Author Guidelines

Online Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be sent online to the International Journal of Social Learning (IJSL) portal at

Steps for Submitting Manuscripts

1. Authors should register and check the “author” column on the registration page:

2. After logging in, click "New Submission". The stages of article submission are as follow:

  • In the Start section, complete all the checklists, then click save and continue.
  • In the Upload Submission section, upload the article manuscript file in MS Word format. Then click save and continue.
  • In the Enter Metadata section, enter the data of all the authors and affiliates. If there is more than one author, click ‘add author’, then fill in their data in the same way as the first author, and so on. Next, fill in the title, abstract, keywords, research methods, and bibliography in each of the available columns.
  • In the Upload Supplementary Files section, it is permissible to upload supporting files, cover letters or other documents.
  • In the Confirmation section, click Finish Submission if all the data are correct.

General Instructions

1. Articles should be formatted according to the writing pattern of scientific journals. The rules set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition should be followed. You may use Mendeley or Zotero reference management software, and select the setting for the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th For an explanation of the APA Citation Guide, please see APA Referencing Style.

2. Articles should be original works, not previously published in any printed or online journal.

3. When the status of the submission (article) is under review or has been published for this journal, the author(s) will not be allowed to submit the article to another journal.

4. Submit the article to the editors online via the Open Journal System (OJS).

5. The Times New Roman font (12 pt) should be used, with 1.5 spacing, in Microsoft Word format with A4 page size (210 x 297 mm). The number of words should be between 4000 and 7000, or around 10-20 pages, including pictures, graphs, and tables (if any).

6. The article must be written in grammatical English.

Particular Instructions

1. The articles published may take the form of original research, theoretical analyses, and critical review.

2. Because of the "Blind Review" system, authors should not include their name, their affiliation, the address of the affiliation, or their email address on the cover of the article. Authors’ names, names of institutions, and email addresses are listed at the time of registration on the OJS author page.

3. The content and guidelines of articles should be in narrative essay format, written in paragraphs, with no numbering of headings, and should include these components:

  • Title. This should be a brief formulation of the content, and be compact and clear – it may be creative to attract readers. It should be a maximum 20 words and be in English, in bold format, with the first word of the sentence capitalized.
  • Abstract. Abstract must reflect the substance of the whole contents of the article and enable to help readers to determine relevance with their interest and decide whether or not to read the full document. The abstract consists of a statement about the background, objective of the study or focus of discussion, method or important research steps, findings and discussion, and conclusion. Abstract is written in English and Indonesian, each in one paragraph, single spacing, and in total about 150-200 words.
  • Keywords. These can be drawn from the research variables, the characteristics of the subjects, and the referenced theories (a minimum of three words or combinations of words, arranged in alphabetical order and separated using semicolons).
  • Introduction. In Introduction, Authors should state the objectives of the work at the end of introduction section. Before the objective, Authors should provide an adequate background, and very short literature survey in order to record the existing solutions/method, to show which is the best of previous researches, to show the main limitation of the previous researches, to show what do you hope to achieve (to solve the limitation), and to show the scientific merit or novelties of the paper. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. Do not describe literature survey as author by author, but should be presented as group per method or topic reviewed which refers to some literatures. [Times New Roman – 12 – normal].
  • Methods. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. Do not repeat the details of established methods. [Times New Roman – 12 – normal].
  • Results and Discussion. Results should be clear and concise. The results should summarize (scientific) findings rather than providing data in great detail. Please highlight differences between your results or findings and the previous publications by other researchers. The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature. [Times New Roman – 12 – normal]. The format of tables do not use column (vertical) lines and row (horizontal) lines are used only for the head and tail of the table.
  • Conclusion. Conclusions should answer the objectives of the research. Tells how your work advances the field from the present state of knowledge. Without clear Conclusions, reviewers and readers will find it difficult to judge the work, and whether or not it merits publication in the journal. Do not repeat the Abstract, or just list experimental results. Provide a clear scientific justification for your work, and indicate possible applications and extensions. You should also suggest future experiments and/or point out those that are underway. [Times New Roman – 12 – normal].
  • References. The reference use American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition. The degree of sophistication of materials referred to in the span of 10 years. The references are expected to be 80% of the primary sources originated from the national and international journals. Cite the main scientific publications on which your work is based. Cite only items that you have read. Do not inflate the manuscript with too many references. Avoid excessive self-citations. Avoid excessive citations of publications from the same region. Check each reference against the original source (authors name, volume, issue, year, DOI Number). Please use Reference Manager Applications like Mendeley and Zotero. Use other published articles in the same journal as models. [Times New Roman – 12 – normal].


Book :

Heck, R. H. (2004). Studying Educational and Social Policy - Theoretical Concepts and Research Methods. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Barrow, R., & Woods, R. (2006). An Introduction to Philosophy of Education (4th ed.). New York: Routledge.

Russell, B. (2010). Education and the Social Order. London: Routledge.

Journal :

Hawkman, A. M. (2019). “Let’s try and grapple all of this”: A snapshot of racial identity development and racial pedagogical decision making in an elective social studies course. Journal of Social Studies Research, 43(3), 215–228.

Fitzpatrick, C., van Hover, S., Cornett, A., & Hicks, D. (2019). A DBQ in a multiple-choice world: A tale of two assessments in a unit on the Byzantine Empire. Journal of Social Studies Research, 43(3), 199–214.

Hawley, T. S., & Whitman, G. M. (2020). Fear and learning in student teaching: Accountability as gatekeeper in social studies. Journal of Social Studies Research, 44(1), 105–115.


Mokshein, S. E. (2019). Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Malaysia: Policy, Program and Evaluation. 3rd International Conference on Current Issues in Education (ICCIE 2018), 326(ICCIE 2018), 6–12.

Dutt, A., & Ismail, M. A. (2019). Can We Predict Student Learning Performance from LMS Data? A Classification Approach. 3rd International Conference on Current Issues in Education (ICCIE 2018), 326(ICCIE 2018), 24–29.

Supriyanta, E. Y., Mustadi, A., Wangid, M. N., & Suhardi. (2019). Sociocultural-Based Reflective Picture Storybook: Urgency in Social Skill Development. 3rd International Conference on Current Issues in Education (ICCIE 2018), 326(ICCIE 2018), 162–166.

Tables and Figures

The relationship between the tables or figures and the text should be clear. Authors must explain what the readers should look for when using tables or figures. All tables and picture captions are written with text. The arrangement and placement of tables and figures must refer to the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition about tables and figures. Tables and figures must be placed at the top or bottom of the page, not in the middle. Examples of how to display data in the form of tables or figures can be seen on the article template below.