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Author Guidelines

General author guidelines

The Journal of Scientific and Applied Chemistry (JKSA) uses a web-based online manuscript submission and review system. Author must register in registration section. Authors must submit their manuscript via the online submission system on the JKSA page 

Please consult our template user guide for help when using our Microsoft Word templates:

    • Microsoft Word Article template here

    • Template Guideline here

If authors have any problems on the online submission, please contact Editorial Office at the following email:


General Instructions

Any manuscript submitted to the JKSA must follow the following instructions. The article does not comply with the guidance will be returned to the author without further review. General provisions are as follows:

  1. The manuscript can be written in Bahasa Indonesia or English. However, the manuscript wiritten in Bahasa Indonesia must provide the title and abstact in both languages;
  2. The manuscript is written with correct spelling, sentences and paragraph arrangements corresponding to the grammar used;
  3. The manuscript should be written with A4 (210 x 297 mm) page size and with a left margin of 25 mm, a right margin of 20 mm, a lower margin of 20 mm, and a top margin of 30 mm;
  4. The manuscript should be written with Times New Roman font type with 11 pt font size (except the title of the article), spaced one and in the one-column format;
  5. The title of the article is written with Times New Roman font type with 17 pt font size, bold and centered.
  6. If the manuscript is written in Bahasa Indonesia, use the Indonesian equivalent of words for foreign words or terms. If not found, the foreign term is written in italic.
  7. The new paragraph begins 5 mm from the left boundary (indent), whereas between paragraphs are not spaced between;
  8. The chapters in the text (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion and Conclusion) should be numbered in sequential Roman numeric format starting from number one. The title of the chapter is written in bold with the Title Case format and arranged centered with no underscores.
  9. The sections are written in bold with the format sentence case and are arranged flat left and use the first level numbering format using capital letter format starting from A. The use of sub-section should be minimized.
  10. Images and tables are placed so that the position is on the top of the page;
  11. Each image must be clear (font size, resolution and line size must be clearly printed);
  12. Each image should be given a caption (bottom caption) at the bottom of the drawing and serial numbered Arabic numerals followed by the title of the image, for example as shown in Figure 1;
  13. Each table should be labeled (table caption) and serial numbered Arabic numerals at the top of the table followed by a table title, for example as shown in Table 1;
  14. Tables should not contain vertical lines, whereas horizontal lines are only given in table heading and in the bottom of the table.
  15. Figures and tables and diagrams/schematics should be placed according to columns between text groups or if they are too large, they can be placed in the middle of the page (one column);
  16. Each equation should be written using the Equation Editor in MS Word or Open Office. Equations are not allowed to be embedded in the manuscript as images;
  17. References or citations are using numbering format.  Citing a reference can be written using numbering surrounded by square brackets, for example [1]. Citing more than one reference can be written with separate square brackets, for example [2], [4], [5], [7]-[9].
  18. Citing reference using author name can be written using the author's last name and mentioning the reference number, for example as stated in Sriyanti [2], Kalyanasundaram and Grätzel [3] and by Priatna et al. [4];
  19. Management reference application, such as MendeleyZotero or Endnote, should be used by authors when citing a reference and creating the bibliography in the manuscript;

Specific Instructions

The manuscripts must be composed of the following scientific article components (subtitles-in order), as follows:

  1. Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  2. Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. You can add your name between parentheses in your own script behind the English transliteration. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
  3. Corresponding author. Please clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication, by underlining the name. This responsibility includes answering any future queries about Methodology and Materials. Ensure that the e-mail address of all authors are given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
  4. Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.
  5. Abstract. Abstract should stand alone, means no citation in abstract. Consider it as the advertisement of your article. Abstract should tell the prospective reader what you did and highlight the key findings. Avoid using technical jargon and uncommon abbreviations. You must be accurate, brief, clear and specific. Use words which reflect the precise meaning, Abstract should be precise and honest. Please follow word limitations (100‐300 words).
  6. Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
  7. Introduction. Authors should state the objectives of the work at the end of introduction section. Before the objective, Authors should provide an adequate background, and very short literature survey in order to record the existing solutions/method, to show which is the best of previous researches, to show the main limitation of the previous researches, to show what do you hope to achieve (to solve the limitation), and to show the scientific merit or novelties of the paper. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
  8. Methods. Methods should make readers be able to reproduce the experiment. Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. Do not repeat the details of established methods. For the chemicals, please provide details of brand and purity (example: CaO (Merck, 99.5%)).
  9. Results and Discussion. Results should be clear and concise. The results should summarize (scientific) findings rather than providing data in great detail. Please highlight differences between your results or findings and the previous publications by other researchers. The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature. In discussion, it is the most important section of your article. Here you get the chance to sell your data. Make the discussion corresponding to the results, but do not reiterate the results. Often should begin with a brief summary of the main scientific findings (not experimental results). The following components should be covered in discussion: How do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the Introduction section (what)? Do you provide interpretation scientifically for each of your results or findings presented (why)? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported (what else)? Or are there any differences?
  10. Conclusions. Conclusions should answer the objectives of research. Tells how your work advances the field from the present state of knowledge. Without clear Conclusions, reviewers and readers will find it difficult to judge the work, and whether or not it merits publication in the journal. Do not repeat the Abstract, or just list experimental results. Provide a clear scientific justification for your work, and indicate possible applications and extensions. You should also suggest future experiments and/or point out those that are underway.
  11. Acknowledgements. Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.). If authors refer to themselves as recipients of assistance or funding, they should do so by their initials separated by points (e.g. I.J.SE.). Do not acknowledge Editors by name. Formatting of funding sources List funding sources in this standard way to facilitate compliance to funder's requirements: Funding: This work was supported by the Directorate General of Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia [grant number zzzz]; Diponegoro University [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy].
  12. References. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, however may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct. Example:


Reference style Text:

Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given. Example: '..... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result ....' List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.


Reference to a journal publication:

[1] K. Kalyanasundaram, M. Grätzel, Applications of functionalized transition metal complexes in photonic and optoelectronic devices, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 177, 1, (1998) 347-414

[2] M. Grätzel, A. J. McEvoy, Principles and applications of dye sensitized nanocrystalline solar cells (DSC), Asian Journal on Energy and Environment, 5, 3, (2004) 197-210.


Reference to a book:

[3] W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White, The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York, 2000.


Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

[4] G.R. Mettam, L.B. Adams, How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: B.S. Jones, R.Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age, E-Publishing Inc., New York, 2009, pp. 281–304.


Reference to a website:

As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list. Example:

[5] National Renewable Energy Laboratory,, (accessed 26 January 2017).


Figure captions

Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.


Text graphics

Text graphics may be embedded in the text at the appropriate position.



Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.


Transfer of Manuscript Copyrights

Authors who submit the manuscript must understand that if accepted for publication, the copyright of the article belongs to JKSA and the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Diponegoro University as the publisher of the journal. This copyright transfer policy is contained in Copyright Notice ( Authors should submit a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) to the JKSA editor via email at CTA can be downloaded from the following URL.


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 single-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.

Copyright Notice

The Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if accepted for publication, copyright of the article shall be assigned to JKSA and the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Diponegoro University as the publisher of the journal. 

Copyright encompasses exclusive rights to reproduce and deliver the article in all form and media, including reprints, photographs, microfilms and any other similar reproductions, as well as translations. The reproduction of any part of this journal, its storage in databases and its transmission by any form or media, such as electronic, electrostatic and mechanical copies, photocopies, recordings, magnetic media, etc., will be allowed only with a written permission from JKSA and the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Diponegoro University. However, the author has the right to the following:

  1. Duplicate all or part of the published material for use by the author himself as a classroom instruction or verbal presentation material in various forums;
  2. reusing part or all of the material as a compilation material for author's work;
  3. make copies of published material to be distributed within the institute where the author works.

JKSA and the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Diponegoro University and the Editors make every effort to ensure that no wrong or misleading data, opinions or statements be published in the journal. In any way, the contents of the articles and advertisements published in JKSA journal are the sole and exclusive responsibility of their respective authors and advertisers.

The Copyright Transfer Form can be downloaded here: [Copyright Transfer Form JKSA]. The copyright form should be signed originally and send to the Editorial Office in the form of original mail, scanned document or fax :


Dr. Adi Darmawan (Editor in Chief)

Editorial Office of Jurnal Kimia Sains dan Aplikasi (JKSA)

Chemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Diponegoro University

Jl. Prof. Soedarto, Kampus Undip Tembalang, Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia 50275


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