About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The journal promotes empirical research in the field of political behavior (especially in the aspect of politics, psychology, media, philosophy and history). Multifaceted and interdisciplinary study determinants of individuals and their motivation to participate actively in political life is essential to building a civil society, of which one of the most important dimension is the participation in the election. Initiators of the magazine are particularly keen on cooperating with researchers from various disciplines who take an empirical interest in the analysis of  the topic from different perspectives: political science, psychology, media studies, sociology, linguistics, philosophy, history and others. The degree of citizen involvement  in the electoral process is contingent on many levels, which gives us the possibility to identify and analyse the correlation existing between them.

Journal History

Journal “Political Preferences” was established in 2010 by researchers from Institute of Political Science and Journalism (University of Silesia in Katowice). In the next years Editorial Board was enlarged to include political scientists from other valued research centers, such as Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń, University of Wroclaw, University of Szczecin. Until 2015 the journal has been published as “Preferencje Polityczne” ([p]ISSN: 2083-327X, [e]ISSN: 2449-9064). Starting with number 6/2013 Political Preferences has functioned as parallel title of journal. Now Political Preferences is printed in semi-annual frequency. Between 2010 and 2016 articles published in the journal have presented the results of nationwide empirical research “Political Preferences. Attitudes-Identifications-Behaviours”.

The beginnings of the Political Preferences Journal can be traced back to 2009, when Agnieszka Turska-Kawa, the chief editor of the journal, and Waldemar Wojtasik noticed a need for conducting more empirical research projects in social science in Poland. They have initiated a research project that involved cooperation of many Polish universities. Its aim was to create a set of representative empirical data that would inspire the scientific community to write papers based on empirical research. The first project involved a diagnosis of public attitudes and opinions on important for Polish society political and social issues. Beside researchers from Silesian University in Katowice also those from other higher education institutions participated, from cities like Bielsko-Biała, Bydgoszcz, Szczcin, Toruń and Wroclaw. The project started to play an important role in promoting empirical research in Poland. At the same time it facilitated the integration of scientific community from the most important Polish universities. Soon, other universities joined in the collaboration (among others Warsaw and Lublin). The idea of cyclical research into the attitudes and opinions of citizens started to be appreciated. In the years 2009-2015 seven country-wide surveys of a representative sample of Poles have been conducted. Researchers that have started the project decided to modify it and create a scientific journal which would promote empirical research and socio-political analyses. This is how a local research project idea evolved into a journal created and run by people full of passion towards science and empirical analysis.

Our journal has a well-established position among Polish scientific journals and it is being well-received in Central and Eastern Europe. Our 9/2014 issue can be seen as the expression of the journal’s opening to the international audience. It was devoted to European Parliament elections in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Croatia.  Now we are trying to ground our work and position by publishing papers in English exclusively.

Journal is committed to empirical research and significant advances in knowledge and understanding of political behavior. The geographical area concerned is Central and Eastern Europe. Determinants of participation of individuals in politics and their motivation to take part in the political life of the society are crucial for the proper functioning of the civil society. One of its most important expressions is participation in elections. Editorial board is open to cooperation with researchers who represent different academic disciplines and are interested in the empirical analysis of elections from multifarious perspectives. Researchers representing such academic disciplines as political science, psychology, sociology, linguistic studies, media studies, history, philosophy and other disciplines are welcome. The extent of citizens’ engagement with electoral processes is determined on many levels. This gives us an opportunity to identify and analyze links between them.

Open Access Policy

All articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0)

Political Preferences journal provides open access to its content (CC-BY-4.0.). 

How to cite us?

-  from 2016 (journal title: Political Preferences)
Wojtasik, W. (2016). Sukces Ruchu Palikota w świetle czynników możliwego sukcesu politycznego (Political Opportunity Structure). Political Preferences, 13, 159-174.

- between 2010 and 2015 (journal title: Preferencje Polityczne)
Wojtasik, W. (2012). Sukces Ruchu Palikota w świetle czynników możliwego sukcesu politycznego (Political Opportunity Structure). Preferencje Polityczne, 3, 159-174.

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>> We would like to thank Professor Andrzej Noras for understanding the needs of the editorial office and the support he gave as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Silesia.

>> We would like to thank Professor Zbigniew Widera for his goodwill and help during the organization of the editorial office and the material support necessary to publish our journal.

>> We would like to thank Professor Irena Pilch for methodological support and assistance in the implementation of the research projects.

>> We would like to thank Professor Miro Haček from the University of Ljubljana for his help in the internationalization of our journal.

>> We would like to thank PhD Aneta Drabek for her help with bibliometric positioning of our journal.

>> We would like to thank Jarosław Wichura, first secretary in our editorial office. His enthusiasm and dedication was an invaluable support for us and the authors.