About us


The format of the journal
Tematy i Konteksty is a scientific journal in the area of humanities (disciplines: literature studies). It addresses the most significant issues related to literature studies and participates in crucial debates of the modern-day humanities. A literary work is placed in the centre of attention: its topology and poetics, its relations with various cultural contexts, as well as diverse institutional connections. These issues are studied by means of varied methodologies and presented from the perspectives of distinct sensitivities.  
The intended format of the journal encompasses both the history and the theory (or rather theories), as well as anthropology of literature, in short – literary and cultural studies in their broad sense. We also wish to follow the latest scientific publications and to document important initiatives related to the Polish philology, both in Poland and abroad.
We seek cooperation with literary scholars, representatives of other areas of humanities, as well as writers and literary critics.

Wojciech Maryjka (assistant editor): tematyikonteksty@ur.edu.pl
Marek Stanisz (editor-in-chief): marekstanisz@gmail.com

Advisory Board
Zbigniew Andres (University of Rzeszów, Poland)
Józef Bachórz (University of Gdańsk, Poland)
Kazimierz Braun (University at Buffalo, USA)
Tadeusz Bujnicki (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Andrzej Busza (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Walentyna Charchun (Nizhyn Mikola Gogol State University, Ukraine)
Anna Frajlich-Zajac (Columbia University in the City of New York, USA)
Alfred Gall (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany)
Piotr Kilanowski (Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil)
Marian Kisiel (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Czesław Kłak (University of Rzeszów, Poland)
Teresa Kostkiewiczowa (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland)
Alina Kowalczykowa (The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
Anna Legeżyńska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)
Wojciech Ligęza (Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland)
Ronald Meyer (Columbia University, USA)
Arent van Nieukerken (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Jerzy Ossowski (Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce, Poland)
Gustaw Ostasz (University of Rzeszów, Poland)
Marcelo Paiva de Souza (Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil)
Regina Przybycień (Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil)
Rostysław Radyszewski (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine)
Jerzy Święch (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland)

Editorial Board
Marek Stanisz (editor-in-chief)
Jolanta Pasterska (vice editor-in-chief)
Wojciech Maryjka (assistant editor)
Elżbieta Rokosz
Grzegorz Trościński
Stanisław Uliasz
Michał Żmuda

Technical design and cover design
Grzegorz Wolański

Address of the editorial team
University of Rzeszów
Institute of Polish Studies and Journalism
al. Rejtana 16 C
35-959 Rzeszów
tel.: +48 17 872 12 30
fax.: +48 17 872 12 91
e-mail: tematyikonteksty@ur.edu.pl

University of Rzeszów
al. Rejtana 16 C
35-959 Rzeszów
tel. +48 17 872 10 00
tel/fax: +48 17 872 12 65
e-mail: info@ur.edu.pl

Organizational unit:
Publishing Office UR
Pigonia 6
35-310 Rzeszów
tel.: +48 17 872 14 37
fax.: +48 17 872 14 26
e-mail wydaw@univ.rzeszow.pl

Book distribution abroad:
"Lexicon" Maciej Woliński
Export of Polish Science Books
M. Sengera "Cichego" 24 m. 2A
02-790 Warsaw, Poland
tel./fax 48 22 648 41 23
e-mail: lexicon@lexicon.net.pl

00-Warsaw 1, P.O. Box 957, Poland


Ethical guidelines related to the publishing of scientific works

      In order to ensure compliance with the principles of good research practice, the editorial team of Tematy i Konteksty adopted the following ethical guidelines related to the publishing of research works in the journal.
      These guidelines have been formulated on the basis of ethical rules specified by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org) and in accordance with The Code of Ethics for Scientists (Kodeks Etyki Pracownika Naukowego http://info.ath.bielsko.pl/files/informator/Kodeks_etyki_pracownika_naukowego.pdf).

Obligations of authors

  1. The journal Tematy i Konteksty publishes only original articles which have not been previously published in any other journal or academic monograph.  
  2. Authors shall present the results of their research in a reliable, clear and precise manner so that they can be verified by other scholars.
  3. Authors shall accurately and reliably refer to results of other scholars’ works.
  4. In the case of co-authored publications, the order of authors’ surnames shall be accepted by all co-authors of the work intended for publication.
  5. Stating untrue information, falsifying research results, or manipulating data are considered unethical and deemed a scientific misconduct.
  6. The phenomena of ghostwriting (which occurs when someone significantly contributed to the publication without disclosing his/her participation as one of the authors, or remaining uncredited in the acknowledgements section of the publication) and guest authorship (which occurs when the author’s participation is marginal or non-existent altogether, and yet he/she is listed as the author or co-author of the publication) are considered unethical and deemed a scientific misconduct. Each author shall grant a separate consent for publication of the article in the journal Tematy i Konteksty.
  7. The phenomenon of plagiarism is considered unethical and deemed a scientific misconduct.

Obligations of the Editorial Team

  1. While deciding on qualifying the submitted texts for publication, the editorial team of Tematy i Konteksty considers their scientific character, the thematic profile of the journal, as well as the principles of scientific conduct.
  2. The discovered cases of scientific misconduct and unethical behaviour shall be disclosed by the editorial team, which shall subsequently notify about the misconduct the institutions employing the authors concerned.
  3. In the case of suspected misconduct and in the case of submitted justified complaints about violation of the abovementioned ethical guidelines, the editorial team shall notify the author/authors in writing about the allegations and request them to take a stance towards this issue. If the misconduct is confirmed (or if the author/authors fail to respond to the allegations), the editorial team shall withdraw from the publication of the submitted work, and shall notify about the case the institution employing the author/authors concerned. In the case when the misconduct is unequivocally confirmed after the work has been published, the published article shall be supplemented with a relevant commentary (in the electronic version available on the journal’s website), and the institution employing the author/authors concerned shall be notified about the issue.

Obligations of reviewers

  1. Every article submitted for publication in the journal Tematy i Konteksty is reviewed by two independent reviewers. Reviewers sign a declaration stating that there is no conflict of interests in relation to the authors of articles reviewed by them.
  2. The reviewing process of scientific publications in the journal Tematy i Konteksty is described in detail on the journal’s website. When evaluating an article submitted for publication the reviewer shall consider: the originality of the topic, the research value, the substantive correctness, the clarity of composition, and the stylistic correctness.
  3. Reviewers shall not agree to evaluate works discussing topics which are beyond the scope of their competences, or if they are unable to produce a review within the deadline specified by the editorial team.
  4. Any text submitted for publication is considered confidential. Reviewers shall keep their opinions and evaluations confidential until the articles reviewed by them appear in print. Without the author’s/authors’ consent reviewers must not use ideas or research results presented in the reviewed work.
  5. Reviews shall be precise, reliable and objective, and the assessment marks shall be justified.
  6. A reviewer notifies the editorial team of Tematy i Konteksty about the suspected scientific misconduct (including plagiarism) of the person submitting the text for publication, indicating relevant fragments or presenting relevant evidence.


The history of the journal

Tematy i Konteksty (ISSN: 2299-8365) is a journal having a new title but a long tradition. It is a continuation of periodicals: Research Bulletin of the Univeristy of Rzeszów. Philological Series. The History of Literature (Zeszyty Naukowe Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego. Seria Filologiczna. Historia Literatury, published between 2002 and 2011; ISSN: 1643-0522) and Research Bulletin of the Teacher Training College in Rzeszów (Zeszyty Naukowe Wyższej Szkoły Pedagogicznej w Rzeszowie, published between 1991 and 2001; ISSN: 0867-0757). Those two featured articles on history and literature written by representatives of Polish philologists in Rzeszów.
In 2011, 20 years since these two journals were created, the editorial team decided to change the title, as well as to considerably expand its thematic format.
Individual issues of Tematy i Konteksty have the character of monographs. So far, we have published volumes discussing the following: The Great Emigration – The Second Independence Emigration – (E)migration at the End of the 20th Century (2011), The Archives of the Polish Philologist (2012), Poetics Today and Tomorrow (2013), Old-Polish and Enlightenment Religious Literature. Themes – Conventions – Tradition (2014), New and the Newest Prose(2015), Old-Polish and Enlightenment Religious Literature. Homeliness and Universalism (2016), Borderlands as space of … conflicts: necessary evil? (2017), Polish literature 1918–2018. Narratives, discourses, work (2018), Literature in the Context of Unification Initiatives to Commemorate the 450th Anniversary of the Union of Lublin (2019), Reception and Translation of Polish Literature (2020).