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Author Guidelines


Manuscript Types

Acta Psychologia accepts original research articles submitted by researchers worldwide to be published. Original research articles are full-length original empirical investigations, consisting of introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, and conclusions.  Original work must provide references and an explanation on research findings that contain new and significant findings.

Size: Generally, these are expected to be between 6 and 15 journal pages (excluding the abstract, references, tables and/or figures), a maximum of 80 references, and an abstract of 100–200 words.

Language Accuracy

Acta Psychologia emphasizes on the linguistic accuracy of every manuscript published. Articles must be in bahasa Indonesia and they must be competently written and argued in clear and concise grammatical. 


Manuscript should be submitted through the OJS System. You can Login to your author account to submit your manuscript. If this is the first time you submit your manuscript to Acta Psychologia, please Register to make an author account first.



The paper should be submitted in one column format with at least 3 cm margins and 2.0 line spacing throughout. Authors are advised to use Georgia 11-point font and MS Word format (.doc / .docx). Please use this manuscript template to make it easier for you to format your manuscript Template

 1.        Manuscript Structure

Manuscripts in general should be organized in the following order:


The title consists of a maximum of 20 words in bahasa Indonesia. The title should be concise and informative in describing the content of the article. Refrain from using the word influence, relationship, and case study within the title.The research location should be presented in the methods section, not in the title. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible

Author(s) and Corresponding author information.

This page should contain the full title of your paper not exceeding 25 words, with name(s) of all the authors, institutions and corresponding author's name, institution and full address (Street address, telephone number (including extension), hand phone number, and e-mail address) for editorial correspondence. First and corresponding authors must be clearly indicated.

The names of the authors may be abbreviated following the international naming convention. e.g. Ayriza, Y.1, Izzaty, R. E.2*., and Setiawati, F.A.3.

Authors' addresses.  Multiple authors with different addresses must indicate their respective addresses separately by superscript numbers:

Tria Widyastuti1 and Rully Afrita Harlianty2

1Department of Psychology, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social and Business, Aisyah University of Pringsewu, Pringsewu, Lampung, Indonesia.


A maximum 250-word abstract in English with Georgia font 11 point, 1-point spacing, justify. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.


3-5 words  in italics, sorted alphabetically and separated by semicolon (;). Must be provided to describe the contents of the manuscript.

Running title

The running title is an abbreviated title used as the running head on every page of the manuscript. The running title should not exceed 60 characters, counting letters and spaces.


This page should begin with the Introduction of your article and followed by the rest of your paper.

2. Text

Regular Papers should be prepared with the headings Introduction,  Methods, Result, Discussion, Conclusions, Suggestion, Acknowledgements, References, and Supplementary data (if available) in this order.

3. Equations and Formulae 

These must be set up clearly and should be typed double spaced.  Numbers identifying equations should be in square brackets and placed on the right margin of the text. In addition, please use the Microsoft Equation Editor formula or MathType, written in the center, and given a number from (1), (2) etc.

4.        Tables 

All tables should be prepared in a form consistent with APA Publication Manuals 7th edition and should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals.  Explanatory material should be given in the table legends and footnotes.  Each table should be prepared on a new page, embedded in the manuscript.

When a manuscript is submitted for publication, tables must also be submitted separately as data - .doc, .rtf, Excel or PowerPoint files- because tables submitted as image data cannot be edited for publication and are usually in low-resolution.

5. Figures & Photographs

Submit an original figure or photograph.  Line drawings must be clear, with high black and white contrast.  Each figure or photograph should be prepared on a new page, embedded in the manuscript for reviewing to keep the file of the manuscript under 5 MB. These should be numbered consecutively with arabic numerals (1,2,3,4, etc).

Figures or photographs must also be submitted separately as TIFF, JPEG, or Excel files- because figures or photographs submitted in low-resolution embedded in the manuscript cannot be accepted for publication. For electronic figures, create your figures using applications that are capable of preparing high resolution TIFF files. In general, we require 300 dpi or higher resolution for coloured and half-tone artwork, and 1200 dpi or higher for line drawings are required.

Failure to comply with these specifications will require new figures and delay in publication. 


General rules on Figures and Tables

  • All Figures and Tables should be numbered sequentially (e.g. Table 1, Table 2 etc.) and cite each one in your writing as Table 1 or Figure 1.

  • All tables should be referenced in the text of the paper and in the reference list.

  • Each table should have an individual title. Each word in the title should be italicized and capitalized except with, of, in, and, etc.


6. References

References begin on their own page and are listed in alphabetical order by the first author's last name. Only references cited within the text should be included. Ensure that in-text (Citation) references are quoted as per the APA in-text citation style. All references should be in 11-point font and single-spaced.

NOTE: When formatting your references, please follow the APA reference style (7th Edition). Ensure that the references are strictly in the journal’s prescribed style, failing which your article will not be accepted for peer-review.  You may refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for further details (


7. General Guidelines

Abbreviations: Define alphabetically, other than abbreviations that can be used without definition.  Words or phrases that are abbreviated in the introduction and following text should be written out in full the first time that they appear in the text, with each abbreviated form in parenthesis. Include the common name or scientific name, or both, of animal and plant materials.

Acknowledgements: Individuals and entities that have provided essential support such as research grants and fellowships and other sources of funding should be acknowledged. Contributions that do not involve researching (clerical assistance or personal acknowledgements) should not appear in acknowledgements.

Authors’ Affiliation: The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. If an author has subsequently moved to another institution, the current address may also be stated in the footer.

Co-Authors: The commonly accepted guideline for authorship is that one must have substantially contributed to the development of the paper and share accountability for the results. Researchers should decide who will be an author and what order they will be listed depending upon their order of importance to the study. Other contributions should be cited in the manuscript's Acknowledgements.

Copyright Permissions: Authors should seek necessary permissions for quotations, artwork, boxes or tables taken from other publications or from other freely available sources on the Internet before submission to Acta Psychologia. Acknowledgement must be given to the original source in the illustration legend, in a table footnote, or at the end of the quotation.

Footnotes: Current addresses of authors if different from heading may be inserted here.

Page Numbering: Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc. should be numbered.

Spelling: The journal uses Bahasa Indonesia with Ejaan Yang Disempurnakan (EYD).


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.
  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

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  • Authors are allowed to archive their submitted article in an open access repository
  • Authors are allowed to archive the final published article in an open access repository with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal

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