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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted will be subject to re-views by an editorial team board and a peer reviewer who are experts and familiar with the relevant field of research. After review process, the Managing Editor will inform the authors of the acceptance, rejection or necessity of revision of the manuscript.


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.


Paper Format


The word limit for the submission is 4000- 10000 words (including of footnotes and abstract). Written in English or Bahasa Indonesia.


The sequence of manuscripts following: Title; Abstract; Keywords; Introduction; Method (for original research articles); Analysis and Discussion; Conclusion; and Bibliography.


Main Headings of Manuscripts. Following main headings should be provided in the ma-nuscript while preparing. Main headings, sub-headings and sub-sub headings should not be numbered in the manuscript:



Sub-sub headings

 Point headings

  • Title

Title of articles are written with 16 pt Times New Roman Bold and preferably not more than 14 words. Author(s) name, affiliations, full addresses, Tel./Fax, e-mail, and postal codes.


  • Abstract

The abstract should be clear, concise, and descriptive. This abstract should provide a brief introduction to the problem, objective of paper, followed by a statement regarding the methodology and a brief summary of results. Abstracts are written in Englis Font Times New Roman 11 pt (italic) and preferably not more than 300 words.


  • Keywords

Keywords should be written both in English and Bahasa Indonesia, arranged by alphabetically and should have at least two keywords and maximum five keywords separated by a semicolon (;).


  • Introduction

The introduction should be clear and provide the issue to be discussed in the manuscript. At the end of the paragraph, the author/s should end with a comment on the significance concerning identification of the issue and the objective of research.


  • Method

Written in descriptive and should provide a statement regarding the methodology of the research. This Method are optional, only for original research articles.


  • Analysis and Discussion

This section is the most important section of your article. Contains the results of the object of study and should be clear and concise.


  • Conclusion

Conclusion contains a description that should answer the objectives of research. Do not repeat the Abstract or simply describe the results of the research. Give a clear explanation regarding the possible application and/or suggestions related to the research findings.


  • Bibliography

Bibliography at the end of the manuscript should be written in APA (American Psychological Association) Citation Style. All publications cited in the text should be included as a list of Bibliography, arranged alphabetically by author.


Books with an author:

Achmad Ali. (2012). Menguak Teori Hukum (Le- gal Theory) dan Teori Peradilan (Judicialpru- dence) Termasuk Interpretasi Undang-Undang (Legisprudence). Jakarta: Kencana.


Books with an editor:

Sulistyowati Irianto (ed). (2009). Hukum Yang Bergerak; Tinjauan Antropologi Hukum. Jakar- ta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia.


Journal articles:

Irwansyah. (2013). “Jejak Demokrasi Lingkungan dalam Undang-Undang Nomor 32 Tahun 2009” Jurnal Ilmu Hukum Amanna Gappa, 21(2): 121-131.


World Wide Web:

British Broadcasting Corporation. (2012). Noken Papua Mendapat Pengakuan UNESCO. Avail- able from: ita_indonesia/2012/12/121205_noken_unesco. [Accessed May 16, 2015].


  • Footnotes

Bibliography citations are provided in foot- notes with format:



Werner Menski. (2000). Comparative Law in a Global Context, The Legal Systems of Asia and Africa. London: Platinum Publishing Ltd, p. 16


Section from a book:

Eddy O.S. Hiariej. “Pemilukada Kini dan Masa Datang Perspektif Hukum Pidana” on Achmad D. Haryadi (ed). (2012). Demokrasi Lokal: Evaluasi Pemilukada di Indonesia. Jakarta: Konstitusi Press, p.182


Journal articles:

Arie Afriansyah. (2015). “Foreigners Land Rights Regulations: Indonesia’s Practice”. Jurnal Mimbar Hukum, 27(1): 98-116


  • Figures/Graphics

The figures should be clearly readable and at least have a resolution of 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch) for good printing quality.


  • Table

Table made with the open model (without the vertical lines).


Publication Ethics

ACTA is a peer-reviewed journal as committed to keep and uphold the highest standards of publication ethics. All articles not in accordance with these standards will be removed from the publication at any time even after the publication. This statement explains the ethical behavior 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-reviewers and the publisher (Faculty of Law, Universitas Sumatera Utara). This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


Faculty of Law Universitas Sumatera Utara as publisher of ACTA takes its duties of guardian- ship over all stages of publishing seriously and we recognize our ethical behavior and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on edito- rial decisions. In addition, the Faculty of Law Universitas Sumatera Utara and Editorial Board will assist in communications with other jour- nals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.


Copyright and Permissions

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