For Authors

Quarterly Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny [Annals of the National Institute of Hygiene] is the peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original articles, reviews, short communications, letters to the editor and book reviews. 

Journal is devoted to the studies concerning scientific problems of food and water safety, nutrition, environmental hygiene, toxicology and risk assessment, public health and other related areas.

Since  2013, Volume 64, number 1 all the papers are published in English.

All articles  for publication in Roczniki Panstwowego Zakladu Higieny / Annals of the National Institute of Hygiene  (Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig)  should be submitted via e-mail: 


Since 1stJanuary 2018 a fee of 650 PLN for Polish Authors (including VAT) and 150 EUR for foreign Authors is introduced for publication of paper in Roczniki Panstwowego Zakladu Higieny / Annals of the National Institute of Hygiene. The fee will be charged after acceptance of the manuscript for publication. The publisher does not charge any other fees. 

Payment information:

National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene
24 Chocimska street, 00-791 Warsaw, Poland
Payment from Poland: Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego 93 1130 1017 0080 1180 2020 0001
Payment from other countries: IBAN PL93 1130 1017 0080 1180 2020 0001, SWIFT: GOSKPLPW
Title of the payment: Fee for publication of the article: article number, name of the first Author, title of the manuscript.
The cost of bank charges is covered by the Authors.

The invoice is issued by the publisher: National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene.



Editorial policy and basic information
Only high scientific quality articles complying with the scope of the journal will be considered for the publication.

Copyright. All the copyrights to the articles published in the Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny are reserved for the publisher: the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene. It means that after article is published the authors transfer the copyright to the publisher and cannot publish this article or its parts elsewhere for commercial purposes without the written permission from the publisher.

License Creative Commons. Submitting the manuscript to Editorial Office means that the Authors declares that they have read the full text of the Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial 3.0 Poland license (CC-BY-NC) available at:

Ethics. Clinical articles should comply with the generally accepted ethical standards and the Helsinki Declaration. For animal experiments reported in the articles the author(s) must obtain the acceptance by the relevant local Ethics Commission.

Conflict of interest. Conflict of interest exists if authors or their institutions have financial or personal relationships with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence their actions. Such relationships should be disclosed to the publisher. All authors should provide a signed statement of their conflict of interest as a part of the author’s statement form.

Transparency. Openness of information on any party contributing to preparation of a publication (content related, financial, etc. input) is proof of ethical attitude of a researcher and of high editorial standards.

Ghostwriting” and “guest authorship are indications of scientific dishonesty and all cases will be exposed and adequate institutions will be informed. “Ghostwriting” is a situation where a person contributes significantly to a publication and is not disclosed as one of the authors or named in the acknowledgments and “guest authorship” is a situation where a given author's contribution is insignificant or non existent and the autor is still listed as author/co-author of a publication.

The editor requires from the authors of the articles that they reveal the contribution of individual authors to the manuscript, i.e. who is the author of the concept and study design, data/material collection, study/analysis, performance, statistical analysis, interpretation of the results, manuscript development etc. Authors of the manuscript should provide “Authors’ statement” form signed by the all authors. Also the information concerning the sources of financial support to the study presented in the submitted manuscript should be provided.

Ethical standards and proceduresThe journal in order to prevent dishonest publishing practices applies the principles of publication ethics in accordance with the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines.

Peer review procedure for manuscripts

1. The manuscripts submitted to the Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny undergo preliminary evaluation in the editorial office to determine whether the topic is within the scope of the journal and to evaluate the adherence to the journal format, as well as to the rules of acceptance. In cases when the above prerequisites are not met the manuscript is not qualified, and the corresponding author is informed.

2. Following the positive preliminary evaluation the paper is directed for peer review to at least two independent and recognized experts representing the scientific experience in the field covered by the manuscript and affiliated in the different institution than the institution(s) where the authors have been affiliated. The reviewers must ensure independence and lack of conflict of interests.

3. During the entire reviewing the double-blind review process is maintained.

4. The review in the written form is forwarded to the corresponding author with the accompanying statement suggesting status of the paper as: ‘accepted’, ‘accepted after revisions’ or ‘not accepted’.  Review Form.

5. The list of reviewers once a year is published on the journal's website and in the fourth issue of each volume.

Submission of manuscripts

For the publication 1 paper copy of printed text and following attachments must be submitted:

1.   Cover letter, in which the corresponding author applies for the publication of the paper in the Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny. The cover letter, signed by the corresponding author, should contain the name of the institution where the author is affiliated, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail, and scientific degree (title). The author is requested to suggest two or three potential reviewers (including their e-mails) from different institutions than the author’s one.

2.   Author(s)’ statement, signed by all authors, stating that the manuscript complies with the general rules set for the scientific articles and was not published and/or submitted for publication elsewhere and will not be send for publication to the other journal, and there is no infringement of property rights to any interested third parties. In the case of experiments on animals the approval of the relevant ethics commission is required. The clinical studies must be accompanied by the written statement, signed by the authors confirming that the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration. The contribution of the individual authors to preparation of a publication should be specified. All  authors are required to sign the statement of their conflict of interest  as a part of the author’s statement form.     

Author’s statement form (PDF) 

3.   Manuscript. The manuscript (text, tables and figures in the separate files), cover letter and athor's statement should be sent by the e-mail

Arrangement of manuscripts

Manuscripts submitted for publication should be typed by the editor Microsoft Word using Times New Roman 12 font and 1.5 space between lines on A4 paper size.

Title page. It should contain the title of the paper in English and, the name(s) and surname(s) of the author(s), the complete name(s) of the institution(s) where the work was performed, and the exact postal address of the corresponding author, phone and/or fax numbers and the e-mail address inserted at the bottom of the title page. If appropriate, the number and the title of the project under which the study has been carried out should also be given on this page as a footnote.

Abstract. It should contain 250-300 words and consist of the following sections: Background, Objective, Material and methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. The abstract of a review article should contain 250-300 words without division into sections.

Keywords. Should be placed after the abstract. 3-6 words or short phrases according to the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings Index Medicus) catalogue available at

Polish authors are asked to attach the abstract and keywords also in Polish language.

Text. The text of the manuscript should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References.

Introduction. It should contain the scientific rationale and the aim of the study or in the case of a review the purpose of the article. Only references related to the paper should be cited.

Material and methods. This section should provide detailed information on the subject of the study, methods, chemicals, apparatus and techniques used in sufficiently exhaustive way to enable readers to repeat the experiments or observations. For generally known methods references should be given together with name of the methods or statistical analysis used in the study. For new or substantially modified methods detailed descriptions are to be added. In the case of experimental studies on laboratory animals, the information should be provided on the approval by a local Ethics Commission, or in the case of clinical studies that they have been performed with the ethical standards according to the Helsinki Declaration.

Results. These should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, the same applies to the tables and figures. The data from the tables and figures should not be repeated in the text, where only the most important observations from the studies are to be summarized. The place where the tables, figures or photographs should appear in the text should be marked.

Discussion. Emphasise the new and important aspects of the results and a comprehensive interpretation of the results obtained against the background of results obtained by other authors. Quotations should be restricted to those with immediate relevance to the author’s findings.

Conclusions. They should be stated precisely in points or descriptively and should be logically connected with the aims stated in the introduction. Statements and conclusions not derived from own observations should be avoided. If a hypothesis is proposed it must be stated clearly.

Acknowledgements. These should be placed directly after the Conclusion section. One or more statements should specify: (1) persons who contributed substantially to the study but cannot be regarded as authorship, such as technical assistants, statisticians, data collectors etc. You should acknowledge their assistance for the sake of transparency. It must be clear that they are not responsible for the final version of the article. You must ensure you have the consent of all the persons named in the acknowledgements; (2) all sources of financial and material support, which should specify the nature of the support. The recommended form is: “This work was supported by: (name of the organization, project number xxxx)”; (3) relationships that may pose the conflict of interest.

References. References should be presented in alphabetical order, according to author’s names. Each position in the list of references should start from the new line and contain: consecutive number, author’s (authors’) surname(s) and initials of name(s) (written in italic), full title of the paper, periodical’s title accepted abbreviation (according to the List Journal Indexed in Index Medicus), year, volume, the first and the last page number of the paper. When quoting them in the text only the number of the reference should be given in square brackets. If the article or book has a DOI number (‘Digital Object Identifier’ number unique to the publication), it should be included in the references. The titles of the cited papers in other language than English should be also translated into English [and given in square brackets]. The information on the original language should be given in the brackets after the page numbers, for example: (in Polish).

Article in a periodical:

  • Snopczyński T., Struciński P., Góralczyk K., Czaja K., Hernik A., Korcz W., Kucharska A., Ludwicki J.K.: Zastosowanie metody QuEChERS w połączeniu z chromatografią gazową z detektorem wychwytu elektronów (GC-ECD) w analizie pozostałości pestycydów w żywności [Application of the QuEChERS method coupled with gas chromatography with electron capture detection (GC-ECD) in analysis of pesticide residues in food]. Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig 2011;62(2):145-151 (in Polish).
  • Lopes M.C., Giudici K.V., Marchioni D.M., Fisberg R.M., Martini L.A.: Relationships between n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake, serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D, food consumption, and nutritional status among adolescents. Nutr Res 2015;35(8):681-688.
  • Shridhar G., Rajendra N., Murigendra H., Shridevi P., Prasad M., Mujeeb M.A., Arun S., Neeraj D., Vikas S., Suneel D., Vijay K.: Modern diet and its impact on human health. J Nutr Food Sci 2015;5:6 doi:10.4172/2155-9600.1000430.
  • Wu M., Yu G., Cao Z., Wu D., Liu K., Deng S., Huang J., Wang B., Wang Y.: Characterization and human exposure assessment of organophosphate flame retardants in indoor dust from several microenvironments of Beijing, China. Chemosphere 2015, doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.12.111.

Books and chapter in a book:

  • Riley D.M., Fishbeck P.S.: History of methylene chloride in consumer products. In: Salem H., Olajos E.J. eds. Toxicology in Risk Assessment. London, Taylor & Francis, 2000.

Legislative acts:

  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 of 19 December 2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs. Off J EU L 364, 20.12.2006.

Internet source:

Tables. These should be printed on separate sheets and numbered using Arabic numerals. The title should be place directly above each table. Tables should always be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order. Each column in tables should have a brief heading, more extensive explanation, should be given below the table, if necessary. The number of tables should be limited to indispensable for the documentation of results.

Figures and photographs. These should be numbered in  Arabic numerals according to the sequence of their appearance in the text. Figures should be made by computer technique and the titles should be placed below the figures. Photographs must be of high quality, digital format is preferred.

Tables, figures or photographs should be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order in the following way: (Table 1), (Figure 1), (Photo 1).

Abbreviations, symbols, units. Generally known and used abbreviations may be left unexplained, others must be explained at the first  use in the text. Metric SI units are recommended, however also other generally used units are accepted.

General information

The editor reserves the right for introducing the editorial corrections in the manuscript which will not influence the scientific contents of the article without prior informing the author.