About the Journal


Journal of Social Development Studies (JSDS) publishes peer-reviewed articles on all social development issues that are widely scattered both in Indonesia and wide-globe region countries. The journal aims to encourage the knowledge sharing activities between academics, scholars and practitioners in this field. Moreover, the journal is published since 2020 and managed by the Department of Social Development and Welfare, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada twice per year, in March and September. The journal focuses on three main area of discussions: community empowerment, corporate social responsibility, and social policy. The journal welcomes papers that discuss the following themes: Social Movement and Empowerment; Human Rights, Citizenship and Development; Social Entrepreneurship; Community Development Theories, Approaches and Methods; Community Organization and Participation; Socio-cultural, Environmental and Economic Development; Industrial Relations; Decent Work; Education and Social Policy; Health Insurance and Policy; Social Protection; Wellbeing, Welfare, and Development; Poverty and Social Justice; Social Inclusion; Gender, Family and Development; Digital Technology and Development; Welfare Regime.


Manuscripts that have been submitted to Journal of Social Development Studies (JSDS) will be selected and assessed by the Editorial Board concerning whether the manuscript is suitable to the writing instructions, and the focus and scope of JSDS. If it is not corresponding with the authorship instructions, the manuscript will be returned directly to the author for revision and re-adjusted to the existing provisions. However, if the contents in the manuscript are not corresponding to the focus and scope of JSDS, the manuscript will be immediately rejected and not continued at the next review stage by the Editorial Board.

After the authors revise the manuscript and suitable with the JSDS authorship instructions, the manuscript will be continued to the peer-review process. At this stage the manuscript will be distributed to two reviewers who are experts in the field of science relevant to the contents of the substance of the manuscript. This process will take around 3-4 weeks from the submission of the manuscript to the reviewers. The results of this peer review process will be divided into 4 decision categories, including:

1. Manuscript accepted without any revision of the substance of the manuscript.

2. Manuscript accepted with minor revisions: Reviewers will provide comments on the results of his review and then revised again by the author. Manuscripts that will be reconsidered for publication purposes if the author revises the manuscript following the reviewers' comments, has been declared to be re-accepted by reviewers and sends revision results before the deadline determined by the Editor's Board.

3. Manuscript accepted with major revisions: Reviewers will provide the results of his review in the form of comments related to the core parts of the substance of the manuscript, as in the data analysis section, and the theory used. Manuscripts that will be reconsidered for publication purposes if the author revises the manuscript following the reviewers' comments, has been declared to be re-accepted by reviewers and sends revision results before the deadline determined by the Editor's Board.

4. Manuscript rejected: Reviewers do not recommend texts for further consideration for publication purposes.

It should be emphasized here that the decision of the reviewers will greatly influence the decision of the Editorial Board to determine whether the text is suitable for publication or not. Manuscripts that have been declared accepted for publication by the Editorial Board will be reconfirmed to the author to ensure the author's identity is correct and at the same time request confirmation of his willingness to be published on JSDS.


The following statements describe the ethical policies that apply to all parties involved in the process of publishing the manuscript in the Journal of Social Development Studies (writer, editor, and reviewer).

Obligations for Authors

1. Writing Standard

The author must present the results of the research accurately and objectively. The manuscript must contain references that allow others to replicate them. False or inaccurate informative statements which are made deliberately by the author are unacceptable and categorized as ethical violations.

2. Originality and Plagiarism

The author is obliged to ensure the originality of the manuscript. If the author uses the results of research and/or words from other authors, the author is required to cite or quote it.

3. Data Access and Storage

The author is asked to provide raw data, which relates to his writing, to the editorial board when needed as consideration for decision making in publishing.

4. Repeated, Simultaneous, or Multiple Publications

Authors are not allowed to publish manuscripts in more than one journal at the same time. The act was considered to violate ethics and could not be accepted.

5. Authorship in Scientific Articles

Authors included in the manuscript are only for those who have a significant contribution in conceptualizing, designing, executing, and / or writing the script. All who have a significant role must be included as co-authors. While those who participated in certain sections of the study must be included in the acknowledgment section.

6. Special Notification and Conflict of Interest

All writers are obliged to notify the possibility of potential conflicts resulting from the publication of the manuscript being published.

7. Fundamental Mistakes in Publication

When the writer finds significant errors or inaccuracies in his publication, the author must notify the editor or publisher to revise the manuscript.

8. Risks to Humans and Animals

If the research involves the use of chemicals, procedures or equipment that are harmful in their use, the author is obliged to clarify the matter in the contents of the manuscript.

Obligations for Editors

1. Fair Judgment

The editor evaluates the text regardless of race, religion, gender, citizenship, or the political thinking background of the author.

2. Confidentiality
Editors and editorial staff are not permitted to disseminate information on submission and review processes other than to the corresponding author, reviewer, editorial responsibility, and publisher.

3. Special Notification

All parts of the submitted text must not be used for the editor's personal interest without agreement with the author.

4. Decision of Publication

The editorial board is obliged to determine the manuscript to be published. The publishing decision is determined based on the rules made by the editorial board, especially regarding aspects of the suitability of the scope of the study and the legality of the writing (copyright and plagiarism).

5. Manuscript Review

The editor must evaluate the originality aspects of the manuscript. Editors are required to use peer review fairly and wisely. The editor must explain the peer-review process to the author and also notes the results of the review that has been carried out. The editor must choose reviewers who are in line with the theme of the script and are neutral from all interests.

Obligations of Reviewers

1. Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Reviewers assist the editorial board in determining editorial decisions in the publication process and assist authors in improving the quality of scientific writing.

2. Willingness of Reviewer

Any prospective reviewers who feel cannot review a manuscript or is unable to attend the peer review process must submit his inability to the editorial board.

3. Confidentiality

Reviewers are prohibited for showing and discussing the contents of the manuscript to anyone other than the editor. The reviewer must maintain the confidentiality of the content of the manuscript received.

4. Special Notification

Reviewers are prohibited from using the contents of the articles of the article being reviewed for personal gain.

5. Objectivity Standards and Conflict of Interest

Reviewers are required to review the text neutrally regardless of the race, religion, gender, citizenship, or political background of the author. Any form of personal criticism is not permitted.