Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Mandalika Public Health Journal is on public health as discipline and practices related to preventive and promotive measures to enhance the health of the public through a scientific approach applying a variety of techniques. This focus includes areas and scopes such as biostatistics, epidemiology, health education and promotion, health policy and administration, environmental health, public health nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, and occupational health and safety.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

The journal employs a peer-review mechanism where each submitted article should be anonymously reviewed by expert peers appointed by the editor. Articles published in this journal could be in form of the original article and invited article (brief reports, case reports, opinion articles, commentaries, editorials, and correspondence).

Published articles on Kesmas: Mandalika Public Health Journal will go through a review process by a selected reviewer. Decisions regarding the acceptance of an article are right on the Editor Team based on advice and comments from the reviewer was decided in a meeting of the editorial team. Articles received will be examined for the existence of elements of plagiarism by using the Ithenticate program


Open Access Policy

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.


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Outhor Guidelines

Kesmas: Jurnal Kesehatan Masyarakat Nasional (National Public Health Journal)

1. Kesmas: Mandalika Public Health Journal publishes articles in the field of public health that includes Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Administration, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Health, Health Education and Behavioral Science, Public Health Nutrition, and Sexual and Reproductive Health.

 2. Submitted articles must be research articles and invited review articles that should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication anywhere else and free of plagiarism. Each submitted article will be checked by an application for detecting plagiarism.

3. Components of Articles:

  • The title is written in English with a maximum of 20 words.
  • The author’s identity is written under the title, including name, affiliation, correspondence address, phone number, and e-mail. All authors’ names will be put on the first page of the article; however, when the space is not enough, the names will be written in the Additional Information.
  • Abstract is written in English with a maximum of 200 words. The abstract should be one paragraph covering the introduction, aim, method, results, and conclusion with a maximum of 5 (five) keywords separated by a comma. Sort the keywords alphabetically.
  • Introduction contains background, brief and relevant literature review, and the aim of the research.
  • Method includes design, population, sample, data sources, techniques/instruments of data collection, data analysis procedure, and ethics.
  • Results are research findings. It should be clear and concise.
  • Discussion should argumentatively and adequately define the results of the research with any relevant theory and prior findings.
  • Tables should be single-spaced and numbered consecutively in accordance with the presentation in the text. Figures, pictures, or formulas should be original. Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Write in brief for the text within the illustration, but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Rasterized based files (e.g., with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 1,000 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 1,000 dpi. Tables and/or figures should be no more than 6 (six) as presented in Result.
  • Conclusion and Recommendation (if any) should answer problems of study not exceeding the capacity of finding. The recommendation should refer to the aims and conclusion in the form of narration, be logical and effective.

4. Abbreviations consist of all abbreviations mentioned in the article (from Abstract to Conclusion).

5. Ethics Approval and Consent to Participate inform license obtained from institution and research subject.

6. Competing Interest stated whether the author(s) have an interest in the research.

7. Availability of Data and Materials clarifies sources of data or information used as research materials.

8. Authors’ Contribution explains about contribution done by each author to the research.

9. Acknowledgment mention thank-you note to all components supporting the research, including funding (grant).

10. Additional Information confirms the names of authors if there is not enough space on the first page of the article and/or other additional information if necessary.

11. References should be written in Vancouver style.

  • Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).
  • Reference number must be numbered consecutively in accordance with the whole text, and recent journal references are preferred.
  • Please write the author’s name with the last name first and the first name as initials, with a maximum of 6 (six) names of authors. If more than 6 (six) authors, the following author should be written with “et al.”
  • The first letter of reference title should be capitalized, and the remaining should be written in lowercase letters, except the name of person, place, and time. Latin terms should be written in italics. The title should not be underlined and written in bold.
  • Please provide the URL of the referred article.
  • When referencing in the body of text, use superscript after a full stop (.), e.g.: ..... .(10)
  •  If the sentence stating the other author’s name as a reference, use the reference number by the end of the author’s name then continue the sentence till full stop (.), e.g., Abood,(2) ……; or Latief, et al., (2)...) Example of References:
  • Journal Article: Hoq MN. Effects of son preference on contraceptive use in Bangladesh. Kesmas: National Public Health Journal. 2019; 14 (1): 21-7.
  • Book: Grech ED. ABC of interventional cardiology. 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell; 2011. Available from: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/imperial/detail.action?docID=8 22522
  • Online article: Pullen LC. Antibiotic resistance continues to be a problem in children. Medscape; 2017. Available from: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/860801
  • Thesis and Dissertation: Slawsky E. An evaluation of greenspace exposure as a protective factor in dementia risk among U.S adults 75 years or older [Thesis]. University of Washington; 2019.

12. Manuscript should be typed using word processors (Microsoft Word or Open Office) software. The font type for the paper is Times New Roman, with a font size of 12. The paper size is A4 (e.g., 210 x 297 mm). It should be a one-column format with all margins of 3 cm, double spaced, and a maximum of 5,000 words. The manuscript must be submitted via the website https://e-journal.undikma.ac.id/index.php/mphj/index

13. Please include Covering Letter and Statements, Ethics Approval Form, and Proof of Language Editing of the Article in a separated document file containing the summary of scientific findings and uploaded on Supplementary Files in PDF format.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with "Mandalika Public Health Journal" agree to the following terms:

        a. Authors transfer the copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.. that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

        b. 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.

        c. 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)


Publication Ethics

In dealing with cases in research and publication, Mandalika Public Health Journal uses guidelines issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (Commission of Publication Ethics/COPE) in all aspects of publication ethics, in particular, protocols of research and publication misconduct. Mandalika Public Health Journal  requires all articles involving human subjects to respect the principles of research ethics as stated in the Declaration of Helsinki. Research involving animals as subjects are also required to comply with the International Principles for Biomedical Research issued by the International Council of Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

For research manuscript involving experiments on live vertebrates and/or higher invertebrates, the corresponding authors must be confirm that all experiments were performed in accordance with relevant guidelines and regulations. The manuscript must include a statement identifying the institute and/or licensing committee approving the experiments, including any relevant details. Manuscripts that lack proper ethical consideration for human or animal subjects will not be accepted for publication.

For experiments that involve human subjects, the authors must identify the committee which approved the experiments and their submission must include statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from all subjects. Authors using phase II and phase III randomized controled trials in their study should refer to the CONSORT Statement for recommendations which facilitates complete and transparent reporting of trial findings.

All animal experiments must adhere to institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of animal subjects, and this should be clearly stated within the manuscript. Manuscripts should contain a statement that advises all efforts were made to minimise animal suffering and reduce the number of animals used, and if available, efforts to utilise alternatives to invivo techniques.

As an important issue, ethical publication should be clear in order to improve the quality of research. Mandalika Public Health Journal adjust to meet the ethical standards both for publishers, editors, authors, and reviewers. In order to uphold these ethical standards, the publisher does not have the rights to interfere with the integrity of the contents and the only support to publish in a timely manner.

Here are the ethical standards for editors, authors, and reviewers.


  1. The Editor is responsible for every article published in Mandalika Public Health Journal
  2. Editor helps the authors follow the guidelines for authors
  3. The editors may communicate with other editors or reviewers in making a final decision.
  4. Editor assess the manuscript publication objectively, regardless the author's racial background, religion, gender, seniority, ethnicity, political beliefs, institutional affiliation or nationality. The editor must relinquish his/her duties if there is a potential conflict of interest.
  5. The Editor must ensure that the document which is sent to the reviewers do not contain information on the author and vice versa.
  6. The editor's decision must be notified to the author along with the reviewers' comments, except which contain offensive or libelous statements.
  7. Editors should respect the request of the author that the order is not subject to review by any other person for any reason.
  8. Editor and all staff must ensure the confidentiality of the submitted manuscript.
  9. If there is a suspicion of error or dispute in writing, Editor solves it by using the COPE as guide.


  1. Reviewers comment on the possibility of errors in ethical research and publications.
  2. Reviewers should complete the job on time and notify the Editor if they cannot finish the job.
  3. Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript.
  4. Reviewers should not be receiving and reviewing the manuscript if there is a potential conflict of interest between them and the authors.


  1. The author ensures that the material to be published have not been published and sent to another place simultaneously
  2. Authors must ensure the authenticity of their research and they have cited the others opinions correctly in accordance with the reference format.
  3. The author is not involved in plagiarism.
  4. 'Salami' publication is prohibited in Jurnal Kesmas
  5. Authors must follow the criteria described in the writing guideline for the authors of Kesmas: Jurnal Kesehatan Masyarakat Nasional (National Public Health Journal).
  6. Authors are not advised to publish any personal information that may make identity of the patient recognizable in the form of the description section, photograph or genealogy. If photographs of patients are very important and indispensable as scientific information, the authors should have received approval in written form and has clearly stated it.
  7. In the case of experiments on humans, the authors state that the study was in accordance with the ethical standards of the Helsinki declaration, which leads the human experiment. If there are doubts raised whether the study took place in accordance with the declaration, the author should explain it. In the case of experiments on animals, the author has certified that the author has followed the guidelines and abroad with regard to animal experiments in the laboratory.
  8. Authors must submit the data and details to the editor, if suspected falsification or fabrication of data.
  9. The authors should explain everything that can give rise to a conflict of interest such as employment, research costs, consulting fees, and intellectual property on guidelines for Mandalika Public Health Journal authors.


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Screening For Plagiarism

Naskah yang dikirimkan dalam jurnal ini akan disaring untuk plagiarisme menggunakan software Turnitin V1.2. hanya manuskrip dengan  ambang plagiarisme < 20% yang dipertimbangkan dalam proses peer-review