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Acta FF

Information on the review

The The Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Review, or Acta FF ZČU, is an academic review journal that is printed three times annually and publishes original studies from the field of the humanities and social sciences (from but not exclusive to the fields that Pilsen’s Faculty of Philosophy and Arts cultivates). The review has been published since 2009, when it was first published as a continuation of the previous Akta FF review. From the very beginning of the journal’s operation, published studies have been subject to a double-blind anonymous peer review process by two reviewers. This is done according to strict rules comparable to the review regulations of prominent journals in the social sciences and humanities.


Information for authors

Acta FF ZČU is a peer-reviewed academic journal that accepts several types of papers in accordance with the review’s character and focus.


Text category




Articles include original academic works from the area of the humanities and social sciences. The length of the actual text (not counting lists of sources and abstracts) generally ranges from 18 to 30 standardized pages, i.e. 32,000 to 54,000 characters with spaces. Articles must contain the following: Name, abstract (see below for instructions on creating abstracts), 5 to 8 key words, text divided into chapters, and a list of sources used (see below for formatting).



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 15 and 25 standardized pages, i.e. 27,000 to 45,000 characters. Discussions contain the same elements as an article (abstract, key words, etc.). If the discussion is a reaction to a previously published text, we recommend that its topic be consulted in advance with the editor of the review.

Review article


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 15 and 25 standardized pages of text, i.e. 27,000 to 45,000 characters with spaces. We recommend that the topic of the review article be consulted in advance with the editor of the review.



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 5 and 20 standardized pages, i.e. 9,000 to 36,000 characters. We recommend that the interview be consulted in advance with the editor of the review. 



A review provides information on a significant publication from the field of the social sciences or humanities that has been published at least 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 4 to 10 standardized pages, i.e. 7,000 to 18,000 characters.



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 Philosophy and Arts of the University of West Bohemia. The extent of this information is generally between 3 and 10 standardized pages, i.e. roughly 6,000 to 18,000 characters. We recommend that the topic of this information be consulted in advance with the editor of the review.


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.

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. Authors should consider the fact that Acta FF ZČU is printed in black and white, i.e. images and graphs should be clear and comprehensible in black and white format.



English-language abstracts are to summarize the primary information about a text. The length of abstracts should be between 200 and 300 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.



In order to simplify the technical formatting of citations and lists of sources, we have prepared the following manual for authors. We ask that you please follow all formal instructions. Texts that do not adhere to these instructions may not be accepted for the review process.

Citations in Acta FF ZČU are based on Harvard style and should be made only with a reference to the cited source directly in the text and a list of all used sources at the end of the text (i.e. “Bibliography”). Exceptions may include the citation of sources with an extensive form of citation (e.g. archives or edited sources) that may be cited in footnotes (if unsure, please contact the editorial staff).

One author:

  • (Smith 1998)
  • (Smith 1998: 12–22)
  • (Smith 1998: 12)
  • (Smith 1998: 12, 22, 30)
  • (Smith 1998: passim)

Multiple texts by the same author:

  • (Smith 1998, 2000)

Multiple publications by various authors:

  • (Smith 1998; Nowak 2000)

Multiple authors of one text:

  • (Smith, Nowak 1998)

In the event that you are using multiple sources from one author published in one year, differentiate them in alphabetical order in citations and in the list of sources using “a/b/c…”:

  • (Smith 1998a)
  • (Smith 1998a; 1998b)

If a source has four or more authors, list the author that is listed first in the original (not necessarily the first author listed alphabetically) and “et al.” (if possible, list all following authors in the list of sources):

  • (Smith et al. 1998)

For cases in which a citation is the same as the previous, do not use substitutes such as “ibid.” for these sources, but repeat the whole citation. If the citation is placed at the end of a sentence, the full-stop should always be placed after the citation.

Mark verbatim citations in italics and quotation marks (only the content in quotation marks should be written in italics, i.e. only the given citation; quotations marks themselves should not be in italics). Verbatim citations should be used only in necessary situations. Verbatim citations (if they are more extensive) are not to be placed in a separate, condensed paragraph (as is the case in many journals). If you make any changes to the verbatim citation, do so in square brackets. Mark omissions using square brackets containing three full stops.



At the end of the paper, it is necessary to provide an alphabetical list of literature and sources used (“Bibliography”). This is done without differentiating between electronic and printed sources, primary and secondary sources, and so on – the bibliography is one alphabetically ordered list containing all used sources.

We would like to point out that all sources cited in the text must be listed in the bibliography; similarly, all items included in the bibliography must be cited in the text.

In the event that a source that is different from the examples listed below is used, use common sense in combining and formatting them. If doubts cannot be solved in this manner, please contact the editorial staff (vnaxera@kap.zcu.cz).

A DOI is assigned to all reviewed texts in Acta FF ZČU accepted for publication starting with edition 1/2018. A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique code that serves as a permanent link for identifying and searching for electronic sources. In order to be assigned a DOI, the author must carefully list the DOI for all cited sources in the bibliography that have a DOI. The DOI must be listed in the form of a full internet link: https://doi.org/DOI-prefix/DOI-sufix (e.g. https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323115582148). Whether or not an electronic source has a DOI can be verified here: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery.

The resulting bibliographical information accompanied by a DOI will thus be as such:

  • Gregor, M., A. Macková. 2015. “Euroscepticism the Czech way: An analysis of Václav Klaus’s speeches.” European Journal of Communication 30 (4): 404–417, https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323115582148.


Examples of bibliographic information:

  • Tomšič, M. 2011. Elites in Post-Communist Societies. London: Vega Press, Ltd.
  • Heider, D., L. Lička, M. Otisk (eds.). 2017. Perception in Scholastics and their Interlocutors. Prague: Filosofia.
  • Johnton, M. 1989. “The Political Consequences of Corruption: A Reassessment.” Pp 985–1005 in A. J. Heidenheimer, M. Johnston, V. T. LeVine (eds.). Political Corruption: A Handbook. Piscataway: Transition Publishers.
  • Husenicová, L. 2017. “Concept of a state in international and security studies.” Pp 20–28 in Security Forum 2017. Conference Proceedings from the 10th Annual International Scientific Conference, February 8th-9th, 2017, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. Banská Bystrica: Interpolis.
  • Gregor, M., A. Macková. 2015. “Euroscepticism the Czech way: An analysis of Václav Klaus’s speeches.” European Journal of Communication 30 (4): 404–417, https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323115582148.
  • Collinson, S. 2018. “Trump's block of a memo is a block of checks and balances.” [online] CNN, 10. 2. 2018 [retrieved 13. 2. 2018]. https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/10/politics/donald-trump-democrats-fbi-intelligence/index.html.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2017. “Plato.” [online] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [retrieved 13. 2. 2018]. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/plato/.