Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journals of Government and Civil Society (JGCS) (p-ISSN 2579-4396, e-ISSN 2579-440X) aims to disseminate the conceptual thoughts or ideas and research outcomes that have been accomplished in the area of Government Science focusing on the primary issue as follows:

1. Local and Regional Government.

2. Governance;

3. Public Services;

4. Politics;

5. Democracy and Elections;

6. Civil Society;

7. Public Policy;


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. Every submitted article is independently reviewed by at least two peer-reviewer. The decision for publication, revision, or rejection is based upon their reports/recommendation. After being reviewed, there will be four kinds of editor decision based on reviewers’ recommendation:

  1. Accept Submission: The submission will be accepted without revisions.
  2. Revisions Required: The submission will be accepted after minor changes have been made.
  3. Resubmit for Review: The submission needs to be re-worked, but with significant changes, may be accepted. It will require a second round of review, however.
  4. Decline Submission: The submission will not be published in the journal.





Publication Frequency

The Journal of Government and Civil Society (JGCS) is published twice a year, in April (Issue 1) and October (Issue 2). More specifically, the process of publication schedule of Journal Government and Civil Society is as follows:

• Article Submission

      Issue 1 (November - March)

      Issue 2 (May - August)

• Review Process Articles

Issue 1 (January - March)

Issue 2 (July - September)

• Revised article

Issue 1 (February - April)

Issue 2 (August - October)


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. All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. We are continuously working with our author communities to select the best choice of license options, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0).



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Plagiarism Check

Articles submitted to the Journal of Government and Civil Society will be filtered first to avoid plagiarism using Plagiarism Checker Software and Google-based search engines. The decision on the manuscript for the next process depends very much on the level of originality and the level of similarity of the articles received with other previously published articles.



The papers published in Journal of Government and Civil Society will be considered to be retracted 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 cross referencing and permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication).
  3. It constitutes plagiarism.
  4. It reports unethical research.

The mechanism of retraction follow the Retraction Guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) which can be accessed at https://publicationethics.org



Withdrawal of Manuscripts

Author is not allowed to withdraw submitted manuscripts, because the withdrawal is waste of valuable resources that editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscript, money and works invested by the publisher. If author still requests withdrawal of his/her manuscript when the manuscript is still in the peer-reviewing process, author will be punished with paying IDR 1.000.000,- per manuscript, as withdrawal penalty to the publisher. However, it is unethical to withdraw a submitted manuscript from one journal if accepted by another journal. The withdrawal of manuscript after the manuscript is accepted for publication, author will be punished by paying IDR 1.500.000,- per manuscript. Withdrawal of manuscript is only allowed after withdrawal penalty has been fully paid to the Publisher.


Hardcopy Order

For requests the journal hardcopy can be through an email journalgcs@gmail.com bearing the subject line "Request for hardcopy" with the description of the issue requested.

Rp. 130.000,-/US$ 10 per Exemplar + Shipping Fee (Author; Maximum 2 Exemplars)

Rp. 150.000,-/ US$ 12.5 per Exemplar + Shipping Fee (Intitutional Order)

  • Average production time is 2 weeks.
  • Orders delivered to you via Pos Indonesia courier worldwide shipping service within 4 business days. We can track your shipment status at any time.



Journal of Government and Civil Society is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. (CC BY-SA 4.0). This license allows for anyone to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially as long as they credit you for the original creation.