Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat (JPU) [Indonesian Journal of Indigenous Psychology] is a peer-reviewed scientific journal in Psychology that publishes empirical based research articles of various topics related to psychology, particularly topics that emphasize indigenous values and cultures of Indonesia.

Journal Psikologi Ulayat (JPU) is accredited with "SINTA 3" by the Directorate General of Higher Education Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Indonesia (no: 21/E/KPT/2018) on 9 July 2018. 

JPU is published by Konsorsium Psikologi Ilmiah Nusantara (KPIN). JPU is aimed to facilitate communication, dissemination, and enhancement of ideas within scholars in the field of psychology by showcasing high-quality works. Despite having a particular focus on the applications of psychology in the Indonesian cultural contexts, JPU is also an outlet for the contributions of social scientists around the world whose studies are related to Indonesian or Asian studies. 


Submissions of wide ranges of empirical research in psychology are welcome, with a particular interest of articles featuring the cultural and cross-cultural aspects through comparative studies or the application of psychology in certain cultural contexts. Students and scientists are welcome to submit their works. In particular, JPU accept articles from the following subthemes:


  1. Cultural Psychology,
  2. Social Psychology,
  3. Interpersonal Relationships,
  4. Dynamics within Organizational settings,
  5. Developmental Psychology,
  6. Development of Psychological Instruments,
  7. Educational Psychology,
  8. Clinical Psychology,
  9. Politic Psychology.


While JPU is aimed to be accessible for both early and established scientists, JPU currently accepts two forms of articles:

  1. Research Reports– empirical studies (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods approach). We welcome empirical study reports that have significant contributions towards the understanding of the phenomena, regardless the results being significant or not, as long as the methods are appropriate and robust. Replication studies are also acceptable. 
  2. Literature Reviews – critical analysis of particular phenomena. Submissions to literature review article are only upon editors’ invitations. Should you have literature review articles that you deem would be particularly fit to JPU, please consult to our editor in chief prior making online submission and the decision would be based on discretion of the editorial board. Please note that upon positive response of the editorial board, submission process of literature review articles would be treated in similar way with the regular submission, which means the manuscript would still undergo blind peer review processes.  

To enable the widest accessible readers of the published articles, JPU is currently indexed in:


All published articles are registered with DOI.


Section Policies


We welcome empirical study reports that have significant contributions towards the understanding of the phenomena, regardless the results being significant or not, as long as the methods are appropriate and robust. Replication studies are also acceptable.

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Literature Review

Literature review article focuses on the critical analysis of particular phenomena. However, submissions to this type of article are only accepted by the Editors’ invitations. 

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Peer Review Process

Initial screening by JPU’s editor is conducted on every submitted manuscript to determine the appropriateness with the scope and the nature of the journal. Editor then decide whether the submission is appropriate to be sent for review. Initial recommendation to revise the manuscript may be given by the editor prior sending it for review processes. The initial screening process is usually less than a week. 


Submissions that are considered eligible for review processes will then be assigned to a minimum of two independent reviewers through double-blind peer review process. The editor will then make an editorial decision based on the reviewers’ comments and recommendation. There are four possible decisions:


  • ACCEPT as is,
  • MINOR REVISION (with no additional review round),
  • MAJOR REVISION (with additional review round of the revised draft),


We aimed for the submission to have an editorial decision within 3 months, although this timeframe is highly dependent on the availability of the assigned reviewers. 


Copyediting process will begin upon manuscript acceptance and only after the author(s) submitted the signed informed consent for publication, which will be provided along with the acceptance notification email from the Editor.


Publication Frequency

This journal is published 2 times per year.


Open Access Policy

JPU provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public and to support a greater global exchange of knowledge.


JPU does not charge author fee for submission and publication of articles. 



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Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat (JPU) is currently indexed in:


Publication Ethics

All involving parties of the publication process of Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat: Indonesian Journal of Indigenous Psychology (Editors, Reviewers, Authors) must adhere to the ethics of scientific publication. Our publication ethics is mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011). 



General Duties and Responsibilities

The editor is accountable for everything published in the journals, which implies the consequences to strive to meet the needs of readers and authors, constantly improve the journal, ensure freedom of expression, preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and maintain the integrity of the academic record.

The editor is responsible to maintain neutrality and independence from personal values while treating article submissions.


Editorial Decisions

The editor is responsible to decide which submissions are eligible to be published. Evaluations must be made based on the scientific merits of the submitted manuscripts, and must be free of the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnicity, citizenship, or political interests. The editorial decision must reflect significant contributions, originality, clarity, and novelty of the article and its relevance with the journal’s focus and scope. 

The editor should not reverse decisions to accept submissions unless serious problems are identified with the submission.


The editor and editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to other parties than the corresponding author and the publisher, as appropriate. Manuscript that are sent to reviewers and potential reviewers must be anonymous. 


Peer Reviewers

The editor must actively seek the opinions of reviewers with relevant expertise to improve and maintain the quality of the published articles. All submitted articles must be submitted for double blind peer-review prior being able to be published. 


Quality Assurance 

The editor should take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the published materials. The editor should encourage the authors to make appropriate improvements. 


Submissions by the Editor

The editor is allowed to submit his/her own work to the journal. However, the submission must be treated as a regular submission and must not be handled by the editor who authors the submission. 


Corrections and Retractions

The editor should make necessary steps to accommodate corrections and retractions of the published articles when significant errors are identified. 


Conflict of Interests

The editor should take reasonable actions to avoid handling submissions that has potential conflict of interests.  




Relevance of the Expertise

The reviewer should evaluate the assigned manuscript based on his or her expertise within the field. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to the research topics in a manuscript they are assigned to should notify the editor or decline the invitation to review. 

Contribution to Editorial Decisions 

Comments and recommendation by the reviewer assist the editor in making editorial decisions. Regardless the recommendation, comments should also be useful to serve authors in improving the paper. 



Assigned manuscripts for review must be treated as confidential documents and must not be disclosed to others without the editor’s consent. 


Reviewing Standard

Reviews should be conducted objectively, based on the merits of the paper and free from personal preference.


Reporting Published Article

The Reviewer is expected to notify the Editor should he or she suspects the assigned manuscript for review has been published elsewhere or is under consideration for publication in another journal.


Acknowledgement of Previous Works

The Reviewer is expected to refer the authors should relevant published works have not been cited in the reference section. 


Conflict of Interests

The Reviewer should not accept reviewing invitation of the manuscripts that he or she has conflicts of interests resulting from any connections with any of the authors or affiliations of the authors as expressed in the manuscript. 




Reporting Authorship

Authors should declare all contributing persons that meet criteria as Authors. The persons listed as contributing authors should have significant contribution in: 1). the process of collecting or interpreting data, 2). the preparation and writing of the manuscript, and 3). the accuracy and integrity of the scientific writing of the manuscript.

The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author is responsible to make sure that all co-authors have agreed to the submission for publication. 


Accuracy and Replicability

Authors should reflect an accurate work performed in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. The manuscript should contain sufficient information to allow other scholars in replicating the study. 


Data Access

Raw data may be asked to be provided during the review process, provided the data being anonymous, and therefore authors should have access towards the data reported in the manuscript. Authors should maintain accessibility to the data for at least ten years after publication. 


Acknowledgement of Sources

Authors must only submit entirely original works. Works of others that contributes to the study reported in the manuscript must be appropriately cited and acknowledged. Redundant or unnecessary citations must be avoided. 


Originality of the Work

Manuscripts that have been published as copyrighted materials cannot be submitted. Manuscripts under review by another journal also must not be submitted. The submitted manuscript must essentially reflect the originality of the work. 


Conflict of Interest

Authors should mention a statement disclosing any conflicts of interest that may potentially influence the results, interpretations, and justification of the findings. All funding sources should be disclosed.


Reporting Errors in Published Articles

It is the responsibility of the authors to notify the journal should they identify a significant error or inaccuracy of the published article. The journal will decide necessary steps to accommodate the authors’ report. 






Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from https://publicationethics.org/files/ Code%20of%20Conduct_2.pdf


Plagiarism Screening

JPU uses many platforms for plagiarism screening of every submission, including: Google Scholar and/or iThenticate Software


Corrections and Retractions

In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing, JPU does not alter articles after publication. In the case of serious errors or misconduct, however, JPU publishes corrections of serious errors that affect the article, but not fully invalidate the results. The correction note will be published and linked to the published article. The published article will be left as is, with no change.


Retractions is only possible if: 

  • There is a clear evidence that the presented findings are invalid and unreliable,
  • The article constitutes plagiarism,
  • The article has been published elsewhere,
  • The article reports unethical research.


The retraction note will be published and replace the retracted article.