Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Bahastra is a high quality open access peer reviewed research journal that is published by Department of Indonesian language and literature education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Ahmad Dahlan University. Bahastra is providing a platform for the researchers, academicians, professional, practitioners and students to impart and share knowledge in the form of high quality empirical and theoretical research papers, case studies, literature reviews and book reviews on education. Bahastra welcomes and acknowledges high quality theoretical and empirical original research papers, case studies, review papers, literature reviews, book reviews, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, technical note about education at any topic from researchers, academicians, professional, practitioners and students from all over the world.

This journal focuses on research or literature review in the following areas. 1. Education Indonesian language and literature, 2. Evaluation of the teaching of Indonesian language and literature, 3. Study of Linguistics (Indonesian), 4. A review of Literature Indonesia.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are read by the editorial board. Those manuscripts evaluated by editors to be inappropriate to journal criteria are rejected promptly without external review. Manuscripts evaluated to be of potential interest to our readership are sent to double blind reviewers. The editors then make a decision based on the reviewer recommendation from among several possibilities: rejected, require major revision, need minor revision, or accepted.

For writers who want to submit the manuscript publication is expected to pay attention to the following rules:

  1. The article is not a plagiarism of other people's work.
  2. Article sent has never been published and not under consideration for publication in another journal.
  3. Articles should be sent according to the Bahastra template


Publication Frequency

This journal is published two times a year (April and October)


Open Access Policy

This journal is an open access journal which provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full text of all published articles without charge readers or their institutions for access. Readers have right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all articles in Bahastra. 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.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Every article published in the "Bahastra" was an original manuscript, not published double, does not contain elements of plagiarism and has been through a peer review process to ensure the quality of the articles in order to contribute to in the field of Indonesian language and literature education.

The editing team did not reveal any personal information about the manuscript to anyone other than the author, and upholds the objectivity in making decisions publishing articles.

Section A: Publication and authorship • All submitted papers are subject to strict peer-review process by at least two international reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper. • Review process are blind peer review. • The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability and language. • The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection. • If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted. • Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed. • The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. • No research can be included in more than one publication.

Section B: Authors’ responsibilities • Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work. • Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere. • Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. • Authors must participate in the peer review process. • Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes. • All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research. • Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic. • Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest. • Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript. • Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors.

Section C: Reviewers’ responsibilities • Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information. • Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author • Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments • Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. • Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge. • Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Section D: Editors’ responsibilities • Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. • Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication. • Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication. • Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record. • Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed. • Editors should have a clear picture of a research’s funding sources. • Editors should base their decisions solely one the papers’ importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication’s scope. • Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason. • Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers. • Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines. • Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain. • Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem. • Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions, they should have proof of misconduct. • Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.


Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

Policy of Screening for Plagiarism
Papers submitted to the BAHASTRA will be screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck/iThenticate plagiarism detection tools. BAHASTRA will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

Before submitting articles to reviewers, those are first checked for similarity/plagiarism tool, by a member of the editorial team. The papers submitted to the BAHASTRA must have a similarity level of less than 20% (Exclude Bibliography), and the similarity score to each source is no more than 5%.

Plagiarism is the exposure of another person’s thoughts or words as though they were your own, without permission, credit, or acknowledgment, or because of failing to cite the sources properly. Plagiarism can take diverse forms, from literal copying to paraphrasing the work of another. To accurately judge whether an author has plagiarized, we emphasize the following possible situations:

  • An author can literally copy another author’s work- by copying word by word, in whole or in part, without permission, acknowledge or citing the original source. This practice can be identified by comparing the original source and the manuscript/work who is suspected of plagiarism.
  • Substantial copying implies an author to reproduce a substantial part of another author, without permission, acknowledge, or citation. The substantial term can be understood both in terms of quality as quantity, being often used in the context of Intellectual property. Quality refers to the relative value of the copied text in proportion to the work as a whole.
  • Paraphrasing involves taking ideas, words, or phrases from a source and crafting them into new sentences within the writing. This practice becomes unethical when the author does not properly cite or does not acknowledge the original work/author. This form of plagiarism is the more difficult form to be identified.