Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The purpose of this publication is to present evidence research related to health policy in Indonesia, whether it is policy planning, implementation of policies, monitoring and evaluation of policies, at the National as well as regional level. Issues raised can be health policy on health system (macro) and also institution system (micro).


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Every article that goes to the editorial staff will be selected through Initial Review processes by Editorial Board. Then, the articles will be sent to the peer reviewer and will go to the next selection by Double Blind Peer Review Process. After that, the articles will be returned to the authors to revise. These processes take a month (four week) for a maximum time. In the each manuscript, Mitra Bebestari/ peer reviewer will be rated from the substantial and technical aspects. Mitra Bebestari/ peer reviewer that collaboration with Jurnal Kebijakan Kesehatan Indonesia is the experts in the public administration area and issues around it. They were experienced in the prestigious journal management and publication that was spread around the national and abroad. 

All papers submitted to JKKI undergo a rigorous peer-review to ensure that they not only fit into the journal's scope but are of sufficient academic quality and novelty to appeal to our readers. As a reviewer, you will be required to uphold this standard. 

These guidelines will help you understand your responsibilities as a reviewer, as well as your ethical obligations to both the journal and the authors. You will also be introduced to what you should be looking for in a manuscript, so that your review will be consistent with others requested by the journal. This is particularly important as all articles submitted to JKKI should be evaluated on the same playing field. 

Your responsibilities as a reviewer

As a reviewer, you will be responsible for reading the manuscript and evaluating its suitability for publication in JKKI along with its scientific quality. You will be expected to provide constructive, impartial, unambiguous, and honest feedback to the authors, with the purpose of encouraging them to improve their manuscript. 

In accordance with its commitment to the development of young scientists, JKKI aims to see all authors who submit to the journal—regardless of whether they are accepted—improve both as academic writers and researchers. As such, reviewer comments that in any way denigrate or discourage an author from re-submitting to this or another journal will not be tolerated. Reviews should be critical but not detrimental to accurate scientific communication.

Things to consider before agreeing to review a manuscript

Before you agree to review a manuscript, you should be certain that you have the necessary expertise and time to provide a critical evaluation of the article. You should ensure that:

  • The article matches your expertise. Log into your JKKI account and read the manuscript's abstract to determine whether your field of expertise matches that of the manuscript.
  • You are able to both complete the review on time and dedicate the appropriate time to conducting a thorough review. A review should be completed within three weeks. If you do not think you can complete the review within this timeframe, please let the editor know. If possible, please also suggest an alternate reviewer. If you agree to review a manuscript, but later on find yourself unable to complete it on time, please contact the editor as soon as possible.
  • You have no conflict of interest. Determine whether there is any conflict of interest that may affect your impartiality in evaluating the manuscript. If there is, you should contact the editor and immediately recuse yourself. If you were unable to detect any conflict before agreeing to the review request, but find one during the review, simply contact the editor and explain why you cannot continue.


Reviewer ethics

JKKI relies on the impartiality and discretion of reviewers, and as a reviewer, you are entrusted with confidential material meant solely for critical evaluation.  As such, we expect you to treat all documents and correspondence related to the review with the appropriate level of care.

  • Do not use any of the information therein for the advancement of your own research or to discredit another party.
  • Do not discuss any aspect of the manuscript with a third party.
  • Ensure that the information therein and details of the review process remain confidential before, during, and after publication.
  • Maintain the integrity of the double-blind review process. Do not under any circumstances contact any of the authors to discuss their manuscript.
  • Be fair, honest, and objective in your evaluation of the manuscript.
  • Declare a conflict of interest, and recuse yourself immediately if you believe your impartiality has been compromised.

Conducting the review

JKKI's review procedure

JKKI uses an online submission and peer review system. When a reviewer is requested to review a paper submitted to JKKI, they will have a journal account created for them, through which they will be able to read the abstract and decide on whether to agree to review it.

If you have been requested to review a paper, simply log into your reviewer account, read the provided abstract, and indicate whether you agree to review it. If you decline to review the manuscript, please include the reason why, and if possible, suggest an alternate reviewer from a similar field.

To ensure the integrity of the peer-review process, all further correspondence will be through this system, with the reviewer being given access to the full manuscript and provided with a review page to fill out and submit. If you wish, you can also provide comments directly on the manuscript file, but be sure that all comments are made anonymously and focus on the content of the article, not its layout or formatting.

Basic criteria

A good review looks at both the overall quality of the manuscript and the accuracy and precision of its details. The former is informed by the latter. When evaluating a manuscript for JKKI, look at the following aspects:

  • Scope. Is the manuscript within JKKI's scope? How interesting will the article be to the journal's readership?
  • Novelty of the research. Is the article sufficiently novel and interesting? Does it add new knowledge? How original is the research?
  • Appropriateness of the title. Does the title accurately represent the content?
  • Content quality. Does the article adhere to JKKI's standards? Is the research question an important one? Does the manuscript help to expand or further current research in its respective field?
  • Methodology. Is the description of the methodology informative, clear, and concise? Is the methodology of the research precise and properly conducted? How appropriate is the approach or experimental design?
  • Significance of the results. Do the results have significant implications for biotechnology and/or society?
  • Appropriateness of tables, figures, and/or supplemental material. Is every figure/table necessary and correctly described? Is the supplementary material appropriate for the content?
  • Completeness of the data. How complete are the data?
  • Relevance of the discussion. Is the discussion relevant to the results and rest of the content? Have the authors appropriately discussed their results in the context of previous research?
  • Appropriateness of citations/references. Are all citations accounted for? Is there an appropriate amount of citations for the content (neither too few nor too many)?
  • Clarity of the content. How good is the English? Will JKKI's readership have trouble understanding the content?
  • Adherence to JKKI's guidelines. Does the manuscript adhere to the journal's guidelines, such as the structure of the manuscript? Have tables and figures been submitted separately?
  • Adherence to correct scientific nomenclature. Are species names up-to-date and correctly spelled? Are technical terms used correctly?

Ethical considerations

In addition to the above criteria, also pay attention to whether the manuscript contains instances of plagiarism, improper referencing, re-publication, or fraud. Things to look for:

  • Plagiarism. Observe whether a portion of the manuscript has been copied from another work without giving appropriate credit. For example, text has been copied verbatim without a clear indication that it is a quote, text has been copied but not cited (suggesting that these are the authors' own words/ideas), or some portion of the text has been copied without the permission of the original author. If you find that a significant part of the manuscript has been plagiarized, please contact the editor as soon as possible so we can take the appropriate actions.
  • Missing, incorrect, or incomplete references. All text, figures, tables, data, ideas, or concepts that have been published previously should be cited. It is considered plagiarism for an author to present something as their own even though it is not, regardless of their intent.
  • Re-publication. It is against JKKI's policy to publish work that has already been published elsewhere. Please notify the editor if you find an instance of a manuscript having been published previously (partially or fully).
  • Fraud. Any part of the manuscript that is found to be untrue should be highlighted as such. Any form of data manipulation or tampering should be brought to the editor's attention.

Publication ethics is not limited to these four items. If you believe the authors have attempted to mislead readers, infringed upon a copyright or patent, or might jeopardize the integrity of the journal in any other way, please contact the handling editor.

The JKKI review form

Once you have gathered enough information to make a decision on the manuscript, log into your JKKI account to complete the review. At minimum, you will be required to grade the manuscript based on the aforementioned criteria, as well as to summarize your major findings and give your overall impression of the article. Although it is only optional, we highly encourage you to also take the opportunity to comment on the manuscript in more detail, and provide specific suggestions that might improve any aspect of it.

If you have made specific comments in the manuscript file, remember to anonymize them to prevent the authors from being able to identify you.

Making good comments

It's important to ensure that all comments are constructive and intended to better the quality of the manuscript or otherwise help the authors understand where they went wrong. Please reconsider making comments that fall out of this purview.

Follow good commenting practices. For example:

  • Do not comment on the acceptability of the manuscript, and avoid suggesting revisions as conditions for acceptance.
  • Provide detailed, unambiguous comments.
  • Be respectful and positive. Your goal should be to help the authors improve their article, by providing constructive criticism and helpful suggestions. (Consider how you would like your own manuscript to be reviewed.)
  • Highlight areas that need clarification or should be elaborated further by the authors.
  • Make suggestions on how the authors can improve problematic passages. How might they improve the clarity of a given section?
  • You are not required to edit the authors’ style or grammar, but any improvement to the clarity of the manuscript is greatly appreciated, especially in regards to technical terms.
  • Highlight consistent instances of outdated or mispelled technical terminology.
  • Avoid making dogmatic statements. You should be able to backup your comments with proof or precedence in previous literature.
  • Take care not to dismiss the manuscript, whether in its novelty, methodology, or findings.


Your final task as a reviewer will be to recommend that the manuscript be a) accepted as is, b) accepted with minor revisions, c) accepted with major revisions, d) accepted with major revisions (requiring a re-review), e) rejected but with a recommendation to re-submit after the work is more developed, or f) outright rejected. If the manuscript is rejected, you should explain your reasons why.

Each recommendation should be supported by the facts of the evaluation, and backed with constructive criticism. Be aware that you are one of at least two reviewers. Even if your recommendation differs from the other reviewers' recommendations, a good critical review will enable us to make an informed final decision on the manuscript. Also note that the final decision on the manuscript is made by the editorial board, taking into account the recommendation of each review, and your recommendation might not be reflected in this decision.


Publication Frequency

This Journal is published four times a year as one volume. Number 1-4  in each volume is scheduled to be published on March, June, September and December.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Publication Ethics


1. Soundness and Reliability 

  • the research that is being reported should have been carried out ethically and responsibly, adhering to all applicable legislation.

  • The reported research should be well-founded and executed with care.

  • Researchers should employ suitable methods for data analysis and presentation, (and, if necessary, consult and adhere to expert guidance.

  • Authors must take collective responsibility for their work and the content of their publications. Researchers should meticulously review their publications at all stages to ensure that methods and findings are reported accurately. Authors should thoroughly verify calculations, data presentations, manuscripts, submissions, and proofs. 

2. Honesty

  • the research that is being reported should have been carried out ethically and responsibly, adhering to all applicable legislation.

  • The reported research should be well-founded and executed with care.

  • Researchers should employ suitable methods for data analysis and presentation, (and, if necessary, consult and adhere to expert guidance.

  • Authors must take collective responsibility for their work and the content of their publications. Researchers should meticulously review their publications at all stages to ensure that methods and findings are reported accurately. Authors should thoroughly verify calculations, data presentations, manuscripts, submissions, and proofs. 2. Honesty

3. Balance

  • Fresh discoveries ought to be contextualized within prior research. The contributions of other researchers must be portrayed objectively. Scholarly reviews and syntheses of existing research should be thorough, impartial, and encompass findings regardless of their alignment with the hypothesis or interpretation being put forward. Editorials or opinion pieces advocating a single viewpoint should be clearly differentiated from scholarly reviews.

  • Limitations of the study need to be acknowledged in publications.

4. Originality

  • Authors must comply with publication guidelines stipulating that submitted work is original and has not been previously published in any language. Simultaneous submission to multiple publications is discouraged unless co-publication has been authorized by editors. If articles are co-published, this should be transparent to readers.

  • Copyright laws and conventions must be strictly adhered to. Reproduction of copyrighted material such as tables, figures, or extensive quotations requires proper permission and acknowledgment.

  • Authors are responsible for acknowledging and referencing relevant prior work and publications, including those by other researchers and themselves. Primary literature should be cited whenever feasible.

  • Data, text, figures, or ideas originated by other researchers must be properly credited and should not be presented as if they belong to the authors. Direct quotations from other researchers' publications should be enclosed in quotation marks and appropriately cited.

  • Authors are obligated to disclose to editors if their findings have been previously published or if multiple reports or analyses of the same dataset are being considered for publication elsewhere. They should also provide copies of related publications or submissions to other journals.

  • Multiple publications stemming from a single research project should be clearly identified as such, and the primary publication should be referenced. Translations or adaptations for different audiences must acknowledge the original source and comply with relevant copyright conventions and permissions. When unsure, authors should seek permission from the original publisher before republishing any work.

5. Transparency

  • All sources of research funding, including direct and indirect financial support, provision of equipment or materials, and other forms of assistance such as statistical or writing support, must be fully disclosed.

  • Authors should clarify the role of the research funder(s) or sponsor (if applicable) in the research design, execution, analysis, interpretation, and reporting processes.

  • Authors are required to disclose any relevant financial and non-financial interests or relationships that could potentially influence the interpretation of their findings. This includes relationships with the journal, such as instances where editors publish their own research in their own journal. Authors should also adhere to journal and institutional guidelines regarding the disclosure of competing interests.

6. Appropriate Authorship and Acknowledgement

  • The research literature not only documents discoveries but also identifies the individuals responsible for those discoveries. Therefore, authorship of research publications should accurately reflect each individual's contributions to the work and its reporting.

  • When major contributors are listed as authors and others who made lesser or purely technical contributions are acknowledged separately, the criteria for authorship and acknowledgment should be established at the beginning of the project. Ideally, authorship criteria within specific fields should be agreed upon, published, and consistently applied by research institutions, professional societies, academic organizations, and funders. Journal editors should promote and adhere to accepted authorship criteria relevant to their fields. However, they typically do not intervene in authorship disputes. Authors themselves, guided by their institutions, bear the primary responsibility for ensuring correct attribution of authorship. Research institutions have a role in promoting and upholding fair and recognized standards of authorship and acknowledgment. They should be prepared to resolve authorship disputes when necessary and ensure that fair procedures are followed throughout the process.

  • Researchers must ensure that authorship is granted only to those who meet the criteria for substantial contribution to the work. It's crucial to include deserving authors and avoid omitting them. Institutions and journal editors should promote practices that prevent guest authorship (honorary authorship given to someone who did not contribute substantially), gift authorship (including someone for favors or prestige), and ghost authorship (excluding someone who made substantial contributions). These practices are essential for maintaining integrity in research publications and ensuring that authorship accurately reflects contributions to the work.

  • All authors should provide consent to be listed and must approve both the submitted and accepted versions of a publication. Any alteration to the author list requires approval from all authors, including those who may be removed from the list. The corresponding author serves as the primary contact between the editor and the co-authors. They are responsible for keeping co-authors informed and involving them in significant decisions regarding the publication, such as responding to reviewers' comments.

  • Authors should not use using acknowledgments in a misleading manner, especially in implying contributions or endorsements from individuals who have not actually been involved with the research or provided an endorsement. This ensures transparency and integrity in academic publications.

7. Accountability and Responsibility

  • All authors are expected to have thoroughly read and be familiar with the research reported in the publication, ensuring that it adheres to the principles outlined in these guidelines. Authors typically share joint responsibility for the integrity of the research and its reporting. If authors assume responsibility for specific aspects only, this should be clearly specified in the publication.

  • Authors should collaborate with the editor or publisher to promptly correct any errors or omissions discovered after publication.

  • Authors must comply with relevant conventions, requirements, and regulations to make materials, reagents, software, or datasets available to other researchers upon request. Clear policies should be established by researchers, institutions, and funders for handling such requests. Authors should follow the standards set by the journal regarding the availability of materials. While appropriate acknowledgement is expected, researchers should not demand authorship as a condition for sharing materials.

  • Authors should respond appropriately to post-publication comments and published correspondence. This includes addressing questions from correspondents and providing clarification or additional information as necessary.

8. Adherence to peer review and publication conventions

  • Authors should adhere to publishers' requirements that their work is not simultaneously submitted to multiple publications for consideration.

  • Authors must notify the editor if they decide to withdraw their work from review or choose not to respond to reviewer comments after receiving conditional acceptance.

  • Authors are expected to respond to reviewers' comments in a professional and timely manner.

  • Authors should respect publishers' requests for press embargoes and should generally refrain from allowing their findings to be reported in the press if the work has been accepted for publication (but not yet published) in a scholarly journal. Authors and their institutions should collaborate with publishers to coordinate media activities, such as press releases and conferences, around publication. Press releases should accurately reflect the research findings and avoid including statements that exceed the scope of the findings.

9. Responsible reporting of research involving humans or animals

  • Before beginning research, researchers must obtain the necessary approvals, licenses, or registrations, and include these details in their report (e.g., Institutional Review Board approval, Research Ethics Committee approval, national licenses for animal research).

  • Upon request from editors, authors should provide proof that their reported research received appropriate approval and was conducted ethically (e.g., copies of approvals, licenses, participant consent forms).

  • Researchers should refrain from publishing or sharing identifiable individual data collected during their research without explicit consent from the individual or their representative. They should be mindful of the potential risks associated with freely accessible scholarly journals on the internet, which could inadvertently cause harm or distress to readers (e.g., research participants or their families who may identify themselves through case studies, descriptions, images, or pedigrees).

  • Statistical analyses appropriate for the study should be determined at the outset, with a data analysis plan outlining predetermined outcomes. Secondary or post hoc analyses should be clearly differentiated from primary analyses and those specified in the initial data analysis plan.

  • Researchers have an ethical obligation to publish all significant research findings that contribute to knowledge. This includes publishing the results of all clinical trials. Publishing studies that do not support a hypothesis or are deemed unsuccessful can prevent others from duplicating efforts. Combining findings from small studies or those that do not reach statistical significance through methods like meta-analysis can enhance the usefulness of such information.

  • Authors must provide research protocols to journal editors upon request, especially for clinical trials. This allows reviewers and editors to compare the research report with the protocol to ensure that the study was conducted as planned and that no important details were omitted. Researchers should adhere to clinical trial registration requirements and include the trial registration number in all publications resulting from the trial.

Reference: Wager E & Kleinert S (2011) Responsible research publication: international standards for authors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010. Chapter 50 in: Mayer T & Steneck N (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (pp 309-16). (ISBN 978-981-4340-97-7) 



1. Fair Play:

An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

2. Confidentiality:

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

3. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest:

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

4. Publication Decisions:

The editor board journal are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

5. Review of Manuscripts:

Editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality. The editor should organize and use peer review fairly and wisely. Editors should explain their peer review processes in the information for authors and also indicate which parts of the journal are peer reviewed. Editor should use appropriate peer reviewers for papers that are considered for publication by selecting people with sufficient expertise and avoiding those with conflicts of interest.


1. Contribution to Editorial Decisions:

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

2. Promptness:

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process

3. Standards of Objectivity:

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

4. Confidentiality:

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

5.  Disclosure and Conflict of Interest:

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

6. Acknowledgement of Sources:

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.


These guidelines are based on existing Elsevier Policies and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.



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