Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana

ISSN: 1731-0555     eISSN: 2353-2998    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/cto

The way of submission of manuscripts

The CTO editorial team accepts electronically sent manuscripts only (manuscripts submitted in a paper form will neither be reviewed nor returned to authors). The text file (containing attachments necessary to integrate the article: images, non-standard fonts, etc.) in a format enabling to open in Word shall be submitted by means of a form available at the journal’s website. Particular attention should be paid to ensure that both the content of the article and the file being uploaded are devoid of any signs indicating their authorship (all the personal data should also be deleted in the file properties).

Author's details of the submitted manuscript should be sent in a separate file.

In case of any technical problems with reading the files, the editors shall request the author to re-send the materials or send the manuscript in another format's file (e.g. LaTex).

Files needed to submission

The following files shall be prepared to submit the text for CTO publication:

  1. a file containing the article in a Word-readable format (do not include the author's data or suggestions in the article that would indicate who the author is; remove the author's personal data in the file properties),
  2. a file containing the article (as above) in PDF format,
  3. files with images used in the articles or non-standard fonts,
  4. a file with the article’s title, author’s data and the author’s note.

File containing the article

A file containing the article should include the following elements:

  • the article’s title in Polish and English,
  • the article’s text,
  • the article’s abstract in Polish, not less than 200 and not more than 300 words,
  • the article’s abstract in English, being a true and exact translation of the abstract in Polish,
  • key words in Polish and English (4-5 words),
  • bibliography.

File containing personal data

The separate file with personal data should include:

  • the article’s title,
  • first name, surname, the author’s scientific degree or title (state all authors indicating their contribution to the article),
  • each authors’ affiliation (by taking into account their research institution),
  • each author’s ORCID number,
  • the contact person’s e-mail address for mailing purposes,
  • the short author’s note as below: Name and surname, eventually belonging to the clergy, academic degree or title, academic employment or functions performed, postal work address, e-mail, eventually phone number - for example: Krzysztof Jaworski, catholic priest, PhD (philosophy), assistant professor at the Institute of Theology of the University of Szczecin, address: ul. Pawła VI 2, 71-459 Szczecin, e-mail:
  • possible source of the research financing, e.g. grant, scholarship, etc.

Text standards

General rules

  1. Main text: Times New Roman, 12 points, 1.5 spacing.
  2. Footnotes: 10 point font, line spacing 1.
  3. Left and right margins - 2.5 cm.
  4. Option to divide words – off.
  5. The last character in a sentence is a dot. Any quotation mark or footnote reference should be placed before the dot, e.g. "[...] and all residents"12.
  6. Titles of books, articles and other works in the main text as well as titles of points and chapters are not written in quotation marks but in italics, e.g.: The Church undertaking interreligious dialogue in the spirit of the declaration Nostra aetate wants [...].
  7. Do not use upper case letters or small capital letters.
  8. The author's notes in the cited text are written in square brackets, e.g. EFPE [właśc. Franciszek Potocki], W wirze ezoteryzmu, Kraków 1923, s. 54.
  9. Internal quotations are marked with «,» e.g., "[...] that the Scripture may be fulfilled: «his bones shall not be broken». Again, in another place [...]" (Jn 19: 36-37).
  10. Graphic elements (e.g. photos, pictures and the like) should be prepared in the best possible way and saved in one of the following formats: *.jpg, *.eps or *.pdf. Photos – 300 dpi, (width – up to 12.5 cm, height – up to 17 cm). Illustrations, diagrams, pictures taken from the internet should not be included.
  11. Getting the consent of the copyright owners and revealing the sources of the materials used in the publication lie with the authors.


  1. In case that the author's thoughts are not quoted accurately, the entry in the footnote is preceded by the abbreviation "cf."
  2. If one refers to some text the formula "see" is used.
  3. Titles of publications are written in italics, without quotes, e.g. G.P. Monnot, Bóg i jego imiona w islamie, w: F. Lenoir, Y. Tardan-Masquelier (red.), Encyklopedia religii świata, t. 2, Warszawa 2002, s. 1325, 1497-1499.
  4. Titles cited in the titles of another work are also written in italics and in quotation marks: e.g. J.M., Dyduch, Wiodące idee adhortacji apostolskiej "Familiaris consortio", [dostęp: 15.04.2016].
  5. Book with one author (or book with multiple authors) is quoted as follows: W. Beinert, Teologiczna teoria poznania, Kraków 1998, s. 137.
  6. Chapters/articles from the collective works are quoted as follows: S. Harasimowicz, Nowożytne korzenie ruchu New Age, w: I. Dec (red.), Złudzenia Nowej Ery. Teologowie o New Age, Wrocław 1994, s. 45, 49.
  7. Journal articles are quoted as follows: R. Kranenborg, Words of the Christ Create a New World Religion, "Syzygy. Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture" 12 (1993) 1, s. 129, 133-135. Titles of (full) journals are given in regular font in quotation marks, e.g. "Ateneum Kapłańskie" (or abbreviation of the name without quotation marks, e.g. AK).
  8. Encyclopaedia, lexicon and dictionary entry is quoted: P. Moskal, Wiara, in: E. Gigilewicz (ed.), Encyklopedia katolicka, t. 20, Lublin 2014, kol. 433.
  9. Titles in foreign languages ​​are quoted in the original, using the following abbreviations: Ch. White, Krishnamurti Jiddu, in: M. Eliade (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Religion, Vol. VII, New York 1987, pp. 381-382.
  10. When referring to websites the date of use of the website should also be provided, e.g. J.G. Melton, New Age Transformed, [accessed: 13.01.2011].
  11. In footnotes the dignities, functions and titles of the authors are not included, e.g. priest, bishop, cardinal, father, prelate, professor, dr, SJ, OMI, OSB, etc.
  12. The abbreviation of page numbers "nn" (next) is not used.
  13. In church documents one refers to the point number, not to the page number.


  1. The bibliography contains the publications cited in the footnotes.
  2. The bibliography should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the authors' surnames.
  3. In the case of articles from journals and chapters from collective works (including entries) the range of pages is indicated.
  4. Examples:
  • book: Surname N., Book title, Publisher, Place Year.
  • article: Surname N., Article title, "Journal title" Number (Year), p. XX-YY.
  • collective work: Surname N., Title of chapter, in: N. Surname (ed.), Title of collective work, Publisher, Place Year, p. XX-YY.

Direct preparation for publication

Once the article is approved for publication, the working text (submitted by the author) is linguistically revised and adjusted. Next, the editorial team returns the text to the author for acceptance. The author is also provided with the set of documents (agreements, licenses, etc.) to get acquainted with, sign and return together with the revised version of the article.

When the journal’s issue is edited, it is placed at the e-platform of the University of Szczecin Press and issued in a paper form.  Authors are provided with one paper copy of the journal’s issue containing their article.