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Author Guidelines

The Indonesian Journal of Planning and Development  is an open access international journal. The submitted paper will not be charged for article processing (Rp 0.00). Readers can read and download any full-text articles for free of charge.

All manuscripts must be submitted using the Online Submission System on the IJPD website ( after registering as an Author in the "Register" section. Online submission procedures can be found at the end of this guide.

1.   General Instructions

  • All manuscripts submitted to IJPD must follow the author guidelines. If the manuscript submitted incompliance with the guidelines, then it will be returned directly to the authors without review process.
  • All manuscripts submitted to this journal must be written in good English. The American English style is preferred in this journal. Authors for whom English is not their native language are strongly recommended to have their paper be proofread before submission for proper grammar and clarity. The provision of supplementary proofreading certificate along with the manuscript submission could be of an advantage for proceeding the review process (if applicable).
  • Manuscript composition must adhere to IMRAD style practice comprising Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussions, and Conclusions (please refer to the detailed information on the Section 3.5-3.8). While the authors feel more conveniently to compose their manuscript in an alternative style, please consult the Editor-in-Chief beforehand.
  • Before submitting the manuscripts, authors must abide by anti-plagiarism rule of scientific publication. The authors therefore must warrant their manuscript originality through plagiarism checking tools themselves. Once such misconduct found, the authors will be banned for manuscript submissions.

2.   Manuscript Template

Manuscript should be prepared according to the following author guidelines in the MS Word article template format

3.   Article Preparation Guidelines

3.1    General Preparation

  1. A paper should not exceed 12 pages, including tables and figures (abstract, references/bibliography and acknowledgement excluded).
  2. The manuscript should be written with A4 (210 x 297 mm) page size and with a left margin of 30 mm, a right margin of 30 mm, a lower margin of 25 mm, and a top margin of 25 mm.
  3. Articles written in the justified format, using the Arial font size of 9 pt with one column format.
  4. The easiest way to layout your article is by using the IJPD’s template directly.

3.2    Title

Title should be precise, informative and not too long. Do not mention the name(s) of author(s), and her/his/their affiliation in the paper, instead mention it in registration form in the journal website (to support double-blind review). Email address of the first author should be mentioned for correspondence purposes.

3.3    Table and Figures
  1. Presentation using tables can help explaining discussions more accurately and attractively. Thus, the presentation can also be shortened.
  2. Tables should be numbered continuously following the presentation order (Table 1, Table 2, and so forth) and should be cited on referred texts.
  3. Title of table should be as complete as possible and should be positioned above the table.
  4. Figures are allowed at maximum of 40% of the content. Image with a size of 500 × 800 pixels (height × width). Preferred file types: TIFF, JPG, PNG, PDF, or MS Office files.
  5. All figures, photos and illustration should be numbered continuously according to the presentation order (Figure 1., Figure 2., and so forth) and should be cited on referred texts.
  6. Title of figure should be as complete as possible and should be positioned below the figure. All figures should be clear and readable, and no colored figures are allowed.

3.4    Abstract and Keywords

An abstract should contain no citation. Abstract should not exceed 300 words. Abstraction must describe the content well, including the study background, aims, methods, results and conclusions. Keywords should represent the content and highlight of the article (minimum of three keywords).

3.5    Introduction

In Introduction, authors should clearly explain the study background, including proper explanation of the previous research reviews at the same study location or similar research reviews (literature review), and provide an objectives of the study at the end of Introduction section. Please put some theoretical background on how the paper should address its purpose to explain why the study is important, to show the main limitation of the previous research, and to show the scientific merit or novelties of the paper. Do not describe literature survey as author by author, but should be presented as the group per method or topic reviewed which refers to some literature.

Example of novelty statement or the gap analysis statement at the end of Introduction section (after state of the art of the previous research survey): “........ (short summary of background)....... A previous research focused on ....... There have been limited studies concerned on ........ Therefore, this research intends to ................. The study aims to .........”.


3.6    Methods

The method describes the stages of research undertaken to achieve the objectives. In method section, authors should provide an explanation about how data collection techniques (sampling, observation, interview, and questionnaires) and analyses are undertaken.


3.7    Results and Discussions

The results should summarize (scientific) findings rather than providing data in great detail. Please emphasize what is new, different, or important about your results and highlight the differences between your results or findings and the previous publications by other researchers. Present your results as figures and tables and point the reader to relevant items while discussing the results. The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them.


3.8    Conclusions

Conclusions should answer the objectives of the research. Explain how the study advances the field from the present state of knowledge. The conclusions should explain the knowledge gap that has been fulfilled by the study, as well as feedback on the theory that underlies the study.


3.9    Acknowledgment

Recognize those who helped in the research, especially funding institution of your research. Include individuals who have assisted you in your study such as advisors and funding institutions, or may be the other groups of supporters, i.e. proofreaders, typists, and suppliers, who may have given the research materials. Do not acknowledge one of the authors' names.


3.10 References

It is recommended to use APA 6th Edition format as exemplified below, and use Reference Manager Applications such as EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero. The references should be reflected the topicality of the article. References should be written in single spacing by using Arial 9 pt and additional spacing below at 6 pt. All citations in the manuscript must be available in the references, and vice-versa. References must present in the alphabetical order in compliance with the author-date system. The primary literature sources (scientific journals must meet the minimum 80% of the reference list). Each manuscript has a minimum of 10 references. Examples of reference formatting are as follows:

Barthel, S. & Isendahl, C. 2013. Urban gardens, agriculture, and water management: Sources of resilience for long-term food security in cities. Ecological Economics, 86, 224-234.

Kerlinger, F. N. (1986). Foundations of behavioral research. New York: University Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Inc.

Igawa, N. and Nakamura, H. (2001). All sky model as a standard sky for the simulation of daylite environment. Building and Environment, 36, 763-770. doi: 10.1016/S0360-1323(00)00062-7

Seng, D. C. (2012). Improving the governance context and framework conditions of natural hazard early warning systems. Journal of Integrated Disaster Risk Management, 2, 1-25. doi: 10.5595/idrim.2012.0020.

4.   Guideline for Online Submission

Authors should first register as Author Role through the following address:

The author should fulfill the form as detail as possible where the star marked form must be entered. After all form textbox was filled, Author clicks on “Register” button to proceed the registration. Therefore, Author is brought to online author submission interface where Author should click on “New Submission”. In the Start a New Submission section, click on “’Click Here’: to go to step one of the five-step submission process”. The following are five steps in online submission process:

Step 1 – Starting the Submission (please ensure that the article to be submitted has fulfilled the author guidelines as explained on the Section 1-3)

Step 2 – Uploading the Submission: To upload a manuscript to this journal, 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. Do not upload cover letter and other supplementary files here.

Step 3 – Entering Submission’s Metadata: Detail authors metadata should be entered including marked corresponding author. Manuscript title and abstract must be uploaded by copying the text and paste in the textbox including keywords (please ensure that all data entered in metadata are complete).

Step 4 – Uploading Supplementary Files: Supplementary file should be uploaded including Covering/Submission Letter, and Signed Copyright Transfer Agreement Form. Therefore, click on Browse button, choose the files, and then click on Upload button.

Step 5 – Confirming the Submission: Author should final check the uploaded manuscript documents in this step. To submit the manuscript to IJPD, click Finish Submission button after the documents are true. The corresponding author or the principal contact will receive an acknowledgment by email and will be able to view the submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal web address site.

After this submission, Authors who submit the manuscript will get a confirmation email about the submission automatically. Therefore, Authors are able to track their submission status at any time by logging in to the online submission interface. The submission tracking includes a status of manuscript review and editorial process.

5.   Reviewing Process Manuscripts

Every submitted paper is independently reviewed by peer-reviewer. The decision for publication, amendment, or rejection is based upon their report/recommendation and made solely by Editor. If reviewer consider a manuscript unsuitable for publication in this journal, a statement explaining the basis for the decision will be sent to the authors after the submission date

6.   Revision of Manuscripts

Revised Manuscripts should be returned to the editor without delay.

Editor will send a notification to author(s) who has/have not sent revision a maximum of 2 times, if editor do not get a response from author(s), the article will be considered as a new submission and will be reviewed again by other peer-reviewer.

The revised manuscript should be uploaded to the Online Submission Interface ( in the "Upload Author Version" from Review task window. The revised document should include MS Word file for Revised Manuscript file according to Template-based format (MS Word file) (Important: please color highlight the revised sentences).



All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Template and Author Guidelines and please submit by Online Submission

Before submitting the manuscript, the authors must be registered as the Author by completing the data through Registration. If authors have any problems on the online submission, please contact the Editor by email:


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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

The Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if accepted for publication, copyright publishing shall be assigned to IJPD and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Diponegoro University as the journal publisher.

Copyright includes the right to reproduce and provide articles in all forms and media, including reprints, and any other similar reproduction as well as translations. The author still has the rights to duplicate the material as a compilation for the author’s and for distribution in the institution where the author works.


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