Author Guidelines

1) General information

a) Exlibris Social Gerontology Journal accepts for publication the original texts in the field of psychogerontology, socio-gerontology, social gerontology, geragogy, and other related disciplines and sub-disciplines.

b) The editorial board accepts proposals on a continuous basis. Consecutive issues of the journal are published every six months at the end of each half of the year. All the issues are published in the digital version.  

c) Manuscripts should be submitted by the Open Journal System (see Make a submission)

d) Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that the paper has not been published. All cases of unethical behavior (plagiarism, ghostwriting, guest authorship) will be taken extremely seriously: we shall reveal them and inform the institutions the alleged author is affiliated with.

e) Articles in Polish or English (professional translation) are considered.

f) All texts that meet high academic standards will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process (review’s form).

g) Editorial Board reserve the right to make minor corrections to the text and shortcuts

h) The journal is published under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. Submission of a manuscript is treated as implying an agreement to the terms of the license.

i) The authors do not get paid for article their publish.

2) Types of manuscripts considered

Exlibris Social Gerontology Journal (ESGJ) will accept the following kinds of manuscripts:

a) Research Article: (peer-reviewed)

The research article presents significant new research results, including the entire contents of a research project. In the quantitative research article, please use the standardized format called the IMRaD. This format refers to a manuscript that is structured by four main sections: introduction, methods, results, and discussion. Please see the template below.

Quantitative studies template (up to 6000 words; the reference list is limited to 50 entries, and up to 5 data elements - tables and or figures)

The Journal Editorial Team realizes that there is no one qualitative method but rather a number of research approaches that fall under the umbrella of ‘qualitative methods’. That is why authors should follow general principles of good practices for the writing and assessment of manuscripts that present qualitative data. Please see the template below.

Qualitative studies template (up to 10000 words; the reference list is limited to 50 entries, and up to 10 data elements figures or pictures).

b) Research Report: (peer-reviewed)

A research report is an update of ongoing research of national or international significance. This is an article providing the preliminary findings of a new study. The maximum allowable word count is 4000 words. The reference list is limited to no more than 30 entries and up to 3 data elements. One of the two provided templates should be used depending on the adopted research strategy (quantitative or qualitative).

c) Review Article: (peer-reviewed)

The review article does not cover original research but rather accumulates the results of many different articles on a particular topic into a coherent narrative about state of the art in the emerging field of old age and the aging process. The review article provides journal references to the original research and contains an overview of the literature on a given topic to date, and indicates areas that have not been developed or problematic. The maximum allowable word count is 6000 words. The reference list is limited to 50 entries, and up to 5 data elements - tables and or figures.

d) Theoretical article: (peer-reviewed)

The theoretical manuscript presents an issue that is not essentially based on empirical research. This type of article opens a theoretical discussion in the field of social gerontology. It can point to the links between theory and practice, explore existing theories and ideas, or lay the foundations for a new theory. The maximum allowable word count is 6000 words. The reference list is limited to 50 entries, and up to 5 data elements - tables and or figures.

e) Book review: (not peer-reviewed)

ESGJ publishes reviews of books, reports, training materials, films, and other material related to old age and the aging process. These publications should relate to old age and aging's national, international, social, and cultural context. The maximum allowable word count is 1500 words. The reference list is limited to 15 entries and up to 2 data elements - tables and figures.

3) Formatting guidelines

a) Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word or a Word-compatible program. Please do not submit PDF versions of your article. Manuscripts submitted in other formats and styles will be unsubmitted. Manuscripts should be one-half spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font. The text should be justified.

b) Tables should be submitted as editable text and not as images. They should be placed next to the relevant text in the article. Tables should be numbered consecutively, provided with a title. The source should be provided under the illustration.

c) The full name should be given for the surnames of those who are mentioned for the first time.

4) Reference style guidelines

Submissions to Exlibris Social Gerontology Journal should follow the style guidelines described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

References should be cited parenthetically in the text by author surname(s) and year, in accordance with APA Publication Manual guidelines:

1 author

(Zych, 2010)

2 authors

(Timoszyk-Tomczak, & Bugajska, 2012)

3 or more authors

(Brzezińska et al., 2016)

When available, page numbers should be included in citations of direct quotations e.g., (Szybalska et al., 2018 p. 12).

References should be listed in a separate section at the end of the main text. All references in the list should be ordered alphabetically by the first author’s surname. Examples of common reference types appear below.

Journal article

Bugajska, B., Iwański, R., Giezek, M., & Ciemniak, A. (2017). The optimization of elderly care in Szczecin – research report. Exlibris Biblioteka Gerontologii Społecznej, 13(1), 107–119.


Fabiś, A. (2018). Troski egzystencjalne w starości. Ujęcie geragogiczne. Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego.

Edited book chapter

Halicka, M., & Kramkowska, E. (2012). Uczestnictwo ludzi starych w życiu społecznym. In J. Hrynkiewicz (Ed.), O sytuacji ludzi starszych (pp. 33–50). Rządowa Rada Ludnościowa.


Olszewski, M. (2010). Przed powodzią. Tygodnik Powszechny.

5) Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

a) I hereby declare that this manuscript is original.

b) I hereby declare that the submission has not been previously published, in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration by any other journal, and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights.

c) I hereby declare that I am not in violation of the ethical publishing standards adopted by this Journal.

d) I agree that the article if editorially accepted for publication, shall be licensed under the following license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. 

e) I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my submission to be processed for the purposes of the publishing process.

f) The text adheres to the bibliographic requirements outlined in the reference style adopted by this journal (see point 3). 

6) Review procedure

In Exlibris Social Gerontology Journal the rules of review are in conformity with the guidelines of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (, and standards recommended by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)  (for more information see our Publishing ethics).

a) The editorial office undertakes a preliminary assessment of manuscripts in terms of their content and form.

b) Editors, frequently with the assistance of electronic databases of reviewers kept by Exlibris Social Gerontology Journal’s office, and the Publons choose reviewers whose expertise most closely matches the manuscript’s topic. The competencies of a reviewer are confirmed by the academic achievements in order to guarantee a high standard and reliability of reviews, including their methodological competencies.

c) The names of the reviewers of each issue are confidential.

d) Reviewers have an obligation to conduct objective, reliable and substantive reviews.

e) Reviewers are autonomous and are independent in their opinions.

f) To provide transparency about the journal’s review process, the list of reviewers cooperating with Exlibris Social Gerontology Journal is updated on the website once a year.

g) An independent external reviewer is appointed to evaluate each manuscript.

h) The condition of accepting an article for publication is obtaining positive reviews. 

i) In cases of controversy or strong disagreement regarding the merits of the work, the editorial board may decide to appoint a next reviewer.

j) Each paper is evaluated in the double-blind review process, in which authors do not know the identity of their reviewers, nor do the reviewers know the identities of the authors.

k) The reviewer selection process and the journal’s internal policies address the issue of potential bias by excluding reviewers with any potential conflict of interest with the author(s) of the manuscript (the review cannot have any personal or professional connection to the author(s), i.e. they cannot be related to each other, there cannot be any official relationship between them, they cannot be connected by cooperation during the two years preceding the review).

l) The review procedure respects the principle of confidentiality.

m) Reviewers may decline to review when a conflict exists with the author.

n) Any manifestation of scientific misconduct noticed by the reviewer in the assessed work should be reported to the journal's editorial office.

o) The recommendations of the reviewers are presented to the author in writing, and conclusions are clear and unambiguous.

p) The reviewer may accept the text without the need for changes, make the approval of the text for publication conditional on the author's amendments requested by the reviewer, propose a text correction and re-review, or reject a manuscript.

r) The average number of weeks between submission of an article and publication is 15 weeks.

Review form 

7)  Sharing published journal articles policy

The Exlibris Social Gerontology Journal allows authors to use the final published version of an article for self-archiving (author's website) and archiving in an institutional repository (on non-commercial websites and repositories) just after the publication of the manuscript on the Journal's website. The authors can add their work to any scientific database (for example, ORCID,, Research Gate, Google Scholar) for better visibility to the research community.