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"Dziecko krzywdzone. Teoria, badania, praktyka" jest periodykiem wydawanym przez Fundację Dzieci Niczyje. Pismo ma charakter interdyscyplinarny. Jego celem jest poszerzanie wiedzy profesjonalistów - psychologów, pedagogów, lekarzy, prawników, polityków społecznych i innych - na temat różnych aspektów problemu krzywdzenia dzieci.


Abused Child. Theory, Research and Practice

“Abused Child. Theory, Research and Practice” is the periodical published by Nobody’s Children Foundation. The quarterly journal has an interdisciplinary character. Its main goal is to broaden knowledge of professionals, such as psychologists, educators, pediatricians and other medical professionals, lawyers, policy makers and others, about different aspects of child abuse. In the journal the most relevant theoretical concepts, empirical data and information about innovative activities of diagnostic, therapeutical and preventing character are presented. The goal of the periodical is to establish form of sharing experiences concerning combating child abuse, sharing good practice and information about important events like conferences congresses, training and publications in this field. 

The journal is located at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education list of Polish journals in Part B (6 points).


Editor in Chief: Monika Sajkowska, Nobody's Children Foundation

Deputy Editor in Chief: Maria Keller-Hamela, Nobody's Children Foundation

Editorial Board: 

Gabriela Kühn, Nobody's Children Foundation

Agnieszka Izdebska, Adam Mickiewicz University

Katarzyna Makaruk, Nobody's Children Foundation

Justyna Podlewska, Nobody's Children Foundation

Renata Szredzińska, Nobody's Children Foundation

Joanna Włodarczyk, Nobody's Children Foundation, University of Warsaw

Szymon Wójcik, Nobody's Children Foundation, University of Warsaw

Jolanta Zmarzlik, Nobody's Children Foundation

Managing Editor: Joanna Włodarczyk


Review form PDF DOC


Information for authors

We invite you to submit articles on broadly understood issue of child abuse.


Types of published articles

 1. Original theoretical and empirical articles: they should include an introduction presenting an overview of up-to-date empirical findings on the given issue, description of research methods, presentation of results and discussion thereof.

2.  Articles regarding practice in clinical, educational or prevention work.

3.  Polemics with previously published articles.

4.  Letters from the editor. Letters regarding articles published in the journal previously and topics related to the issue to which the journal is dedicated.

The articles should be sent to the editor’s address:



The author who submits the article for publication ipso facto informs that the article has not been published before and is not submitted for publication elsewhere.

The person who submits the article to the editor’s office is obliged to reveal all authors of the article and participation of other persons who contributed to the text, citing their affiliation and scope of contribution.

The editor informs that „ghostwriting” and „guest authorship” are a display of scientific dishonesty, and all revealed cases thereof will be denounced, including informing relevant bodies (institutions which employ the author, scientific associations, association of scientific editors and so on).

By „ghostwriting” we understand the situation when somebody contributed significantly  to the publication, without being credited as one of the authors or without their role being mentioned in acknowledgements included in the publication.

By „guest authorship” („honorary authorship”) we understand the situation when the contribution of the author is insignificant or none and despite that the person is credited as an author/co-author of the publication.

When the article is a result of a cooperation in a research project, the publication should bear information on the sources of financing for the project, contribution from scientific and research institutes, associations and other bodies („financial disclosure”).


Preparation of the article

1. The layout of the text should be as simple as possible.

2. The text should be written in Times New Roman font, 12 points font size with 1,5 line spacing.

3. The title page of the article should include

  1) title of the article in Polish and English

  2) information on the autho/authors:

 - full name and surname

 - scientific (professional) title

 - scientific degree

 - work place/ main affiliation with the postal address and official e-mail

 - other affiliations with the address

 - contact: correspondence address, telephone, fax, e-mail

 3) short information on the author (max. 340 characters with spaces) – including scientific titles and degrees, place and scope of work, research concluded etc.

Apart from the title page, due to the review process, the article should not include information which would allow to identify the author.

4. Each article should include an abstract of max. 2000 characters with spaces in polish and English. It should contain main issues presented in the article and the problem discussed, research methods applied, main results and a summary.

5. Key-words (3-5 words) reflecting the content of the article in Polish and English. Generic terms and compound concepts.

6. Citation of literature in the main body of the text should be in line with the APA citation style (American Psychological Association). 

Instruction for citation in APA style: 

  • In brackets, place the surname of the author and the year of publication after a comma

(Chaffin, 1992)

  • Two authors

(Friedman, Resnic, 2007)

  • From three to five authors

First citation:

(May-Chahal, Hicks, Tomlinson, 2010)

Subsequent citation:

(May-Chahal et al., 2010)

  • Six and more authors – always give the name of the firs one

(Kułaga et al., 2009)

  • Corporate authors

(UNICEF, 2003)

  • Citing specific parts

(Pinhero, 2006, p. 52)

7. Reference list should be placed at the end of the article (in alphabetical order) in line with APA citation style. 

Instruction for preparing a reference list in APA style:

Books: Surname, N. (year). Title of the book, Place of publication: Editing house.

  • Iwaniec, D., Szmagalski, J. (2002). Zaburzenia rozwojowe dzieci krzywdzonych emocjonalnie. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.
  • Bingelli, N.J., Hart, S.N., Brassard, M.R. (2001). Psychological Maltreatment: A Study Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Anthology or compilation

  • Kolankiewicz, M. (Eds). (2007). Dzieci do trzeciego roku życia w instytucjach opiekuńczych w Europie. Statystyka i cechy charakterystyczne. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Akademickie Żak.

Book by a corporate author

  • UNICEF (2003). A League Table of Child Maltreatment Deaths in Rich Nations. Innocenti Report Card No. 5. Florence: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.

Chapter or article in a book

  • Block, R.W. (2002). Child fatalities. W: J.E.B. Myers, L. Berliner, J. Briere, C.T. Hendrix, C. Jenny, Th.A. Reid (Eds.), The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (s. 293-304). London: Sage.

Articles: Surname, N. (year). Title of the article. Title of the journal, volume(no.), pages.

  • Ivens, C. (2008). Pomaganie dzieciom niepełnosprawnym intelektualnie – ofiarom wykorzystywania seksualnego. Dziecko krzywdzone. Teoria, badania, praktyka, 7(1), 7-23.
  • Sullivan, P.M., Knutson, J.F. (2000). Maltreatment and disabilities: a population-based epidemiological study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 24(10), 1257-1273.

Articles in DOI: Surname, N. (year). Title of the article. Title of the journal, volume(no.), pages. doi. 

  • Schaeffer, P.,Leventhal, J. M., Gottsegen Asnes, A. (2011). Children's disclosures of sexual abuse: Learning from direct inquiry. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35(5), 343-352. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.01.014.

Information and publication from websites: Surname, N. (year). Title. Retrieved from: website address.


Reviewing process

Each submitted text will undergo a review procedure, which each author should get familiar with before submitting the text.

  1. Each article is reviewed by two independent reviewers from other institution than then one to which the author is affiliated.
  2. Authors and reviewers do not know their identities (double blind review process).
  3. Reviews are in writing and are concluded with a straightforward opinion on selecting the article for publication or not. The review may include comments on indispensable amendments which condition the publication of the article. Criteria on selecting or not the article for publication are included in the review form.
  4. The author of the article is informed by the editor on the result of the reviewing process and on the possible need for amendments.
  5. Rules for selection for publication together with the review form are made public on the website of the Journal.
  6. The surnames of the reviewers of single publications/volumes are not revealed. Once a year the editor updates the list of cooperating reviewers on its website.


Additional information

The editor reserves the right to edit the text to fit space, style and other requirements of the journal.

The editor reserves the right to ask the author to include amendments resulting from the reviewing process.

The editor reserves the right not to publish texts which are not in line with the profile of the journal, as well as to decide on order and date of possible publishing of submitted texts, of which the authors will be promptly informed.