Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Launched in December 2015, Belitung Nursing Journal (BNJ) is a refereed international publication that provides a venue for the nursing scholarship with an Asian focus and perspectives from the region. We aim to highlight research on nursing science, nursing management, nursing and healthcare policy, nursing education, and nursing practice in the Asian communities worldwide to a broad international audience.

BNJ welcomes submissions of original research, review article, theory & concept development, perspectives, letter to editors, research methodology papers, study protocols, case studies, and guest editorials on various clinical and professional nursing topics from 49 countries in Asia (according to United Nations).

We also welcome "negative" results (i.e., studies which do not support a hypothesized difference or association) provided that the design was robust. Discussion papers that elaborate issues and challenges facing health care in one country are welcomed, provided the discussion is grounded in research-based evidence. The authors are addressing a global audience and a local one.

Nurses and midwives write most papers in BNJ, but there are no constraints on authorship as long as articles fit with the expressed aims and scopes, especially for implications for nursing science or nursing practice. BNJ's intended readership includes practicing nurses and midwives in all spheres and at all levels who are committed to advancing practice and professional development based on 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 an official publication of Department of Publication of Belitung Raya Foundation in Belitung Indonesia, jointly with Indonesian National Nurses Association of Belitung Indonesia (PPNI Belitung) and Prodi D3 Keperawatan Belitung Poltekkes Kemenkes RI Pangkal Pinang.

Belitung Raya Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on education, health, information technology, and the social and empowerment of the community. Belitung Raya Foundation is established in 2015 with an official license of establishment from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia (MENKUMHAM RI) with No: AHU-0009599.AH.01.12.Year 2015 and Notarial Deed No: 12 on 06 July 2015 by SRI ARIYAWATI, SH.,M.KN.

BNJ has been accredited by the Ministry of Science, Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia (RISTEKDIKTI RI) with No: 10/3/KPT/2019, valid until 2024.

BNJ is indexed in Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science), Ovid EMCare (Elsevier), DOAJ, SINTA, Google Scholar, Garuda, ROAD, JournalTOCs, and WorldCat.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Guest Editorial

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Theory and Concept Development

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research: Research Methodology Paper

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Study Protocol

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Study

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to Editors

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Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

This journal operates a double blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final. 

Double-blind review

This journal uses double-blind review, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. To facilitate this, please include the following separately:
Title page (with author details): This should include the title, authors' names, affiliations, acknowledgements and any Declaration of Interest statement, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address.
Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations.

Peer Review Process

As a reviewer, you will be notified by e-mail of an invitation to review a journal article. The e-mail will come embedded with hyperlink invitation responses.

Clicking the appropriate hyperlink sends the response to the journal's editorial office whether you are able to review or not. In conducting the review, reviewers are presented with review forms according to type of articles. 

After a manuscript is submitted, it is reviewed by a managing editor. If the manuscript passes the first editorial review, it is sent to external reviewers for double-blind peer review. For editorials and letters to editors, the decision is made in the first editorial review. In all cases, reviewers will be asked to declare any conflict of interest based on the contents of the manuscript. If a conflict of interest exists, the reviewers are requested to decline to review the manuscript.

If the reviewer accepts the offer to review the manuscript, they can download complete manuscript and fill a Manuscript Review Form. The reviewers are needed to provide an objective critical assessment of the manuscript about the concept of the study, relevance in relation to current scientific knowledge, scientific content, language, and grammar. If the manuscript needs changes for improvement before it is accepted for publication, please make the suggestions on how to improve it. If the comments are negative please help the authors in improving their manuscript by explaining weaknesses in scientific content or language. Any offensive language in the comments cannot be tolerated. 

Each reviewer is required to take an initial decision about the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript. However, the final decision is made by Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor. The decision includes:

  1. Accept Submission: it is ready to go to Copyediting as is.
  2. Revisions Required: it requires minor changes that can be reviewed and accepted by the editor.
  3. Resubmit for Review: it requires major changes and another round of peer review.
  4. Resubmit Elsewhere: it doesn’t seem like a good fit for the focus and scope of this journal.
  5. Decline or Reject Submission: it has too many weakness to ever be accepted.


Publication Frequency

BNJ publishes one volume per year with six issues per volume. The six issues are published on February, April, June, August, October, and December each year.


Open Access Policy

Updated 9 October 2020

All research articles published in BNJ are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0 allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the authors' work non-commercially, and although the others' new works must also acknowledge the authors and be non-commercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

What is Open Access?

"By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."

The Budapest Open Access Initiative »

BNJ uses a Gold Open Access model. Publication is funded by a fee paid at the time of acceptance, usually by an author’s institution or funder. Author(s) retain copyright of their work, with articles licensed to BNJ. The vast majority of BNJ articles use the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0.

Open Access provides a sustainable funding model for scientific communications while ensuring the widest possible access to research. Open Access makes research available to new audiences, readers without the funds or institutional support to cover expensive subscriptions. Open Access allows readers to use articles and data in new ways, including practices like meta-analysis and text mining, which reveal trends in science that would not be obvious at the level of individual articles. Ultimately, Open Access accelerates the pace of research by removing barriers to collaboration.

Non-Commercial Permission Requests

For the vast majority of articles in BNJ, you do not need to seek permission from BNJ for reuse. The copyright of most articles remains with the authors, who have chosen to make the articles available for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the authors' work non-commercially, and although the others' new works must also acknowledge the authors and be non-commercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

Use by Commercial "For-Profit" Organizations

Use of BNJ articles for commercial, promotional, or marketing purposes requires further explicit permission from the publisher, Belitung Raya Foundation, and will be subject to a fee. Commercial purposes include:

  • Copying or downloading of articles, or linking to such articles for further redistribution, sale, or licensing;
  • Copying, downloading, or posting by a site or service that incorporates advertising with such content;
  • The inclusion or incorporation of article content in other works or services (other than normal quotations with an appropriate citation) that is then available for sale or licensing, for a fee (for example, a compilation produced for marketing purposes, inclusion in a sales pack);
  • Use of article content (other than normal quotations with appropriate citation) by for-profit organizations for promotional purposes;
  • Linking to article content in e-mail messages redistributed for promotional, marketing, or educational purposes;
  • Use for the purposes of monetary reward by means of sale, resale, license, loan, transfer, or other form of commercial exploitation such as marketing products.

Commercial Permission Requests

For inquiries related to reusing BNJ content for commercial purposes please contact belitungrayafoundation@belitungraya.org.

Special Note for AUTHORS

If you wish to reuse your own article (or an amended version of it) in a new publication of which you are the author, editor or co-editor, prior permission is not required (with the usual acknowledgements).


Teaching institutions may make multiple copies for teaching purposes, without charge, provided such copies are not resold or copied.




This journal is included in the Public Knowledge Project Private LOCKSS Network (PKP PLN),  a distributed archiving system that creates permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More about LOCKSS and the PKP PLN. Example of the process of deposits to PKP PLN can be seen in the picture below.

Open Archive Initiatives (OAI)

In this age where the Internet is being used to archive more and more journals, the development of common search standards to sift through this wealth of information is crucial to making it both accessible and fully searchable for the academic community.

The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) Metadata Harvesting Protocol is a set of uniform standards which allow "metadata" on archive holdings (i.e. a description of the information within the archive, eg title, authors and abstract of a research article) to be automatically shared between archives.  

BNJ also supports the OAI Metadata Harvesting Protocol. Metadata for all the articles we publish is available via our OAI interface.  


Publication Ethics & Malpractice Statement

Updated January 10, 2021

BNJ is a supporter of the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, issued by the International Committee for Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct for editors. Our guidelines should be read in conjunction with this broader guidance. The ICJME requirements can be found at http://www.icmje.org/ and the COPE's guidelines at http://publicationethics.org.

The work to be described in your article must have been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association for experiments involving humans (Declaration of Helsinki) and research on health databases (Declaration of Taipei) https://www.wma.net/what-we-do/medical-ethics/


The Editor-in-chief sets the content’s tone and editorial direction while also maintaining internal policies for all publications. She acts as a quality control manager by making sure that every issue consistently follows established measures. She has budgeting, strategic planning and PR duties. Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor (in conjunction with the publisher and/or society) will take responsive measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior will be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication. 


The managing editor is the front-line supervisor who oversees the day-to-day operations of Belitung Nursing Journal. He normally reports to the editor-in-chief. The Managing Editor guides the development, policies, standards and editorial scope of Belitung Nursing Journal. The Managing Editor oversees the entire review, editing and publishing process. In the editorial process, the Managing Editor assigns Editorial Board Member(s) to see through submission review and submission editing. The Managing Editor keeps an eye on the submission's progress and assists with any difficulties. Once review is completed, the Managing Editor typically sees the submission through the Editing process (including copyediting, layout editing, and proofreading). The Managing Editor also creates the journal issues, schedules submission for publication, arranges the Table of Contents, and publishes the issue as part of the publishing process. The Managing Editor can restore archived submissions to the active In Review or In Editing lists.

Another portion of the managing editor’s job involves hiring, training and supervising assistant editors, editorial board members, and reviewers (Please note that the editorial board members are appointed out based on the contract, their availability, and performance. If their contract is expired or they are not available, e.g., to review articles based on the contract, their name will be removed). It is similar with the reviewers, if there is no response from reviewers when we contact them, their name will be removed. The lists of editorial board members or reviewers are continuously updated every six months or per issue.

The Managing Editor, with Editor-in-Chief, are responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. The Managing Editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The decision will be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal's scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered.


The roles of International editorial advisory board are providing an advisory body for the Editor-in-Chief in issues related to strategic direction for BNJ, contributing editorials articles, suggesting theme(s) for special issue(s) of BNJ, consolidating the journal’s international reputation, encouraging the submission of high-quality manuscripts for BNJ by personally contacting authors and assisting with outreach, and identifying reviewers to become part of BNJ's reviewer database. The international editorial advisory board has no review and editorial decision role.


The Editorial Board Members are primarily responsible for assessing manuscripts, selecting suitable reviewers who meet the journal’s requirements and recommending (initial) decisions on the basis of the peer reviewers’ reports and their own assessment while adhering to the journal’s editorial policies. The Associate Editor also has a role in contributing editorial articles.



Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, International Editorial Advisory Board, and Editorial Board Members 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.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, International Editorial Advisory Board, and Editorial Board Members will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead, they will ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript.

Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, International Editorial Advisory Board, and Editorial Board Members act as ambassadors for the journal and assist the in-house editorial team in an advisory capacity as and when required.



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

Contribution to editorial decisions

The peer-reviewing process assists the editors in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should immediately notify the editors and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively and observations formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. Personal criticism of the authors is inappropriate.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that is an observation, derivation or argument that has been reported in previous publications should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also notify the editors of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge.

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 associated with the papers.


Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources

Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited.

Reporting standards

Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the manuscript for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least 10 years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal or primary publication. Hence, authors should not submit for consideration a manuscript that has already been published in another journal. Submission of a manuscript concurrently to more than one journal is unethical publishing behavior and unacceptable. The publication of some kinds of articles (such as clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided that certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Authorship of the manuscript

Only persons who meet these authorship criteria should be listed as authors in the manuscript as they must be able to take public responsibility for the content: (i) made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, data acquisition, or analysis/interpretation of the study; and (ii) drafted the manuscript or revised it critically for important intellectual content; and (iii) have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication. All persons who made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript (such as technical help, writing and editing assistance, general support) but who do not meet the criteria for authorship must not be listed as an author, but should be acknowledged in the "Acknowledgements" section after their written permission to be named as been obtained. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate coauthors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate coauthors are included in the author list and verify that all coauthors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication.

In addition, BNJ reviews the authorship according to the author’s declaration in the Title Page; thus, it is the authors responsibility to send the final order of the complete author names. Requests in the change of authorship (e.g. removal/addition of the authors, change in the order etc.) after submission are subject to editorial approval. Editorial Board will investigate this kind of cases and act following COPE flowcharts.

Change of authorship requests should be submitted to the Editorial Office with an official letter stating the reasons of the change. The letter must be signed by all authors and include their approval on the change in authorship. 

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.

Hazards and human or animal subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animals or human participants, the authors should ensure that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them; the manuscript should contain a statement to this effect. Authors should also include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human participants. The privacy rights of human participants must always be observed.

Peer review

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval, patient consents and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "revisions required", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.


Handling of unethical publishing behavior

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work.  The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.

Access to journal content

The publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensures accessibility by partnering with organizations and maintaining our own digital archive.


The Journal Manager is responsible for all production-related matters and ensures articles are typeset, corrected, and published in a timely fashion, as well as provides you with support throughout the production process. The Journal Manager also enrolls the Editors, Editorial Board Members, Copyeditors, Layout Editors, Proofreaders, Authors, and Reviewers. He also has access to the journal's other management features, and can create new sections for the journal, set up review forms, edit the default emails, manage the reading tools, view statistics and reports.  


The Technical Manager is responsible for setting up the journal web site, configuring the system options, and managing the user accounts. This does not involve any advanced technical skills, but entails filling out web-based forms and uploading files.


Article Correction, Retraction, Removal, and Withdrawal Policy

Every article published by BNJ, either in the print issue or online, constitutes the Version of Record (VoR): the final, definitive, and citable version in the scholarly record (see NISO, 2008).

The VoR includes:

  • The paper, revised and accepted following peer review, in its final form, including the abstract, text, references, bibliography, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data.
  • Any supplemental material.

Recognizing a published article as a finalized Version of Record establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable. Wherever possible it is our policy to maintain the integrity of the Version of Record in accordance with STM Association guidelines:

“Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact, and unaltered to the maximum extent possible” (STM Guidelines on Preservation of the Objective Record of Science)

Sometimes after an article has been published it may be necessary to make a change to the Version of Record. This will be done after careful consideration by the Editors to ensure any necessary changes are made in accordance with guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

BNJ operates the following policy for making corrections to the print and online versions of their peer-reviewed content.

Publishable amendments that affect the publication record and/or the scientific accuracy of published information receive a DOI and are published in print and online in the journal. Four categories of amendments are relevant for peer-reviewed material: Erratum or Publisher Correction, Corrigendum or Author Correction, Retraction or Addendum. All four correction types are bi-directionally linked to the original published paper. Detailed information on each amendment category follows below.

Erratum or Publisher Correction

Notification of an important error made by the journal that affects the publication record or the scientific integrity of the paper, or the reputation of the authors or of the journal. 

BNJ distinguishes between major and minor errors. For Erratum, major errors or omissions are considered to be any changes which impacts the interpretation of the article, but where the scholarly integrity of the article remains intact.

  • All major errors are accompanied by a separate erratum. The erratum should provide clear details of the error and the changes that have been made to the Version of Record. Under these circumstances BNJ will:
    • Correct the online article.
    • Issue a separate erratum electronically linked back to the corrected version.
    • Add a footnote to the article displaying the electronic link to the erratum.
    • Paginate and make available the erratum in the online issue of the journal.
  • Any minor errors will not be accompanied by a separate erratum. Instead a footnote will be added to the article detailing to the reader that the article has been corrected. Minor errors do not impact the reliability of, or the reader’s understanding of, the scholarly content.

           Minor errors include:

  • Minor layout changes/fixes
  • Typos or grammatical issues that are in the main body of the manuscript and do not affect the content or meaning of a sentence. However, if the typo is a number, a separate erratum or a corrigendum is usually required as this changes meaning. If typo is in the title, a separate erratum or a corrigendum is required.
  • Minor fixes in references as long as the reference stays essentially the same (we usually do not update broken links to external websites as linkrot over time is to be expected).
  • Updating metadata in the pdf file can be done as long as it does not change the metadata in the system (for example: if in the pdf file of the article did not have the address for correspondence nor complete address of each author's affiliation (or only in html of the website), it can be updated). Changing metadata in the system requires a separate erratum or a corrigendum.

Corrigendum or Author Correction

Notification of an important error made by the author(s) that affects the publication record or the scientific integrity of the paper, or the reputation of the authors or the journal. 

In BNJ, authors receive numerous opportunities to check and approve the manuscript before it is being published (e.g. during copyediting and proofreading). With the few exceptions mentioned above, no changes are possible after the article has been published, unless a corrigendum is published, which may incur costs for the author.

In order to publish a corrigendum you should first file a ticket with jokogunawan@belitungraya.org and briefly describe what you want to have corrected. We will evaluate the request and investigate the cause and severity of the error (if any).

There are the following four possibilities/outcomes:

  1. The error was introduced after the final proofreading step (or the authors brought this to our attention during proofreading and we failed to correct this). As this is the publishers' responsibility, we will submit a corrigendum on authors’ behalf. There are no costs for them.
  2. The error is an update/correction of something that was in the original submission or an addendum to the original submission, or this error was in the proofs and the authors did not make a correction at the time. Requests like "I forgot to acknowledge somebody" or "there is an error in one of the authors' names" are what we call a "Discretionary Correction", as it is an oversight that is the authors' responsibility but not severe enough to affect the validity of the paper. We can correct it, but reserve the right to charge a fee of $40 for publishing the corrigendum, correcting the original article and linking it to the corrigendum, and resubmitting the article to various databases.
  3. We do not think the error you have mentioned is a problem and requires any action/correction.
  4. The error is a minor layout change and can be made without publishing a corrigendum.

In case 1 or 2, a corrigendum has to be published and a correction notice has to be sent to various databases to notify them.


Notification of invalid results that affect the reliability of a previously published article. The original article is marked as retracted but remains available to readers, and the retraction statement notifying readers of the invalidity of the published paper is bi-directionally linked to the original published paper.


Notification of additional information about a paper. Addenda are published when the editors decide that the addendum is crucial to the reader's understanding of a significant part of the published contribution. Addenda include Editorial Expression of Concern, which is an editorial statement alerting our readership to serious concerns with the published paper. Editorial Expression of Concern are typically updated with another amendment once further information is available.

Artical Removal

An article removal will be issued in rare circumstances where the problems are very serious in nature and cannot be addressed by a Retraction or Correction notice. BNJ will consider removal of a published article from in very limited circumstances such as:

  • If the article contains content that could pose a serious risk if followed or acted upon.
  • If the article contains content which violates the rights to privacy of a study participant.
  •  If the article is defamatory or infringes other legal rights.
  • If an article is subject to a court order.

In case of an article being removed from BNJ, a removal notice will be issued in its place.

Withdrawal Policy

Some authors request withdrawal of manuscript from the publication process after submission. Withdrawing manuscripts from publication wastes the valuable resources and tremendous amount of effort made in processing the manuscripts by the editors, reviewers and the editorial staff.

Submission of an article to BNJ implies that the work has NOT been published or submitted elsewhere; therefore, the journal is strongly against unethical withdrawal of an article from the publication process after submission. Once the article is submitted, the author grants the editorial board full publishing rights and it is the absolute right of the editorial board to decide on article withdrawals.

For genuine withdrawal, the corresponding author should submit a request which must be signed by all co-authors explaining the reason of withdrawing the manuscript. The request will be processed by the editorial board and only serious genuine reasons will be considered if possible. The decision of the editorial board will be final and not negotiable. If an author requests a withdrawal within 3 days of submission, the author is allowed to withdraw the manuscript without paying any withdrawal fee; however, if the author withdraws the manuscript any time after review and acceptance, a withdrawal fee of $100 will have to be paid.


For Reviewers

This page contains information and resources for reviewers for the Belitung Nursing Journal.

If you are not currently a reviewer for the journal but would be interested, please register. Please note that we generally require reviewers to have a good level of experience of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and whilst some people review principally for their subject expertise, our reviewers require a higher degree, preferably a PhD.

Ethical Guidelines

COPE has published its Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, outlining "the basic principles and standards to which all peer reviewers should adhere during the peer-review process". These can be accessed here.

Guide to reviewing manuscripts

Useful guidance to reviewing journal manuscripts is available on Nurse Author & Editor.
Advice on writing peer reviews is available at: http://naepub.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NAE-2006-16-3-2-Westergren.pdf and http://naepub.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NAE-2006-16-2-2-Kralik.pdf


It is very hard to specify what a good review is and to give advice to new reviewers who ask for advice. Editors spend a great deal of time discussing the quality of reviews and who the best reviewers are. The review process is crucial to the enterprise of academic publishing. The reviews are all different but they have some features in common: they are all polite, they are all specific about what needs to be changed and where, and they are all meant to be helpful to the editor processing the manuscript and the authors who may be asked to revise their paper.


Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

Updated October 6, 2020

BNJ is a member of CrossCheck’s plagiarism detection initiative and takes seriously all cases of publication misconduct. Any suspected cases of covert duplicate manuscript submission will be handled as outlined in the COPE guidelines and the Editor may contact the authors’ institution (see Misconduct policy for more information). BNJ endorses the policies of the ICMJE in relation to overlapping publications.

Adapted from Bella H. Plagiarism. Saudi J Med Med Sci 2014;2:127

Available from: http://www.sjmms.net/text.asp?2014/2/2/127/137015

"Plagiarism is the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source. The intent and effect of plagiarism is to mislead the reader as to the contributions of the plagiarizer. This applies whether the ideas or words are taken from abstracts, research grant applications, Institutional Review Board applications, or unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication format. Plagiarism is scientific misconduct and should be addressed as such.

Self-plagiarism refers to the practice of an author using portions of their previous writings on the same topic in another of their publications, without specifically citing it formally in quotes. This practice is widespread and sometimes unintentional, as there are only so many ways to say the same thing on many occasions, particularly when writing the methods section of an article. Although this usually violates the copyright that has been assigned to the publisher, there is no consensus as to whether this is a form of scientific misconduct, or how many of one's own words one can sue before it is truly "plagiarism." Probably for this reason self-plagiarism is not regarded in the same light as plagiarism of ideas and words of other individuals. If journals have developed a policy on this matter, it should be clearly stated for authors."

Direct plagiarism is the plagiarism of the text. Mosaic plagiarism is the borrowing of ideas and opinions from an original source and a few verbatim words or phrases without crediting the author.

Authors can adhere to the following steps to report plagiarism:

  1. Inform the editor of the journal where a plagiarized article is published.
  2. Send original and plagiarized articles with plagiarized part highlighted.
  3. If evidence of plagiarism is convincing, editor should arrange for a disciplinary meeting.
  4. Editor of the journal where the plagiarized article should communicate with the editor of the journal containing the original article to rectify the matter.
  5. The plagiarist should be asked to provide an explanation.
  6. In case of nonresponse in the stipulated time or an unsatisfactory explanation, the article should be permanently retracted.
  7. Author should be blacklisted and debarred for submitted an article to a particular journal for at least 5 years.
  8. The concerned head of the institution has to be notified.

Plagiarism could be detected using Google search engine or one of two programs; iThenticate or Turnitin.


Editorial Process

Updated January 10, 2021

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 authors to authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged.

Editorial Review Stage

On submission, Managing Editor reviews all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, particularly high rate of similarity with prior publications (plagiarism) 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. The editorial review only takes one or two weeks.

Peer review stage

A manuscript found suitable for publication in Belitung Nursing Journal is sent to Editorial board member(s) and he/she recommends one or two Expert Reviewers. If  he/she is not able to do that, the Managing Editor will select the reviewers. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other's identity. The peer-review process takes four to six weeks. The peer review process can be seen here.

Editorial Decision Stage

Every manuscript is assigned to Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor, based on the comments from the reviewers and editorial board members, to make a final decision on the manuscript. Editorial Board Members can only make an initial editorial decision to be sent to Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor and further discuss until reaching the final decision.

The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers and editorial board members 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 until reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Copyediting stage

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. A page proof in doc. format is sent to the corresponding author. In this stage, the copyeditor will ask you to complete the reference format and clarify or verify the sentence or paragraph that has been changed. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within seven days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. 

Proofreading & layout editing stage

The proofreader will send the final proof of the article in pdf format with a fixed journal layout. There is no significant change in this stage. Authors are only required to check their names and affiliations and writing format (typos, grammar, punctuation, and layout format). The corresponding author is expected to return the final proof within five days.

Published Online

To achieve faster and greater dissemination of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as 'Early View' immediately after proofreading. Next, it will be included in the upcoming issue.


Advertising Policy

  1. All advertisements and commercially sponsored publications are independent from editorial decisions. BNJ does not endorse any product or service marked as an advertisement or promoted by a sponsor in BNJ publications. Editorial content is not compromised by commercial or financial interests, or by any specific arrangements with advertising clients or sponsors.
  2. BNJ reserves the right to decline any type of advertising that is damaging to the brand of BNJ or is inappropriate to the content held on the BNJ network.
  3. BNJ will not accept advertising for products or services known to be harmful to health (e.g. tobacco and alcohol products).
  4. Advertisements may not be deceptive or misleading, and must be verifiable. Advertisements should clearly identify the advertiser and the product or service being offered. Exaggerated or extravagantly worded copy will not be allowed. Advertisements will not be accepted if they appear to be indecent or offensive in either text or artwork, or if they relate to content of a personal, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious nature.
  5. Once an advertisement has been deployed online, it will be withdrawn from the journal site at any time if the Editor(s)-in-Chief or Publisher request its removal.
  6. BNJ will not allow any treatment-specific or drug-specific campaign to be targeted to a specific article(s) or on any page where content relates to the product(s) being advertised. (Advertisers may not link to articles using keywords; they may not target advertising for a specific product on the condition that it appear in the same location and at the same time as a specific article mentioning that product and they may not refer to an article published at the same time as the advertisement appears).
  7. All advertisements for drug specific campaigns should encourage correct and rational use and must not be misleading.
  8. Advertisements and editorial content must be clearly distinguishable. BNJ will not publish “advertorial” content, and sponsored supplements must be clearly indicated as such. If a supplement did not undergo peer review or underwent a peer review-process different from the rest of the journal that should be explicitly stated.
  9. Editorial decisions will not be influenced by current or potential sponsors and advertisers, and will not be influenced by marketing decisions. Advertisers and sponsors have no control or influence over the results of searches a user may conduct on the website by keyword or search topic.
  10. If any advert is requested outside of BNJ standard advertising positions then a request should be made to editorial who will respond with a full and final decision within three business days.
  11. Information about complaints concerning advertisements will be included in the Advertisements page.

Advertising complaints policy

Please send any complaints about advertising to:  editorbnj@gmail.com


Data Sharing Policy

Authors submitting their research article to this journal are encouraged to deposit research data as a supplementary file during submission or in a relevant data repository and cite and link to this dataset in their article. If this is not possible, authors are encouraged to make a statement explaining why research data cannot be shared. Sharing your data help you get credit for your work and make your data accessible and discoverable for your peers.

Research data deposit, citation and linking (or a Research Data Availability Statement)

  • Deposit your research data in a relevant data repository or in BNJ as a supplementary file
  • Cite and link to this dataset in your article
  • (Or if this is not possible, make a statement explaining why research data cannot be shared )

Data availability statements commonly take one of the following forms:

  1. The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available in the [NAME] repository, [PERSISTENT WEB LINK TO DATASETS].
  2. The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
  3. All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article (and its supplementary information files).
  4. The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are not publicly available due to [REASON(S) WHY DATA ARE NOT PUBLIC] but are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
  5. Data sharing not applicable to this article as no datasets were generated or analysed during the current study.
  6. The data that support the findings of this study are available from [THIRD PARTY NAME] but restrictions apply to the availability of these data, which were used under license for the current study, and so are not publicly available. Data are however available from the authors upon reasonable request and with permission of [THIRD PARTY NAME].

In the absence of specific instructions from a journal editor authors can use or adapt the statement(s) above. Several statements may need to be combined depending on the nature of the research.