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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, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 10-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Download the Journal of Sustainable Communities and Development Template

1. The title of the manuscript.
The title should be informative and written both briefly and clearly. It has to be accurate and specifically to describe the contents of the article that will be discussed. The title should contain highlights or the subject of this paper. The main ideas should be written first and followed then by their explanations. The article title does not contain any uncommon abbreviation. The article title should be written within maximally 20 (twenty) words, in 16pt-sized font, with the bold selection and title case in the center text format.

2. How to Write the Name, and the Author’s Affiliation
The author’s name should be written without an academic degree. If the author’s name consists of at least two words, the last name should not be shortened (to avoid miss citations). If there is more than one author, the author’s name should be written separately by a comma (,). If the author’s names are only one word, it should be written as it is. The name of the author should be written in 11pt-sized font, with the bold selection and the center text format. Then, should give one line space between the author’s name and the author’s affiliation followed by the email address with the center text alignment in 10pt-sized font, without the bold selection. The responsible author, the correspondence author, or the corresponding author must be written first and then followed by the second, the third, and so on. The communication regarding the article revision and the final statement will be informed via email to the corresponding author only.

3.    Abstract and Keywords
The abstract must contain the aims of the paper, methods, results, and conclusion within 150-250 words maximum. The abstract should be written stand-alone, which means that no citations in the abstract, not referring to figures/tables/references. Avoid using uncommon abbreviations. You must be accurate, brief, clear, and specific.  Keywords are the labels of your manuscript and are critical to correct indexing and searching. Therefore the keywords should represent the content and highlight your article. Keywords should be separated by a comma (,) within three to five keywords.

4.    Introduction
The introduction must contain a general background (shortly), a literature review (state of the art) in order to record the existing method/solutions, to show which is the best of previous research, and to show the main limitation of the previous research. It has been containing at least 5 pieces of literature in order to justify the novelty of this paper. The introduction should clearly contain the gap analysis (why this research needs to be done? What is the uniqueness of this paper compared to previous papers?) as the basis of the new research question, statements of the new scientific article, and main research problems (novelty). 

5.    Methods
The method is applied to solve problems including procedures, measuring, and analytical methods. Methods should make the reader able to reproduce your experiment. Provide enough detail to allow the work to be reproduced. The published method should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be explained. Do not repeat details of existing methods, just refer to the literature.

6.    Results and Discussion
This part consists of the research results and how they are discussed. The results obtained from the research have to be supported by sufficient data. The research results and the discovery must be the answers or the research hypothesis stated previously in the introduction part. The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Make the discussion correspond to the results, but do not reiterate the results. The following components should be covered in the discussion: How do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the Introduction section (what/how)? Do you provide an 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?

7.    Conclusion
This is the final part containing conclusions and advice. The conclusions will be the answers to the hypothesis, the research purposes, and the research discoveries. The conclusions should not contain only the repetition of the results and discussions. It should be the summary of the research results as the author expects in the research purposes or the hypothesis. The advices contain suggestions associated with further ideas from the research.

8.    References
All the references used in the article must be listed in this part. In this part, all the used references must be taken from primary sources (scientific journals and the least number is 80% of all the references) that were published in the last ten years. Each article should have at least ten references. References should be numbered and the numbering in order of appearance in the text. When referring to references in the document text, write the reference number in square brackets, eg: (Ependi, 2023).  All the served data or quotes in the article taken from the other author's articles should attach the reference sources. The references should use a reference application management such as Mendeley, End Note, or Zotero. The writing format used in JournalSCD, JournalSCD follows the format applied by the APA style.


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