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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 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 an abstract, a part of an academic thesis, or archived in the author's institutional repository or author's homepage - see deposit policy).
  • Author(s) confirm that (1) Blinded Manuscript (including Main Text, Tables, Figures, and References) and (2) Title Page (including Authors' Detail, Funding, Acknowledgment, Conflicting Interest Declaration, Authors' Contributions, Authors’ Biographies, Data Availability Statement, & Use of AI in Scientific Writing Declaration) are uploaded separately.
  • Author(s) confirm that Blinded Manuscript and Title Page are submitted in doc. or docx. format (NOT in rtf. or PDF format).
  • Author(s) confirm that the manuscript follows the correct layout: one column, double space, A4 with appropriate margins (Top: 2.54 cm, Bottom: 2.54 cm, Left: 2.54 cm, and Right: 2.54 cm), Times New Roman, and Font 11).
  • Author(s) confirm that all files are in English format.
  • Author(s) give JOHA/Belitung Raya Foundation the rights as a publisher, the right to the first publication of all published material licensed under under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0.

Author Guidelines

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 noted that a copyright form is not required as the author(s) retain unrestricted copyrights.

(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)
  • Ethical Consideration (State the complete name of institutions or ethics committee and approval number)
  • Declaration of Use of AI in Scientific Writing (Check this policy)

(2) Blinded Manuscript / Main text file
Please choose a reporting guideline for your study from EQUATOR Network or NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives. 

An abstract is mandatory for all manuscripts except editorials and letters to editors. The abstract should be included in the main text during the submission process and should not exceed 350 words in length.

For generating keywords from your abstract, we recommend utilizing "MeSH on Demand" provided by the US National Library of Medicine. Simply copy and paste your abstract into the tool, and it will suggest appropriate keywords based on the content. From the suggested keywords, select 3-10 that are most relevant to your article.

Tables should be self-contained and serve as a complementary source of information, avoiding redundancy with the text. To ensure ease of editing, tables should be submitted in an editable file format instead of being inserted as image files. The accompanying legends of the tables should strike a balance between conciseness and comprehensiveness, allowing readers to understand the content of the table, its legend, and footnotes independently from the main text. It is essential to define all abbreviations used in the table within the footnotes to enhance clarity. When incorporating footnote symbols, it is advisable to adhere to the recommended sequence: †, ‡, §, ¶, while reserving asterisks (*, **, ***) for indicating p-values. Statistical measures like standard deviation (SD) or standard error of the mean (SEM) should be explicitly stated in the table headings. Furthermore, tables should be appropriately positioned within the main content rather than being placed under the references section.

Figure Legends
Legends accompanying figures should strike a balance between conciseness and comprehensiveness, ensuring that the figure and its legend can be comprehended without reliance on the main text. It is important to include clear definitions of any symbols used in the figure and provide explicit explanations for all abbreviations and units of measurement employed. By doing so, readers can fully grasp the content of the figure and its accompanying legend, even in the absence of reference to the main text.

While authors are encouraged to submit figures of the highest quality, it is important to note that a diverse range of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted for the purpose of peer review.

American Psychological Association (APA) format 6th or 7th Edition with DOI assigned is acceptable for citation and references. 

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 then be included in Early View and an upcoming issue.

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