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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.
  • The author(s) confirm that the submission has not been previously published, and is not being concurrently submitted elsewhere, specifically in other journals or publishers (except in the form of abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint), that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
  • The author(s) confirm that (1) Blinded Article (including Main Text, Tables, Figures, and References) and (2) Title Page (including Authors' Detail, Funding, Acknowledgment, Conflicting Interest Declaration, Authors' Contributions and Biographies, and Data Availability Statement) are uploaded separately. Copyright form is not required. There are no authors' names and affiliations in the Main Text for double blind review. All files are submitted in doc. or docx. format (NOT in rtf. or PDF format).
  • The author(s) confirm that the Main Text is following a correct layout: one column, double space, A4 size, Times New Roman, and Font 11. Please ensure that the Main Text is not following a layout format of the published articles.
  • The author(s) confirm that the Main Text and Title Page are written in English.
  • The author(s) undersigned hereby give Department of Publication of Belitung Raya Foundation the rights as publisher, the right of first publication of all published material. It will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0.
  • The authors(s) agree to pay the article publication charge after manuscript is editorially accepted (Do NOT pay before getting acceptance letter or prior to submission). Please remember that the payment does not influence the review process and acceptance of submitted article.
  • The author(s) understand that failure in following the submission checklist above will result in an immediate rejection.
  • The author(s) understand that they will be blacklisted if caught doing a double submission.

Author Guidelines

Updated 1 January 2022


Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: (1) Title page and (2) Main text file. Copyright form is not required as the author(s) retains unrestricted copyrights (Read copyright notice and open access policy).

(1) Title Page 

This must include the following information:

  • Title of the manuscript
  • Names (spelled out in full) of all the authors*, 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)
  • Acknowledgment
  • Authors' Contributions (Clearly state the contribution of each author; ensure each author meets 4 authorship criteria based on ICMJE Recommendations)
  • Author's Biographies (Academic or structural position of each author and ORCiD iD)
  • Data Availability Statement (Check data sharing policy)
  • Ethical Consideration (State the complete name of institutions or ethics committee and approval number)
  • Statement that authors will pay APC if their article is editorially accepted (except for editorial or guest editorial)

(2) Main Text

Please click below on the type of manuscript you are planning to submit, and follow the guidance provided. Or, you can choose a reporting guideline from EQUATOR Network or NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives


It is noted that, since January 2022, an abstract is required to all article types. The guideline for writing an abstract can be seen in each type of the article.  The abstract should be included in the main text during the submission.


For keywords of abstract,  Please use MeSH on Demand by 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, 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 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, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted. 


There is a change of reference and citation format since Vol 3(6) based on the Editors' agreement due to the previous format is not available in the Mendeley software that the majority of authors use for submission in BNJ.

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


To submit revised manuscript, the authors should combine "response to reviewers" file (including a point by point response listed or in a table) and main text (with highlights of changes) into one file.

To submit a revised paper please log in to your account. Please do not submit your revised manuscript as a new submission, as revised manuscripts are processed differently.


The post-acceptance steps are as follows:

  • Complete the title page if you do not submit at the first time of submission.
  • Authors need to pay the Article Processing Charge, and send the proof of payment to the editor.
  • The authors will receive copyediting request which should be checked thoroughly and returned promptly. In this stage, the accepted manuscripts are copy edited for punctuation, print style, and format. The authors are responsible for 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 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 final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.
  • The article will be published open access on the journal website as EARLY VIEW article.
  • The article will then be included to the upcoming issue.


Early View articles are peer-reviewed and accepted articles that have been officially published in BNJ (as Online Version of Record). When the article is assigned to a volume/issue, the Early View article version will be removed, and the Final version will appear in the associated published volume/issue of the journal. The date an article was first made available online will be carried over. The only difference between Early View and Final versions of the articles is that the Early View articles do not have page numbers yet. Please note that the DOI number in both versions is the same but not yet registered in the Crossref until it is published in a regular issue.

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