Make sure you use these guidelines for a final check of your manuscript before submitting it to the journal for review. This checklist provides further details regarding the submission of your paper. We are using the latest template since issue 2022. Here is the template that you can use as a reference: 


1. Important considerations before submission: 

  •  It is vital that one author has been assigned as the corresponding author and correct contact details (email address and full postal addressneed to be provided. 
  • Manuscript need to be professionally proof-read. More specifically, manuscript need to 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'. 
  • All references cited in the text are mentioned in the Reference List, and vice versa.

2. Copyright 

Authors will be asked to complete a “Copyright Transfer Form” upon acceptance of an article. The corresponding author will receive an email from the journal publisher confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a “copyright Transfer Form”. It is corresponding authors responsibility to correctly complete the form and get signatures from all the authors listed on the manuscript. 

 3. Submission 

Our online submission system is easy to use as it efficiently guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and as well as uploading relevant files. Once files are submitted, the online system converts your article into a single “PDF” and “HTML” versions which are used for peer-review process. Ensure that you submit a “Word” version of the manuscript. 

4. Double-blind Review 

All papers will undergo a double-blind review process. In other words, author details are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. Thus, we request corresponding author to include the following separately while submitting your paper: 

  • Title page: this should include the paper title, authors full name(s), affiliations, and complete address for the corresponding author (including an email address). 
  • Blinded Manuscript: this includes main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgments). Be mindful of not including author details, such as author names or affiliations. 

5. Standard of Reporting

Authors should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior are unacceptable.

Papers to be submitted should be written in English between 6000 and 11000 words. The articles submitted to the BALANCA should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically in MS Word format to the website. Articles must be typewritten, 1 spaced and with ample margins and all pages (including those containing any diagrams and tables) must be numbered consecutively. Arabic numerals are to be used throughout.

6. Exclusivity of Work

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others this should be appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. We consider for publication from conference paper if it is only an extended version of conference paper with at least 30% of new material.

7. Authorship of the Paper and Copyright

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported work. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Whilst those who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate and inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. No manuscript can be published unless accompanied by a signed publication agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher.

A copy of that agreement is required after the paper is accepted. The editor may make use of iThenticate software for checking the originality of submissions received. For the copyright transfer, all author and co-author signatures must be original. Proxy signatures are not acceptable (that is, authors cannot sign on behalf of others). All author and co-author signatures must be secured. All authors need not sign the same form. 

8. Plagiarism

The articles must be original contributions and not be under consideration for any other publications at the same time. Make sure that the similarity index shall not exceed 35 percent excluding references.

9. Acknowledgement

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

10. Errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

11. Manuscript Preparation

a. Abstract

The abstract should consist of a single paragraph containing 150-250 words (in English), and with no references, should appear on the top of the first page, after the title of the paper and the names of the authors in a section titled “Abstract” (without section number). The abstract should at least include the purpose of the study, the design/ methodology/ approach, and main results or findings.  If applicable, the abstract could also contain other results or findings, implications, and the novelty of the study. The word “Abstract” must be Book Antiqua, Bold, and 10 pt and the abstract itself also be Book Antiqua, 10 pt, and 1 space. The abstract must be maximum of 5 keywords.

b. Language
Authors are strongly encouraged to follow the principles of good technical writing. We accept manuscripts in Indonesian and English.

c. Content

The content of manuscript must be contained Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results & Analysis, and Conclusion & Recommendation.

d. Page Setup and Fonts
For complete guidelines, the author must follow the template setup provided. Please download the template through this link NEW TEMPLATE

The length of the paper should be between 6000-11000 words.
For page size and margin setup, please follow the template. Use Book Antiqua font throughout the manuscript.

e. References
APA style requires authors to use the past tense or present perfect tense when using signal phrases to describe earlier research, for example, Jones (1998) found or Jones (1998) has found. When using APA format, follow the author-date method of in text citation. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.
If you are referring to an idea from another work but NOT directly quoting the material, or making reference to an entire book, article or other work, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication and not the page number in your in-text reference. All sources that are cited in the text must appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.

1). Short quotations. If you are directly quoting from a work, you will need to include the author, year of   publication, and the page number for the reference (preceded by "p."). Introduce the quotation with a signal phrase that includes the author's last name followed by the date of publication in parentheses. According to Jones (1998, p.199), "Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time".

2). Long quotations. Place direct quotations that are 40 words, or longer, in a free-standing block of typewritten lines, and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, indented 1/2 inch from the left margin, i.e., in the same place you would begin a new paragraph. Type the entire quotation on the new margin, and indent the first line of any subsequent paragraph within the quotation 1/2 inch from the new margin. Maintain double-spacing throughout. The parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark.

3). Summary or paraphrase. If you are paraphrasing an idea from another work, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication in your in-text reference, but APA guidelines encourage you to also provide the page number (although it is not required. According to Jones (1998), APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners. APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners (Jones, 1998, p. 199).

4). The References section lists books, articles, and reports that are cited in the paper. Reference styles used American Psycological Association (APA).