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Author Guidelines

Public Health of Indonesia is an International, peer-reviewed, and open access journal published by the indonesian Public Health Association, Southeast Sulawesi (IAKMI SULTRA) Indonesia, emphasizing on original research findings that are relevant for developing country perspectives including Indonesia. The journal considers publication of articles as original article, review article, perspective, letters to editor and editorial. The journal covers population based studies, impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation, systematic review, meta-analysis, clinic-social studies etc., related to any domain and discipline of public health, specially relevant to national priorities, including ethical and social issues. Articles aligned with national health issues and policy implications are preferred. 

Why publish with this journal- it will result in a fast communication with the outcome of professional peer review available within 8 weeks, online early publication within 4  to 8 weeks.

Manuscript Submission

Type the manuscript following the instructions mentioned below under ‘Preparation of manuscript’ and submit it online. All manuscripts received online are automatically acknowledged by e-mail which mentions tracking article number for future reference. In case you do not receive acknowledging e-mail, please resubmit the article. Do not send articles by e-mail or post. The progress of a manuscript through the editorial process can be subsequently tracked by authors on the web-site. The copyright form, covering letter and other documents mentioned below should be uploaded at the time of submission or sent to the Editorial office (within 15 days of the online submission) at the following

Preparation of Manuscript

Manuscript in incorrect format may result in rejection. Manuscript text should be submitted in word file only (.doc, .docx).

Please be consistent. The same elements should be keyed in exactly the same way throughout the manuscript:

  1. Prepare the manuscript using MS Word, Times New Roman 12 font, with double line spacing for A4 size paper with a 1 inch margin on all sides.
  2. To change paragraph in text, press ENTER. Do not indent the paragraph by pressing TAB.
  3. The space bar should only be used as a word separator. Use TAB when indenting paragraphs or separating columns in tables.
  4. Enter only one space after the full-stop at the end of a sentence.
  5. Do not use the lowercase l for 1 (one) or the uppercase O for 0 (zero).
  6. Do not type headings or any other text in ALL CAPITALS.
  7. Do not use the software’s facility for a header, footer or footnotes.

Types of articles:

PHI issues usually contain between 5 and 20 papers.

All submitted manuscripts would be subjected to screening and there would be a zero tolerance for manuscripts that demonstrate any evidence of unattributed "cutting and pasting" also called as plagiarism. PHI strongly discourages duplication/reduplication of data already published. If and when duplication is detected after publishing in PHI, the journal will be forced to ‘retract’ such articles. Copyright permission should be obtained from the copyright holder in advance if a published Table/Figure is included.

Articles are accepted in the following sections (all word limits exclude abstract and references):

  • Editorials:These are usually solicited, contributed by editorial board members, but unsolicited material may also be considered (approx. 1000 to 1200 words). A maximum of 12 references may be included. Editorials should normally not have tables and figures.
  • Letters to Editors: These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the journal.Tthe maximum word count should not exceed 1000 words, references should not exceed more than ten, with a maximum of three photographs. There are no subheadings within the letter. The Editors are also willing to consider letters of subjects of direct relevance to the Journal’s interest.No abstract is required. It could be generally authored by not more than four authors.
  • Perspective:A perspective of 500-1000 words length, with approximately 5 references. The author may express his or her opinion without complete documentation. No abstract is required.
  • Review Article: Systematic critical assessments of literature and data sources of about 3000 words should be submitted after consulting the Editor regarding the subject, but unsolicited material will also be considered. Authors should preferably be working in and have published papers in the area being reviewed and have sufficient expertise to critically evaluate relevant literature. Add an unstructured abstract of 250 words, with key words. Please add 10 multiple choice questions (MCQs) with four options based on the review article.
  • Original articles: This includes reports of original research (including trials, studies of diagnostic tests or surveys) that are up to 7000 words in length (including references and abstract). Please write a structured abstract (including 5 headings: Background, Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion) of not more than 350 words and add key words (3-5 words). The article should follow IMRAD (introduction, methods, results, discussion), may include acknowledgement if any, and references. Double blind controlled trials must conform to the revised CONSORT statement and this is available from editorial office or at the website We encourage reports of diagnostic tests to be accompanied by the STARD flow diagram and checklist (, reports of meta-analyses of randomized trials to be accompanied by the QUOROM flow diagram and checklist (, and meta-analyses of observational studies to be accompanied by the MOOSE checklist ( Observational studies in epidemiology should follow STROBE guidelines available on Registration of clinical trials is desirable. Permission from ethics committee/ Institutional Review Board (IRB), statement of sources of support and conflict of interest is mandatory. IRB approval must be mentioned in the “methods” section of all manuscripts. Short reports of preliminary studies may be submitted for the category of Brief reports.
  • All research papers reporting the development or testing of scales must include a copy of the full scale so it can be published as an appendix. If it is a translated scale you must include a copy of the scale together with an English translation. Authors are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner to use the scale and ensure that the CORRECT COPYRIGHT LINE qualifying the permission to use/translate the Scale is supplied UNDERNEATH the submitted Scale. Authors should be given detailed instruction on how to address the copyright line, e.g. "©<<organisation/developer's name>>: reproduced/translated with kind permission of <<organisation/developer's name>>". If authors want to retain copyright of their OWN scale they can mark it as "reproduced with the author's own permission".



The abstract should be structured. Headings for Research articles:


Abstract is up to 350 words. No information should be reported in the abstract that does not appear in the text of the manuscript. Wording should be concise and present only the essential elements. 'Telegraphic' statements without verbs are acceptable. Abbreviations are not allowed.


There is a change of reference format based on the Editors' agreement due to the previous format is not available in the Mendeley software that the majority of authors use for submission in PHI.

APA (American Psychological Association) format 6th Edition (Start from Vol 4(1) is used for citation and references.

Examples of references:
For journal articles:

McDermott, B. P., Casa, D. J., Ganio, M. S., Lopez, R. M., Yeargin, S. W., Armstrong, L. E., & Maresh, C. M. (2009). Acute whole-body cooling for exercise-induced hyperthermia: a systematic review. Journal of athletic training, 44(1), 84-93. 

For books:

Parker, M. E. (1990). Nursing theories in practice: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

For web page:

MRA. (2014). ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Nursing Services.   Retrieved February 25th, 2016, from


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 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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