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Author Guidelines

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Authors should observe the following codes of conduct when they intend to submit/publish a paper in Metasatra Journal:

1) The article should be original and research-based (conceptual article, research article, applications, theories, and critics).  It should be unpublished and not under review for possible publication in other journals.

2) The article can be written  in Indonesian or English. It employs one spaced on A4-paper size, 3 cm top, bottom, right, and 3.5 cm left margins. The length of paper is about  12 to 18 pages including references, figures (photographs), and tables.

3) Illustrations, figures (including photographs), and tables, are presented alongside each individual caption (title, number, and full details and quotations) in the text. It should be in 11-point type of Book Antiqua.

4) Writing guidelines

  • Writing guidelines

 The writing guidelines contain the information of how to write the article’s identity and  its content. The  article’s identity consists of  title, author(s)’ details (his/her/their name and affiliation), abstract and key words.

  • Title page

The title page is single spaced, uses 14-point type of Book Antiqua, and  employs bold. It should be comprehensive,  clear, and concise. It should be up to  maximum 14 words in length.

Title is written in bold capital letters.

  • English Title:

The English title should be single spaced, use 11-point type of Times New Roman, and employ italic. Author(s)’ full name(s) must be single spaced, use 11-point type of  Book Antiqua, and employ bold. Please do not mention author(s)’ title(s)/academic degree(s)). It should be included author(s)’details: author’s name or a list of all the authors’names, name(s)’address(es) of institutions, and e-mail address of the correspondence author(s). The author(s)’details are single spaced and use 11-point type of   Antiqua Book.

  • Abstract

The abstract should be single spaced, use 11-point type of  Times New Roman, employ italic. It is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just conclusion, and is understandable. It should outline research background, research problems, aims of the study, methodology, and main results. It is about 100—150 words in 1 spacing. Underneath your abstract please include key words that should be up to a maximum five words/phrases typed in bold.

  • The content of the paper

The content consists of introduction, research methods, results and discussion, conclusions, and references. Each section follows the following rules. The sections use the numbers: 1, 2, 3, ... 1.1, 2.1, 3.1 ... etc.

  • Introduction

The Introduction contains research background, research problem, aims of the study, theory, and literature review.

  • Introduction without subheadings.

The introduction without subheadings is single spaced and uses 11-point type of Book Antiqua.

  • Research Method

The research method describes the method used and the steps of the application in the discussion. It is single spaced and uses 11-point type of Book Antiqua.

  • Results and Discussion:

The results and discussion  can be presented in sub-section. They clearly discuss the subject matter based on  the problem, the aims of the study, and the theory used.

  • References  or quotations

The references or quotations should be in  APA style ( and use Mendeley apps. In the text citations should follow the author-date method whereby the authors’s last name, the year of publication, and referenced page for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Damono 1993: 55).  They must be single spaced and use 11-point type of  Book Antiqua.

  • Conclusion

The conclusion answers the research problem or it can be either a research result or a recommendation.  Please use 11-point type of Book Antiqua.

  • References

The references should be included in the APA syle. They should be listed in the following examples.


 It  uses 11-point type of Times New Roman.

 Damono, Sapardi Djoko. (2005). The Handbook of Comparative 

       Literature Research.  Jakarta: Language Center.


Magazines / Newspapers

Bachri, Sutardji Calzoum. (1998). "Bridge", Horison Th. XXXII /

      No. 6, June, p. 29. Jakarta: Yayasan Indonesia.

Prihasmi, Th. Sri Rahayu. (1975). "I Want to Tell The Story In

      Order Not To Be Stuffy ". Jakarta: Kompas, Tuesday July 1st.



Danandjaja, James. (2008). "The Folklore Approach in Research

      Materials of Oral Tradition " in Pudentia (Editor). Methodology

      of Oral Traditional Studies. Jakarta: Association of Oral



Journal article

Ibrahim, Alfi Irsyad. (2013). "Masculinity in Ramadan K.H.’s

      Keluarga Permana." Metasastra: Journal of Literary Research

      Vol. 6 No. 2   December 2013.

Online documents/webpages

Iskandar, Eddy. D. (2009). "Let the Bubbat War Continue". / 02 / let-war-

      bubble-continues. downloaded on November 4th, 2009,9:14

      p.m WIB.


5) Additional guidelines :

For review article, the manuscript can be either written in Indonesian or English. The length of manuscript should be between 5-7 pages.

The author should clearly define manuscript structure as standard: book identity, introduction, background, discussion, and conclusion.

The author can  copy and paste the article into the Metasastra template. The template files are provided by the editor or can be downloaded in the Journal Template.



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.


    style APA

  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 author who published an article in the Metasastra has agreed on the following points.

  1. Copyright articles remain with the author.
  2. The author grants the first publishing rights to articles in the Metasastra and simultaneously licensing them to the Creative Commons Attribution License  (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) which permits others to use or cite the article by keeping the original author and first issue in the Metasastra.
  3. Authors are allowed to publish articles that have been published by the Journal of Metasastra through separate contractual agreements for non-exclusive dissemination (e.g, placing them into an institutional repository or publishing them in a book) by keeping the first issue in the Metasastra.
  4. Authors are permitted and encouraged to disseminate their work in cyberspace (e.g, in institutional repositories or author pages) before and during the submission of the text document as it can support productive exchange of earlier and broader credits.
  5. Each received article must be accompanied by a Copyright Submission Approval Form prior to the publication of the article. The Submission Approval Request Form can be downloaded at the Links of the Copyright Forms.


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