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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
This Journal of Sustainable Community Development (JSCD) encompasses original research articles, short communications, including all business and management related topics in the implementation practices.
All papers submitted to the journal must be written in good bahasa Indonesia/or English language. Specifically, for the abstract, both languages must be available. The work should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The official language of the manuscript to be published in JSCD journal is English and Indonesia.
1. General Author Guidelines
- All manuscripts must be submitted to JSCD Editorial Office using Online Submission at E-Journal portal address: http://jscd.ipmi.ac.id where author register as Author by online. If authors have any problems on the online submission, please contact Editorial Office at the following email: email@example.com.
- Scripts can be written either in Indonesian or in English.
- Title, abstract, and key words are written in Indonesian and English. Abstracts should clearly indicate background of the problems, objectives, theories and methods, findings or novelty of ideas, and main conclusions.
- The author's name is written without academic degrees. If a script is written by a team or more than one person, the editor will communicate only with the main author or the author whose name is listed in the first place.
The author should fulfill the form as detail as possible where the star marked form must be entered. After all form textbox was filled, Author clicks on “Register” button to proceed the registration. Therefore, Author is brought to online author submission interface where Author should click on “New Submission”. In the Start a New Submission section, click on “'Click Here': to go to step one of the five-step submission process”. The following are five steps in online submission process:
Step 1 - Starting the Submission: Author must check-mark on all the Submission Requirements checklists.
Step 2 – Uploading the Submission: To upload a manuscript to this journal, select Article Component (e.g. "Article Text") and click "Upload File" button. Choose the manuscript document file (.doc/.docx) to be submitted, then click "Upload" button until the file has been uploaded.
Step 3 – Entering Submission's Metadata: In this step, detail authors metadata should be entered including marked corresponding author. After that, manuscript title and abstract must be uploaded by copying the text and paste in the textbox including keywords.
Step 4 – Uploading Supplementary Files: Supplementary file should be uploaded including Covering/Submission Letter, and Signed Copyright Transfer Agreement Form. Therefore, click on Browse button, choose the files, and then click on Upload
Step 5 – Confirming the Submission: Author should final check the uploaded manuscript documents in this step. To submit the manuscript to JSCD, click Finish Submission button after the documents are true. The corresponding author or the principal contact will receive an acknowledgment by email and will be able to view the submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal web address site.
After this submission, Authors who submit the manuscript will get a confirmation email about the submission. Therefore, Authors are able to track their submission status at any time by logging in to the online submission interface. The submission tracking includes a status of manuscript review and editorial process.
2. Manuscript Guidelines
2.1 General Organization of Paper
The paper will be published in JSCD journal after the peer-reviewed process and decided as “Accepted” by Editor. The final paper layout will be reproduced by Editorial Office of JSCD journal. The final paper layout in PDF/Doc type, known as “Uncorrected Proof” should be corrected by Author. The final corrected proof will be published in “Article In Press” pre-issue.
The manuscript content be organized in the following order: Title; Authors Name; Authors Affiliation; Email; Abstract; Keywords; Introduction; Research Methods; Results and Discussion; Conclusions; Acknowledgments; and References. Manuscript document submitted to this journal (in one MS Word file) should be arranged as Body text of manuscript article (from Title to References, include tables and figures).
Please include Covering Letter in a separated document file containing your summary of scientific finding and uploaded in Supplementary Files.
2.2. Section Headings
Three levels of heading are allowed as follows:
- Level 1 (Heading 1 format) - 11pt, Times bold, Title Case, left justified
- Level 2 (Heading 2 format) - 11pt, Times bold, left justified
- Level 3 (Heading 3 format) - 11pt, Times bold italic, left justified
2.3. Body Text
The body of the text is a set of body text paragraphs defined as follows:
- 11 pt, Times New Roman
- One-half space
- Spacing after the heading is 3pt
- Spacing before the new heading is 12pt
- Indentation for the first line is 1cm
Bullet and numbering within body text are not allowed. All sentence should be typed as descriptive paragraph.
Tables are sequentially numbered with the table title and number above the table. Tables should be centered in the column OR on the page. Tables should be followed by a line space (12pt). Elements of a table should be single-spaced. However, double spacing can be used to show groupings of data or to separate parts within the table. Table headings should be in 10pt not bold. Tables are referred in the text by the table number, e.g., Table 1. Do not show the vertical line in the table. There is only horizontal line should be shown in the table.
Figures are sequentially numbered commencing at 1 with the figure title and number below the figure as shown in Figure 1. Detailed recommendations for figures are as follows:
- Ensure that figures are clear and legible with typed
- Black & white or colored figures are
- If a figure spans two columns, it should be placed at the top or bottom of a page
Equations should be numbered serially within parentheses as shown in Equation (1). The equation should be prepared using MS Equation Editor (not in image format). The equation number is to be placed at the extreme right side.
2.8. Units, Abbreviations, and Symbols
Metric units are preferred and should be consistent throughout body text. Define abbreviations and symbols at the first time as they are introduced in the text.
2.9. Manuscript Heading, Font, and Spacing
The manuscript should be typed using word processors (Microsoft Word or Open Office) software. The font used throughout the paper is Times New Roman. The paper size is A4 (i.e., 210 x 297 mm), one- column format with a 2.5 cm margin at the top, a 2.5 cm margin at the bottom, 2.5 cm margin on the left, and 2 cm margin on the right. Lines are one-half spaced, justified. Page numbers should be included in the text located in the footer section of each page. Use of pronouns such as I, we, etc. is to be avoided.
Manuscript submitted to this journal should follow the heading below, except for the review article: Title; Authors Name; Authors Affiliation; Abstract; Keywords; Introduction; Research Methods; Results and Discussion; Conclusions; Acknowledgments; and References.
2.10. Paper Title
This is your opportunity to attract the reader's attention. Remember that readers are the potential authors who will cite your article. Identify the main issue of the paper. Begin with the subject of the paper. The title should be accurate, unambiguous, specific, and complete. Do not contain infrequently-used abbreviations.
The title of the paper should be in 16 pt bold Times New Roman and be centered. The title should have 0 pts space above and 12 pts below.
2.11. Authors Name and Affiliations
Write Author(s) names without a title and professional positions such as Prof, Dr, etc. Do not abbreviate your last/family name. Always give your First and Last names. Write clear affiliation of all Authors. Affiliation includes a name of department/unit, (faculty), a name of university, address, country. Please indicate Corresponding Author (include email address) by adding an asterisk (*) in superscript behind the name.
Author names should be in 10 pt Times Roman bold with 12 pts above and 12 pts below. Author addresses are superscripted by numerals and centered over both columns of manuscripts. Author affiliations should be in 10 pt Times Roman italic. The body of the text should commence two lines (24 points) below the last address.
Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.
2.12. Abstract and Keywords
An abstract should stand alone, means that no citation in the abstract. Consider it the advertisement of your article. The abstract should tell the prospective reader what you did and highlight the key findings. Avoid using technical jargon and uncommon abbreviations. You must be accurate, brief, clear and specific. Use words which reflect the precise meaning. The abstract should be precise and honest. Please follow word limitations (150 words).
Keywords are the labels of your manuscript and critical to correct indexing and searching. Therefore the keywords should represent the content and highlight of your article. Use only those abbreviations that are firmly established in general. Each word/phrase in keyword should be separated by a semicolon (;), not a comma (,).
In Introduction, Authors should state the objectives of the work at the end of introduction section. Before the objective, Authors should provide an adequate background, and very short literature survey in order to record the existing solutions/method, to show which is the best of previous researches, to show the main limitation of the previous researches, to show what do you hope to achieve (to solve the limitation), and to show the scientific merit or novelties of the paper. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. Do not describe literature survey as author by author, but should be presented as group per method or topic reviewed which refers to some literatures.
Example of novelty statement or the gap analysis statement in the end of Introduction section (after state of the art of previous research survey):
- “........ (short summary of background). "
- "A few researchers focused on.................... "
- "There have been limited studies concerned on............................. "
- "Therefore, this research intends to.................................. "
- "The objectives of this research are......................... ”
Methods should be indicated by references and relevant modifications only. Do not repeat the details of established methods.
2.15. Results and Discussion
Results should be clear and concise. The results should summarize (scientific) findings rather than providing data in great detail. Please highlight diﬀerences between your results or findings and the previous publications by other researchers. The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
In discussion, it is the most important section of your article. Here you get the chance to sell your data. Make the discussion corresponding to the results, but do not reiterate the results. Often should begin with a brief summary of the main scientific findings (not experimental results).
The following components should be covered in discussion: How do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the Introduction section (what/how)? Do you provide interpretation scientifically for each of your results or findings presented (why)? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported (what else)? Or are there any diﬀerences?
Conclusions should answer the objectives of the research. Tell how your work advances the field from the present state of knowledge. Without clear Conclusions, reviewers and readers will find it difficult to judge the work, and whether or not it merits publication in the journal. Do not repeat the Abstract, or just list empirical results. Provide clear scientific justification for your work, and indicate possible applications and extensions from your study. You may also suggest future research and/or point out those that are underway.
Recognize those who helped in the research, especially funding supporter of your research. Authors need to include individuals who have assisted in the process of the study.
Cite the main scientific publications on which your work is based. Cite only items that you have read. Do not inflate the manuscript with too many references. Avoid excessive self-citations. Avoid excessive citations of publications from the same region. Check each reference against the original source (authors, name, volume, issue, year, DOI). Please use Reference Manager Applications like EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc . Use other published articles in the same journal as models.
All publications cited in the text should be included as a list of references. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be completely written. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but are allowed to be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list, they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either “Unpublished results” or “Personal communication”. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.
As a minimum, the full URL and the date when the reference was last accessed should be written. Any further information, if any (DOI, author names, dates, a reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be presented.
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.
This journal has to follow APA standard templates available in key reference management packages End Note (http://www.endnote.com/support/enstyles.asp), Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com), Reference Manager to name a few. By using plug-ins to word processing packages, authors only need to select the appropriate journal template when preparing their articles and the list of references and citations to these will be formatted according to the journal style.
3. Reviewing of manuscripts
Every submitted paper is independently reviewed by at least two peer-reviewers. The decision for publication, amendment, or rejection is based upon their reports/recommendation and made by Editor. If two or more reviewers consider a manuscript unsuitable for publication in this journal, a statement explaining the basis for the decision will be sent to the authors within three months of the submission date.
4. Revision of manuscripts
Manuscripts sent back to the authors for revision should be returned to the editor without delay. Revised manuscripts can be sent to editorial office through the Online Submission Interface (http://jscd.ipmi.ac.id). The revised manuscripts returned later than two months will be considered as new submissions.
5. User Rights
All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. We are continuously working with our author communities to select the best choice of license options.
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