Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

RETORIKA: Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pengajarannya publishes manuscripts on research in language teaching, literature, and linguistics. RETORIKA: Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pengajarannya features research novelties and significance for science advancement in one of the fields of the published manuscripts. This journal welcomes submissions from around the world as well as from Indonesia. Manuscripts published including.

Linguistics; phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and critical discourse analysis

Literature: local literature studies, Indonesian literature, foreign literature studies, children literature, literature studies for character education, and other literature studies.

Indonesian Linguistics and Literature: curriculum development, learning methods, learning materials, learning media, assessment, Indonesian language learning across curricula, information and communications technology in Indonesian language learning, language skills, and other Indonesian language learning analyses.

The editorial board would like to receive manuscripts submitted via online submission system. Authors hoping to publish research in this journal should make sure that the manuscripts meet the scope and submission guidelines of the journal. For more detailed information, please refer to the terms and conditions of RETORIKA: Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pengajarannya.



Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts sent to RETORIKA undergo two review processes. Papers are first screened by the editors to ensure that the submission guidelines have been met. If a submission passes through the first review process, it will be assigned to reviewers while for those which do not pass the process will be returned to the authors. 

Each article is reviewed by two independent reviewers through a blind review process. Reviewers would evaluate the manuscript substances, including the research originality, novelty, methodology, and contribution to science. Reviewers are responsible to make a decision on the article status based on the results of the evaluation. If reviewers do not agree each other, the editors would ask the third reviewer’s opinion. The results of the review would be sent by the editors back to the author with a note (one of the following): accepted without revision, accepted after major revision, accepted after minor revision, rejected. 

The review process until final decision lasts within 4-8 weeks. However, the review process may take longer depending on the reviewers’ responses and the review cycle. Manuscripts sent back to RETORIKA after revision can be reassigned to the reviewers according to the reviewers’ availability, editors’ decision, and the number of revisions to be made.



Publication Frequency

RETORIKA is issued semiannually: in February and August.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Manuscripts submitted to RETORIKA must be free from plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification. Authors are required to use an application for plagiarism check. The similarity level of a submission must be under five percent. To avoid plagiarism, authors need to quote from other parties. Auto-plagiarism is also forbidden.

Authors need to send an article along with the declaration that it has not published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The form can be downloaded in Declaration Form.

Before accepted, the manuscript is tested plagiarism using grammarly applications that are accessed online https://www.grammarly.com/


Review Guidlines

RETORIKA: Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pengajarannya would really appreciate the reviewers’ to spend time on evaluating manuscripts submitted to our journal. Before agreeing to it, reviewers need to note some things as follows. First, reviewers need to inform the editors if reviewed manuscripts are not included in their areas of expertise. Second, reviewers need to inform the editors if they do not have adequate time to finish the review process. Third, reviewers need to inform the editors if they have conflict of interest with the reviewed manuscripts. This information will help the editors to determine the status of a manuscript.

The review process of a manuscript is confidential. Reviewers are not allowed to make a contact with the author or provide information to other parties related to the manuscript being reviewed. If it is necessary to contact other parties for information, reviewers must let the editors know.

All articles submitted to RETORIKA must be free from plagiarism. Therefore, if a plagiarism practice is detected, reviewers need to contact the editors. So is the inaccuracy and use of dubious data. Reviewers are requested to evaluate articles based on a number of evaluative criteria, including novelty, clarity, quality, accuracy, relevance, and significance. Reviewers should review the articles objectively. Reviewers may leave comments on the manuscripts being reviewed in the form of review. These comments will help the author to develop their manuscript and improve their writing professionalism. Reviewers are also able to provide comments in the end of the Review Form.

After reviewing a manuscript, reviewers would be asked to make these following decisions: • Accepted • Accepted with revision • Revised and resubmit • Rejected


Publication Ethics

RETORIKA: Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pengajarannya publication ethics refer to Cope of Publication Ethic (COPE) set by Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI) through Peraturan Kepala LIPI Number 5 Year  2014 on Scientific Publication Ethics. COPE contracts all parties involved in RETORIKA manuscript publication processes: publisher, editors, reviewers, and authors. COPE RETORIKA concerns three principles underlying scientific publication ethics, including (1) neutrality, i.e. free from conflict of interests, (2) fairness, i.e. provision of authors’ rights, and (3) honesty, i.e. free from duplication, fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.  

In relation to COPE LIPI (Peraturan Kepala LIPI Number 5 Year 2014 on Scientific Publication Ethics), there are four pillars of scientific publication that need to be referred to: (1) practices related to publisher tasks, that include establishing policy and publication programs, facilitating editors and reviewers work, respecting editors and reviewers decision, as well as determining sponsors and selecting the third parties. In publication practices, publisher is obliged to guarantee submissions which comply with the Scientific Publication Ethics as a whole. In terms of sponsorship, publisher needs to make sure that sponsors and the third parties do not complicate rewards and influence journal policy and programs; (2) practices associated with editors tasks, that include making a decision related to the publication of the manuscript, regulating reviews of the manuscript, as well as assuring the fairness of the results of the manuscript reviews, the confidentiality of the content, and protecting it from manuscript manipulation. (3) practices related to reviewers tasks, that include reviewing manuscripts either openly or in private, checking the accuracy and the authenticity of data sources, references, and concepts, as well as the objectivity of the content, and performing a neutral review. (4) practices related to authors tasks, that are to examine practices related to authors tasks including the authority of the manuscript, the statement of the originality of the manuscript, the detection of the manuscript duplication possibility, the acknowledgement of sponsorship, authority statements, and the statement of the sources of research funding.

Followings are rules and responsibilities of the publisher, editors, reviewers, and authors in details.

General Duties and Responsibilities of the Publisher

  1. Determine journal name, scopes, and accreditation status when necessary
  2. Select editorial board members
  3. Define the relationship between publisher, editors, reviewers and other parties involved in the contract
  4. Appreciate confidentiality for contributing researchers, authors, editors, and reviewers
  5. Apply norms and conditions related to intellectual richness, especially copyright
  6. Do review the journal policy and deliver it to the authors, editorial board, reviewers, and readers
  7. Establish a guide to ethics for the editors and reviewers
  8. Publish journal articles regularly
  9. Ensure the availability of sponsorship for journal publication
  10. Build cooperation and marketing networks
  11. Prepare permissions and other legal aspects

  General Duties and Responsibilities of the Editors

  1. Meet the needs of readers and authors
  2. Seek to improve the sustained quality of the publication
  3. Apply processes to ensure the quality of the published manuscripts
  4. Put forward freedom to express opinions objectively
  5. Maintain the integrity of authors’ academic tracks  
  6. Submit corrections, clarifications, withdrawals, and apologies when necessary
  7. Be responsible for the manuscript styles and format; however, the content and all statements are authors’ responsibility
  8. Actively ask for opinions from the authors, reviewers, and members of the editorial board to enhance the quality of the publication
  9. Encourage assessment for findings published in the journal
  10. Support the initiative to reduce research and publication errors by requesting authors to attach Ethical Clearance form which has been approved by the Ethical Clearance Commission
  11. Support the initiative to educate researchers about publication ethics
  12. Review the effects of publication policy on authors and reviewers’ attitudes to promote responsibility and minimize errors
  13. Be open minded towards new ideas or perspectives that might contradict their own
  14. Make objective decisions by avoiding being persistent to particular opinions (of editors, of authors, or of third parties
  15. Encourage authors to revise manuscripts until they are published

General Duties and Responsibilities of the Reviewers

  1. Review manuscripts assigned by the editors and send the results back to them as the consideration for publication
  2. Review manuscripts within the given time and according to the submission guidelines and scientific publication principles (data collection method, authors legality, conclusion, etc.)
  3. Re-review manuscripts which have been revised by the authors based on the predetermined standards
  4. Encourage authors to revise manuscripts by providing critiques, suggestions, and recommendations
  5. Keep the authors’ privacy by not publishing the results of the review, suggestions, and recommendations  
  6. Do not review manuscripts written by themselves, both directly and indirectly

General Duties and Responsibilities of the Authors

  1. Make sure that the criteria of an author have been met
  2. Be responsible collectively for the content of the manuscripts including method, analysis, discussion, and details
  3. Mention research resources (including funding) both from direct and indirect supports
  4. Explain research limitations
  5. Provide feedback to the results of the review on time and professionally
  6. Inform the editors about a manuscript withdrawal
  7. Appreciate requests from the publisher for not publishing findings through interviews or other media before the manuscripts are published
  8. Inform the editors about manuscripts that belong to a longitudinal, multidisciplinary study (or written from different perspectives)



Manuscript Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission’s compliance with all of the following items. Submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The manuscript is a report of original research
  2. The manuscript has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration
  3. The manuscript file is in Microsoft Word.
  4. Where appropriate, URLs for the references are provided.
  5. The text is typed on A4 paper, 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.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. It is of particular importance that references are formatted as endnotes that follow APA style.
  7. The manuscriptThe manuscript includes author name(s), affiliations, and contact information.
  8. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia and English
  9. The lenght of manuscript is 4.000 to 6.000 words
  10. The structure of manuscript corresponds to the structure of rhetoric: title, abstract and key words, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, references.



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