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  • 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 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,...
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
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Author Guidelines

The Jurnal Administrasi Publik (Public Administration Journal) presents a platform for authors to publish their research findings and innovative ideas in the field of Public Administration, which is continually evolving. This dynamic growth offers ample opportunities for educators and researchers to delve into the advancements in public administration, aiming to generate practical benefits for society. JAP welcomes submissions of critical literature reviews and original research articles, inviting scholars to contribute their unique perspectives and insights.

As the publisher of Jurnal Administrasi Publik (Public Administration Journal), the esteemed Universitas Medan Area provides a reputable and credible platform for scholarly work. With a commitment to fostering knowledge dissemination, JAP plays a pivotal role in facilitating the exchange of ideas and promoting dialogue among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.

The journal maintains a biannual publication schedule, releasing editions in June and December. This periodicity ensures timely dissemination of research, keeping the academic community abreast of the latest developments and discoveries in the field. By choosing to publish their research in JAP, authors can reach a diverse readership, including fellow researchers, professionals, and policymakers, thereby making a significant impact on the field of Public Administration.

With its dedication to advancing knowledge and promoting excellence in the discipline, JAP offers a compelling and attractive avenue for authors to contribute their valuable research, ultimately making a meaningful difference in the realm of Public Administration.


General Requirements of Manuscript Writing: Guidelines for the author of the manuscript can be described as follows.

  1. Manuscripts written in Indonesian or English with single line spacing, Cambria 12, A4 paper size, single column format, and last custom setting margin (top 2.54 cm; left 2.54 cm; bottom 2.54 cm; right 2.54 cm ).
  2. The length of the scientific manuscripts shall not exceed 4000 words or approximately 10-12 pages, in which the included drawings, graphs, or tables (if any) are present.
  3. The terms in a foreign language or regional language in the text are written in italics.
  4. A literature review is not included as part of the article structure, thus citing the important literature can be integrated into the Introduction chapter or in the results and discussion. The citing of the literature in the results and discussions as necessary and preferable is the discussion of the results of the analysis of the data found alone.
  5. Scientific Article Structure: In general, the structure of scientific articles research results, and non-research scientific articles are relatively the same. In the non-research article, there is no part of the research method. The structure of the research articles consists of 10 main sections: (1) Title (2) Ownership Line; (3) Abstract; (4) Keywords; (5) Introduction; (6) Research Methods; (7) Results and Discussion; (8) Conclusion; (9) Acknowledgments and (10) References. The structure of non-research scientific articles is divided into 9 main sections namely: (1) Title; (2) Ownership Line; (3) Abstract; (4) Keywords; (5) Introduction; (6) Discussion; (7) Conclusion; (8) Acknowledgments and (9) References. Each section is explained as follows:


  1. The title should be concise and informative, no more than 15 words, including the liaison and capital letters at the beginning of each word except the liaison. For titles to be short and succinct in 15 words, avoid conjunctive words and reference to objects, places, or research materials.
  2. The title contains the keywords of the topic under study.
  3. Single line spacing, Cambria 16, and bold type.
  4. Title in Indonesian and English.
  5. Avoid using abbreviations, formulas, and references.

Ownership lines (authorship lines)

  1. The line of ownership consists of two parts, namely the names of authors and affiliations of the authors (Study Program / Department, Faculty, University, and State)
  2. Student affiliation follows the place where the student is studying.
  3. Authors' names should be those who participate in planning, implementation, analysis of results, discussion, and report writing, and academic/functional or undergraduate degrees need not be included, single line spacing, Cambria 12.
  4. The name of the institution is listed in full up to the name of the State (Study Program / Department, Faculty, University, and State), written under the author's name and postal address, email and facsimile (if any) for correspondence, single line spacing, Cambria 12.
  5. If the author is more than one person and comes from a different institution, then all the addresses are listed by giving superscript marks (1), (2), (3) on the back of the author's name in sequence.
  6. The name of the correspondence author is marked with an asterisk (*).
  7. Single line spacing, Cambria 12.


  1. The abstract is written in summary and factual, covering research objectives, research methods, results, and conclusions.
  2. The abstract is written in one paragraph; written in two languages (Indonesian and English); with abstract lengths ranging from 150 - 200 words.
  3. Avoid unusual referrals and the use of abbreviations.
  4. Single line spacing, Cambria 12


  1. Keywords consist of 3 to 5 words and/or word groups.
  2. Written in order of urgency of the word.
  3. Between keywords separated by a semi-colon (;).
  4. Avoid many connecting words (and, with, that, and others).
  5. Single line spacing, Cambria 12.


  1. Avoid the sub-sub in the introduction.
  2. The introduction should contain the background of problems, problems, and research objectives.
  3. Percentage of page length between 10-15% of the total length of a manuscript.
  4. References are indicated by writing the author's family name / last name and year of issue, regardless of page number.
  5. The theoretical basis is displayed in complete, concise, and completely relevant sentences to write scientific articles.
  6. Manuscript written with single line spacing, Cambria 12

Research Methods

  1. Inform briefly about the materials and methods used in the study, including the subjects/materials studied, the tools used, the design of the experiment or the design used, the sampling technique, the variables to be measured, the data retrieval technique, the analysis and the statistical model used.
  2. Avoid writing excessive statistical formulas.
  3. If using a well-known method, name the method name only. If necessary, specify the reference source used as a reference.
  4. For qualitative research, research methods can adjust.
  5. Manuscript written with single line spacing, Cambria 12.

Results and Discussion

  1. The format of the results of research and discussion is not separated, considering the number of pages available for the author is limited.
  2. Manuscript written with single line spacing, Cambria 12
  3. The results can be presented with support tables, graphics, or images as needed, to clarify the presentation of results verbally.
  4. Tables and charts or captions are arranged in the form of a phrase (not a sentence) succinctly.
  5. The description of the image/graph is placed under the picture/graph, while the title of the table is placed on it. The title begins with a capital letter.
  6. Do not repeat writing numbers that have been listed in the table in the text of the discussion. If it will emphasize the results obtained should serve in other forms, such as percentage or difference. To show the number in question, just refer to the table that contains the number.
  7. In general international journals do not want statistical languages (such as: different, treatment, etc) written in the discussion. Avoid copy and paste tables of statistical analysis results directly from statistical data processing software.
  8. Sample Tables and Figures

Tabel 1 ..................... (single line spacing, Constantia font 10)( Open Tabel)

Affiliates, Table Titles, Image Titles
Name of author, torso of paper
Source Table .... (single line spacing, Cambria 12)

Figure 1. .................................. (single line spacing,  Constantia Font 10)

Image Source (Constantia Font 10)

  1. The discussion material mainly explores whether the results obtained are by the hypothesis or not, and point out the argument.
  2. Referral citations in the discussion should not be too long (if necessary avoid).
  3. Citation results of research or opinions of others should be abstracted and written in the sentence itself (not using the same sentence).
  4. A collection of similar research may be referred to in groups.


  1. The conclusion should be the answer to the research question and expressed not in statistical sentences.
  2. Written along one paragraph in essay form, not in numerical form.
  3. Manuscript written with single line spacing,  Cambria 12
  4. Acknowledgments (Optional)
  5. Acknowledgments are generally placed after the conclusion.
  6. Contains gratitude to the funding agencies, and or individuals who have assisted in the execution of research and the writing of manuscripts.
  7. Manuscript written with single line spacing, Cambria 12


  1. General provision of bibliography:
  • The references listed in the bibliography are only those references that are quoted in the manuscript.
  • For the research articles, the references are referenced from about 40% of textbooks and 60% of scientific journal articles.
  • Updates of referenced scientific journals shall be considered, at least as a result of relevant publications in the last 10 years.
  • The bibliography is arranged alphabetically in alphabetical order of the author's name.
  • Reference Application (Mendeley, Zotero, etc) with APA Style
  • Author's name: the name shown is the final name (surname) of the author followed by the initial (and middle name) abbreviation if any). If the author is more than one person, then the way of writing is the same. If two or more people, word and use symbol &.
  • The writing of the reference title begins with a capital letter on each syllable, except for the conjunctive word.
  • Each writing of the name, (year), title of the article, and so on ends with a period (.) Before proceeding to the next word. Special writing volume (number) journal is given a colon (:) without spacing.
  • Manuscript written with single line spacing, Cambria 12

Examples of writing can be seen in the explanation of each type of literature worth mentioning.
Terms of reference writing by reference type:
If the source is an article in a scientific journal, it is written in the following order: author's name. (year). article title. the name of the journal. Volume (number): page (Journal name is skewed). If the author is more than one, the name is the same and the last author uses &.

  • Rahmathulla, V.K. Das P. Ramesh, M. & Rajan, R.K. (2007).  Growth Rate Pattern and Economic Traits of Silkworm Bombyx mori, L under the influence of folic acid administration. J. Appl. Sci. Environ. Manage. 11(4): 81-84
  • Suharyanto, A. (2016). Pusat Aktivitas Ritual Kepercayaan Parmalim di Huta Tinggi Laguboti, Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan dan Sosial Politik UMA, 4 (2): 182-195.

If the literature source is a textbook, it is written in the following order: author's name. (year). book title. volume (if any). edition (if any). publisher city: publisher name (The title of the book is italicized).

  • Arikunto, S. (2002). Prosedur Penelitian Suatu Pendekatan Praktek. Jakarta: Rineka Cipta.
  • Nawawi, H. (2012). Metode Penelitian Bidang Sosial. Yogyakarta: Gajah Mada University Press.

If the literature source is a translation book written following the sequence: the name of the original author. (year). book translation. title of the translation book. volume (if any). edition (if any). translation. publisher city: publisher name (Book title in italics).

  • Bourdieu, P. 2010. Dominasi Maskulin. Terjemahan Stephanus Anwar Herwinarko. Yogyakarta: Jalasutra.
  • Steel, R.G.D. & Torrie, J.H. (1991). Prinsip dan Prosedur Statistika: Suatu Pendekatan Biometrik. Terjemahan B. Sumantri. Jakarta: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama)

If the source of the article in the collection of articles is written in the following order: the name of the author of the article. article title. in: editor name if any followed (Ed) (if single) or (Eds) (if more than one) in parentheses. (year). book title. volume (if any). edition (if any). publisher city: publisher name (The title of the book is italicized).

  • Ancok, D. Validitas dan Reliabilitas Instrumen Penelitian. dalam:  Singarimbun M dan Efendi (Eds). (1999). Metode penelitian survey. Jakarta: LP3ES
  • Linz, J & Stephan, A. Some Thought on Decentralization, Devolution and The Many Varieties of Federal Arrangements. In: Jhosua K (Ed). (2001). Crafting Indonesian Democracy. Bandung: Penerbit Mizan

If the source of the article in the proceedings is written in the following sequence: the name of the author. (year). title of the seminar. title proceedings. the venue of the seminar. time of operation (article title is italicized).

  • Setiawan, D. (2015). Implementasi Pendidikan Karakter di Era Global. Prosiding Penguatan Kompetensi Guru dalam Membangun Karakter Kewarganegaraan di Era Global. Seminar Nasional dalam Rangka Memperingati Hari Guru. Medan 28 November 2015.

If the source of unpublished scientific papers (eg theses, theses, dissertations, and research reports), are written in the following order: author's name. (year). title of the research report. name of the research project. city publisher: institution publisher/institution (thesis writing/thesis/dissertation/research report in italics)

  • Latifah, S.S. (2011), Perbedaan Kerja Ilmiah Siswa Sekolah Alam dalam Pembelajaran Sains dengan Pendekatan PJBL Yang Terintegrasi, Tesis. Sekolah Pascasarjana Univesitas Pendidikan Indonesia.
  • Adjuh, R. (2001). Pengaruh Faktor Budaya terhadap Kemiskinan Masyarakat Nelayan di Desa Percut Kabupaten Deli Serdang. Tesis. Sekolah Pascasarjana UNIMED.

If the source is an article in a general newspaper/magazine, it is written in the following order: author's name. (year). article title. name of newspaper/magazine. city, publication date, and page (Article title is italicized).

  • Syamsuddin, A. (2008). Penemuan Hukum Ataukah Perilaku Chaos? Kompas. Jakarta. 4 January. Hlm.16
  • Kukuh, A. (2008). Obsesi Pendidikan Gratis Di Semarang. Suara Merdeka. Semarang 5 Maret. Hmm. L

If the library source is an online journal article, it is written in sequence: author's name. (year). article title. the name of the journal. volume (number): page (The name of the journal is italicized).

  • Ernada, S.E. (2005). Challenges to The Modern Concept of Human Rights. J. Sosial-Politika. 6(11): 1-12
  • Siregar, N.S.S. (2016). Tingkat Kesadaran Masyarakat Nelayan terhadap Pendidikan Anak, Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan dan Sosial Politik UMA, 4 (1): 1-10.

If the library source is an online article (internet) with no published place and publisher, it is written in the following order: author's name. (year). article title. Downloaded at website date address (Article title is italicized).

  • Hariyanto, M, (2012). Ilmu Sosial dan Hegemoni Barat: Tantangan Bagi Ilmuan Sosial Muslim. Diunduh di tanggal 09 Juli 201
  • Levy, M. (2000). Environmental scarcity and violent conflict: a debate. Diunduh di tanggal 4 Juli.

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