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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.
  • Original submission: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently submitted to another journal for consideration.
  • Blinded Manuscript: There is no author-identifying information in the manuscript.
  • Authorship: All authors are mentioned in the first submission in the appropriate order. Changes in authors' names/order are not usually allowed and are only permitted under specific consideration by the editor.
  • Separate title page: A separate title page has been prepared, containing all authors' information, funding information, acknowledgement, and conflict of interest.
  • Impact and Implication in the Indigenous Context: The manuscript has a separate section elaborating the findings and study focus in light of the indigenous context (max. 100 words).
  • Word limit: The word limit is no more than 6,000 words for Original Research and Literature Review manuscripts, and no more than 3,000 words for all remaining manuscript types, including references and tables. A manuscript that exceeds the word limits will be returned.
  • File format: All files are prepared in the .doc/.docx (Microsoft Word) format. Images are prepared in high resolution, Black-White colour.
  • Page numbering: Manuscript is page numbered and is, preferably, row numbered.
  • Plagiarism and copyright material: All material in the manuscript has been properly cited, is free of plagiarism, and the production right for the copyrighted material has been obtained.
  • Referencing style and tool: Manuscript adheres to the 7th edition of APA referencing style and is managed with referencing manager tool.
  • Ethical statement: For research that includes data collection to human beings and animals, ethical clearance has been considered and/or obtained from relevant ethics committee. Information of ethics approval has been included in the title page.

Author Guidelines

JPU is published twice a year (every June and December). Submissions are accepted at any time. The review process (double-blind peer review) is targeted to be accomplished within 3 months since submission.

All submissions are evaluated by the Editorial Board in terms of scientific contributions, readability, and appropriateness to the focus and scope. See peer review process section for more detail information. Submissions that do not adhere to the guideline may be returned to authors immediately or may be rejected. 

Please note that submissions are subject to plagiarism screening and please consider learning the JPU Publication Ethics.

Please submit your manuscript electronically through the manuscript submission portal in Microsoft Word format. You will need to register a new account (if you do not have one) to make a submission. Do not submit manuscripts to the editor's email address. 

Click here to download the author guideline. 


General Guideline

  1. The submitted manuscript must adhere to the guidelines of the 7th Publication Manual of American Psychological Association.
  2. The submitted manuscript must reflect an original work and is free from plagiarism. The editorial board reserves the right to automatically reject the submission should plagiarism is detected. 
  3. Manuscript in either English or Indonesian language is accepted, however manuscript written in English by non-English native authors must be edited by a professional English editor prior to sending for review.
  4. For manuscripts written in Indonesian language, an appropriate translation of the terminologies and variables must be performed whenever possible based on the reference from the latest version of Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia.
  5. Please download the template of the manuscript (INDONESIAN / ENGLISH)  and title page (INDONESIAN / ENGLISH)  prior to submitting your manuscript. You can modify the manuscript sections to suit your submission type (original research, literature review, brief report, or commentary paper). Please ensure the manuscript adheres to the appropriate guideline to speed up the reviewing process. All files should be submitted in MS Word format; do not submit files in PDF format.
  6. Submitted manuscript must include an “Impact and Implication in the Indigenous Context [Dampak dan Implikasi Ulayat]” section in the main text, where authors elaborate the impact of their findings and arguments within the indigenous perspective. The maximum length for this section is 100 words. 
  7. The journal applies strict criteria regarding the maximum word counts and only under very rare circumstances are manuscripts exceeding the above word limits accepted. The maximum word length for each type of manuscript is:
  • Original research – 6,000 words, including bi-lingual abstract (of maximum 150 words for each language), main text, references, tables, and figures. 
  • Literature Review – 6,000 words, including bi-lingual abstract (of maximum 150 words for each language), main text, references, tables, and figures. 
  • Brief report – 3,000 words, including bi-lingual abstract (of maximum 100 words for each language), main text, tables, figures, and a maximum of 8 references. 
  • Commentary paper ­­– 3,000 words, including bi-lingual abstract (of maximum 100 words for each language), main text, tables, figures, and a maximum of 8 references.  
  1. Tables and figures are presented to enhance clarity and are not redundantly explained in the paragraphs. Figures are presented in black-and-white, high resolution images. 
  2. Authors are encouraged to use referencing manager tools (e.g. EndNote, Mendeley).
  3. Ethical statement has been provided and written properly as guided in the Title Page template.
  4. To enable double-blind review procedure, the title page must be uploaded separately. The manuscript must not contain any author-identifying information. Below are the required files for the submission.
    1. Cover letter.
    2. Title page, includes title, list of authors' names and affiliations, correspondence email, acknowledgement, funding, and conflict of interest. Download the template for the title page here (INDONESIAN / ENGLISH).
    3. Main manuscript MUST NOT include any information about authors and affiliations, including acknowledgement, funding, and conflict of interest sections. Download template for the manuscript here (INDONESIAN / ENGLISH).
    4. Other supporting files (if any).


Compliance with Ethical Standard

Authors are encouraged to obtain ethical clearance for research that includes data collection to human beings and animals. Authors are welcome to approach KPIN Ethics Committee to obtain an ethical clearance of their study proposal. Please note that the journal does not require ethical clearance to be obtained exclusively from the KPIN Ethics Committee. Authors could obtain ethical clearance from any authorized ethics committees. At this transition time and given the limited accessibility and literacy to ethical clearance process in Indonesia, manuscripts that involve primary data collection and did not undergo formal ethical review process, could still considered so long as the ethical aspect of the study has been considered in accordance with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later addendums. For study that involves vulnerable population, ethical clearance is required for publication. The Editor, with consideration from the reviewers' suggestions, will decide whether ethical clearance is required. Starting 2024, JPU aims to require ethical clearance information from authorized institution be included in all published msnucripts that involve primary data collection.

Authors are also encouraged to make their data available and accessible to enhance the accountability of the research practice. Conflict of interest would need to be explicitly stated.

All ethical statements need to be stated in the designated sections in Title Page.


Title Page

A separate title page must be prepared and submitted along with the manuscript. Title page consists of the following information: title of the manuscript (no more than 14 words), authors' names and affiliations, and a corresponding email. The information about ethical statement, conflicts of interest and/or sponsoring body should also be written in the title page. Please use our template (INDONESIAN / ENGLISH) for the title page. Title page is submitted as a TITLE PAGE in the submission portal.


Manuscript Structures

Manuscript is systematically and narratively written in paragraphs. Brief report and commentary paper do not typically have standardised sections. 

 General structures of the manuscript include:

  • TITLE OF THE MANUSCRIPT. Title must be concise (no more than 14 words), must reflect the main findings, and is clearly and creatively articulated.
  • ABSTRACT. Regardless the language used in the manuscript, an unstructured abstract must be provided in both English and Indonesian language. 
  • KEYWORDS. Three to five keywords must be provided and must reflect the study focuses or variables (presented in alphabetical order). 
  • IMPACT AND IMPLICATION IN THE INDIGENOUS CONTEXT (DAMPAK DAN IMPLIKASI ULAYAT). The section elaborates the implication of the study findings within the indigenous perspective, within a maximum of 100 words.
  • INTRODUCTION. Introduction contains presentation of the phenomena as background information that leads to the research problems. Sufficient literature reviews are also presented in this section. Please use subheadings for better organization. Research questions, hypotheses, and study aims are clearly presented at the end of this section.
  • METHODS. Methods should provide detail information to enable replication of the study. Please refrain from presenting redundant information of the generally known terminologies (such as: the definition of well-known study designs, sampling techniques, etc.). Subheadings of the Methods for original research manuscript typically include:
    • Participants: describe the criteria of participants, sampling techniques, and general characteristics.
    • Design: describe the study designs and the rationale.
    • Procedure: describe how the study was executed and ethics approval information.
    • Instruments: describe the instruments used to collect the data.
    • Analysis Strategies: describe the particular techniques that are used to analyze the main findings.
  • RESULTS. Presentations of the results should answer the research questions and hypotheses written in the Introduction section. Tables and figures may be used when necessary for effective presentation of the findings, but should not be redundantly explained in the paragraphs. When interview is used as data collection method, this section should also contain direct quotations of meaningful participants’ transcripts that support the findings. 
  • DISCUSSION. Discussion elaborates the interpretations of the findings that are presented. Study limitations should also be adequately discussed in this section.
  • CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS. This section summarises the study findings and implications.
  • REFERENCES. List all references used in the alphabetical order, in accordance to the 7th APA style. Refer to the examples below.

Examples of references:

Journal article

Gabriel, B., Beach, S. R. H., & Bodenmann, G. (2010). Depression, marital satisfaction and communication in couples: Investigating gender differences. Behavior Therapy, 41, 306-316.

Journal article (in press)

Baldwin, M., & Keefer, L. A. (in press). Being here and now: The benefits of belonging in space and time. Journal of Happiness Studies.

Journal article (early view/advance online publication)

Allan, H. (2010). The perils facing nurse education: A call for leadership for learning. Nurse Education Today. Advance online publication.

Journal article (electronic)

de Boer, M. J., Steinhagen, H. E., Versteegen, G. J., Struys, M. M. R. F., & Sanderman, R. (2014). Mindfulness, acceptance and catastrophizing in chronic pain. PloS One9(1), Article e87445.

Thesis (from website)

Axford, J.C. (2007). What constitutes success in Pacific Island community conserved areas? [Doctoral Dissertation, University of Queensland]. UQ eSpace.

Thesis (from database)

Leigh, J. (2010). Self-determined mindfulness and attachment style in college students (Publication No. 305210119) [Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana State University]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.


Azwar, S. (2012). Penyusunan Skala Psikologi Edisi 2. Pustaka Pelajar.

Data from the Internet

Dinas Pendidikan Tinggi Republik Indonesia. (2015, December 10). Grafik jumlah mahasiswa aktif* berdasarkan jenis kelamin.


Chamberlin, J., Novotney, A., Packard, E., & Price, M. (2008, May). Enhancing worker well-being: Occupational health psychologists convene to share their research on work, stress, and health. Monitor on Psychology, 39(5), 26-29.

Newspaper/magazine (online)

Fachrudin, F. (2016, September 8). Ketentuan soal perzinahan dalam KUHP dinilai perlu diperluas. Kompas. ketentuan.soal.perzinahan.dalam.kuhp.dinilai.perlu.diperluas

Newspaper/magazine (no author)

Usaha macet, ditipu paranormal miliaran rupiah. (2008, Oktober 5). Kompas Online. kena.tipu.paranormal.miliaran.

Book chapter

Diener, E., Lucas, R.E., & Oishi, S. (2002). Subjective well-being: The science of happiness and life satisfaction. Dalam Synder, C.R. & Lopez, S.J. (ed.) Handbook of Positive Psychology (pp. 139-170). Oxford University Press.

Manuscript submitted for publication

Himawan, K. K. (2017). I Need Thee Every Hour: Religiosity and Well-Being of Single Adults. Manuscript submitted for publication.



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Original Research

Report of empirical studies (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods designs). We welcome empirical study reports that have significant contributions towards the understanding of particular phenomena, regardless whether the results is/is not supporting the hypothesis, as long as the methods are appropriate and robust. We also accept report of replicable studies. The maximum length for this manuscript is 6,000 words, including bi-lingual abstract (of maximum 200 words for each language), main text, references, tables, and figures.

Literature Review

Critical analysis of a particular topic, in either a narrative or systematic review. Literature review manuscript must address an important study gap. The manuscript must include method section, which details the process of choosing studies for analysis (the databases use, study criteria, etc.). Meta-analysis is encouraged in the systematic review manuscript. The maximum length for a literature review manuscript is 6,000 words, including bi-lingual abstract (of maximum 200 words for each language), main text, references, tables, and figures.

Commentary Paper

A critical opinion or comment of contemporary topics or phenomena to increase scholars’ awareness and to encourage future studies. A commentary paper should identify an important yet understudied areas and is expressed in a critical and scientific style. The maximum length for a commentary paper is 3,000 words, including bi-lingual abstract (of maximum 100 words for each language), main text, tables, figures, and a maximum of 8 references.

Brief Report

Report of a pilot or ongoing empirical study. This type of manuscript allows a rapid dissemination of findings of cutting-edge topics that are parts of the ongoing project. The maximum length for a brief report manuscript is 3,000 words, including bi-lingual abstract (of maximum 100 words for each language), main text, tables, figures, and a maximum of 8 references.

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