Guideline for Authors

Guideline for reporting original research

General Rules:

This journal uses a double-blind review system. Every article submitted in Jurnal Psikiatri Surabaya (JPS) must meet the following general criteria:

  • Manuscripts sent to the editor should be no more than 5.000 words in English including the title, abstract, table, references (use word count in a computer program).
  • Using the Times New Roman font format, 11 points, single space (not double).
  • A4 paper size with margins of 4 cm (top), 2.5 cm (right and left) and 2.7 cm (bottom).
  • All pages are portrait.
  • A maximum of 5 images and tables are used.
  • The paragraph format uses 5 points left indentation.

Specific Rules:

1. Title Page

The title page is made separately, acting as a cover for the article written. The title page includes the title, the running title, and the names of the authors.


The title is written in the Times New Roman font format, 14 points, bold, centered, each with a maximum of 14 words in the format of the title case, not a sentence case, nor uppercase. This is based on the view that the title is a phrase that does not need complete sentences. The title describes the summary of the research (brief, informative, no abbreviations).

Running Title

The author is required to write a running title in English as part of the complete title. Running title is written just one line in Times New Roman font format, 8 points, right justified, occupies the position of the header in a computer program, and is placed on each page (generally if using a computer program, this running title will automatically repeat on the position of the header on the following pages). Running Title can take the entire title sentence, but can also be a simple form of the title that is useful as the identity of the article.


The author's name is written in full without an academic degree. Affiliation uses numbers and should be placed under the title of the article, including footnotes about the profession and the institution where the author works.

If there is more than one author, the main author is mentioned first. One author is the corresponding author, including their email address in the footnotes.


2. Abstract

The abstract is written in one page with no more than 250 words (use word count in a computer program) in English with American Style. Divided into: Backgrounds, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Keywords. Preferably without statistics, unless it's very important. Statistical values should only be for the results of the study. Keywords are no more than 5 words/phrases.


3. Introduction

The introduction consists of two paragraphs:

- The first paragraph contains the background of the problem, the formulation of the problem, what is already known and what needs to be added. The authors may report the previous research (either preliminary research or research that has not/has been published).

- The second paragraph contains a hypothesis, research objectives (aims of the study) and benefits for the future.

There is a need to distinguish the theoretical framework and the flow of research, summarized in a paper on the aims of the study. Theoretical framework refers to the context of discovery, while the flow of research refers to the context of justification of the research.


4. Methods 

Systematic research methodology needs to be simpler, taking into account the following:

  • Mentioned design (example: meta-analysis, cohort, cross-sectional, or case-control) and type of research (example: double-blind, single-blind, and so on).
  • Population characteristics with research settings must be clear (time and place), along with the sampling technique (randomized controlled trial, and so on).
  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria need to be mentioned.
  • Measurement or measuring instruments used need to be detailed including the standard procedures used.

5. Results

The results should analyze the research data (also mention the machine/statistical tools, for example: Microsoft Excel or SPSS for Windows), and the techniques/types of statistical calculations used (regression, ANOVA, etc). Tables and figures dan be provided in total of no more than 5 which are conclusive in nature. Narrative results refer to the tables and figures, but do not repeat words in tables and figures. The writing method follows the following conditions:

  • Images and tables maximum of 5.
  • Figures, tables and diagrams must be editable. If a table or figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it.
  • The image title is placed below the image, with Times New Roman 11 points, single space, centered.
  • The table title is placed above the table, with Times New Roman 11 points, single space, centered.
  • The contents of the table are written with Times New Roman 10 points and a single space.
  • The table lines are only horizontal (without vertical), the color of the table lines is grayscale.
  • After the title, the source of the image and table should be included.

6. Discussion 

The authors must honestly submit the meaning of the results of the study, especially the issues that are relevant to the basic research questions. Also how the results of the research can solve problems, differences and similarities with previous research and possible development. No need to repeat the things that have been stated in the results, but immediately discuss them in accordance with existing theories. The limitations of the study should be discussed in more depth and included in the last section of the Discussion.


7. Conclusions and Suggestions 

The conclusion is free from statistics, and it should answer the Aims of the Study. This section also contains the message that Authors want to convey. Conclusions must answer questions written in the Introduction and must be based on research data, not literature reviews.


8. Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments can be given to those involved with this research. Authors need to include in the Conflict of Interest regarding the consequences that may arise in the future due to the exposure of scientific data with the interests of related institutions.


9. Referrences

Minimum references are 20 items (minimum 3 textbooks). The format of the letters is similar to the entire script.

Writing literature should use the IEEE style using Mendeley software by including

(a) for books: names of authors, editors (if any), year of publication, full title of the book, city of publisher, volume, edition and page number.

(b) for periodicals: names of authors, year of publication, title of article, title of publication (abbreviated according to medicus index), volume and page number.

Example of bibliography writing:

[1] Summers, F. Object relations theories and psychopathology: A comprehensive text. New York: Psychology Press, 2014.

[2] Bion, W. Learning from experience. New York: Basic Books, 1962.

[3] Uno Y, Coyle JT. Glutamate hypothesis in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2019;73:204–15.

[4] Grados MA, Alvi MH, Srivastava S. Behavioral and psychiatric manifestations in Cornelia de Lange syndrome. 2017;30(2):92–6. 

Review articles/Literature review:

  • Should be written with the following elements in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references
  • The length of the manuscript should be between 2,000-6,000 words.
  • Should contain an unstructured abstract of 150 words.
  • The title page, abstract structure, introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references should adhere to the general manuscript rules.
  • Keywords are no more than 5 words/phrases.
  • Reviews should be recognized as scholarly by specialists in the field being covered, but should also be written with a view to informing readers who are not specialized in that particular field, and should therefore be presented using simple prose. Please avoid excessive jargon and technical detail. Reviews should capture the broad developments and implications of recent work. The opening paragraph should make clear the general thrust of the review and provide a clear sense of why the review is now particularly appropriate. The concluding paragraph should provide the reader with an idea of how the field may develop or future problems to overcome, but should not summarize the article. To ensure that a review is likely to be accessible to as many readers as possible, it may be useful to ask a colleague from another discipline to read the review before submitting it.

Systematic Review and Meta-analysis:

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis should be categorized as original research; thus, the format and template should follow the original research.


Case report:

  • Should be written with the following elements in the following order: title page, abstract, keywords, introduction, the description of the case, discussion, a brief summary of the case and conclusion, and references. 
  • Tables, figures, graphs, and illustrations should comprise the supplementary parts and enhance the case report's flow and clarity.
  • Unlike original articles, case reports do not follow the usual IMRAD (introduction, methods, results, and discussion) format of manuscript organization.
  • Please anonymise the patient’s details as much as possible, eg, specific ages, ethnicity, occupations.
  • The case is best presented in chronological order and in enough detail for the reader to establish his or her own conclusions about the case's validity. The current medical condition and medical history, including relevant family history, should be clearly described in chronological order, typically comprising clinical history, physical examination findings, investigative results, including imaging and laboratory results, differential diagnosis, management, follow-up, and final diagnosis.
  • We welcome video submissions to complement your case report.


Things to note

• Authors are required to adjust the manuscript with the Guideline for Authors that has been established by Jurnal Psikiatri Surabaya. Inappropriate texts will be returned. Manuscripts that have been received along with all the illustrations that accompany them are the legal property of the publisher, and are not permitted to be published anywhere, in whole or in part, in printed or electronic form without written permission from the publisher.

• All data, opinions or statements contained in the manuscript are the responsibility of the author. The publisher, editor, and all staff of Jurnal Psikiatri Surabaya are not responsible or unwilling to accept any difficulties or problems related to the consequences of inaccuracies, data errors, opinions, or statements.

• Authors are expected to consider carefully the authorship before submitting their manuscript.

• Manuscripts that are submitted may not change in authorship.

• Affiliation changes must be notified to the editor or journal manager.

• Changes in the manuscript after being submitted may only be in the contents of the journal due to suggestions from reviewers or editors.

• Any changes in authorship should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the editor. To request such a change, the authors should fill the change of authorship form and send it to the editor.

• Authors are required to submit cover letter and Copyright Transfert Agreement (CTA) which can be downloaded here.