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Author Guidelines

Author Guideline
Kesmas: National Public Health Journal

In submitting manuscripts to Kesmas: National Public Health Journal, authors should take special note that manuscripts must conform to all Kesmas: National Public Health Journal style requirements. Authors should follow the requirements for citations and references, figures, and tables. The manuscripts that do not follow the requirement of Kesmas: National Public Health Journal style may be returned to authors for modification.

All papers submitted to the journal should be written in English. Authors whose English is not their native language, are encouraged to have their paper checked before submission for grammar and clarity. The work should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, and free plagiarism. All articles submitted will be conducted plagiarism checking through IThenticate software program.

Authors should arrange manuscript based on Kesmas: National Public Health Journal manuscript template.

Manuscript Heading, Font, and Spacing

Manuscript should be typed using word processors (Microsoft Word or Open Office) software. The font used throughout the paper is Times New Roman. The paper size is A4 (i.e., 210 x 297 mm), one-column format with a 3 cm for all margin, double spaced and limited up to 5,000 words. Page numbers should be included in the text located in footer section of each page. Use of pronouns such as I, we etc is to be avoided.

Manuscript submitted to this journal should follow the heading below: Title; Authors Name; Authors Affiliation; Abstract; Keywords; Introduction; Method; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; Recommendation (optional); Acknowledgments (optional); and References

Paper Title

This is your opportunity to attract the reader’s attention. Remember that readers are the potential authors who will cite your article. Identify the main issue of the paper. Begin with the subject of the paper. The title is written in English and Bahasa Indonesia not to exceed 20 words. Title should be accurate, unambiguous, specific, complete and not be summarization of results or conclusion but describe the research or topic of the paper. Do not contain infrequently-used abbreviations.

The title of the paper should be in 16 pt bold Times New Roman and be centered. The title should have 0 pts space above and 12 pts below.

Authors Name and Affiliations

Write Author(s) names without title and professional positions such as Prof, Dr, Production Manager, etc. Do not abbreviate your last/family name. Always give your First and Last names. Write clear affiliation of all Authors. Affiliation includes: name of department/unit, (faculty), name of university, address, country. Please indicate Corresponding Author (include address for mailing service, telephone number, e-mail address, and mobile phone number ) by adding asterisk (*) in superscript behind the name.

Author names should be in 12 pt Times Roman bold with 12 pts above and 12 pts below. Author addresses are superscripted by numerals and centered over both columns of manuscripts. Author affiliations should be in 12 pt Times Roman italic. The body of the text should commence 2 lines (24 points) below the last address.


The Abstract is written in  English and Bahasa Indonesia with word limitation 100 to 200 words. It should be prepared in one paragraph covers the problem, objectives, method, results, and conclusion. References should not be written in these part of manuscript.  


Maximum of 5 keywords separated by coma (,), crucial to the appropriate indexing of the papers, are to be given. For instance: Cattle, import, indigenous, malaria, Plasmodium sp.

Main Text

Manuscript content in general should be organized in the following order: Title; Authors Name; Authors Affiliation; Abstract; Keywords; Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; Recommendation; Acknowledgments; and References (Recommendation and Acknowledgement are optional in the text). The pages of manuscript must be numbered consecutively, starting from title page.


Authors should provide an adequate background, and very short literature survey in order to record the existing solutions/method, to show which is the best of previous researches, to show the main limitation of the previous researches, to show what do you hope to achieve (to solve the limitation), and to show the scientific merit or novelties of the paper. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. Authors should state the objectives of the work at the end of introduction section.


Method include the design, population, sample, data sources, techniques/instruments of data collection and data analysis procedures. Methods should make readers be able to reproduce the experiment. Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. Do not repeat the details of established methods.


Results are research findings and should be clear and concise without opinions. Table and Figures are put in the result. It should be limited up to six tables or pictures with a short title. Table/Figure should be typed in single space and be numbered consecutively according to the appearance in the text.

Tables are sequentially numbered with the table title and number above the table. Tables should be centered in the column OR on the page. Tables should be followed by a line space (12pt). Elements of a table should be single-spaced, however double spacing can be used to show groupings of data or to separate parts within the table.  Table headings should be in 10pt bold. Tables are referred in the text by the table number. Do not show vertical line in the table. There is only horizontal line should be shown within the table.

Figures are sequentially numbered commencing at 1 with the figure title and number. Detailed recommendations for figures are ensure that figures are clear and legible with typed letterings, Black & white or colored figures are allowed, and do not show border line in figure.


The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature. In discussion, it is the most important section of your article. Here you get the chance to sell your data. Make the discussion corresponding to the results, but do not reiterate the results. Often should begin with a brief summary of the main scientific findings (not experimental results).

The following components should be covered in discussion: How do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the Introduction section (what)? Do you provide interpretation scientifically for each of your results or findings presented (why)? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported (what else)? Or are there any differences?


Conclusions should answer the objectives of research. Tells how your work advances the field from the present state of knowledge. Without clear Conclusions, reviewers and readers will find it difficult to judge the work, and whether or not it merits publication in the journal. Do not repeat the Abstract, or just list experimental results. Provide a clear scientific justification for your work, and indicate possible applications and extensions. You should also suggest future experiments and/or point out those that are underway.

References should be prepared using Vancouver styles. Please use Reference Manager Applications like EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc. Cite only scientific publication that you read and current journal references. Write the six of author's last name and first name initials, remain authors be followed by "et al (et al)". Reference number must be numbered consecutively. The first letter of reference titles should be written with a capital letter, the rest lowercase, except the name of the person, place, and time. The title should not be underlined and in bold letters. Recommendations for references are:

  • Include ALL authors. et al., for multiple authors is not acceptable.
  • When referencing in the body of text use superscript after full stop (.) (i.e:.10).  If reference lists name of source, the numbered reference is located after the name (i.g: Abood 2, Latief, et al1)

When preparing your reference list, the following should be avoided:

  • References not cited in the text.
  • Excessively referencing your own work.
  • Insufficiently referencing the work of others.

It is also preferable when Authors give DOI number of each reference list, but it is optional for Authors. References list must be written consistently for the journal titles are written in long format (Kesmas: Public Health Journal).

Examples of references:
Individual Authors Journal article:
Latif F, Maria IL, Syafar M. Drug side effects on adherence to antiretroviral treatment among people living with HIV/AIDS. Kesmas: Jurnal Kesehatan Masyarakat Nasional. 2014; 9 (2): 101-6.

Journal Article Author Organization:
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in of participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002; 40 (5): 679-86.

Books written Individuals:
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

Books written Organization and Publisher:
Royal Adelaide Hospital; University of Adelaide, Department of Clinical Nursing. Compendium of nursing research and practice development, 1999-2000. Adelaide (Australia): Adelaide University; 2001.

Chapters in Books:
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in solid tumors hu- man. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genet- ic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.

Matter of Law or Regulation:
Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, Stat. Of Ontario, 1991 Ch.18, as Amended by 1993, Ch.37: office consolidation. Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 1994.

Anderson SC, Poulsen KB. Anderson's electronic atlas of hemato- logy [CD-ROM]. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2002.

Journal article on the Internet:
Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs[serial on the Internet]. June 2002 [cited 2002 Aug 12]; 102 (6): [about 3 p.]. Available from: http: //

Books on the Internet:
Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http: // www.

Encyclopedia on the Internet:
A.D.A.M. medical encyclopedia [Internet]. Atlanta: A.D.A.M., Inc .; c2005 [cited 2007 March 26]. Available from: http: // www.

Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from:


Recognize those who helped in the research, especially funding supporter of your research. Include individuals who have assisted you in your study: Advisors, Financial supporters, or may other supporter i.e. Proofreaders, Typists, and Suppliers who may have given materials.

Revision of Manuscript

Revision of manuscript by author consists of two steps that are editor’s screening revision and reviewer’s screening revision. First time submitted articles will be done early screening by Editorial to comply with Kesmas writing guidance. Editorial further will inform results of the early screening to authors by e-mail. Then for authors, please kindly re-send the screening revision file by uploading it on supplementary file at your submission service. Moreover, authors may conduct any revision of post-review by reviewers after Editorial inform results of review through your online service, so keep tracking your online submission service to see progress of article process. Please inform Editorial by e-mail if revision file is already uploaded and please kindly re-send both screening and post-review revisions to Editorial by no later than 14 (fourteen) days. If such revisions are not re-sent to Editorial more than 3 (three) months, authors are required to send new submissions.

Manuscript Handling fee

Authors are charged a handling fee of $ 36 (500,000 IDR) for each accepted manuscript in Kesmas: Jurnal Kesehatan Masyarakat Nasional.

Readers can read and download any full-text articles for free of charge.

Payment of Manuscript Handling Fee

Once a manuscript has been accepted, the corresponding author will be contacted to make the necessary payment of the manuscript handling fee. Kindly note that on the manuscript management system, the payment option is only enabled for manuscripts that have been accepted for publication.

Acceptance Certificate

Acceptance Certificate is issued for authors whose manuscripts are already reviewed and accepted for publication by an editor.  

Copyright and License

  • Submission of a manuscript implies that authors have met any requirements of the editorial policy and publication ethics.
  • Authors retain copyright of articles published in Kesmas: Public Health Journal
  • Authors grant Kesmas:Public Health Journal a license to publish the articles and identify itself as the original publisher.
  • Authors also grant any third party the right to use the articles freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified.
  • Authors agree that their articles remain permanently open access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International License.

Covering Letter and Statements

Authors must include Covering Letter and Statements [download here]  in a separated document file containing summary of scientific finding and uploaded in Supplementary Files in PDF Format to complete submission process.

Copy of Ethical clearance statement for experimental research involving human and/animals samples should be uploaded in supplementary file. 

Guideline for Online Submission

Author should first register as Author and/or is offered as Reviewer through the following address:

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: select the Journal Section (Full Article), tick all of the checklist   

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 to be submitted, then click Upload button. Please make sure that the manuscript file has been uploaded.

Step 3 – Entering Submission’s Metadata: In this step, detail authors metadata should be entered including marked corresponding author. After that, manuscript title and abstract must be uploaded by copying the text and paste in the textbox including keywords.

Step 4 – Uploading Supplementary Files: Supplementary file should be uploaded including Covering/Submission Letter, Statements, and ethical clearance in PDF format. 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 Kesmas journal, click Finish Submission button after the documents is true. The corresponding author or the principal contact will receive an acknowledgement 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, Author who submits the manuscript will get a confirmation email about the submission. Therefore, Author is able to track his submission status at anytime by logging in to the online submission interface. The submission tracking includes status of manuscript review and editorial process.




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 document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs  for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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