Polonica Canadiana

Scholarly Journal on the Canadian Polonia


All material published in Polonica Canadiana is copyrighted by the journal. Polonica Canadiana, in turn, grants the author the right of republication in any book of which the author is the exclusive author or editor, subject only to the author giving proper credit to the original publication.

The editors of Polonica Canadiana and the Canadian Polish Research Institute accept no responsibility for statements of fact or of opinion made by the contributors.


The length eligible for consideration is 6,000 – 9,000 words (including footnotes and illustrations and excluding the title page and bibliography) for articles and not more than 750-1,000 words for book reviews. Documents must be double spaced and sent in MS Word.


Images should be submitted as digital files sent in jpg or tif formats. Authors are responsible for submitting images, tables, charts, etc., electronically in the final form intended for publication and incorporated into the body of the paper. Authors must obtain copyright permission to use the materials in their work.


Font: Times New Roman, 12 point
Subtitles (if applicable): 12 point, flush left
Body of text: 12 point, flush left, double-spaced, non-justified
Pagination: page numbers in upper right-hand corner, suppressed on title page and page 1
Paragraphs: indent first line one five-space tab; no spaces between paragraphs
Block quotations: double indent, single spaced, no quotation marks
Notes (end or foot): please use footnotes


Serial comma: planes, trains, and automobiles
Spacing: one space after commas and semi-colons; two spaces after end of sentence punctuation (period, question and exclamation marks).
Quotations: comma and period inside end quotation marks; semi-colon and other end punctuation outside
Brackets: use round brackets (parenthesis) throughout, except with [sic] and inside quotations
Ellipsis (…): one space before and after, e.g., one space … before i.e. and e.g.: no spaces after the first period


Cardinal numbers:  write out one to ten (unless at beginning of a sentence); numerals for 11 and after  
Ordinal numbers:   write out first to tenth; 11th and above numerals and not superscript.  There are some exceptions:  e.g., 49th parallel
Ordinary fractions:  write out, e.g., 1/2 is one-half  
Percentages:  27 percent, not %  


Order:  day/month/year, i.e., 13 February 2007  
Ranges:  1930–1931; 145–1950  
Decades:  1990s not ’90s  
Centuries:  nineteenth century  
Hours:  9:00 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.  


Spelling is based on Oxford Canadian Dictionary (British not American):  e.g., harbour, centre, centralize, programme, traveller, etc.  
Place names:  generally, write out in full, e.g., United States, not USA; United Kingdom, not U.K.  There are exceptions:  If a place name is used frequently in the text, an abbreviation is sometimes preferred, e.g., Halifax, N.S.  Also, abbreviations are used more regularly in notes, particularly with place of publication.  See notes section.
Abbreviations:  e.g., Lieutenant rather than Lt.; Colonel rather than Col.
Acronyms:   tend to be presented without periods, e.g., RCMP, YMCA, NATO, CCF, etc.  
Possessives:  of proper names ending in “s” — Pius’, Careless’, Roberts’ (not Roberts’s)  
Foreign phrases and terms:  (i.e., non-English) tend to be italicized 


Please submit your paper using footnotes formatted in the Chicago Style. 
For guidelines refer to the most recent Chicago Manual of Style.

Footnotes General Format 


Citation format:  follow Chicago Manual of Style  
Primary source citation format:  information in citation to go from the general to the specific:  i.e. repository, collection/fonds, locator information, author (if any), specific document  
  In the case of repositories which are regularly repeated in notes, after first use (hereafter with acronym), e.g., Library and Archives Canada (hereafter LAC). Please ensure complete citation information is present and that shortened forms of repeated references occur after the first full citation and are consistent with each other.