Focus and Scope

The Journal of Decentralization and Public Policy (JDKP) develops studies relating to the issues of decentralization (political, administrative, fiscal, and economic) and public policy, both locally, regionally, and globally. 

Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer-Reviewed

Peer Review Process

  1. The author has a waiting period on the submission of the first article, the section editor will decide whether the article needs to be revised or not
  2. Section editors need time to examine the articles based on the JDKP author's guidelines
  3. The author has 7 days to revise the article consistent with the JDKP author guideline
  4. In the revised article given to the editor to be reviewed, the editorial team needs time to finish the review.
  5. The journal uses a double-blind review to review the articles that will be published.
  6. If the article Declined, section editor has 3 days to inform the author regarding the editorial team decision
  7. If the article Revision Required, the editorial team will proceed the article to the reviewer
  8. Reviewer has 30 days to review the article divided into two times review and provide the decision, Accepted or Declined
  9. The editorial team discusses the final decision in an editorial team meeting whether the articles recommended by the reviewers proceed to be Published or Declined. The editorial team has  30 days to make the final decision.
  10. The soon-to-be-published articles, lay-outed by the section editor for 20 days
  11. The author has 3 days to confirm the layout result.
  12. Section editor publishes the accepted articles.



Publication Frequency

JDKP will be published two times a year in March and September. The number of articles published in one year averages 12 articles


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.


Author Fees

Articel Processing Charge (APC) IDR 400.000


Publication Ethics

In respect to the quality of the publication, publishing violation, and plagiarism, the editorial board of JDKP (Jurnal Desentralisasi dan Kebijakan Publik) established a set of rules or publication ethics. The publication ethics apply to authors, reviewers, and editorial board.

1.    Author’s Responsibilities

  1. Reporting Standard: The author(s) must provide clear, reliable, and comprehensive information about the process and result of their research and save data securely. The report consisting of inaccurate information and fraudulence is unethical and unacceptable.
  2. Originality and Plagiarism: The author(s) is responsible to submit a self-written and original paper. The idea must be original, not plagiarized from the idea or papers of others, and never published elsewhere. The author must credit the original author when using their work for reference and is prohibited from illegally editing the name of the respective reference.
  3. Submission: author(s) is not allowed to submit their paper to any other publication to avoid possible multiple, duplicate, or concurrent publication. Simultaneous submission is unethical and may cause paper rejection.
  4. Writing Mistakes: The author(s) must inform the redactors in respect to any mistake found in their paper, whether it is the reviewing or editing result. Writing mistakes include but not limited to names, affiliation, reference, and others which may distort the meaning of the content. If such a case happened, authors are allowed to suggest for paper revision.
  5. Avoid Conflict of Interests: author(s) must understand about scientific publication ethics to avoid conflict of interests with other parties to ensure that their paper is safe to publish. 

2.    Editors’ Responsibilities

  1. Publishing Decision: editor(s) is responsible to supervise the review process in a thorough, transparent, objective, fair, and thoughtful manner. The process becomes the foundation for the editor to make a decision of whether a paper will be admitted or rejected. In other words, the editor has a role in paper selection.
  2. Information of Publication: editor(s) ensures that the writing guide for authors can be accessed and read clearly, whether it is printed or electronic.
  3. Managing Paper Reviews: editor(s) is responsible to choose peer-reviewers, send the papers to them, and provide clear information about procedure and conditions of the review process for the selected peer-reviewers.
  4. Objectivity and Neutrality: editor(s) is objective, neutral, and truthful while editing papers without discriminating against the authors’ gender, interest, ethnic, religion, race, affiliation, and nationality.
  5. Confidentiality: editor(s) must keep information securely particularly in respect to the authors’ privacy and paper distribution.
  6. Avoid Conflict of Interests: editor(s) must understand publication ethics so that they can avoid conflict of interests and edit the paper according to the procedure.

3.    Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  1. Objectivity and Neutrality: reviewer(s) is fair, objective, unbiased, independent, and holding scientific truth as the main value. The review process is undertaken professionally without discriminating against the authors’ gender, interest, ethnic, religion, race, affiliation, and nationality.
  2. Clarity of Reference: reviewer(s) is responsible to ensure that the reference/quote is credible and in accordance with the writing guide. If the reviewer finds mistakes in reference/quote, they must inform the redactors who then contact the author for revision.
  3. The Effectivity of Peer-Review: reviewer(s) must process every paper sent by editorial board in a maximum of 2 weeks. An extension is possible only after the reviewer confirms it to the editorial board.
  4. Avoid Conflict of Interest: reviewer(s) must understand scientific publication ethics to avoid conflict of interests so that the publication takes place according to the procedure. 

4.    Editorial Board’s Responsibilities

  1. Decision-Making: journal manager/editorial board must announce vision and mission of the organization, particularly regarding policy-making and publication decision-making without self-interest.
  2. Autonomy: journal manager must encourage autonomy to reviewer and editor to create a comfortable working environment which keeps the privacy of author.
  3. Assurance and Promotion: journal manager must secure and protect intellectual property rights and promote the publication to the public to increase the journal impact.
  4. Avoid Conflict of Interest: journal manager must understand the scientific publication ethics so that the publication takes place according to the procedure.