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Author Guidelines

Manuscript Template

JRCP adopts a double-blind review process.  Every manuscript that is considered for publication will be sent to at least two external referees in the relevant field(s). To ensure anonymity, any identifying information of the author(s) such as name, contact details and acknowledgements should be totally excluded from the main text.

An electronic copy of the manuscript in RTF or MS Word format must be submitted through our online submissions system. (Note: maximum total attachment size per email is 10 MB).

Manuscripts should be written on A4 size paper with the following margins: 4 cm (top), 3 cm (right), 3 cm (bottom), and 3 cm (left). The manuscript’s length is normally between 12-22 single-spaced pages (including tables and illustrations) or 4,000-8,000 words (excluding tables and illustrations). One table/ illustration is approximately equal to one third page or 150-200 words.

The font used is Times New Roman with sizes as follows: 20 for manuscript title, 12 for section and sub-section titles; 11 for illustration titles and the main text, including the abstract, keywords, paragraphs and reference list; 10 for captions and footnotes.

JRCP receives and publishes articles only in English.

The manuscript title, the words “Abstract” and “Keywords”, the section titles, and table and figure titles are set in bold. The abstract, keywords, and sub-section titles are set in italic.

Paragraphs are single-spaced with full justification. They begin with a left indent and are separated by one single-spaced blank line.

The abstract consist of a maximum 250-word paragraph mentioning objectives, methods or main analysis, and conclusion or main argument. It is followed by 3-5 keywords.

The body of the paper is divided into several sections comprising three basic elements, which are introduction, main content, and conclusion. The introductory section strategically presents the context, significance, focus, research design/ state-of-the-art, and organization of the paper. There is no standardized requirement on how the main content is organized. If necessary, notes on theoretical reflections, methodological issues, and/ or study contexts can be made in separate sections. The author may divide the analyses and discussions into several sections by, for instance, following the structure of research problems aimed to be addressed. Finally, the concluding section must revisit the focus of the paper, highlights key findings, and further remarks or wider implications for theoretical and/ or professional knowledge development.

Every section needs to be clearly yet efficiently developed into more than one paragraph. A normal paragraph should consists of more than one sentence. 

Tables and figures are inserted on the relevant page and cited in the main text as follows: “(Table 1)”. The table titles are placed above the tables and the figure titles are put at the bottom of the figures. Every table and figure is numbered consecutively starting from 1 (Latin).

Please make sure that all figures and illustrative materials are original works of the author(s) or provided with written permission from the copyright holders. The editors may automatically exclude those have the potentials to infringe copyright from the manuscripts.

Footnotes are allowed (with a maximum of 3) and placed at the bottom of the relevant page and ordered using Latin numbering.

Citations give the author’s last name and the year of publication, with at least the year placed in parentheses, for instance: “…(Albrechts, 2014)…” or “According to Albrechts (2014)…”. Direct quotations have opening and closing quotation marks (“...”) and are accompanied by the page numbers where they are located in the original source, for example: (Tirtosudarmo, 2013, p. 101). Citations of two or more sources are separated by a semicolon (;), for example: (Healey, 2007; Innes and Booher, 2009). If a cited source is written by more than three authors only the first author should be given while the rest are replaced by “et al.”, for example: (Firman et al., 2013). Should the author be unknown or anonymous, then the author’s name can be replaced with the name of the institution or publisher, for example: (Kompas, 2014). Tertiary citations, for example, “According to Foucault (1996, in Dinda, 2014) ...” should be avoided completely.

The reference list consists of complete references to all cited sources. The references adhere to the APA (American Psychological Association) style, 6th edition. Some examples:

Journal article/ periodicals:

Hoffman, M., S. Hayes , and M. Napolitano (2014) Urban Youths’ Experiences and Perceptions of a Community Cycling Initiative. Planning Theory 51(2), 300-318.


Yin, J. (2012) Urban Planning for Dummies. Mississauga: John Wiley & Sons.

Edited book:

Kraas, F. et al. (Ed.) (2013) Megacities: Our Global Urban Future. Dordrecht: Springer.


Tirtosudarmo, R. (2013) Urbanization without Development: The Cases of Cirebon and Gresik on Java’s North Coast. In: Bunnell, T., Parthasarathy & E. Thompson (Ed.) (2013) Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban and Contemporary Asia, 99-115. Singapore: Springer.

Conference paper or proceedings:

Rosly, D., N. Puzi, and M. Arshad (2012) Planning Strategies, Guidelines and Action Plan for Green Neighbourhoods in Malaysia. Paper presented at the EAROPH Congress: Green Cities for Human Betterment, Daegu, 10-17 Oktober.

Unpublished source:

Benyamin, Y. (2012) Kajian Kelembagaan Penyelesaian Konflik Batas Laut Daerah. Thesis, Undergraduate Program of Geodetic Engineering. Bandung Institute of Technology.

Newspaper article:

Rusunawa di Tasik Dibangun Kemenpera untuk Santri. Kompas, 14 January 2014.

Online source:

Siregar, A. (2014) Indonesian Summit Diplomacy in 2013. The Jakarta Post, 10 Januari. Accessed from news/2014/01/10/ indonesian-summit-diplomacy-2013.html on 14 January 2014.


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 is written in English, and 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 Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font, A4, single-column
  4. The manuscript has 12-22 single-spaced pages (including tables and illustrations) or 4,000-8,000 words (excluding tables and illustrations)

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  6. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Suggest at least three names, affiliations, and contacts of potential reviewers in the cover letter (comments to editor)
  8. Email address off each authors will be provided in the article submission metadata.

Copyright Notice

Manuscript submitted to JRCP has to be an original work of the author(s), contains no element of plagiarism, and has never been published or is not being considered for publication in other journals. Author(s) shall agree to assign all copyright of published article to JRCP. Requests related to future re-use and re-publication of major or substantial parts of the article must be consulted with the editors of JRCP.


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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Publication: 150.00 (USD)

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