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

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Issues of Journal of Oral Traditions are generally divided into three segments, each of which contains different categories of material with different lengths. Critical articles should be between 5000-7000 words, while creative pieces should not exceed 6000 words for prose, fiction and drama, and 3 pages for poetry. Book reviews should be about 1500 words in length.

The author’s name, institutional affiliation and mailing addresses (email and postal) should be given on the title page of the manuscript only to facilitate blind reviewing. Manuscripts should be double-spaced on A4 sized paper with margins of 1.25” on both the right and left side of the page and 1” on the top and bottom of the page. Each paragraph should be indented. All quotations in the main text should consistently be in double quotation marks. Titles of books and plays should be italicized throughout, while titles of poems, articles and short stories should be in double quotation marks. References should be parenthetical, and manuscripts should include a list of works cited and brief endnotes (if any).

Contributors should also include a brief abstract of content between 150 and 250 words for each critical article and a synopsis of about 150 words for each creative writing piece. This should be followed by a maximum of 6 key words in the article, and a brief biographical statement of the author (85 words maximum).

Submissions as well as all inquiries, including inquiries regarding book reviews, should be sent to oraltraditions@ipmi.or.id or by regular mail to: 

The Editor

Institut Pemberdayaan Masyarakat Indonesia


Jalan Ayahanda No.43 B-C

Sei Putih Baru

Kec. Medan Petisah

Kota Medan

Sumatera Utara

Indonesia - 20118

Journal of Oral Traditions is published online biannually at https://oraltraditions.ipmi.or.id in October and April. Materials should be submitted for consideration at least 6 months before the targeted date of publication.

We do not accept work published previously or submitted concurrently for publication elsewhere.

Spelling and Punctuation: For the purpose of consistency, the Journal requires contributors to use the British spelling throughout, except in cited texts. Double quotation marks should be used all through, except in the case of a quotation within a quotation, where single quotation marks should be used. All punctuation, except colon and semi-colon, should be inside the quotation marks consistently in the manuscript.

Quotations: Any quoted piece that exceeds twenty-five words should be clearly separated from the main text by indenting the left margin. Spelling and punctuation marks are to be retained exactly as in the original text. Poetry, diagrams, line drawings etc. are to be reproduced as their original layouts. The name of the author, the title, the page number and the date of the cited work should be indicated in brackets at the end of each citation. 

Notes: For bibliographical materials, parenthetical referencing should be used. Please keep all other notes to a minimum. They should appear as endnotes, consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3 etc.) and listed under “Notes” before “Works Cited.”

References: “Works Cited” will list full bibliographical references. The Journal asks contributors to observe the Modern Language Association Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (MLA) convention. Full details can be found at http://www.mla.org/. Examples are as follows:

Book by a Single Author: Kaku, Michio. Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes. New York: Oxford UP, 1994.

An Anthology or a Compilation: Nichols, Fred J., ed. An Anthology of Neo-Latin Poetry. New Haven: Yale UP, 1979.

Two or More Books by the Same Author: Frye, Northrop. Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957.

 ---, ed. Design for Learning: Reports Submitted to the Joint Committee of the Toronto Board of Education and the University of Toronto. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1962.

A Book by Two or More Authors: Jakobson, Roman and Linda R. Waugh. The Sound Shape of Language. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1979.

An Anonymous Book: Encyclopaedia of Virginia. New York: Somerset, 1993.

An Article in a Scholarly Journal: Scotto, Peter. “Censorship, Reading, and Interpretation: A Case Study from the Soviet Union.” PMLA 109 (1994): 61-70.

Weiringa, Saskia. “The Birth of the New Order State in Indonesia: Sexual Politics and Nationalism.” Journal of Women’s History 15.1 (Spring 2003): 70-91.

Material from Electronic Journals: Smyth, David. “Suchart Sawatsi: Thailand’s First Man of Letters.” Journal of Oral Traditions 1.1 (2007). Online address. Internet. Date accessed.

An Article in a Newspaper: Feder, Barnaby J. “For Job Seekers, a Toll-Free Gift of Expert Advice.” New York Times 30 Dec. 1993: 15.  

(The above are examples only and may not be factually accurate.)

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