Author Guidelines


Al-Sihah: The Public Health Science Journal promotes the sound development of public health by the publication of original research papers.


B.1. General Rules

  1. The manuscript should be original work, unfabricated, unfalsified, unplagiarized, and must have not been previously published nor being simultaneously submitted elsewhere.
  2. The manuscript should be written by two or more authors. Manuscript written by a single author will not be processed.
  3. The manuscript should be typed on one side of the manuscript and in 1-column format with 1.5 spacing.
  4. The manuscript size is A4 and a 2.0 cm margin of the page is desirable. Use the font “Times New Roman” 12 pt.
  5. The manuscript should not occupy more than 7 pages in length of the journal sheet (2300-2800 words of the manuscript excluding title, author identity, abstract, references, and tables/figures ).
  6. All tables and figures should be typed on separate pages and numbered according to their sequence in the text.
  7. Standard International (SI) units should be used. Weights and measures should be expressed in the metric system and temperatures in the Celsius scale.
  8. Files should be saved in the format of the word processing software “Word for Windows” or “open text document”.
  9. The manuscript should be submitted through the Online Submission System using Open Journal System (OJS).
  10. The manuscript should be supplemented by an ethical clearance and authorship statement
  11. The manuscript should not contain any plagiarism elements. The editorial board will directly reject the text that indicates plagiarism.
  12. The journal applies APA (7th Edition) Style in preparing references. Therefore, we highly recommend the authors use a reference management tool such as Mendeley or others.
  13. Author(s) is required to complete profile metadata, specifically on affiliation, email correspondence, and Orcid ID.
  14. Manuscript that does not fulfill the requirements will not be processed any further.
  15. Author(s) should download the journal template HERE as it can help to follow the journal layout

B.2. Manuscripts Structure.

Manuscript, in general, should be organized in the following order: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements (optional), and References. These major headings should be typed in bold capital letters and set in the center of the page. The manuscript should be written according to this template.

TITLE. The title of the manuscript consisting of no more than 12 words, should be written in Indonesian and in English. Abbreviations are not permitted in the title and this section is followed by the name of the authors as well as the complete institution address. The manuscript must be written by 2-6 authors, preferably from different institutions and countries. The authors’ name (without title) must be accompanied by the full name, full address of the affiliation (department or concentration, faculty or institution, and city or country), and the email of each author.

ABSTRACT. The manuscript should have the correct grammar and is highly recommended to be translated from reputable language institutions. The abstract should be written in one paragraph, not more than 150-200 words in the English language, in italic style, Times New Roman Font 12, with 1 space. This section briefly describes issues that are rarely or never discussed, study objectives, methods, and a summary of significant results. The abstract must end with a comment about research contributions or conclusions. In the last part, it is complemented by a Graphical Abstract in the form of a picture or a graphic that describes the article's contents with a size of 900 pixels x 500 pixels and a resolution of 100 pixels. The end of the abstract consists of 3 to 5 keywords in alphabetical order that best describe the nature of the research.

INTRODUCTION. The introduction is written with Times New Roman Font 12, spacing 1.5, contains 4-7 paragraphs, and 500-600 words (excluding citations). This section should provide the readers with the information necessary for understanding the research presented in the paper. Besides, it contains the background of the problem and issues related to the research problem, and presents data from national or world institutions. The introduction also presents reviews of previous research that are relevant, statements about research gaps, or differences with previous research that lead to a statement of the novelty, and in the final paragraph, the author conveys the hypothesis and research objectives.

METHODS. The research method is discussed clearly and in detail consisting of 300-400 words describing the type of research and the approach used, place and time of research, consideration of subject selection and research situation, sources of literacy and information, population and sample, sampling method, research procedures, including informed consent, Instrument used, data processing/analysis, processing, analysis, and presentation of data, statement of obtaining health code of conduct permit through the research ethics commission

RESULTS. The results contain 400-500 words describing the overall information obtained during the research process. This section can be arranged based on the variables/objectives and the information found during the research. The results include an explanation of the contents of the table or a picture as a description. The maximum number of tables and/or images is five pieces placed on the article's last page.

DISCUSSION. Discussion of the results obtained is in the form of theoretical explanations, consisting of 900-1000 words (excluding citations). Important points about this section include: Does not display/repeat research data, each research finding is compared or synthesized with the results of other research and is linked to the relevant theory. This sub-chapter describes the meaning of the findings obtained as well as the contribution to public health science, the strengths and limitations of this research, as well as the possibility of further development.

CONCLUSION. Conclusions and suggestions consist of 1-2 paragraphs without bullets, containing 200-300 words. The conclusion must indicate the results that answer the research question and the contribution of findings to public health. Suggestions or inputs are given to several parties at the regional/central government or the institution where the research is conducted or recommendations for other research.

REFERENCES. The references follow the APA 7th style, which only includes all the libraries cited in the manuscript, and the author is strongly advised to use a reference manager. The library is written in Times New Roman font 12, spaced 1, and sorted alphabetically by author. There are at least 30 references, 80% from reputable international journals (Springer/Elsevier/Wiley Online Library/Taylor and Francis/Pubmed), and 20% from books/reports of institutions and nationally accredited journals. All references should be up to 7 years from the date of article submission.

a. For periodical journals
Ashing, K. T., Padilla, G., Tejero, J., Kraemer, J., Wright, K., Coscarelli, A., Clayton, S., Williams, I., & Hills, D. (2020). Understanding the breast cancer experience of women: A qualitative study of African American and Caucasian cancer survivors. Psycho‐Oncology Journal, 13(6), 408-428.
b. For proceedings of the seminar, conference, symposia, etc.
Mason, I. & Missingham, R. (2019, October 21–25). Research libraries, data curation, and workflows [Paper presentation]. eResearch Australasia Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
c. For thesis or dissertation
Valentin, E. R. (2019). Narcissism predicted by Snapchat selfie sharing, filter usage, and editing [Master's thesis, California State University Dominguez Hills]. CSU ScholarWorks. en
d. For standard books
Schmidt, N. A., & Brown, J. M. (2017). Evidence-based practice for nurses: Appraisal and application of research (4th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.
e. For the book with the editor
McCormack, B., McCance, T., & Maben, J. (2013). Outcome evaluation in the development of person-centered practice. In B. McCormack, K. Manley, & A. Titchen (Eds.), Practice development in nursing and healthcare (pp. 190-211). John Wiley & Sons.
f. For magazine or newspaper
Kennedy, M. (2018, October 15). To prevent wildfires, PG&E pre-emptively cuts power to thousands in California. Newyork Times. wildfires-pg-e-preemptively-cuts-power-to-thousands-in-California
g. For the report
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. (2017, January). Key indicators of health by service planning area.
e. For website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, August 22). Preventing HPV-associated cancers.

TABLES & FIGURES.On Tables, no vertical line is used and each term should begin with a capital letter. Any important explanation for the understanding of the tables should be given as a footnote at the bottom. All tables should be explained in the text and figures should be drawn on white manuscript with lines less than 1 mm wide. The left vertical and bottom horizontal lines are used, while all the figures should be numbered in consecutive order. Legends should be made outside of the figure and the maximum number of tables as well as figures is five.

TEXT CITATION RULE. In the body of the paper, refer to the author as follows: Smith and Jones (2005). If the sentence structure requires the authors’ name to be included in parentheses, then the proper format (Smith & Jones, 2005; McDonald, 2007) is used. Use “et al.” following the first author when there are more than two authors but include all authors in the references. More than one article listed in the same sentence of the text should be in chronological order first and alphabetical order for two publications in the same year. Citation from the internet is acceptable for references having Digital Object Identifier (d.o.i).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. This information statement is provided for expressing gratitude to people/institutions who have provided moral support and contributed to performance during the research but are not part of the writing team of the article. Authors can provide additional statements if this article is adapted from a thesis/dissertation/conference result of one of the authors.

FUNDING. Suppose a source of funding was obtained to compile the article, the authors should include a statement regarding obtaining a grant, the type/cluster of grants obtained, the institution providing the grant, and the number of the research grant letter.

AUTHORS’ CONTRIBUTIONS. The authors explain each contribution to the research and the article's preparation. Authors can fill in contributions that are the same or different from others. Furthermore, authors can also fill in additional contributions if there is no choice in the available column.

AUTHORS’ INFORMATION. Each author provides full name and title, the institution of work, academic echelon, and position in the institution or organization.

PROOF. The authors are advised to pay attention to check the proof sheet which must be sent back to the Editorial Office within 1 week of receipt. If this period is exceeded, proofs will be rechecked by the Editorial Office without the author’s correction.