Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by Master Program of Sociology, Universitas Malikussaleh, Aceh Utara, Indonesia

Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) emphasizes on the study of current social, political and humanities issues in the Asian region in general and specifically in Indonesia, both in empirical and literature studies.

This Journal specializes in studying the theories and practices of Social-Humanities and Politics and intends to express original research and current issues. This journal welcomes the contributions of scholars from related fields warmly that consider the following general topics;

  • Sociology and Economics
  • Anthropology and Culture
  • Politics and Governance
  • Law and policy
  • Media, Journalism and Communication
  • Arts and Philosophy
  • Management and Business
  • Education and Society
  • Conflict, Peace and Social Changes
  • History and Social Movement
  • Psychology, and Behaviour
  • Tourism and Sustainable Development


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Submissions that are sent for review are subject to a rigorous double-blind review process. At least two subject-matter experts will review submissions that pass the desk rejection phase.

Everyone involved in the review process will hold all information contained in the paper as confidential until publication. Once reviewers are obtained they are usually asked to submit their review within four weeks.

Unfortunately, the process of finding willing subject-matter experts to review submissions is getting more and more difficult. So, the process of securing reviewers often adds weeks to the total review process.


Publication Frequency

The MSPR publishes with a frequency of biannually a year, May, and November.


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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Publication Ethics

Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) is a open-access, peer-reviewed international journal. This journal follows guidelines from Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) facing all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. This statement clarifies ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the author, the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board, the peer-reviewer­­­­­ and the publisher (Malikussaleh University). Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) and Malikussaleh University Journals are dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable, and the journals do not tolerate plagiarism in any form.

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Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR)  adapts COPE to meet high quality standard of ethics for publisher, editors, authors, and reviewers. As an essential issue, publication ethics needs to be explained clearly to improve the quality of the research worldwide. In this part, we explain the standard for editors, authors, and reviewers. Publisher don’t have right to interfere with the integrity of the contents and only support to publish in timely manner.

For Editors

  1. Based on the review report of the editorial review board, the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript.
  2. Editors should be responsible for every articles published in Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR)
  3. The editors may communicate with other editors or reviewers in making the final decision.
  4. An editor has to evaluate the manuscript objectively for publication, judging each on its quality without looking to nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, religion, gender, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the authors. He/she should decline his/her assignment when there is a potential of conflict of interest.
  5. Editors need to ensure the document sent to the reviewer does not contain the information of the author, vice versa.
  6. Editors’ decision should be informed to authors accompanied by reviewers’ comments unless they contain offensive or libelous remarks.
  7. Editors should respect requests from authors that an individual should not review the submission, if these are well-reasoned and practicable.
  8. Editors and all staffs should guarantee the confidentiality of the submitted manuscript.
  9. Editors will be guided by COPE flowcharts if there is a suspected misconduct or disputed authorship.

For Reviewers

Reviewers need to comment on ethical questions and possible research and publication misconduct.

  1. Reviewers will do the work in timely manner and should notify editor if they can not complete the work.
  2. Reviewers need to keep the confidentiality of the manuscript.
  3. Reviewers should not accept to review the manuscripts in which there is potential conflict of interest between them and any of the authors.

For Authors

  1. Author(s) affirm that the material has not been previously published and that they have not trans­ferred elsewhere any rights to the article.
  2. Author(s) should ensure the originality of the work and they have properly cited others’ work in accordance of the references format.
  3. Author(s) should not engage in plagiarism nor self-plagiarism.
  4. Author(s) should ensure that they follow the authorship criteria that are taken from Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) that is explained in instruction for author of Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR).
  5. Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.
  6. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors.
  7. The author(s) haven’t suggested any personal information that may make the identity of the patient recognizable in any forms of description part, photograph or pedigree.
  8. Author(s) should give the editor the data and details of the work, if there are suspicions of data falsification or fabrication.
  9. If at any point of time, the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.
  10. Authors of the journal should clarify everything that may cause conflict of interests such as work, research expenses, consul­tant expenses, and intellectual property on the document of Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) form disclosure.


The Editors of Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR)  and Malikussaleh University Journals make every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information (the “Content”) contained in its publications. However, the Editors of Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) and Malikussaleh University Journals make no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness or suitability for any purpose of the Content and disclaim all such representations and warranties whether express or implied to the maximum extent permitted by law. Any views expressed in this publication are the views of the authors and are not necessarily the views of the Editors of Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR).


Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

All manuscripts must be free from plagiarism contents. All authors are suggested to use plagiarism detection software to do the similarity checking. Editors check the plagiarism detection of articles in this journal by using a Plagiariscm Checker software.


References Management

Every manuscript submitted to Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) the author should use references management software. e.g Mendeley or Zotero, etc to make it easier to set the library format requested by MSPR. The library format (citation format) for MSPR is APA style.

Submitted manuscript that do not use the APA style will be rejected in the initial selection process. So before submitting, please make sure that author to use the APA citation style.


Copy Editing and Proofreading

Every manuscript accepted by Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) to be an object to Grammerly writing-enhancement program conducted by Editorial Board.


Correction and Retraction Policies

The papers published in the Malikussaleh Social and Political Reviews (MSPR) will be considered to retract in the publication if :

  1. They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error)
  2. the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication)
  3. it constitutes plagiarism
  4. it reports unethical research

The mechanism of retraction follows the Retraction Guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) which can be accessed at https://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines.pdf.