Author Guidelines

1. Format for publications

Authors should mention the type of the submitted article, Research Article, Short Communication or Review Article.

1.1 Research article

Research article are original and innovative reports which represent the major advance in biochemistry or molecular biology with deep discussion in the understanding of a significant problem. They should have no more than 50 references. Research article usually typed between 3,000 ~ 5,000 words of text (including references, note and captions) are expected to present a major advance. Experimental procedure should be given in sufficient detail to support the reports.

1.2 Short communication

Short communication are short report that presenting preliminary result with potentially exceptional relevance or giving details of new models, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. Short communication article should be no more than 2500 words (including references, notes and captions) and must at least has 10 primary references.

1.3 Review article

Review article are summaries of excellent scientific research articles which deal with specific research area of high interest in any area that fall under biochemistry and molecular biology scope. Review article can be written up to 5000 words (including references, note and caption) and around 80% of references must be come from primary articles.


2. Manuscript submission

Manuscript should be written clear and simple so that they are accessible to readers in other disciplines. The decision of the publication will be notified to the authors using email or phone. Repeated submission of the same paper will not be acknowledged. All paper submission will be treated as confidential documents. Our peer review process is also confidential and the identities of reviewers are not released. Editor will decide who will review the article and it is not necessary to include reviewer provided by the author. Research paper that are selected for in-depth review are evaluated by at least two outside reviewers. Reviewers are contacted before we send the documents and asked to return comments within 1 to 2 weeks. Selected papers are edited to improve accuracy and clarity and for length. 

Editor makes decision about accepted papers as soon as possible. All manuscript are handled electronically troughout the consideration process. Authors will be informed within a week if the paper is not being considered.

3. Manuscript format

All manuscript should by typed in 1,5 line spacing and 12 point of Times New Roman font in A4 paper with margins 2,5 cm on all four sides. Use line numbers for all manuscript. Page numbers should be located at the right bottom. Tables and figures supporting the reports must be grouped and placed at the end of the manuscript (after the references).


Manuscript should be between 9 – 15 pages (including tables and figures).We only receive digital file of the manuscript (word file), authors must ensure that the PC used to write the manuscript is free of virus. All manuscript (research article and short communication) should be divided into the following headings:

  • Title page
  • Author’s information
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgement
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figures


Format for review article is the same as research article except “materials and methods” and “results” were replaced with “Review”.

3.1 Title Page

The title page should include complete manuscript title (no more than 25 words) and a short title which will be used as a “running head”. Short title should not exceed 60 characters including space.

3.2 Authors information

Authors information must include full name of each author (without title), the present address and department and institution in which the work was conducted. Add phone, fax numbers and E-mail address for the correspondence author.

3.3 Abstract

For original articles and new methods submissions, a structured abstract of no more than 250 words should use all of the following headings: Background, Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion. Author must avoid the use of abbreviation, acronym or measurement unless it is essential. Editor has the right to edit the abstract to improve the clarity.

3.4 Keywords

Author must provide 3 to 5 keyword written alphabetically.

3.5 Introduction

State the objectives of the study and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or to describe the results.

3.6 Methods

Methods should include relevant details on the materials and experimental design and techniques so that the experiments can be repeated. Names of products and manufacturers should be included only if alternate sources are deemed unsatisfactory. Novel experimental should be described in detail. If previous researcher method is used, please describe briefly that method and describe in detail if you make any modification to the procedure.

3.7 Results

These should be presented precisely without discussion of their importance. Do not duplicate information contained in tables and figures. Result must not contain any references.

3.8 Discussion

This should directly relate to the results of the study. Do not provide a general review of the topic.

3.9 Conclusion

You may state the main conclusion of your study. If possible, provide recommendations or suggestion for further research.

3.10 Acknowledgement

Acknowledgements should be made only to those who have made a substantial contribution to the study.

3.11 References

Acta Biochimica Indonesiana follows the vancouver citation style. References only list the published or accepted material for publication and should be at least 80% primary references (journal articles). Accepted article(s) but not yet published should be sent as manuscript appendix. Website, personal communications, unpublished data should be incorporated in the text in parentheses. Example: ... to search the similar gene with obtained DNA sequence, comparation for homology was done by BLAST search ( Personal communication need to be written with the initials surname of the source accompanied with the year of the statement, e.g., (William 2007, personal communication).

3.12 Tables

These should be typewritten, single-spaced, each one on a separate page and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Tables should include a short but concise title. Vertical and horizontal lines should be avoided in the tables. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, including any non-standard abbreviation. If data from another published or unpublished source are used, obtain permission and acknowledge fully. Numbers and table title are written in 10 point Times New Roman font.

3.13 Figures

Submit each figure as a separate file and in TIFF or EPS format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Number figures consecutively using Arabic numerals. Submit photographs scaled as near to printed size as possible. Arrows should be given to point certain objects. If magnification is significant, indicate using a bar on the print rather than a magnification factor in the figure legend (see “10. Example”). Give each figure a legend containing sufficient information to make the figure intelligible without the reader having to refer to the text. Key all the legends together. If a figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it.

3.14 Statistical graphs

Give standard deviation to every mean value. Authors that used Microsoft Excell Program need to give the raw data.

3.15 Abbreviations and Units

Generally, units must be abbreviated according to the International System of Units (SI units: It is important to maintain the capital letters and lower case letters as they appear in the abbreviation to avoid confusion with other abbreviations. In devising such abbreviations and symbols, the recommendations of the Nomenclature Committee of IUBMB and the IUPAC-IUBMB Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature (see should be followed as far as practicable.


Full instructions can also be seen in the document "INSTRUCTION FOR AUTHOR"


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file (.doc/x). Formatted as standard A4 page setup and has followed the instructions for the author.
  3. The text should be 1,5-spaced with 2,5 cm margin on all four sides. Use 12-point Times New Roman font.
  4. Complete information about author/s (first, middle, last name), author/s's affiliation, and email address of corresponding author.
  5. Abstract and Keywords.
    • Review article: ≤300 words
    • Research article: ≤250 words
    • Short communications: ≤250 words
  6. Order Manuscript Body (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgement, References,  Figures and Tables).
    • Review article: ≤5,000 words
    • Research article: ≤5,000 words
    • Short communications: ≤2500 words
  7. Decimal fraction is written in English version (for thousand use point (,) and decimal use comma (.)).
  8. References must be according to the Vancouver Systems. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
    • Review article: ≤50 references
    • Research article: ≤40 references
    • Short communications: ≤10 references
  9. Authors can express all measurements in Conventional or International System (SI) units. Drug names must use generic names. When proprietary brands are used in research, include the brand name, the name and location (city & country) of the manufacturer in parentheses after the first mention of the generic name.

Copyright Notice

The article, if editorially accepted for publication, shall be licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). In line with Acta Biochimica Indonesiana's Open Data Policy. Copyright and publishing rights (other than the right of first publishing) are retained by the author, without any restrictions.


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