JPI: Journal of Political Issues, publish by University of Bangka Belitung, for information and communication resources for academics, and observers of political science, governance issues, public policy in and on Indonesia and Asia, Methodology of Social Sciences and Social Work. The published paper is the result of research, reflection, and actual critical study with respect to the themes of governance, social, and political science. The journal publication includes articles, research notes, notices on conferences, workshops and seminars, and book reviews.  Journal of Political Issues is published on July and December every year and first published in July 2019. The journal is a Multi-disciplined Journal focused on the study of:

  1. Governance Issues and Public Policy,
  2. Decentralization,
  3. Political Parties,
  4. National and Local Election,
  5. Civil Society Movement,
  6. International Politics and Seurity,
  7. Gender Politics and Identity,
  8. Democracy,
  9. Citizenship and Public Management,
  10. Community Welfare.



Here are the guidelines for writing the manuscripts:

  1. The articles must be original and have never been published or are being submitted to another journal. The articles should be about social sciences, politics, and humanities. The manuscripts should be 3,000-6,000 words or 8-17 pages long, single space using A-4 paper size.
  2. The name of the author should be written without academic titles and placed under the title of the article, followed by the name of the institution and mailing address (email or phone number). If the manuscript is written by a team, all members of the team must be written. However, the editor only deals with the main author or whose name is in the first place.
  3. The articles should be written in English correctly in the form of an essay. The title of the article should be capitalized and placed in the center. The subtitles should be aligned to the left without numbering.
  4. The articles should be written in the following systematic order: title, author’s name, address of institution and correspondence (e-mail address), abstract (100-120 words: containing objectives, methods, research results, and main conclusions); keywords; introduction (containing research problems, current scientific situation, may refer to the literature on which research is based); method; results and discussion (reinforced by relevant research theories or findings); conclusion; credits/thanks; bibliography.
  5. Referral sources should be up-to-date (the last ten years). Primary referral sources are preferable (research articles in scientific journals/magazines or research reports).
  6. The information of citations/references are written in brackets. Mention the pages of direct quotations, for example: ... (Michael, 2000:48).
  7. The bibliography is listed according to APA style.



Manuscripts submitted to JSP will undergo a selection and assessment process by the Board of Editors to ensure their accordance with the writing guideline, focus, and scope, and that they are of excellent academic quality.  The manuscripts will be reviewed using the double blind peer review method in which case neither authors nor reviewers know each other’s identities.

Desk Review. At the desk review stage, manuscripts will be examined to ensure that they have met the writing guideline, focus, and scope with excellent academic quality. If they do not meet the conditions, the author will be given the opportunity to revise their manuscript according to the given criteria. However, there is also the possibility that the manuscript will be directly rejected.

Peer review. When the manuscript has passed the desk review stage, it will then be delivered to two reviewers who are experts in the field of the submitted manuscript. The review process will be done within 3 weeks. Manuscripts that did not successfully pass the desk review process will not proceed to this stage.

Reviewer’s decision. The reviewers will provide the following recommendations:

  1. Accepted; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication
  2. Accepted with minor revisions; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication once it is revised in response to the reviewers’ concerns
  3. Accepted with major revisions; means that substantive inadequacies in the manuscript, such as data analysis, the main theory used, and rewriting of paragraphs, need to be revised
  4. Rejected; means that the manuscript is not acceptable for publication or the given reviews relate to very basic issues

The reviewer’s decision will be considered by the Board of Editors to determine the ensuing process of the manuscript.

Revision Stage. Once the manuscript has been received with notations of minor or major revisions, it will be returned to the author with a review summary form. For manuscripts accepted with major revisions, authors are allotted 3 weeks to revise. Whereas for manuscripts accepted with minor revisions, 1 week is allotted for revision. When returning the revised manuscript, the author is required to fill in and attach the review summary form.  

Final decision. At this stage, the manuscript will be re-evaluated by the Board of Editors to ensure that the author has revised in response to the reviewers’ concerns. In this final decision, the manuscript may still be rejected if the author did not seriously conduct the revisions necessary.

Proofread. Once the manuscript has been deemed acceptable by the Board of Editors, it will undergo a proofreading process to maintain linguistic quality.

Publication confirmation. At this stage, the final layout of the manuscript will be resent to the author to ensure that the content is in accordance with the author’s writing. At this stage, the author may revise any typographical error found in the final manuscript. Once confirmation from the author is given, the Editorial Secretary will process the manuscript for online publication on the website as well as print publication.



Manuscripts submitted to JPI: Journal of Political Issues will be screened for plagiarism and self-plagiarism using PLAGIARISM CHECKER and iThenticate. Depending on the level of originality and similarities with other documents, the managing editor will decide on whether to immediately reject the manuscripts, contact authors for further clarifications, or to proceed to the peer-review process.



FREE OF CHARGE for Submitting, Processing, and Publishing the Article in JPI: Journal of Political Issues. Authors will be informed on the decision on their manuscript(s) within 1-2 month of submission following the acceptance of their manuscript.



This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

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 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).



Manuscripts submitted to Jurnal Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik (JSP) will undergo a blind review process. The reviewers are tasked to carry out reviews that include analyses and assessments of manuscripts’ acceptability to be published in Jurnal Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik (JSP). Reviewers should consider the following points prior to conducting their review:

  1. Does the manuscript you are being asked to review match your expertise?

    if the article does not sufficiently match your area of expertise, please notify the Editorial Secretary.

  1. Do you have time to review the manuscript?

    The review process should be completed within 2 weeks after a manuscript has been sent. If you do not agree with this condition and need more time to review, please contact the Editorial Secretary.

  1. Are there any conflicts of interests with the manuscript?

    If you have any conflicts of interests with the manuscript, please contact the Editorial Secretary

  2. Are there any indications of plagiarism in the manuscript?

    If you suspect any indications of plagiarism in the manuscript, please contact the Editorial Secretary immediately.

Review Process:

  1. Title: Does it clearly describe the manuscript?
  2. Abstract: Does it reflect the content of the manuscript?
  3. Introduction: The introduction should contain the general background and research questions or hypotheses. Literature review should be included in the introduction.
  4. Has the manuscript met the required journal writing guideline?


  1. If the issue relating to the reviewed manuscript has previously been published, is the manuscript sufficient to warrant publication?
  2. Does the manuscript contain novelty, profound knowledge, and interesting points to warrant publication?
  3. Does the manuscript contribute to the development of science and knowledge?
  4. Are the main theories or references used in line with the study?


  1. Does the author accurately describe how the data was collected?
  2. Does the article answer the questions posed in the study?
  3. Are new methods used? If there are new methods, are they explained in detail?

Results and Discussion:

The results should explain the findings of the author. This section should be written clearly in a logical sequence. Reviewers need to consider if the appropriate analysis has been conducted.


The conclusion should contain recommendations and summary of the research. The summary should have examples of answers corresponding to the research objective or the acquired findings. The summary should not contain repetitions of research results or discussions. The recommendations provided should correlate with the concept of the conducted research or suggestions for improving the study.

Table and Figures:

The tables and figures presented should correlate with the article’s content and they should have clear sources of reference (such as books, journals, website, or other references)          


Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is written in the reference list using the American Psychological Association (APA) style. The references used should be published within the last 10 years, consisting of 80% from journal articles and 20% from books, theses, or other relevant publications. 

Writing Style:

Please write your text in good English that is interesting to read and easy to understand.     

Final Review:

  1. Assessment of the manuscript review should be written in the Review Form sent by the Editorial Secretary;
  2. Reviewers are required to fill in the table marked with asterisks.
  3. At the end of the review, reviewers are required to give one of the following recommendations:
  4. Accepted; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication
  5. Accepted with minor revisions; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication once it is revised in response to the reviewers concerns
  6. Accepted with major revisions; means that substantive inadequacies in the manuscript, such as data analysis, the main theory used, and rewriting of paragraphs, need to be revised
  7. Rejected; means that the manuscript is not acceptable for publication or the given reviews relate to very basic issues
  8. Upon completion of the review form, please fill in the reviewer’s identity in the corresponding columns.



 JPI is jointly published by the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at University of Bangka Belitung.