Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Wacana: Jurnal Psikologi is an open access scientific journal that focuses on the development of psychology. Articles in this journal include scientific reviews and empirical research on various fields and methods of psychology that meet publication standards.

Wacana: Journal of Psychology accepts articles on related fields:

  1. Clinical Psychology,

  2. Developmental Psychology, 

  3. Educational Psychology, 

  4. Social Psychology,

  5. Industrial and Organizational Psychology,

  6. Cognitive psychology,

  7. Neuropsychology.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Writing Guidelines

Instructions for prospective authors of Jurnal Wacana
  1. FormJurnal Psikologi Wacana is the result of research in the field of psychology. The manuscript can be in Indonesian form, typed with MS Word Cambria font size 11, spacing 1.5, page size A4, and length 10-25 pages including bibliography (3000-8000 words).

  2. Structure: The structure of the article should include title, author name without title, institution, author email, abstract, keywords, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, and bibliography.

  3. Title: The title is written concisely, straightforwardly, creatively, and interestingly describes the content of the article. The location of the study is presented in the methods section, not in the title. The title is written using Cambria font size 14, space 1, center. Maximum 14 words in Indonesian and English.

  4. Name of author and institution: full name without degree, institution where author works/studies, and author's email address. The author's name is placed below the title of the article.

  5. Abstract: abstract must be written in two languages: English and Indonesian, maximum 200 words with Cambria font size 11, space 1, and justify. English abstracts are written in italics. The abstract should be clear, descriptive, and should provide a brief overview of the problem under study, containing information: reasons for selection or importance of the research topic, research methods, summary of results, and conclusions. Keywords: must consist of 3-5 words, can be taken from research variables, characteristics of the research subject and / or theory that is referenced.

  6. Introduction: Contains a description of the underlying problem, objectives, benefits of the research, theoretical review and hypothesis (the total number of pages should not exceed 20% of the entire manuscript page). Inside it contains; (a) recent scientific developments of the variables studied; (b) research gaps; (c) researchers' arguments in meeting gaps as their commitment to contribute to the development of science; and (d) research objectivity. The introduction is written using Cambria font size 11, spacing 1.5, and justify.

  7. Methods: This section describes the variables of the study, the subject of research which includes the number, and relevant specific characteristics e.g. age, origin of the research subject. In addition, also describe the measurement instruments and describe the measuring instruments used in research. Explain the validity and reliability of the instruments used (quantitative research), and describe the method of data collection accompanied by questions and observation guides (qualitative research). In addition, it can be explained the analysis of the research data used. The length of the writing in this section is approximately 20% of the total manuscript. The research method was written using Cambria font size 11, space 1.5, and justify

  8. Results: This section includes research findings with a writing length of approximately 20% of the total article. In qualitative research, the results section contains detailed and complete data with subtopics of subtopics or categories of data, as well as citations of original data quotes from subjects that support research findings. In quantitative research, the results section contains the results of statistical data analysis and explanation. Tables, schematics or charts, figures and graphs can be used to assist in the presentation of research findings and should be described in the presentation. The writing of the results refers to the format of the publication manual of the American Psychology Association (APA) seventh edition. The results are written using Cambria font size 11, space 1.5, and justify

  9. Discussion: Explanation of research results such as whether the findings / results of the study answer the purpose of the study, how it can occur and be associated with the results of previous research. The explanations are critically analyzed and linked to the relevant literature (last 10 years). This comparison should highlight differences with previous research findings that have the potential to contribute to the development of science. The length of the writing in this section is approximately 30-40% of the entire writing. The discussion is written using Cambria font size 11, space 1.5, and justify

  10. Conclusion: The conclusion should answer the purpose of the study, not summarize the research findings. Conclusions should be brief, clear, and concise, based on findings and discussion (maximum 1 page), written in paragraph form (not numeric), contain a synthesis of findings from data analysis and discussion, and highlight new findings that contribute to the development of psychology as a science. The conclusion is written using Cambria font size 11, space 1.5, and justify/align right-left.

  11. Implication: Implications are written briefly, clearly, and concisely, in paragraph form (not numeric). Implications of the study can be suggestions for future research, policy advice (e.g., suggestions for future research, policy advice, etc.). Implications are written using Cambria font size 11, spacing 1.5, and justify.

  12. Acknowledgments: Thank you is only written when there is grant support from certain agencies. Acknowledgments can be given to anyone who has contributed to the research (e.g., funding organization, research assistant). The name of the funder organization can be written in full. In addition, the author may also list individuals who have helped during the study. Acknowledgments are written using Cambria font size 11, space 1.5, and justify

  13. Bibliography: The bibliography contains all references cited in the article and derived from relevant sources, at least 80% are recent sources (last 10 years), and at least 80% are indexed national and international research journals. The writing of the bibliography refers to the format of the seventh edition of the American Psychology Association (APA) publication manual. Reference articles that have a DOI, the DOI link must be included in the reference writing (written lowercase, doi: ..). If it does not have a DOI, then it comes with an online link after the phrase Retrieved from There is no categorization or separation of reference sources (for example: internet or mass media sources are separated from primary sources). The bibliography is arranged in alphabetical order. Authors are strongly advised to use reference programs such as Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote. The Bibliography is written using Cambria font size 11, space 1, and justify/align right-left.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Open Access Policy

Wacana : Jurnal Psikologi is a periodical publication with open access for anyone to see the available content directly with the principle that researchers/authors are willing to make their articles accessible to the public as an effort to support greater global knowledge exchange.


Peer Review Process

Every article addressed to Wacana: Jurnal Psikologi will be selected through an initial review process by the editorial board. Then the article is sent to the Bestari Partner / Peer Reviewer and will go to the next selection. After that, the article will be returned to the writer for revision if necessary. This process takes a maximum of one month.

All manuscripts received by Wacana: Jurnal Psikologi will be evaluated by the editorial board. Manuscripts that do not fit the established focus and scope and writing guidelines will be rejected immediately without external review, while manuscripts that are potentially of interest to readers and fit the established focus and scope will be sent to peer reviewers.

Wacana: Jurnal Psikologi applies a blind peer review process, i.e. articles submitted to Wacana: Jurnal Psikologi will be reviewed anonymously by Bestari partners / peer reviewers. Articles will be reviewed by one to two peer reviewers. Responses from peer reviewers will be used as a basis for the editorial board to determine whether an article is accepted, accepted with major/minor revisions, or rejected.

The editorial board has the right to decide which articles should be published. In summary, the peer review process consists of:

  1. Author submits manuscript

  2. Editorial board evaluation (some manuscripts rejected or returned before the review process)

  3. Blind peer review process

  4. Editorial board decision

  5. Confirmation to the author


Publishing Frequency

Wacana: Jurnal Psikologi is a journal published by the Psychology Study Program, Faculty of Psychology, Sebelas Maret University Surakarta. This journal is published twice a year, namely in the months of January and July.



Authors may only submit original, non-plagiarized work that has never been published before and is not currently under consideration in another journal. Manuscript similarity screening will be carried out by the editorial board of Wacana : Jurnal Psikologi using Turnitin. The editorial board will decide on the eligibility of published manuscripts based on the result of the manuscript similarity check.


Publication Ethics

Wacana : Jurnal Psikologi is a scientific publication that contains research results and thoughts in the field of Psychology that have never been published. This scientific code of ethics statement is a statement of all parties involved in the publication process of this research journal including managers, editorial boards, bestari partners, and authors.

This scientific publication code of ethics statement is based on the Head of LIPI Regulation Number 5 of 2014 concerning the Code of Ethics for Scientific Publications. Scientific publication ethics upholds three ethical values in publications, namely (i) Neutrality, which is free from conflicts of interest in the management of publications; (ii) Fairness, which gives authorship rights to those entitled as authors; and (iii) Honesty, which is free from duplication, fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism in publications.


  1. Determine the journal’s name, scientific scope, periodicity, and application for accreditation if necessary and determines the membership of the editorial board.

  2. Defines the relationship between the publisher, editorial board, bestary partners and other parties in a contract.

  3. Respect confidential matters, both for contributing researchers, authors, editorial boards, and bestarial partners.

  4. Implement norms and provisions regarding intellectual property rights, especially copyright.

  5. Conduct a review journal policies and communicate them to authors, editorial board, bestary partners, and readers.

  6. Create guidelines for rules and ethical behavior for the editorial board and bestary partners. 

  7. Publish the journal regularly .

  8. Ensure the availability of funding sources for the sustainability of journal publishing

  9. Build a network of cooperation between research institutions and related agencies

  10. Prepare licensing and legal aspects 


Publication Decision

Editors are responsible for deciding on articles that have been accepted by the editorial board for publication. Editors may refer to the policies of the journal's editorial board and are limited by applicable legal provisions regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Editors may also confer with other editors or peer reviewers in making decisions.

Fair Treatment

The editor may at any time evaluate the content of the manuscript without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or political philosophy of the author.


The editor and any editorial board staff should not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the authors, peer reviewers, editorial board and publisher.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Unpublished material included with a submitted manuscript may not be used as a reference in the editor's personal research.


Contribution to Editorial Decision Making

Peer reviewers assist the editorial board in making decisions and through editorial communication with authors, can help authors improve the manuscript. Peer reviewers are also expected to provide suggestions for improvements to the review results


Any peer reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or to review a manuscript quickly, should inform the editorial board and withdraw from the review process. Invited peer reviewers also confirm their willingness/unwillingness to review the article.


Any manuscript received for review should be treated as a confidential document. They should not be discussed with other parties unless authorized by the editorial board.

Objectivity Standard

The review should be conducted objectively. Authors should not engage in personal criticism. Peer reviewers should provide clear information about results of the review along with supporting arguments.

Reference Checking

Peer reviewers should identify other relevant references that have not been cited by the authors. Statements about previously reported observations, derivations or arguments should be accompanied by relevant citations. Peer reviewers should also coordinate with the editorial board on substantial similarities between the manuscript under consideration and other published articles to the best of the editor's and peer reviewer's knowledge.


Reporting Standard

The author must present accurate reports and data from the research results. The research article should contain detailed information and sufficient references. Deliberate deception of the content of a manuscript is unethical and unacceptable behavior.

Originality and Similarity

The authors must ensure the originality of their work and provide clear information/sources if using quotations. Authors are not allowed to publish their research paper in more than one journal because submitting the same paper to more than one journal simultaneously is unethical and unacceptable behavior.

Reference Check

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others should always be included. Authors should cite publications that have been used to inform the creation of their scientific work.

Determination of Writing Order

The names listed as authors of the manuscript are limited to those who have significantly contributed to the formulation of the basic idea, research design, conduct of the research or interpretation of the research findings. Otherwise, all names that contributed to the process should be included as authors of the manuscript. If others participated in some substantive aspect of the research, they may be mentioned in the acknowledgments. Corresponding authors must ensure that all persons who contributed to the research are listed as authors, that all authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript, and that they consent to publication of the manuscript.

Disclosure and Potential conflicts of interest 

All authors must explicitly state in their manuscripts if they have any relationships with other parties that could potentially expose them to conflicts of interest, which could potentially influence the way they present and interpret the research data. All sponsors, whether individuals or institutions, who funded the research must be mentioned in the manuscript.

Fatal errors in published manuscripts

If author discovers an error or inaccuracy in a published manuscript, the author is expected to notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editorial board to retract the manuscript.


Article Processing Fee

Authors are not charged any fees in the entire process of publishing their manuscripts in Wacana: Jurnal Psikologi. Thus, the registration process, submission, editorial, publishing, etc. are free of charge.


Print Edition Journal Order

Readers or authors who wish to order the printed version of the journal can contact the journal secretariat via e-mail. 

Price of Wacana : Jurnal Psikologi per copy:

  1. Purchase of 1-5 copies
    IDR 50.000/copy

  2. Purchase of 6-10 copies
    IDR 45,000/copy

  3. Purchase above 10 copies
    IDR 35,000/copy

The above prices are excluding shipping costs to the order address.