Uniwersytet Rzeszowski
Centrum Dokumentacji Współczesnej Sztuki Sakralnej
pl. Ofiar Getta 4-5/35, 35-002 Rzeszów
tel. +48 17 872 20 98

A few words about “Sacrum et Decorum”

The annual Sacrum et Decorum. Materiały i studia z historii sztuki sakralnej/Sacrum et Decorum. Materials and Studies on the History of Sacred Art is a peer-reviewed journal publishing research exploring in a wider cultural context sacred art, art inspired by religion, or art alluding to metaphysical issues created between the 19th and 21st century.
The journal is published in two language versions – Polish and English – as a part of the work of Centrum Dokumentacji Współczesnej Sztuki Sakralnej Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego [The Centre for Documentation of Modern Sacred Art at the University of Rzeszów] and published by Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego. The annual aims to reach across regions and confront research results from different academic centres.
Sacrum et Decorum has no analogues among academic periodicals published in Poland, and the few foreign (European) periodicals in the field of sacred art represent too broad a formula and only occasionally lend their pages to the publication of works in the discipline which is the domain of our journal.

Since the first issue in 2008, through subsequent volumes of the annual, the editors of Sacrum et Decorum have endeavoured to meet the expectations of the academic community of art historians and scholars working in related disciplines, among whom there has been a growing interest in research on sacred art of the last two centuries and the possibility of publishing its results in a separate journal that takes into account the special nature of the field.

The Academic Board of our publishing house includes representatives of Polish and foreign research centres – people who are recognized authorities on matters relating to the profile of the journal. Since 2010 it has included professors from the universities of Strasbourg and Lausanne, who recognised the importance of Sacrum et Decorum appearing among academic periodicals published in Europe; in 2021 this distinguished group was joined by another specialist, this time from an academic centre east of Poland, from the Lviv National Academy of Arts.

The authors writing for Sacrum et Decorum are researchers working at various academic centres. Thanks to this, the articles published in our periodical give the fullest possible picture of current state of research.

Sacrum et Decorum is an annual publication with a yearly date referring to the deadline for submitting articles to the editorial team for the current issue, which is published in the first quarter of the following year.

The journal contains original peer-reviewed articles preceded by an introductory editorial. In exceptional cases we include previously published texts of foreign authors, considered by the editors to be important, which are difficult to access and have not been previously translated into English or Polish. Occasionally, a section containing reports, reviews and source materials is also added. Starting with Volume XII, our journal features artists’ essays on their own work in a new Miscellanea series.

The editors of our journal are committed to upholding the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as detailed in the subpage Publication Ethics.

In order to share widely our research results, we pursue a publishing policy that aims at dissemination of articles on a national and worldwide scale through open access to published content, both on the journal’s website and in the Repository of the University of Rzeszow Library as well as in national and international academic databases, i.e.: The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities <http://cejsh.icm.edu.pl>, The Central and Eastern European Online Library <http://ceeol.com> and Index Copernicus <https://journals.indexcopernicus.com>.

Texts can be submitted in the author’s preferred language. After preliminary approval by the editorial team, they will be translated into Polish or English and then approved by the Academic Board and sent for review.

We welcome contributions of everyone interested in research on sacred art created between the 19th and 21st century and willing to share the results of their research.

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