Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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.
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- Format Requirements
- Article Structure
- Important Information
- Abstract and Keywords
- Figures and Tables
Matra Pembaruan: Jurnal Inovasi Kebijakan is a journal that provides scientific information aimed at researchers, research institutions, government agencies, and stakeholders. Matra Pembaruan publishes manuscripts that focus on research results on government policy innovation. Matra Pembaruan is published and printed twice in each volume by Bina Praja Press, the Domestic Policy Strategy Agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.
Please use the article templates we have provided online. To use the template, please 'Save As' the MS Word file to your document, then copy and paste your document. To copy and paste the text into the template, use 'Special Paste' and select 'Unformatted Text.' Articles that are not prepared according to the guidelines and articles by the author with a number of errors must be rejected in advance by the Editor.
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If your article includes videos and/or other additional material, these must be included in your accompanying file at the initial submission for peer review purposes.
Word Processing Software
Articles can be written in Indonesian or English with 38,000-40,000 characters, including images and tables, and must be in Microsoft Word (.docx) or Open Office (.odt) format. Articles must be written with an A4 writing area size (210mm x 297mm) and a left margin of 25mm, right margin of 20mm, bottom margin of 20mm, and top margin of 25mm. In addition, manuscripts must be written in Cambria typeface with a font size of 10pt (except for the title of the article), spaced one space, and in a two-column format (except for the title of the article, the name of the author and the abstract). The distance between the columns is 10mm.
Please make sure that you use the normal font in your document. Special fonts, such as those used in the Far East (Japan, China, Korea, etc.) can cause problems during processing. To avoid unnecessary errors, you are strongly advised to use MS Word's 'spell-checker' function.
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. An abstract is not included in the section numbering. Use this numbering for internal cross-referencing as well: don't just refer to 'text.' Any subsection can be given a short section title. Each section title must appear on its separate line.
Section titles must be made up of four levels. Level five is unacceptable.
- Level 1 Section Title; Heading 1 should be written in title format, left aligned, bold, 10 Cambria, and numbered with a Roman number followed by a period.
- Level 2 Section Titles; Title 2 must be written in title format, left aligned, bold, 10 Cambria, Arabic number followed by a period.
- Level 3 Section Title; Heading 3 must be written in title format, left aligned, italicized, 10 Cambria, numbered according to Arabic numerals followed by closing parenthesis.
- Level 4 Section Title; Heading 4 is not recommended but acceptable in sentence format, italics, 10 Cambria, numbered in lower case followed by closing parenthesis.
- Level 5 Section Title; Level 5 titles are not acceptable in articles.
Articles should begin with a title, abstract, and keywords, followed by the main text. The main text must consist of at least the IMRaD structure, except for review articles: Introduction, Methods/Materials, Results and Discussion, and Conclusions, followed by Acknowledgments and References.
The introduction must contain (sequentially) general background, a previous literature review (state of the art) as the basis for the scientific novelty statement of the article, a scientific novelty statement, and research problems or hypotheses. At the end of the introduction, the purpose of the study should be written. The format of a scientific article is not permitted to have a literature review as in a research report but is realized in the form of a state-of-the-art review to show the scientific novelty of the article.
The methods used in solving problems include analytical methods. The image caption is placed as part of the image title (figure caption) and not as part of the image. The methods used in completing the research are written in this section.
Results and Discussion
Results and Discussion contains the results of research findings and scientific Discussion. Write down scientific findings (scientific findings) obtained from the research results that have been done but must be supported by adequate data. The scientific findings referred to here are not the research data obtained. These scientific findings must be scientifically explained.
Conclusion describe the answers to the hypotheses and/or research objectives or scientific findings obtained. The conclusion does not repeat the results and discussion but rather summarizes the findings as expected in the objectives or hypotheses. If necessary, at the end of the conclusion, you can also write down the things that will be done related to the next idea of the research.
Acknowledgment are especially addressed to research funders or donors. Acknowledgments can also be conveyed to those who assisted in the implementation of the research.
It is not recommended to use an appendix when submitting articles to MP.
The article's title must be concise and informative, less than 15 words, title format, centered, and bold. Titles are often used in information retrieval systems. The title must be accurate, unambiguous, specific, and fully identify the main issue of the article. Avoid abbreviations and formulas whenever possible.
Author Name and Affiliation
The author's name cannot contain an academic title, official rank, or professional position. Please clearly state each author's first and surname/last name - full name if possible - and check that all names are spelled accurately. Present the address of the author's affiliation (where actual work was done) below the name. Write clear affiliations of all Authors. Affiliation includes the name of the department/unit (faculty), name of the university/institution, complete postal address, and country. All contributing authors must be indicated in the order of contributions.
Clearly state the correspondence author to handle all pre-publication, review, and post-publication stages. This responsibility includes answering future questions about the Methodology and Materials. Ensure that email addresses are provided, and contact details are kept up to date by the respective authors.
If an author has moved since the work described in the article was performed or was visiting, a 'Current Address' (or 'Permanent Address') may be indicated as a footnote to the author's name. The address where the author did the work must be maintained as the primary affiliate address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for the footnotes.
Abstract and Keywords
The abstract must be concise and factual, does not contain pictures or tables, and cannot exceed 250 words. The abstract must briefly state the research objectives, main results, and conclusions. Abstracts are often presented separately from articles, so they should be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if necessary, cite the author and year. In addition, non-standard or unusual abbreviations should be avoided, but where necessary, they should be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
Keywords should avoid common and plural terms. Save with abbreviations: only abbreviations assigned to specific fields of knowledge are eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Units
Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in a text, even if they are defined in the abstract. Do not use abbreviations in headings or section headings unless they are unavoidable.
Use SI (MKS) or CGS as the main unit. (SI units preferred) English units can be used as secondary units (in in parentheses). An exception is the use of English units as trade identifiers, such as "3.5-inch disc drive." Avoid mixing SI and CGS units. This often causes confusion because the equations are dimensionally unbalanced. If you must use mixed units, clearly state the units for each quantity you use in an equation.
Don't mix up spelling and complete abbreviations of units: "Wb/m2" or "webers per square meter," not "webers/m2." Spell units as they appear in text: "...a few henries," not "...a few Hs.” Use a zero before the decimal: “0.25,” not “.25.” Use "cm3," not "cc".
Mathematical equations must be clearly written, numbered consecutively, and must be in editable text form prepared using the MS Equation Editor (not in image format) and must also be separated from the surrounding text. Ensure that the symbols in your equation are defined before or immediately following the equation. Use "(1)," not "Equation (1)" or "equation (1)," except at the beginning of a sentence: "Equation (1) is ... ". Italicize the Roman symbols for quantity and variables, but not the Greek symbols. Use long lines instead of hyphens for minus signs.
Header-Footer and Hyperlinks
Headers and footers including page numbers may not be used. All hypertext links and section markers will be removed from the article. If you need to refer to an Internet e-mail address or URL on your paper, you must type the address or URL completely in plain font.
Footnotes should be avoided whenever possible. Required footnotes must be denoted in the text by successive superscript letters. Footnotes should be typed at the foot of the page where they are mentioned and separated from the main text by a short line that runs down the column foot.
Figures and Tables
The image must be in grayscale and, if made in color, must be legible (if it is later printed in grayscale). Captions must be sequentially numbered with Arabic numerals, consisting of a short title (not on the image itself) and an illustrative description. Keep the text in the illustration itself to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Fonts on images must be legible and proportional and have a size of 8pt for normal text and not smaller than 6pt for subscript and superscript characters. Use words rather than symbols or abbreviations when writing image labels to avoid confusing readers. For example, write the quantity "Magnetization" or "Magnetization, M," not just "M." If including units on labels, show them in parentheses. Do not label the ax only with units. In the example, write "Magnetization (A/m)" or "Magnetization (A ( m(1))," not just "A/m." Do not label with a ratio of quantities and units. For example, write "Temperature (K)," not "Temperature/K."
Images should have a short description in the body of the article. Insert figures and tables after they are cited in the text. Provide high-resolution (≥300dpi) images in .tif/.jpg/.jpeg format for layout purposes. Low-quality scans are not acceptable. Figures and tables must be inserted and not provided separately. Also, please avoid mentioning the positions of figures/tables, for example, "images below" or "tables as follows," as the positions will be rearranged in the layout process. DO NOT put a box around your image to attach it.
We recommend using a text box (Text Box) to insert graphics (ideally at least 300 dpi resolution TIFF or EPS files with all fonts embedded). This method is somewhat more stable than directly inserting images. To get an invisible border, using the MSWord "Format" pull-down menu, select Text Box > Color and Outline to select No Fill and No Outline.
While it is accepted that authors sometimes need to manipulate images for clarity, manipulation for fraudulent purposes would be considered an abuse of scientific ethics. For graphic images, this journal enforces the following policy: no special features within an image can be enhanced, blurred, moved, deleted, or introduced. Adjustments to brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable if and as long as they do not obscure or omit any information that was on the original.
- Make sure you use the same font and size as your original work.
- Preferred font: Arial (or Helvetica), Times New Roman (or Times), Symbol, Courier.
- Number the illustrations according to their order in the text.
- Use logical naming conventions for your masterpiece files.
Regardless of the application used, when your work is complete, please 'save as' or convert the image to one of the following formats (note the resolution requirements for line drawings, halftones and line/halftone combinations given below):
- EPS (or PDF): Vector image. Embed letters or save text as 'graphics'.
- TIFF (or JPG): Color or grayscale (halftones) photos: always use at least 300 dpi.
- TIFF (or JPG): Bitmap line drawing: use 1000 dpi minimum.
- TIFF (or JPG): Bitmap line/halftone combination (color or grayscale): at least 500 dpi.
Please do not:
- Provides files optimized for screen use (eg GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); the resolution is too low.
- Provides files whose resolution is too low.
- Submitting disproportionately large graphics for content.
Make sure that each illustration has a caption. Captions should include a short title (not the image itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep the text in the illustration itself to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Captions for images consisting of one line must be center aligned, while captions consisting of several lines must be aligned on the edges/edges.
Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Sort the table with Arabic numerals according to how they appear in the text. Place footnotes below the table and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Use tables sparingly and ensure that the data presented does not duplicate the results described elsewhere in the article. Avoid using vertical rules> and shading> in table cells.
Citations in Text
References come from primary sources (scientific articles, theses, theses, dissertations). Specifically for scientific articles, there are at least 35 (electronic) scientific journal articles with active links (DOI or URL). Make sure that any references cited in the text are also in the list of references (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be provided in full. Unpublished results and private communications are not recommended in reference lists but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list, they must follow the journal's standard reference style and must replace the time of publication with 'Unpublished results' or 'Private communication'.
Reference Management Software
Any articles submitted to MP must use reference management software that supports Citation Style Language, such as Mendeley.
In-text citations must follow the reference style used by the American Psychological Association (APA).
The Creative Commons-Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License 4.0 International applies to all works published by Matra Pembaruan: Jurnal Inovasi Kebijakan. Authors will retain copyright of the work.