing tradition of the periodical is articles in the field of comparative law, mainly from the areas of constitutional, administrative, and civil law. 
The articles are written by the most renowned Polish and foreign academics and experts, including judges of the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court, the Constitutional Tribunal, the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and other international courts or tribunals.

The journal’s mission is to publish original academic articles of the highest importance both in the fields of public and private law. Just as in the oldest foreign legal periodicals, the range of topics discussed in Państwo i Prawo is broad, covering all branches of law. However, the mission of PiP is publishing articles that contain new thoughts and make a contribution to the development of legal philosophy, theory, and dogmatics. This is owed to the profile of the periodical, which is well-established among scholars, and the high requirements set for authors by PiP reviewers.
For over 50 years the journal has supported young and more experienced academics through holding an annual competition for the best doctoral and habilitation dissertations. Activities aimed at popularizing scholarship are just as important an element of the journal’s mission. These activities include holding the annual debates and lectures of Państwo i Prawa. They are attended by speakers and participants from academic centres in Poland and abroad.

Państwo i Prawo is available in numerous university libraries all over the world, including the libraries of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg; the European University Institute in Florence; the University of Vienna; Columbia University; the Yale Law School, as well as the British Library.

Ethical principles

Ethical principles concerning publications in academic journals

Ethical principles concerning publications in academic journals

Wolters Kluwer Polska publishing house, part of Wolters Kluwer international concern, which is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), https://publicationethics.org, applies the organization’s standards and recommendations in the publishing process.

 

Ethical principles for authors

We only accept original, previously unpublished manuscripts for publication. Submitting the same manuscripts to more than one journal is considered inappropriate. The author represents that he/she has not expressed and will not express consent for another journal to publish the manuscript. If the aforementioned representation is found not to be true, the editorial board has the right to refuse to publish the manuscript.
Authors can submit for publication only their own original manuscripts. Plagiarism or data fabrication constitute academic misconduct.
Please provide (in notes) information about the sources of funding for a given publication, such as domestic or international grants, subsidies from foundations, associations or commercial institutions. 
In case of co-authorship, please state the percentages which individual authors contributed to the publication.
The author is responsible for the manuscript reflecting the current state of law, quoted provisions of law, case law and literature. If, after manuscript submission, the author finds an error or inaccuracy in it, the author has a duty to promptly notify the editorial board about it.
The author should make references to the publications which had an influence on the submitted manuscript in the form of quotes and in the attached bibliography.
The author warrants that the copyright in the manuscript, which copyright is transferred to the publisher upon the editorial board accepting the manuscript, will not be limited by any third party rights, that the use and disposal of the manuscript by the publisher will not infringe personal interests or rights of third parties.
The manuscripts submitted by the authors are published on the basis of publishing agreements with authors, where all copyright law issues are regulated.
Ghostwriting. In order to counteract cases of ghostwriting or guest authorship, authors have a duty to disclose to the editorial board and notify it about the contributions of individual authors in the creation of the publication (stating their affiliations and contributions, i.e. who is the author of conceptions, assumptions, methods, etc. used in preparing the publication). The main responsibility for that is borne by the author who submits the manuscript. Authors are obligated to provide the editorial board with information about the contributions of scientific research institutions, associations, and other entities. The editorial board informs that ghostwriting and guest authorship are regarded as scientific misconduct. Any detected cases will be exposed, including notifying the relevant entities (institutions employing such authors, academic societies, associations of academic editors, etc.).

Responsibilities of the editorial board

The editorial board documents any cases of academic misconduct, especially violations and infringements of the ethical principles applicable in the academia.
Any decision to publish an article is based on reviews, the opinion of the subject editor and the editorial college. The decision whether or not to publish is also influenced by the risk of copyright violations. 
In the process of making the decision to accept or reject a given academic manuscript, the important factors include originality, academic quality, and compatibility with the journal’s range of topics.
No member of the editorial board can disclose any information about any submitted manuscript to any other person than - in accordance with the editorial procedure - its author, reviewers, potential reviewers or the publisher. 
The editorial board does not disclose reviewers’ data to authors.
Information obtained in the process of publication evaluation, as well as the rejected manuscripts or their fragments, cannot be used in own research of the editorial board members or reviewers without the author’s express written consent.
The editorial board does not appoint as reviewers any persons who report directly to the manuscript authors or who are in any other direct personal or professional relations with them to the extent that might result in conflicts of interests.

Responsibilities of reviewers

Manuscripts are reviewed before publication. For the academic evaluation of each manuscript, the editorial board appoints at least two reviewers from among the members of the academic council, editorial college or other specialists in the field that the manuscript concerns. 
The names of the reviewers of particular manuscripts are not disclosed to authors. The list of reviewers who cooperate with the journal, without naming the reviewer of a specific manuscript, is published on the journal’s website and in its printed version.
A reviewer supports the editor-in-chief in making editorial decisions and may also support the author in improving the manuscript.
Each selected reviewer who is unable to review a manuscript or knows that it is impossible to quickly prepare a review should inform the managing editor about it.
Reviews should be objective. Personal critique of the author is considered improper. Reviewers should express their views clearly, supporting them with appropriate arguments.
All reviewed manuscripts must be treated as confidential documents. They cannot be shown to or discussed about with any other persons than the managing editor, who is authorized.
Confidential information or ideas inspired by the review must be kept secret and cannot be used in order to gain personal benefits. Reviewers should not review manuscripts where there is a conflict of interests resulting from the relationship with the author, company or institution connected with the manuscript.
Reviewers should identify the publications that the manuscript author failed to refer to. A reviewer should also inform the managing editor about any significant similarity, partial overlap of the contents of the manuscript under review with any other published work known to the reviewer or a suspected plagiarism.

Editorial Team

Editorial Committee

Members of the Editorial Committee of Państwo i Prawo monthly include:

  • prof. dr hab. Ewa Bagińska
    Uniwersytet Gdański
  • prof. dr hab. Jan Barcz
    Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego w Warszawie
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Biernat
    Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Bogumił Brzeziński
    Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
  • dr hab. Wojciech Brzozowski
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. Timea Drinoczi
    Pécs University
  • prof. Jan Filip
    Masaryk University
  • prof. dr hab. Lech Garlicki
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Giaro
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Hajn
    Uniwersytet Łódzki
  • prof. dr hab. Antoni Hanusz
    Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
  • prof. Christophe Hillion
    Leiden University
  • prof. Carlos Flores Juberías
    Universidad de Valencia
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Kaczmarek
    em., Uniwersytet Wrocławski
  • prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Król-Bogomilska
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Kubicki
    em., Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego w Warszawie
  • prof. dr hab. Roman Kwiecień
    Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Leszczyński
    Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
  • prof. Adam Łazowski
    University of Westminster
  • prof. dr hab. Ewa Łętowska
    Instytut Nauk Prawnych PAN
  • prof. Bertrand Mathieu
    Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • prof. Franz C. Mayer
    Universität Bielefeld
  • doc. Ladislav Orosz
    Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika
  • prof. Fernando Reviriego Picón
    Universidad Nacional de Educación
  • prof. dr hab. Jerzy Pisuliński
    Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Nina Półtorak
    Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. Wojciech Sadurski
    Sydney University
  • prof. dr hab. Mirosław Sitarz
    Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski
  • prof. dr hab. Jacek Sobczak
    SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny w Warszawie
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Stawecki
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Ślebzak
    Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Waltoś
    em., Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Anna Wyrozumska
    Uniwersytet Łódzki
  • prof. dr hab. Mirosław Wyrzykowski
    em., Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Jerzy Zajadło
    Uniwersytet Gdański
  • prof. dr hab. Adam Zieliński
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Czesława Żuławska
    Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie
 

Reviewers

The (peer) reviewers of Państwo i Prawo monthly for 2018 included the following persons:

  • prof. dr hab. Ewa Bagińska
  • prof. dr hab. Jan Barcz
  • prof. dr hab. Andrzej Bierć
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Biernat
  • prof. dr hab. Bogumił Brzeziński
  • dr hab. Wojciech Brzozowski
  • prof. dr hab. Paweł Daniluk
  • prof. dr hab. Lech Garlicki
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Grzegorczyk
  • prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Hajn
  • prof. dr hab. Antoni Hanusz
  • prof. dr hab. Roman Hauser
  • prof. dr hab. Hubert Izdebski
  • prof. dr hab. Jacek Jagielski
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Kaczmarek
  • prof. dr hab. Ireneusz C. Kamiński
  • prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Kmieciak
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Kubicki
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Leszczyński
  • prof. dr hab. Franciszek Longchamps de Bérier
  • prof. dr hab. Ewa Łętowska
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Mitrus
  • prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Niewiadomski
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Piątek
  • prof. dr hab. Wojciech Piątek
  • prof. dr hab. Monika Płatek
  • prof. dr hab. Jacek Sobczak
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Stawecki
  • prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Ślebzak
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Waltoś
  • prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Witkowski
  • prof. dr hab. Andrzej Wróbel
  • prof. dr hab. Anna Wyrozumska
  • prof. dr hab. Mirosław Wyrzykowski
  • prof. dr hab. Jerzy Zajadło
  • prof. dr hab. Adam Zieliński
  • prof. dr hab. Marek Zubik
  • prof. dr hab. Czesława Żuławska
 

Contact Us

For more information on the journal contact the Editorial Board

For more information on the journal contact the Editorial Board

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Redakcja "Państwa i Prawa"
ul. Nowy Świat 72 (Pałac Staszica)
00-330 Warszawa

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