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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Author(s) confirm that their submission (either in whole or in part) has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication by any other journal or publisher, except as an abstract, or archived in the author's institutional repository or personal website. See deposit policy).
  • Author(s) affirm that they have uploaded (1) a Blinded Manuscript, comprising the main text, tables, figures, and references, and (2) a Title Page containing details of the authors, funding, acknowledgments, declarations of conflicting interests, author contributions, author biographies, a statement of data availability, and a statement of APC payment after article acceptance, as separate files.
  • Author(s) verify that the manuscript adheres to the prescribed format, which includes one-column layout, double-spacing, A4 paper size with suitable margins (top: 2.54 cm, bottom: 2.54 cm, left: 2.54 cm, and right: 2.54 cm), Times New Roman font, and size 11 font.
  • Author(s) affirm that the Blinded Manuscript and Title Page are submitted in the format of doc. or docx., and not in the format of rtf. or PDF.
  • Author(s) confirm that all files are formatted in English.
  • Author(s) grant BNJ/Belitung Raya Foundation the rights as a publisher, the right to the first publication of all published material licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0.
  • Author(s) grant BNJ/Belitung Raya Foundation an exclusive permission to convert my/our article abstract into a video and publish it through BNJ/Belitung Raya Foundation channels
  • Author(s) agree to make payment of the Article Processing Charge (APC) within ten days of the editorial acceptance of the manuscript. Please note that the option to process an advance payment remains but does not guarantee the acceptance of manuscripts.
  • Author(s) understand that failure to adhere to the submission checklists provided will result in the immediate rejection of their manuscript.
  • Author(s) acknowledge that making a double submission will result in being blacklisted.

Author Guidelines

Last Update: 1 January 2024

What's new in 2024?

  • Study Protocols and Perspective Articles are not open for submission.
  • Submission for Letters to the Editors is closed. Instead, letters or commentaries related to each published article will be available to readers and authors on the landing page of the respective article, utilizing our commentary plugin.
  • Pilot, Preliminary, or Pre-Experimental Studies will not be considered. However, studies with a repeated-measure design will be taken into consideration.
  • Narrative Reviews or General Reviews will not be accepted. Only Systematic, Integrative, Scoping, or Umbrella Review Articles, as well as Meta-Analyses or Meta-Syntheses, will be considered. These submissions must include comprehensive details of the search strategy, data extraction, and analysis, allowing for replication.
  • Studies involving Research and Development (R&D), the ADDIE Model, or Software Development will no longer be considered.
  • Methodology Papers focused on instrument development, validation, or psychometric properties will be merged into the "Original Research Article" section.
  • The abstract for the Editorial is no longer applicable due to confusion in the Scopus database, where the distinction between an editorial and a review article is unclear because of the existing abstract.
The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: 1) Title page, and 2) Blinded Manuscript (Main text file). Do NOT combine both files. It is also noted that a copyright form is not required as the author(s) retain unrestricted copyrights. (Read also the copyright notice and open access policy).

(1) Title Page file
This must include the following information:
  • Title of the manuscript
  • Names (spelled out in full) of all the authors, emails, and the institutions with which they are affiliated)
  • Corresponding author's details (name, email, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers)
  • Declaration of Conflicting Interest
  • Funding (with a grant number, if available, and a recipient)
  • Acknowledgment
  • Authors' Contributions (Clearly state the contribution of each author; ensure each author meets four authorship criteria based on ICMJE Recommendations)
  • Author's Biographies (Academic or structural position of each author (e.g., Prof. Mary Fisher, PhD, RN) and ORCiD iD)
  • Data Availability Statement (check data sharing policy)
  • Declaration of Generative AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process (Started from Vol 9(2) 2023 ; check our AI policy)
  • Ethical Consideration (State the complete name of institutions or ethics committee and approval number).
  • Statement to agree to pay APC within ten days of the editorial acceptance of the manuscript. Please note that the option to process an advance payment remains but does not guarantee the acceptance of manuscript.
(2) Blinded Manuscript / Main Text file
Please click below on the type of manuscript you plan to submit and follow the guidelines provided. Or, you can choose a reporting guideline from EQUATOR Network or NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

An abstract is required in all types of articles (except for Editorial). The abstract should be included in the main text during the submission and should not be more than 350 words. There is no citation in the abstract. If possible, remove all uncommon abbreviations.

For keywords of the abstract, please use MeSH on Demand by the US National Library of Medicine. Copy and paste your abstract, then see how keywords come up. Choose 3-10 keywords for your article.

Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, the information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in the footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for p-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings. Put the tables in the main content in the appropriate position instead of putting them under the references.

Figure Legends
Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted for peer-review purposes. 

American Psychological Association (APA) format 6th or 7th Edition with DOI assigned is acceptable for citation and references. Examples of the reference formats can be seen here.

To submit a revised manuscript, the authors should combine the "response to reviewers" file (including a point-by-point response listed or in a table) and the main text (with highlights of changes) into one file. To submit a revised paper, please do not submit it as a new submission; the authors can easily upload it into the system after logging into the author’s account.
The post-acceptance steps are as follows:
  • Complete the title page if authors do not submit at the first time of submission.
  • The authors will receive copyediting requests which should be checked thoroughly and returned promptly. In this stage, the accepted manuscripts are copy edited for punctuation, print style, and format. In addition, the authors are responsible for the English grammar check of their manuscript. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three or seven days. 
  • After copyediting stage, the authors will receive the final proof of the article, which should be checked thoroughly and returned promptly. In this stage, final page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to the final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.
  • The article will be published on the journal website as EARLY VIEW article.
  • The article will then be included to the upcoming issue.

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