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Call for Volunteers
June 1, 2020 to June 1, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Intellectual History, Modern European History / Studies, Political History / Studies


Studia Historyczne (Studies in History/Historical Studies) is a Polish historical quarterly published since 1957.

The journal was initiated during the post-Stalinist thaw by a group of historians from Kraków. It was published by the Polish Academy of Sciences and ranked among three/four best Polish historical journals.

The end of communism resulted in opening of publication market to many new initiatives, while not all old ones changed fast and deeply to maintain their position among scholarly publications. Among others exposure to various contemporary requirements such as peer reviewing, open access, indexing and alike were hard to achieve for traditionally inclined editors and authors.

In 2012 the author of these words, Jakub Basista of Jagiellonian University in Kraków, was given the task of editing the journal. Among the immediate changes the following were introduced:

An international Advisory Board was called to life;

Each article received a double blind peer review (in affect 30% of articles were rejected);

Each article carried key words in Polish and English;

Each article had an abstract in English;

English was added as the second language of publication;

Several database sites were approached to index articles and some even carried full content.


Regardless of these changes and positive reception among numerous scholars, regardless of over 20% of articles being published in English, the publisher (PAN –Polish Academy of Sciences) decided to close the journal after 60 years of existence. It is a long and not fascinating story.....


The editor managed to find a new publisher and Studia Historyczne are now published by Księgarnia Akademicka – a private publisher of academic books in Kraków.

The journal is – for the time being – published only online, yet with all attributed of a professional, scholarly publication. It is trying to make up for the lost time and we are currently working on the publication of last volume for 2018, four for 2019 and hope to reach 2020 in the near future.

You can find the journal at this address:



Studia Historyczne is looking for volunteers for language editing of the journal. Preferred candidates will be native speakers of English with good writing skills and – possibly – some  experience in language copywriting and editing.


Normally you will be responsible for proofreading and language correction of “key words” and “abstracts” of articles in the Polish language. About 20% (numbers may grow) of articles will be in English and will require proofreading and editing of whole articles. About 50% of articles submitted in English will be written or translated by non native speakers and will require more work and attention.


You will be working with the editor – Jakub Basista – whose is also a non native speaker. We cannot offer remuneration, but your work will be fully acknowledged in relevant issues of the journal.


Please send your details, with a one page cv to Jakub Basista at:


You can find the journal at this address:


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