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Author Guidelines

Updated January 10, 2021


Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: 1) Title page, and 2) Main text file. Title page is uploaded separately as a supplementary file. Do NOT combine main text file with title page.

(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
  • Authors contribution (Clearly state the contribution of each author)
  • Author biographies (Academic or structural position in your institution and ORCiD iD)
  • Data availability statement (Check data sharing policy)
  • Ethical consideration (State the complete name of institutions or ethics committee and approval number)
  • Statement that authors will pay APC if their article is editorially accepted (except for editorial or guest editorial)

(2) Main text file

Please click below on the type of manuscript you are planning to submit, and follow the guidance provided.

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


The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline. 

Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives


For keywords of abstract,  Please use MeSH on Demand by US National Library of Medicine. Copy and paste your abstract, then see how keywords come up. Choose maximum 5 keywords for your article.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings. Put the tables in the main content in the appropriate position, instead of putting them under the references.

Figure Legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted. 


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 with DOI assigned is used for citation and references.

Examples of references can be seen here


Each submission must be done online. There should be no submission by email. Authors are required to register (as author) in the following link:


After the registration is completed, please click “new submission”, and follow each step.

Step 1 - Starting the Submission: Select the type of article, check the submission checklists (please follow the lists carefully), and copyright notice. Author may type covering letter or comments for the Editor. And then click save and continue.



Step 2 – Uploading the Submission: To upload a manuscript, click Browse on the Upload submission file item and choose the manuscript document file (.doc/.docx) to be submitted, then click "Upload" button until the file has been uploaded. In this step, only main text should be uploaded. There is no author name and affiliation.


Step 3 – Entering Metadata: The authors are required to put all names of the authors based on title page. The corresponding author should be check-listed as the correspondence. The authors also need to type title, abstract, keywords, agencies/funding, and references. 




Step 4 – Uploading Supplementary Files: Supplementary files including title page, datasets (if applicable), and other supplementary documents.  


Step 5 – Confirming the Submission:  The authors need to re-check and clicking “Finish submission”. The corresponding author will receive an acknowledgment by email and will be able to view the submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging into the journal site.


To submit revised manuscript, the authors should combine "response to reviewers" file (including a point by point response listed or in a table) and main text (with highlights of changes) into one file.

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


The post-acceptance steps are as follows:

  • Complete the title page if you do not submit at the first time of submission.
  • Authors need to pay the Article Processing Charge, and send the proof of payment to the editor.
  • The authors will receive copyediting request which should be checked thoroughly and returned promptly. In this stage, the accepted manuscripts are copy edited for punctuation, print style, and format. The authors are responsible for English grammar check of their manuscript. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three or seven days. 
  • After copyediting stage, the authors will receive the final proof of article which should be checked thoroughly and returned promptly. In this stage, final 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.
  • The article will be published open access on the journal website as EARLY VIEW article.
  • The article will then be included to the upcoming issue.


Early View articles are peer reviewed and accepted articles to be published in BNJ. When the final article is assigned to volumes/issues of the publication, the Early View article version will be removed and the final version will appear in the associated published volumes/issues of the publication. The date an article was first made available online will be carried over. Please be aware that, although Early View articles do not have page numbers yet, they can already be cited, using DOI number. 


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, specifically in other journals or publishers (except in the form of abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint), that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
  2. The submission includes 1) Main text, and 2) Title page. Title page is uploaded separately as supplementary files. Do NOT combine main text with title page. Copyright form is not required. 

  3. There are no authors names and their affiliations in the main text. All files are in doc. or docx format. Do NOT submit file in rtf or pdf format.

  4. Please ensure that the main text is following the correct layout: one column, double space, A4 with appropriate margins (Top:2.54 cm, Bottom: 4 cm, Left: 2.54 cm, and Right: 2.54 cm), Times New Roman, and font 11).

  5. All files are in English format. Do NOT submit article in Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) or any other languages (Tidak menerima artikel dalam bahasa Indonesia).
  6. The author(s) undersigned hereby give Department of Publication of Belitung Raya Foundation the rights as publisher, the right of first publication of all published material. It will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0, which 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.
  7. The authors(s) agree to pay the article publication charge after manuscript is editorially accepted (Do NOT pay before getting acceptance letter or prior to submission). Please remember that the payment does not influence the review process and acceptance of submitted article.

Copyright Notice

Updated 29 September 2020

Authors who publish with Belitung Nursing Journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0, which 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.
  2. 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). Authors can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF.


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 Submission Charge: 0.00 (USD)

Article Processing Charge (APC): 135.00 (USD)

BNJ is run on a non-profit basis. Publisher covers nearly 100% of the expenses of publishing. Nevertheless, authors are required to participate in the cost of publishing with the article processing fees. 

This is made possible by an article processing charge that covers the range of publishing services we provide. This includes provision of Gold open access, 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.

Adjustments in BNJ’s APC prices are under regular review and are subject to change. We set APC prices based on the following criteria:

  • Journal quality;
  • The journal’s editorial and technical processes;
  • Competitive considerations;
  • Market conditions;
  • Other revenue streams associated with the journal.

The payment is made when your article is editorially accepted, is charged to either you, or your funder, institution or employer. (Biaya publikasi dibayar setelah artikel dinyatakan accepted untuk di publikasikan). 

The APC (for original research, research methodology, review article, concept analysis, case study, and perspective) is 135 USD for International authors or 2,000,000 IDR for Indonesian authors. APC for letter to Editors is 60 USD. Editorial or Guest Editorial are free of charge.

All online payment will be charged fees per transaction 5.4% + 0.30 USD.  

In case an author pay APC from the submission stage, we will fully return the money. We have several cases which the authors did that, therefore we do not display the bank account number for APC. We will send all information after the article is accepted via email to the correspondence author of each article. 

No refund or credit will be offered in the following circumstances:

  • Article retraction: BNJ has provided full publishing services and is only able to recoup this investment through the APC.  The later retraction of the article does not detract from the publishing services provided or from our ongoing maintenance of the scientific record, e.g. archiving in perpetuity.
  • Article removal: In rare cases where articles are removed completely after acceptance for publication we will not refund or credit an APC. This is because BNJ has provided publishing services and is only able to recoup this investment through the APC. The later removal of the article does not detract from this investment and is typically for reasons beyond our control.
  • Delays resulting from editorial decisions or author changes: These are a standard part of the publishing process.
  • Circumstances beyond our control: This may include, for example, where natural or other disasters prevent us from fulfilling our obligations.