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Author Guidelines

Updated 10 November 2018


Launched in December 2015, Belitung Nursing Journal (BNJ) is a refereed international publication that provides a venue for nursing scholarship with an Asian focus and perspectives from the region. We aim to highlight research on nursing science, nursing management and policy, education and practice in the Asia-Pacific region and among Asian communities around the world to a wide international audience. BNJ welcomes submissions of original research article, review article, concept analysis, perspective, letter to the editor and guest editorial on a variety of clinical and professional topics.


BNJ is housed editorially at Belitung Raya Publisher - Belitung Raya Foundation in Belitung Indonesia, jointly with Academy of Nursing of Belitung (AKPER PEMKAB BELITUNG) and Indonesian National Nurses Association, Belitung Indonesia (PPNI Belitung).


The majority of papers in BNJ are written by nurses and midwives but there are no constraints on authorship as long as papers fit with the expressed aims and scope. BNJ‘s intended readership includes practising nurses and midwives in all spheres and at all levels who are committed to advancing practice and professional development on the basis of new knowledge and evidence; managers and senior members of the nursing and midwifery professions; nurse educators and nursing students; and researchers in other disciplines with interest in common issues and inter-disciplinary collaboration.


BNJ is indexed in Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ), ISJD, Google Scholar, Garuda, ROAD, JournalTOCs, and WorldCat.



Belitung Nursing Journal, Belitung Raya Foundation, Academy of Nursing of Belitung, Indonesian National Nurses Association, Nursing Management, Nursing Administration, Quality of Care, Adult Nursing, Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, Community Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Education, Public Health, Information Technology, Traditional Medicine, Interprofesional Education and Collaboration, Health Care System, Management Practice, Health Behavior.



All manuscripts should be submitted online and then are automatically acknowledged by e-mail which mentions tracking article ID for future reference. In case you do not receive acknowledging e-mail, please resubmit the article (or check spam). Do not send articles by e-mail or post. The progress of a manuscript through the editorial process can be subsequently tracked by authors on the web-site. 

Please check the publication ethics and malpractice statement before submitting your paper. In addition, manuscript in incorrect format may result in rejection. Manuscript text should be submitted in word file only (.doc, .docx). Please be consistent. The same elements should be keyed in exactly the same way throughout the manuscript.



BNJ issues usually contain between 5 and 25 papers, with an average of about 10-15 papers per issue.


All submitted manuscripts would be subjected to screening and there would be a zero tolerance for manuscripts that demonstrate any evidence of unattributed "cutting and pasting" also called as plagiarism. BNJ strongly discourages duplication/reduplication of data already published. If and when duplication is detected after publishing in BNJ, the journal will be forced to retract such articles. Copyright permission should be obtained from the copyright holder in advance if a published Table/Figure is included.


The following documents must be included in the submission (mandatory):

(1) Title page file:

This must include the following information:

  • Title of the manuscript
  • Names (spelled out in full) of all the authors*, and the institutions with which they are affiliated
  • Corresponding author's details (name, email, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers)
  • Declaration of conflict of interest
  • Funding
  • Acknowledgment
  • Author contribution (Clearly state the contribution of each author)
  • Ethical consideration (State the complete name of institutions or ethics committee and approval number)


(2) Copyright form

A statement that the material contained in the manuscript has not been previously published and is not being concurrently submitted elsewhere. This form should be signed by at least correspondence author.


(3) Main text:

The main text of articles should follow the guidelines of each type of article:

  • Originial Research Article
  1. Quantitative Studies
  2. Qualitative studies
  3. Mixed Methods



To submit revised manuscript, you should upload two files, namely: 1) main document with all changes according to the reviewers and editor feedback, please highlight all changed text using red font or use track changes, 2) a response to the editor and reviewers' comments, which includes a point by point response (listed or in a table) to the feedback given in the decision email, alongside your revised manuscript files.

To submit revised papers please log in to your account. Please do not submit your revised manuscript as a new submission, as revised manuscripts are processed differently.



There is a change of reference and citation format since Vol 3(6) based on the Editors' agreement due to the previous format is not available in the Mendeley software that the majority of authors use for submission in BNJ.


APA (American Psychological Association) format 6th Edition is used for citation and references.

Examples of references:
For journal articles:

Efendi, F., Purwaningsih, M., Kurniati, A., & Bushy, A. (2014). What do Indonesian nurses want? Retaining nurses in rural and remote areas of Indonesia. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 14(2), 32-42.

For books:

Parker, M. E. (1990). Nursing theories in practice: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

For web page:

MRA. (2014). ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Nursing Services. Retrieved February 25th, 2016, from



A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to Belitung Nursing Journal alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere.

The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to the Belitung Nursing Journal readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in Belitung Nursing Journal are sent to two or more expert reviewers. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers, takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. 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 final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.



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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, and is not being concurrently submitted elsewhere. If the artice is derived from thesis that has been published in institution repository either in English or other languages, please do the plagiarism check before submission.
  2. The submission includes 1) Main file, 2) Title page, and 3) Copyright form. Title page and copyright form are uploaded separately from the main content as supplementary files.
  3. There are no authors names and their affiliations in the main file. All files are in doc. or docx format. Do NOT submit file in rtf or pdf format.

    Use one column, double space, in A4 format with margins Top:2.54, Bottom: 4. Left: 2.54, and Right: 2.54

  4. I follow the author guidelines carefully. Fail to follow will result in immediate rejection.
  5. I / We agree to pay the article publication charge after manuscript is editorially accepted (Do NOT pay before getting acceptance letter or prior to submission). Payment does not influence the review process and acceptance of submitted article.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Processing and Publication Charge: 60.00 (USD)

This is made possible by an article-processing and publication charge that covers the range of publishing services we provide. This includes provision of online tools for editors and authors, article production and hosting, liaison with abstracting and indexing services, and customer services. It also includes website and server maintenance.

The payment is made when your article is editorially accepted, is charged to either you, or your funder, institution or employer.

Publication charge for Indonesian author is 800,000 IDR.

(Biaya publikasi dibayar setelah artikel dinyatakan accepted untuk di publikasikan)