Information for authors

Information for Authors (updated: September 2016)

All submitted manuscripts have to fall within the aims and thematic scope of the journal, i.e. Cognitive Science / language origins, very broadly construed, and meet the requirements described in the guidelines section. Note that if a manuscript does not meet the above criteria or contains glaring language or content errors, it will not be considered for peer review.

THS uses single-blind peer review: reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors, but authors are unaware of the identity of reviewers. Manuscripts are reviewed by scholars who are independent specialists within the particular scientific fields. There are at least three or more reviewers for the total number of articles in each issue.

Normal standards of academic quality apply, including originality/novelty, cogency of the argument, accuracy of the review, or methodological correctness. Based on the opinions of the reviewers, the editors take the final decision to reject the paper, accept with minor or major revisions, or accept as is. The author is notified of the decision via the Open Journal System (OJS) system.


    • all manuscripts must be submitted as a Word for Windows .doc .docx or .rtf file.
    • The essays should generally be no longer than 40.000 characters with spaces (including References and Appendices).
    • The manuscripts must be carefully proof-read, ideally by a native speaker of English. 
    • It is highly recommended to do a follow-up machine-assisted check for spelling, grammar and style, e.g. using the MS Word “spelling and grammar” check, see:
      Checking spelling and grammar (PL version)   Ways to check spelling and grammar (EN version)
  3. DATA
    • provide the names, affiliations, and email addresses of all the authors,
    • provide a short (ca. 150 words) abstract,
    • provide 5-10 keywords. Include both specialised and general-interest keywords.
    • follow standard APA guidelines for text formatting as well as references, see:
      basic APA Guidelines at Purdue Writing Lab and also the APA Tutorial
  5. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be processed.
Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be processed.

Manuscripts are submitted electronically via Open Journal System (OJS). Firstly, please go through a short registration process and then log-in and follow the steps to submit your manuscript.

The author agrees to the terms and conditions of the License Agreement with Nicolaus Copernicus University. The content of the agreement is available HERE. With regard to the joint publication, the author submitting an article for publication fills in a statement concerning the percentage contribution, in which the contributions of particular co-authors in the submitted text are given. The content of the work is known to all its authors who give permission for it to be published. The completed statement must be uploaded as an additional file along with the article.
Should you encounter any problems with your submission please contact the Assistant Editor:

Julia Trzeciakowska
Center for Language Evolution Studies (CLES)
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Bojarskiego 1
87-100 Toruń, POLAND
e-mail: julia.trzeciakowska[at]

The journal Theoria et Historia Scientarium requires its editors, authors and reviewers to maintain high standards of scholarly integrity. An example of good practices can be found here


  • to act objectively and respect equality for all authors and manuscripts without any discrimination with regard to race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin
  • to ensure confidentiality of information provided
  • to identify and declare any possible conflicts of interest


  • to submit manuscripts which have not been published or accepted for publication in a different journal
  • to confirm originality of a submitted manuscript (the editorial board of the journal implements a strict plagiarism detection policy, all relevant institutions will be informed if plagiarism is detected)
  • to give proper attribution (references) to other authors’ work which is cited in a submitted manuscript
  • to obtain permission to reproduce any copyrighted material
  • to present valid and reliable results (fabrication and falsification of data are very grave offenses against scholarly integrity)
  • to provide access to data collected in research after publication (upon the request of the editorial board)


  • to review submitted manuscripts in an unbiased and objective manner
  • to identify and disclose any possible conflicts of interest
  • to notify of any resemblance to previously published work
  • to maintain confidentiality of information concerning manuscripts and the reviewing process

The editorial board of the journal Theoria et Historia Scientiarum implements anti-ghostwriting and plagiarism detection procedures (CrossCheck powered by iThenticate). All the detected cases of plagiarism, ghostwriting and “guest authorship”  will be exposed, including notification of relevant institutions. The definitions of “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship” by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education is available on the website of the Ministry.