Instructions for Authors
About the Journal
The Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Technical Sciences
(Bull. Pol. Ac.: Tech.) is published by the Division IV: Engineering
Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The journal is peer‐reviewed
and is published both in printed and electronic form
(http://www.czasopisma.pan.pl/bpas). It is established for the
publication of original high quality papers from multidisciplinary
Engineering sciences with the following topics preferred:
• Artificial and Computational Intelligence,
• Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology,
• Civil Engineering,
• Control, Informatics and Robotics,
• Electronics, Telecommunication and Optoelectronics,
• Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Thermodynamics,
• Material Science and Nanotechnology,
• Power Systems and Power Electronics.
Format of the journal – A4 printed and electronic form,
Paper type – offset
Colourfulness – full colour at an extra charge,
The volume of the journal – 200 pages (ca 20 papers) + 4 cover pages,
Frequency of publication – bimonthly,
ISSN: 0239-7528 (print version),
ISSN: 2300-1917 (on line version),
Journal citation: Bull. Pol. Ac.: Tech.
ISO: Bull. Pol. Acad. Sci.-Tech. Sci.,
JCR Abbrev: B POL ACAD SCI-TECH
Acronym in the Editorial System: BPASTS
JCR Impact Factor 2017: 1.361
5 Year Impact Factor 2017: 1.323
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.526
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 1.208
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 1.158
The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education 2017: 25 points
• Invited reviews presenting the state of the knowledge
and/or devoted to novel topics,
• Refereed research papers reporting on original scientific
or technological achievements,
• Refereed papers in special issues/sections serving as
conference proceedings arranged by guest editors.
Special Section Policy
Proposals of original Special Sections within the scope of the Journal
may be submitted to the Editorial Office. Special Section submission
rules are described in detail at: Edytorial
Guest Editor form needed for submitting a Special Section proposal: Edytorial
Manuscript Submission Policy
All manuscripts submitted for publication should be original.
Manuscripts published or under consideration for publication elsewhere
should not be submitted and will not be considered. Submission of a
paper implies that it has not been published previously, that it is not
under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that if accepted it
will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any
other language, without the written consent of the Publisher.
However, manuscripts based on papers published at related conferences
and workshops proceedings may be submitted for consideration
provided that: (1) the papers are not identical (similarity index must
be below 50%), (2) the authors cite their earlier conference paper on
which this new work is based, (3) the journal publication includes
clearly shown novel elements (e.g., more comprehensive experiments).
Manuscript submission for review
The Bull. Pol. Ac.: Tech now employs a Web-based manuscript
submission and peer-review tracking system called Editorial System.
Authors must submit their manuscript electronically on the web: http://www.editorialsystem.com/bpasts/.
From this entry page, access can be obtained to all information required
for the submission of a manuscript. First‐time users must create an
Author’s account to obtain a user ID and password required to enter the
system. All manuscripts receive individual identification codes that
should be used in any correspondence with regard to the publication
process. For the authors already registered in the Editorial System it
is enough to enter their username and password to login as an author
Author(s) will be notified about registration and manuscript review
process by e-mail.
The manuscripts must be uploaded as a single PDF file.
If you experience difficulties with the manuscript submission website,
please contact the Copy Editor of the Bull. Pol. Ac.: Tech (Anna
of authors and their affiliation should be removed from the manuscripts
for the review process in order to have a fair evaluation of their
manuscript. All authors of the manuscript are responsible for its
content; they must have agreed to its publication and have given the
corresponding author the authority to act on their behalf in all matters
pertaining to publication. The Corresponding Author is responsible for
informing the coauthors of the manuscript status throughout the
submission, review, and production process. All submitted papers are
checked using iThenticate plagiarism detection software.
1. The manuscript should be written in clear and concise English.
2. For manuscript preparation please use the attached Word or LaTeX
3. Please remember that in the .pdf version of the manuscript for
evaluation process author(s) name(s) and affiliation should be removed.
4. Authors should consult a recent issue of the journal for style if
Manuscript decision and Proofs
Manuscript evaluations are assigned one of four outcomes: Accept,
Minor Revisions, Major Revisions, and Reject. Manuscripts with
"Minor Revision" do not require a second review. All manuscripts
receiving a "Major Revision" evaluation must be subjected to a second
review. Rejected manuscripts are given no further consideration.
Normally, manuscripts that receive a "Major Revision" decision have only
one additional chance for revision and the revised version should be
uploaded to the Editorial System within six weeks. If the
author(s) failed to make satisfactory changes, the manuscript is
rejected. On acceptance, manuscripts are subject to editorial amendment
to suit house style.
Transfer of Copyright Agreement
Once the paper is initially accepted, the authors are assumed to have
transferred the copyright of the paper to the publisher. Please fill the
attached Form, sign, and add to the final version of the
manuscript as separate .pdf file.
It is also available on the webpage
Proofs will be sent to the author (first named author if no
corresponding author is identified for multi-authored papers) and should
be returned within 48 hours of receipt.
Fees for printing the article
The Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Technical Sciences
(Bull. Pol. Ac.: Tech.) is published in Open Access, which means that all
papers are available on the internet to all users immediately upon
publication free of charge for the readers. By submitting a paper
for publication, authors declare that they are ready to cover the costs
of printing their paper. In exchange for a fee for printing, the PDF
file of published paper is available at the Open Access platform:
National (foreign) authors:
• The flat fee of 1230 PLN (approximately 300 EUR) per paper
Exempt from the fee are:
• Authors of articles ordered by the Editorial Board (Invited papers)
50% discount for:
• Reviewers (who performed at least 5 reviews per year) – one paper per
• Guest Editors (the discount is valid only within the special section
guest-edited by the author)
Mandatory over-length charges of 200 PLN (approximately 50 EUR) per
in case the paper exceeds
• 8 printed double-column pages for regular research papers,
• 8 printed double-column pages for Special issue/section papers,
• No limit for invited (review) papers.
In addition, each color page will be charged an additional fee according
to the current cost of printing. Otherwise, the paper will be printed in
Information needed for Proforma Invoice
1. Author’s/Authors’ Last name(s), Name(s), e-mail
2. Title of the paper
3. Exact name of the payer (person / institution or other legal entity
realizing the transfer)
4. Address of the payer
5. Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN, in Polish NIP) – only when paid
by an institution or another legal entity!
Check list for final submission to the Bull. Pol. Ac.: Tech
1. Is your manuscript up to date? Did you include references, which were
published while your manuscript was being processed? It is expected that
at least 20% of references are to journal papers published in the last
two years. Authors are welcome to consider reference papers published in
the Bull. Pol. Ac.: Tech. In order to find the recent Bull. Pol.
Ac.: Tech. papers please visit Open Access platform: http://www.czasopisma.pan.pl/dlibra/journal/95347
2. Is your title adequate and is your abstract correctly written? In the
age of electronic publications it is not easy to be noticed! Authors
have to do everything possible so the paper will be seen and read.
Therefore, very careful wording should be used in the title and in the
abstract. Without a proper and interesting title and abstract a great
paper might never be downloaded from the de Gruyter platform http://www.czasopisma.pan.pl/dlibra/journal/95347
3. Does the manuscript clearly describe problem(s) and your
accomplishments? Can your manuscript be shortened? Are there sentences
or paragraphs that do not provide important information and can be
4. Is the length of your manuscript adequate? Please notice that for
long papers, you may face mandatory over length charges per page.
5. Please make sure that the fee for printing your manuscript is paid.