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Author Guidelines

How to Submit

Send texts to the editor’s email address vnaxera@kap.zcu.cz in “.doc” or “.docx” formats only. In light of the anonymity of the review process, authors of individual texts shall agree on the fact that texts are not to contain any information that could directly point to the author of the text. Before sending a text, please study carefully the technical parameters listed below including the citation manual.

Article Types

Acta FF ZČU accepts several types of papers: articles, discussions, review articles, interviews, book reviews, and information.

Paper Category



double-blind review by external referees

Articles include original academic works from the area of the humanities and social sciences. The length of the text (including abstract, notes, and references) should be between 7000 and 12 000 words. Articles must contain the following: Title, abstract (see below for instructions on creating abstracts), 5 to 8 keywords, text divided into chapters, and bibliography. Moreover, articles published in Czech or Slovak provide an extensive English summary (550 to 750 words) that can deliver the main conclusions to the international scholarly community.


double-blind review by external referees

There are two types of discussions. The first may present the specific results of still incomplete research, the final thesis of which has yet to be published. In this case, the text is a study of the ongoing project; it provides information on its starting point, problematic research aspects, and findings hitherto. Discussions may also be of another form – argumentative or critical reactions to texts published in Acta FF ZČU. In both cases, however, discussions possess all the elements and structure of an article. The extent of the discussion is generally between 4000 and 8000 words. Discussions contain the same elements as an article (abstract, keywords, references, summary, etc.). If the discussion is a reaction to a previously published text, we recommend that its topic be consulted in advance with the editor.

Review Article

double-blind review by external referees

A review article deals either with several publications that have been published within a short period of time and that deal with the same/similar topic, or one publication that is essential to the field or a series of publications by one author. A review article maintains the primary goals of a class review but also places the book or books into a wider context, allowing the ideas in the text to be elaborated upon. A review article is commonly equipped with the standard scientific apparatus and in this context also resembles an article described above in its contextualization and creative/argumentative elaboration of the thoughts represented in the book or books. The extent of a review article is usually between 4000 and 8000 words.


internal review by editors

For publication, Acta FF ZČU also accepts interviews with prominent experts in the field of the social sciences and humanities. The subject of the academic interview may include ongoing research carried out by the individual, evaluation of the state and development of a scientific field, assessments of the state of research on an important topic, and so forth. Interviews should include a short profile of the expert that is interviewed. The extent of an interview is generally between 1500 and 4000 words. We recommend that the interview be consulted in advance with the editor of the review. 

Book Review

internal review by editors

A review provides information on a significant publication from the field of the social sciences or humanities that has been published not more than three years before the planned publication of the review. A review should not only introduce the author, goal, structure, and conclusions of the book, it should also critically assess or emphasize the weak and strong points of the publication. Thus, simple annotations are not accepted as reviews. The extent of reviews is generally 1000 to 3000 words.


internal review by editors

Acta FF ZČU also publishes information on significant events, past conferences, workshops, etc. that may be but are not necessarily linked to the Faculty of Arts of the University of West Bohemia. The extent of this information is generally between 1000 and 4000 words. We recommend that the topic of this information be consulted in advance with the editor.

Manuscript Guidelines

It is recommended that authors whose first language is not English enlist the help of a native English speaker to edit the grammar of the manuscript prior to submission in order to ensure the correctness and clarity of the writing.

The text must be written in Times New Roman font, size 12, single line spacing; for footnotes and tables, use Times New Roman font size 10, simple line spacing. Please do not use any types of "headings" – select a normal font and use a system such as "1., 1.1, 1.1.1. (in which the introduction is labeled 1)" for distinguishing between chapters. Do not use bold highlights for any words or underlined text; italics may be used to highlight important or foreign terms. Do not tabulate paragraphs. Do not apply firm page breaks (applies to the entire text) at the end of chapters (or any other place in the text).

Texts may contain images, graphs, and tables. The images inserted into the text should be in ".jpg", ".tif" or ".pdf" formats; images are not to be inserted into the text but attached in a separate document; the image must be submitted in print quality. Tables and graphs will also not be included in the text but will be included as an independent attachment. Each table, graph, and image must include a label (e.g. Table 1, Graph 1, Figure 1) and a name. The text will indicate where the image (or table, graph) is to be placed, including the name of the file. There should be a link to the image, graph, or table in the text – e.g. "(see Figure 1)". More extensive tables, images, and graphs that are not related to a particular section of the text and would otherwise interfere with the text’s fluidity may be attached at the end of the text as an attachment.


English-language abstracts are to summarize the primary information about a text. The length of abstracts should be between 200 and 250 words. The structure of abstracts must adhere to the following logic: 1) introductory statement (the overall purpose of the study and the research problem(s) you have investigated); 2) goal and methodology (the basic design of the study); 3) major findings or trends found as a result of your analysis; and 4) conclusion (brief summary of your interpretations and conclusions). In the event that the abstract does not adhere to this structure, it will be returned to the author before publication to be reworked. Abstracts will undergo proofreading by a native speaker before they are published.

Citations and Bibliography