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Author Guidelines

Aim and Scope


Belitung Nursing Journal (BNJ) is a bi-monthly, international, peer reviewed journal published by Belitung Raya Foundation, in collaboration with the Academy of Nursing of Belitung and Indonesian National Nurses Association, Belitung Indonesia beginning in December 2015.

BNJ aims to contribute to the advancement of evidence-based nursing, midwifery and healthcare by disseminating high quality research and scholarship of contemporary relevance and with potential to advance knowledge for practice, education, management or policy. BNJ welcomes submissions of evidence-based clinical application papers, original research, systematic review, case studies, perspectives, commentaries, letter to editor and guest editorial on a variety of clinical and professional topics.

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.


Manuscript Submission

Type the manuscript following the instructions mentioned below under Preparation of manuscript and submit it online. All manuscripts received online are automatically acknowledged by e-mail which mentions tracking article number for future reference. In case you do not receive acknowledging e-mail, please resubmit the article. 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. The copyright form, covering letter and other documents mentioned below should be uploaded at the time of submission or sent to the Editorial office (within 15 days of the online submission) at the following


Submission of revised papers

When revising your paper, taking into account the reviewers and Editor feedback, please highlight all changed text using red font. Please do not use track changes as they can make papers difficult to follow.

To submit revised papers please log into your account. Please do not submit your revised paper as a new paper, as revised manuscripts are processed differently.

Please upload an anonymous 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.

Preparation of Manuscript

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. We suggest you to download BNJ Paper template here.

Types of articles

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.

Articles are accepted in the following sections (all word limits exclude abstract and references):

  • Editorials:These are usually solicited, contributed by editorial board members, but unsolicited material may also be considered (approx. 1000 to 1200 words). A maximum of 12 references may be included. Editorials should normally not have tables and figures.
  • Guest Editorials: The Editor encourages Guest Editorials to be submitted on a variety of current issues impacting and influencing nursing and healthcare education. Guest Editorials can have a national or international focus. Editorials should not exceed 1,500 words. A maximum of 12 references may be included. Guest Editorials should normally not have tables and figures.
  • Letters to Editors: These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the journal.Tthe maximum word count should not exceed 1000 words, references should not exceed more than ten, with a maximum of three photographs. There are no subheadings within the letter. The Editors are also willing to consider letters of subjects of direct relevance to the Journal’s interest.No abstract is required. It could be generally authored by not more than four authors.
  • Perspective:A perspective of 500-1000 words length, with approximately 5 references. The author may express his or her opinion without complete documentation. No abstract is required.
  • Review Article: Systematic critical assessments of literature and data sources of about 3000 words should be submitted after consulting the Editor regarding the subject, but unsolicited material will also be considered. Authors should preferably be working in and have published papers in the area being reviewed and have sufficient expertise to critically evaluate relevant literature. Add an unstructured abstract of 250 words, with key words. Please add 10 multiple choice questions (MCQs) with four options based on the review article.
  • Original articles: This includes reports of original research (including trials, studies of diagnostic tests or surveys) that are up to 7000 words in length (including references and abstract). Please write a structured abstract (including 5 headings: Background, Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion) of not more than 350 words and add key words (3-5 words). The article should follow IMRAD (introduction, methods, results, discussion), may include acknowledgement if any, and references. Double blind controlled trials must conform to the revised CONSORT statement and this is available from editorial office or at the website We encourage reports of diagnostic tests to be accompanied by the STARD flow diagram and checklist (, reports of meta-analyses of randomized trials to be accompanied by the QUOROM flow diagram and checklist (, and meta-analyses of observational studies to be accompanied by the MOOSE checklist ( Observational studies in epidemiology should follow STROBE guidelines available on Registration of clinical trials is desirable. Permission from ethics committee/ Institutional Review Board (IRB), statement of sources of support and conflict of interest is mandatory. IRB approval must be mentioned in the methods section of all manuscripts. Short reports of preliminary studies may be submitted for the category of Brief reports.
  • All research papers reporting the development or testing of scales must include a copy of the full scale so it can be published as an appendix. If it is a translated scale you must include a copy of the scale together with an English translation. Authors are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner to use the scale and ensure that the CORRECT COPYRIGHT LINE qualifying the permission to use/translate the Scale is supplied UNDERNEATH the submitted Scale. Authors should be given detailed instruction on how to address the copyright line, e.g. "©<<organisation/developer's name>>: reproduced/translated with kind permission of <<organisation/developer's name>>". If authors want to retain copyright of their OWN scale they can mark it as "reproduced with the author's own permission".
For formatting your articles, have a look at BNJ Paper template here.


The abstract should be structured. Headings for Research articles:


Abstract is up to 350 words. No information should be reported in the abstract that does not appear in the text of the manuscript. Wording should be concise and present only the essential elements. 'Telegraphic' statements without verbs are acceptable. Abbreviations are not allowed.


There is a change of reference and citation format 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 (Start from Vol 3(6) 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

The Editorial Process

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.

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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, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor), and this should be explained in the copyright form, which is uploaded separately.
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word in doc. and docx file format.
  3. The text is 1.5 line spacing; uses a 11-point font (Times New Romant); 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.

    Using APA format 6th Edition for citation and reference; and following BNJ Paper template here

  4. There is no author name and affiliation in the main content of the paper. Title page is uploaded separately.
  5. Once paper is accepted for publication, I/we are willing to pay for the Article Publication Charge.

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.

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.