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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

  1. Manuscripts submitted must be original, have not been published previously in any scientific journal, are not being submitted for publication elsewhere, and will not be submitted for publication during the review process unless the authors have officially withdrawn the manuscripts from Journal of Family Sciences.
  2. Manuscripts are written in English and use standard scientific usage. The author’s name and affiliation are removed before reviewing in order to ensure objectivity. Please do not identify the author(s) in the body of the paper either directly or by citation.
  3. Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word format (doc)
  4. Manuscripts should be typed using Times New Roman (TNR) fonts at 12 pt, except for the section title which is 14 pt, contains the name (without a title), institution/company where the author works, and include contact detail to correspondence with the author (TNR 11pt), for abstract (TNR 11pt), and for the tables (TNR 10pt). Manuscripts are prepared in A4 paper, margins on all four sides are 3 cm, and total words are 6.000-8.000 words. The writing adopts Mendeley, and edition and page writing the decimal using dots.
  5. Manuscripts content should be arranged as the following order: Title, Abstract, Abstrak (in Bahasa Indonesia; optional), Methods, Finding, Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendation, Acknowledgement (if any), Reference.
  6. Manuscripts are submitted electronically through the online system.

Page Contents:

Title must be brief, clear, specific and informative which reflect the article content. The length of the title maximum 14 words. Each word of the title should begin with capitalized letter.

Abstract must be written in English and Bahasa, in single paragraph and no more than 200 words.

Introduction describes the background and objective; it should be written efficiently and supported by references.

Methods should be written clearly and completely, especially for participants, measurement and data analysis; so they can be repeated by other researchers. Authors should state clearly information of commercial product and equipment used in the research, such as commercial name, product specification, and country.

Findings describe the research results written per sub-chapter using tables, graphs, or pictures. It must be the author's attention to explain the data, not just reading it. The findings present the empirical results of the research conducted.

Discussion should show relevance between the results and the field of investigation and/or hypotheses and supported by references or previous empirical researches. Results that already described in the results section should not be repeated in the discussion section. Comparison with other research results also serves to indicate the position of the research conducted in the middle of the discourse of relevant topics. Also write down the limitations of the study

Conclusion and Recommendation should be written briefly in single paragraph, but reflects the experimental results obtained as well as recommendations that are appropriate to the research results.

Acknowledgment (if any) to person(s) or institution(s) who help the experiment should be stated.

References 80% of the journals from the last 10 years, bibliography must include doi or URL complete with volume, listed alphabetically by the author(s) last name(s) and the year of publication. References should be in the APA style format. Some examples of references are presented below:


Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Article in a Journal

Patel, V., Sharma, M. (2009). Consumer’s motivation to shop in shopping malls: A study of Indian shoppers. Journal: Advances in Consumer Research, 8, 285-290.


Article in a Journal with DOI

Shi, Z., Pei, X., Zhigang, W. (2011). Are nutrition labels useful for the purchase of a familiar food? Evidence from Chinese consumers’ purchase of rice. Journal of Business China, 5(3), 402-421. doi:10.1007/s11782-011-0137-0.


Article in a Journal without DOI

Kenneth, I. A. (2000). A Buddhist response to the nature of human rights. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 8. Retrieved from



Woolf, N.J., Young, S.L., Fanselow, M.S., & Butcher, L.L. (1991). MAP-2 expression in cholinoceptive pyramidal cells of rodent cortex and hippocampus is altered by Pavlovian conditioning [Abstract]. Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 17, 480.


Newspaper Article

Parker-Pope, T. (2008, May 6). Psychiatry handbook linked to drug industry. The New York Times. Retrieved from

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