Author Guidelines


Word Count

  • Articles must be a minimum of 5,000 words to a maximum of 10,000 words (for research and conceptual paper), 1,500 to 3,000 words (for book & pop review article), and more than 2,000 words (for reflections article), excluding the abstract, references, appendix, figure captions, and tables.
  • Article submissions should include an updated abstract (200-250 words) and five keywords.


Structure and Nomenclature

For Research Paper

  • Abstract (Ringkasan)
    • Straight to the point, mentions the background of the issue [optional] in two sentences, the purpose of the article/study, the method used, the essential and insightful results/findings, and implications --> 200-250 words.
  • Keywords (Katakunci)
    • Use only the significant keywords, do not repeat the title, and use a maximum of three words per keyword --> total of five.
  • Introduction (Pendahuluan)
    • Presents at least four ideas, namely the background (why the issue/topic is essential), the differences between the study with the minimum of the ten previous relevant studies (research gap), theoretical/conceptual background (literature review), and the specific objective of the study (or research questions).
    • In short, the Introduction includes (1) a brief description of the issue's background, (2) a review of previous research at least from 10 (ten) journal articles, (3) relevant theories/concepts [if necessary], and (4) research objectives/research questions [RQs] --> 1000-3500 words.
  • Method (Metode)
    • Comprise a description of the methodological approach or perspective used, research steps, data collection methods, selection of informants/participants, sampling (respondents/ texts), and data analysis methods. The authors can also describe the location and time context --> 200-900 words.
  • Findings and Discussion (Hasil dan Pembahasan)
    • Show the results of data categorization (qualitative research), data analysis and process, and hypothesis testing (quantitative research). Authors can display data or findings with tables, figures, or graphs with proportional interpretation. Discussion must include: the author's arguments and reflections related to the data and data context, comparison/dialogue of data with previous research to highlight the novel findings, and relevant theories to support arguments, interpretations, and the author's reflection.
    • In short, the findings and discussion focus on data presentation briefly and data analysis, discussion, and comparison of findings with at least ten previous studies or relevant theories/concepts --> 3500-5000 words.
  • Conclusion (Simpulan)
    • As the answer to the research/study objectives (RQs), the Conclusion must be written concisely, including 1) emphasis (highlight) on the main and essential findings (for empirical research articles) or main and important thoughts (for conceptual study articles), directly (not wordy), meaningfully, and insightfully, 2) the implications (theoretically and practically), and, 3) suggestions for subsequent research --> 300-400 words.
  • References (Daftar Pustaka)
    • Adapts the 7th APA referencing style
    • Prioritize primary and most recent reference sources (maximum of 10 years back).
    • minimum 50% of journal articles
    • All sources cited in the text must be written in the reference list and vice versa.
    • arranged in an alphabetic format
    • Automated citation and referencing tools like Mendeley and proofreading applications like Grammarly are highly recommended.
    • min. 20 reference sources


For Conceptual/Review Paper

  • Introduction (Pendahuluan)
  • Sub-titles related to the topic discussed and concept/theory proposed (sub-sub judul terkait topik yang dibahas dan konsep/teori yang diusulkan)
  • Conclusion (Simpulan)
  • References (Daftar Pustaka)

 Articles must be adequately prepared according to the above structure to be accepted at the initial review stage.

 Technical Requirements

  • Use font Gill Sans MT 11pt with space 1.5 (see the template)
  • Left and top margin 4cm, right and bottom 3cm
  • Paper size A4

For details, please consult the technical guidelines on the article submission template.



In the initial submission, please consider the following essential things to avoid getting an initial rejection.


  • Initial submissions should omit all author-identifying material for a two-way anonymous peer review.
  • Submissions must not appear on any publicly visible website to avoid compromising the validity of an anonymous review.
  • If your article submission is publicly visible on any website, please remove the content before uploading your submission.


  • We only accept text files or files in .doc or .docx format (such as from Microsoft Word or Open Office).
  • We do not accept PDF files.


  • Concurrent submissions are not accepted, and submitting the same manuscript to multiple journals concurrently constitutes unacceptable publishing behavior. Manuscripts must only be peer-reviewed by one journal at a time.
  • We do not accept submissions of previously published works.
  • The author can use 20 percent of unoriginal text; these other places must be acknowledged and cited.
  • The remaining 75 percent of the article must be unique and original to your current submission.


  • Articles must follow conventions of the English language or Bahasa Indonesia concerning proper grammar, punctuation, and typical writing practices.
  • All submitted articles must be read as formal academic articles.
    • Word choice should reflect a conversational or relaxed dialogue, be more independent of using bulleted lists, or rely heavily on direct quotes.
    • A formal academic article should articulate ideas in a writing style that is precise, logical, and professional.
  • All factual statements must be supported by cited sources or research evidence.
  • Authors must ensure the accuracy of citations, quotations, diagrams, tables, and maps.
    • All in-text citations must be cited in the reference list, and all sources in the reference list must be cited within the article.
    • Sources accessed online must include a DOI or URL.
  • Article submissions must contain unique and original material, meaning articles must engage cited material through critical thought.
    • Cited material cannot simply be copied.
    • Quotes must credit the original author and must be referenced correctly.
    • All quoted materials (indirect citation) must be indicated using "quotation marks."
    • This quotation includes material written by a contributing author. Referenced material must be cited appropriately, and quoted material must be indicated using "quotation marks" and cited correctly.

Reference and Citation

  • All sources must be cited in the reference list and the main text.
  • Using automated citation and referencing tools such as Mendeley is highly recommended.
  • It is recommended to cite one of the articles in I-Pop: International Journal of Indonesian popular culture and Communication.
  • Sources accessed online must include a DOI or URL.
  • At least 5 of the sources must be one of these publication types:
    • An academic and peer-reviewed journal.
    • An edited book or book chapter.
    • Sources by contributing authors do not count toward this minimum.
    • Citing multiple works by the same author(s) only qualifies as meeting one of the required five.
  • In-text citations should only include a page number when citing a direct quote.
    • If you are not citing a direct quote, please do not include a page number.
  • When using a direct citation, the exact words must be attributed to the source.
    • Please use "double quotation" marks to indicate a direct citation.
    • Direct citations should contain a page number with the citation.
    • Example: Wijaya said, "direct quotes contain a page number" (Wijaya, 2016, p. 34).
  • The reference list should only list citations that appear in-text.
    • If a source is not cited in-text, it should not appear in the reference list.
  • Please refrain from using "citations and bibliography" tools or features in Microsoft Word.
    • These need to be editor-friendly software tools, and they cause numerous problems during typesetting.
    • Citations and references should be entered as regular text without the aid of any special features or tools.


  • Please format your submissions according to the journal article template. Use of the template is recommended for Initial Submissions and required for all Final Submissions.
  • Please follow the citation guidelines of the 7th edition of the APA Manual of Style and use automated citation and referencing tools such as Mendeley. This requirement is for all Final Submissions.
  • Please insert all images as jpg files. Please keep the image resolution below 300 DPI.
  • In the case of symbols, please only insert symbols using standard fonts (e.g., WingDings, Arial Unicode MS).

* MS Word footnotes/endnotes tools is one exception to this rule, but still in a minimal use