Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is a scientific journal established in 1966 published by the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Committee on Legal Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, owners of the title. The focus of the Yearbook is on public and private international law as well as European law, with a preference for Central Eastern European scholarship and manuscripts which focus on the region. Each volume of the PYIL also includes a selection of texts on the Polish practice in public international law and book reviews. PYIL is published annually, new volumes are available in August each year. Each volume includes 12-16 articles, depending on the number and the quality of the submissions in a particular as well as their lenght.

The Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is one of the few Polish legal journals published in English. Founded in the dark times of communism as an attempt to build intellectual bridges with the West, it went through the difficult period of wild capitalism in the 1990s, characterised by a permanent lack of public funding, only to more recently face the challenges posed by the technological revolution in the area of scientific publishing and the rapidly accelerating process of research quantification. This chapter tells the story of the PYIL.

The initial function of the Yearbook was to provide a platform for Polish scholars for dissemination of the results of their research to a wider international audience. It seems that the ‘missionary’ objective of sharing the Polish experiences in the application of international law with the rest of the world was only of a supplementary (or instrumental) character, mainly performed by other PYIL sections.

More recently, the PYIL Editorial Board has attempted to redefine the objectives of the Yearbook once again. There seems to be a growing feeling among the Polish (or more generally CEE) scholars that research coming from this part of Europe remains marginalized in the mainstream literature. Indeed, the Western journals seem to be dominated by authors coming from a group of the leading universities in Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. Of course, the simplest
reason behind this phenomenon could be quality of their research. While such an explanation may be true to some extent, in our opinion this does not really explain the whole situation. In many instances the limited presence of Polish (as well as other CEE) researchers is caused by other factors, such as lack of international experience and contacts (especially in case of younger and older scholars), inadequate language competences, or a lack of recognition of what currently constitutes a ‘fashionable’ topic. All these issues seem to be more of a technical rather than substantive nature, and in most cases they can be properly addressed in the course of the publication process. It also seems that certain topics are particularly important for this part of Europe, but may remain underappreciated in the ‘Western’ scholarship (here a good example could be the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the Katy´n case, which generated a lot of attention in Poland and the CEE countries).  This situation has been seen not as a challenge, but rather as an opportunity for the Yearbook, allowing it to publish high quality research that, for various reasons, has limited opportunities to appear elsewhere. Of course, such an approach requires some additional technical work, but this is seen a price worth paying.
The Yearbook also aims to contribute to the current important scientific and political debates in the field of international and European law, particularly if they relate to the CEE region.

A paper version shall be considered authentic. PYIL is indexed in: (i) Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), (ii) Scopus, (iii) ERIH PLUS, and (iv) the Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (CEJSH).