About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Jurnal Berkala Epidemiologi (JBE) or Periodic Epidemiology Journal received original manuscripts from both research and literature reviews in the field of epidemiology. The scope of the epidemiology field includes:

  • Epidemiology of Communicable Disease
  • Epidemiology of Non-communicable Disease
  • Tropical Disease
  • Epidemiology Surveillance
  • Outbreak Management
  • Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  • Epidemiology of Cancer
  • Disaster Management


Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to JBE 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 first initial review takes at least 2 weeks up to 1 month. The review process will take at least 1 month to complete for first round. The review process can pass more than one review rounds. 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. The 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. Manuscript Proofreading is carried out centrally at institutions recommended by JBE. 

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 Editor will process the manuscript for online publication on the website as well as print publication.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public and supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles.



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Plagiarism Screening

Plagiarism is the act of when one author uses another work/author (copying someone’s prior ideas, processes, results or words) without permission, credit, or acknowledgment. The JBE is strictly against any unethical act of copying or plagiarism in any form. Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works. JBE, Jurnal Berkala Epidemiologi or Periodic Epidemiology Journal considers plagiarism as a serious offense and will blacklist authors who knowingly cite or use material from other published works without proper acknowledgment. Every manuscript submitted to this journal will be screened for plagiarism using Turnitin Program  before submission or published by JBE Editor

The following types of plagiarism are considered by JBE:

1. Full Plagiarism: Previously published content without any changes to the text, idea and grammar is considered as full plagiarism. It involves presenting exact text from a source as one’s own.

2. Partial Plagiarism: If content is a mixture from multiple different sources, where the author has extensively rephrased text, then it is known as partial plagiarism.

3. Self-Plagiarism: When an author reuses complete or portions of their pre-published research, then it is known as self-plagiarism. Complete self-plagiarism is a case when an author republishes their own previously published work in a new journal.

If plagiarism is detected by the editorial board member, reviewer, editor etc., in any stage of article process- before or after acceptance, during editing or at a page proof stage. We will alert the same to the author(s) and will ask them to rewrite the content or to cite the references from where the content has been taken. The manuscript can go to the next step if it obtained similarity is <25 %.

If plagiarism is detected after publication, the Journals will conduct an investigation. If plagiarism is found, the competent authority of the JBE Journal will contact the author's institute and funding agencies. The paper containing the plagiarism will be marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted. 


Open Access Policy

Jurnal Berkala Epidemiologi (JBE) or Periodic Epidemiology Journal provides immediate open access to its content by making research freely available for public and supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles.


Article Correction Notice

Honest errors are a part of science and publishing and require publication of a correction when they are detected. We expect authors to inform the journal’s JBE Editor (details on the Contact Us section of the journal website of JBE) of any errors of fact they have noticed (or have been informed of) in their article once published. Corrections are made at the journal’s discretion. The correction procedure depends on the publication stage of the article, but in all circumstances, a correction notice is published as soon as possible:

Journal Editors of JBE should consider issuing a correction if:

  • A small part of an otherwise reliable publication reports flawed data or proves to be misleading, especially if this is the result of honest error.
  • The Author or Contributor list is incorrect (e.g. a deserving Author has been omitted or someone who does not meet authorship criteria has been included).

Corrections to peer-reviewed content fall into one of four categories:

  • Publisher correction (a.k.a. ‘erratum’): to notify readers of an important error made by publishing/journal staff (usually a production error) that has a negative impact on the publication record or the scientific integrity of the article, or on the reputation of the Authors or the journal.
  • Author correction (a.k.a. ‘corrigendum’): to notify readers of an important error made by the Authors which has a negative impact on the publication record or the scientific integrity of the article, or on the reputation of the Authors or the journal.
  • Addendum: an addition to the article by its Authors to explain inconsistencies, to expand the existing work, or otherwise explain or update the information in the main work.


Article Widrawal

Author is not allowed to withdraw submitted manuscripts, because the withdrawal is waste of valuable resources that editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscript, money and works invested by the publisher. 
If author still requests withdrawal of his/her manuscript when the manuscript is still in the peer-reviewing process, author will be punished with paying $30 per manuscript, as withdrawal penalty to the publisher. However, it is unethical to withdraw a submitted manuscript from one journal if accepted by another journal. The withdrawal of manuscript after the manuscript is accepted for publication, author will be punished by paying US$100 per manuscript. Withdrawal of manuscript is only allowed after withdrawal penalty has been fully paid to the Publisher.

If author don't agree to pay the penalty, the author and his/her affiliation will be blacklisted for publication in this journal.


Article Retraction

A retraction is a means to notify the community of unsound results or misconduct, following an investigation of the issue in question by JBE and the editors of the journal. The purpose of retractions is to correct the literature and ensure its integrity rather than to punish individuals.

Retraction may be considered:

  • If there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error).
  • In cases of evidence of multiple submissions, duplicate publications, and unethical research. 
  • If the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission, or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication).
  • If the research constitutes plagiarism
  • Where there is evidence of fraudulent authorship, fraudulent use of data, or the like.
  • If there is evidence of unethical research.

The COPE retraction guidelines can be found on the COPE website

Where the decision has been taken to retract an article JBE will:

  • Add a “retracted” watermark to the Published Version of Record of the article.
  • Issue a separate retraction statement, titled ‘Retraction: [article title]’, that will be linked to the retracted article on JBE Online.
  • Paginate and make available the retraction statement in the online issue of the journal.
  • The HTML version of the document is removed and replaced with HTML and PDF pages stating that the article has been retracted in accordance with Periodic Epidemiology Journal (JBE) Policy.


Article Removal: Legal Limitations

In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others’ legal rights, 

JBE will consider removal of a published article from JBE Online in very limited circumstances:

  • If the article contains content that could pose a serious risk to health if followed or acted upon.
  • If the article is defamatory or infringes other legal rights.
  • If an article is subject to a court order.

In this case, the article will be deleted and will be replaced with a statement that the article was deleted for legal reasons.


Article Replacement

Article replacement for the article found by editorial errors or in rare cases, there is a conflicting result which if left unchecked can pose serious health risks. The process is that the editor will replace the published article with a new one that has been corrected by the author and checked by editors, then it will be informed in the history of the document and on the announcement page.


Journal History

Jurnal Berkala Epidemiologi is published by Universitas Airlangga. It aims to publish original research or review of literature related to the field of Epidemiology. It also publishes commentary articles written by epidemiologists who discuss the latest issues that occur in the world.  

To submit an article to this journal, the author can visit this page https://e-journal.unair.ac.id/JBE/user/register. Jurnal Berkala Epidemiologi is published in Indonesian three times (January, May, and September) containing original articles, literature reviews, or article commentary. The scope of JBE is Epidemiology of Communicable Disease, Epidemiology of Non-communicable Disease, Tropical Disease, Epidemiology Surveillance, Management Outbreak, Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Epidemiology of Cancer, and Management of Disaster. Contributors to the Jurnal Berkala Epidemiologi included: researchers, lecturers, and students drawn from Indonesia and a wide range of other countries.