Publishing Ethics

JURNAL KESEHATAN MASYARAKAT ANDALAS (JKMA) /ANDALAS JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (AJPH) is a scientific journal with the scope of public health published by Study Programme of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Andalas University, Padang, West Sumatera, Indonesia. AJPH Journal implements Open Access Journal and can be downloaded for free. Therefore, the AJPH Journal committed to maintain the ethics in publications and quality of articles related to Writers, Editors, Reviewers and Publishers.


  • The authors should present the objective and verified result of the research.
  • The authors should ensure they have written entirely original works, and if the authors used the works and/or words from others, they need to be cited or quoted accurately appropriately. Plagiarism in any forms are unethical behaviour and unacceptable.
  • The authors should not submit the essentially same article to more than one journal.
  • The authors must ensure the full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the article and submission for publication.
  • The authors must avoid personal and institutional conflicts of interest in conducting research or publication. Authors must disclose any financial or substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
  • When the authors found significant errors or inaccuracies in their works, they should notify the editorials or publisher immediately and then cooperate with the editors to retract or correct the articles.


  • The editors are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
  • The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  • The editors at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • The editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively and comprehensively based on their academic background/expert field.
  • Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
  • The editors must take responsive actions for ethic complaints from the authors related to submitted manuscript or published manuscript.
  • The editors and any editorial staff need to keep important information related to the researcher/author of the article to others who may not know, for example to the peer-reviewer in order to avoid any conflict of interests.


  • The reviewers are the third party (peer-reviewer) who have eligible capacity based on academic background (experts).
  • The reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  • The reviewers assist the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the article.
  • Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
  • Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor. The review process is double-blinded review, both reviewers and authors identity concealed.
  • Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.


  • The publisher only publishes articles which are suitable to the theme of Journal, which mainly about Public Health. The submitted manuscript which is not suitable with the theme would be returned to the author.
  • The publisher only publishes articles which have passed the review and revision process until the articles eligible and acceptable for publication. Manuscript articles which are still not suitable / unable to fulfill the requirements after the revision process would not be published and would be returned to the author.
  • The publisher reserves the right to revoke articles of circular publications (electronic and print version) if later proven that the article has a conflict of interest as well as the result of plagiarism.
  • Disputes arising in respect of copyright and originality of the script/plagiarism would be returned to the author as the party who submitted the works and would not be the responsibility of the publisher.