Focus and Scope

The ELSE journal is a scientific journal that discusses scientific development, education and learning for elementary schools managed by the UMSurabaya Elementary School Teacher Education Study Program.

ELSE covers elementary education studies and develops research topics into various scopes such as teaching and learning innovation, learning model and method, curriculum development, assessment and instruction, school management, educational counseling, educational policy, and STEAM in elementary education.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process

There are three main steps in examining or reviewing manuscripts submitted by ELSE (Elementary School Education Journal) authors: Journal of Elementary School Education and Learning.

The first step:
The editor conducted a preliminary plagiarism check by Turnitin. Manuscripts with more than 20% similarity will be automatically rejected. Meanwhile, manuscripts that are free of plagiarism or similarities below or equal to 20% will proceed to the research design inspection stage. Manuscripts that present a good research design will immediately go to the peer-review stage. Conversely, manuscripts that do not present a good research design will be rejected immediately.

Second stage:
Editors distribute manuscripts to reviewers. ELSE (Elementary School Education Journal): Journal of Elementary School Education and Learning using Double-Blind Peer Review. Therefore, before sending to reviewers, editors remove the author's identity, such as name, email, and affiliation. Reviewers check the contents of the manuscript using the review form provided on the journal's website through a special login for reviewers. They provide recommendations on the results of the manuscript to the editor in the type of decision, namely the manuscript is accepted, revised, or rejected which must be accompanied by reasons. If two reviewers give different decisions, the editor will add one other reviewer as a support.

Third step:
The editor sends the reviewer's review results to the author. If the manuscript must be revised, but the author does not revise and provide feedback, the manuscript will be rejected. On the other hand, if the manuscript is accepted, the author must be willing to have their article proceed to the final proofreading stage. If the revised manuscript still contains major revisions, it will be returned to the reviewer; if it contains minor revisions, the editor will review it and make a final decision. During the review process, there is no communication between the author and the reviewer. Communication is only done between the editor and the author. For every decision made, the author is entitled to a clear rationalization.

In carrying out the review process, editors and reviewers refer to the COPE ETHICS Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.


Publication Frequency

This journal is published bianually every February and August.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access which in principle makes research freely available to the public and will support the largest global exchange of knowledge.



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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Publication Fee: 0.00 (IDR)

There are no Article Submission Charges for All Authors.

Article Processing Charges (APCs): 550.000,00 IDR

Waiver Policy

We greatly appreciate the interest in the publication of high-quality article writers. Therefore, we do not want the costs to be a barrier to publishing high-quality articles, especially for the authors who have difficulty paying the publication fees. We apply a policy to free the author from publication fees with the following conditions: (1) the article submitted is of high quality and has a contribution to the field of study based on the assessment of the editorial board; (2) articles are written in good English; (3) the author proposes a fee waiver addressed to the editor via e-mail else [at]


Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics

The ELSE journal is a journal managed by the PGSD Study Program, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Muhammadiyah University of Surabaya. This statement explains the ethical behavior of all parties involved in publishing articles in this journal, namely the author, chief editor, section editor, layout editor, reviewer and publisher. This statement is based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. This is an open access journal licensed under the international license CC-BY-NC.

Publisher Duties

Muhammadiyah University of Surabaya as the publisher of the ELSE Journal is responsible and committed to ensuring that advertising, reprints or other commercial income does not have an impact or influence on the editor's decisions. In addition, Muhammadiyah University of Surabaya and editors will assist in communicating with other journals or other publishers if necessary.

Editor/Editor Duties

Publication Decision

The Editor/Editor of the ELSE Journal is responsible for deciding which articles should be published based on input from the review results conducted by the reviewers. The editors may confer with the reviewers in making this decision. The decision is obtained based on the following principles.

1. The Principle of Justice
Editors/editors evaluate manuscripts/articles without regard to the author's race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, nationality, or political philosophy.
The editor will ensure that the article is in accordance with the focus/scientific scope of the journal. Responses from reviewers will be used as a basis for editors to determine whether an article can be accepted (accepted), accepted with revision (accepted with major/minor revision), or rejected (rejected).
An article is rejected for publication due to various reasons, including because the article does not match the scope and scope, the scientific side of the article is inadequate to be classified in a scientific paper, fundamental methodological errors, or because the author refuses to make suggestions for improvement given by reviewer without a logical basis.
2. Confidentiality
The editor does not have to disclose any information about the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the author, including reviewers.

3. Conflict of interest
Unpublished material disclosed in the manuscript may not be used in the editor's own research without written consent from the author.

Reviewer Task

Reviewers assist editors in making editorial decisions and through editorial communications which are then forwarded to authors. Assistance provided by reviewers concerns content review of a manuscript/article.
Any manuscript received for review must be treated as a confidential document. Manuscripts may not be displayed or discussed with others except as permitted by the editor.
Reviews must be carried out objectively with supporting arguments according to scientific principles.
Author assignment

The author writes manuscripts/articles based on accurate original research reports.
The author writes down every reference used in the manuscript according to the rules of scientific writing.
The author must ensure that the manuscript is free of plagiarism.
Authors can ensure that manuscripts submitted to the ELSE Journal have never been published in other media, and are not currently being sent to other journals.
Authors must agree on the role of each contributor in writing articles and have previously agreed on the writing of the main author and co-authors.
The author ensures that research activities are carried out according to the research code of ethics (do not include the research object in the title, etc.).
When the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in his/her published manuscript, the author has the obligation to immediately notify the editor of the journal or publisher and work with the editor to retract or correct it.


Plagiarism Checker

The editor board determined that all manuscripts submitted to ELSE journal must be free from plagiarism. All manuscripts will be checked for their originality and the percentage of their similarity before the review process is carried out.  The manuscripts with a percentage of similarity content below or equivalent to 20% will be forwarded for processing by the reviewers. Meanwhile, the manuscripts that have a percentage of content similarity above 20% will instantly be rejected. The editors of ELSE journal check the plagiarism detection of the articles in this journal using Turnitin software.