About The Journal

Focus and scope of the journal

Founded in 2002 DISKURSUS Jurnal Filsafat dan Teologi STF Driyarkara (ISSN 1412-3878; e-ISSN 2580-1686) is an academic journal that publishes original and peer-reviewed works in the areas of philosophy and theology. It also welcomes works resulting from interdisciplinary research at the intersections between philosophy/theology and other disciplines, notably exegesis, linguistics, history, sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, and natural sciences.

Published semestrally (in April and October), DISKURSUS aims to become a medium of publication for scholars to disseminate their novel philosophical and theological ideas—written in Indonesian or English—to scholars in the same fields, as well as to the wider public.


Publication Frequency

DISKURSUS is peer-reviewed biannually and it publishes 2 numbers for 1 volume each year on every April and October.



Digital Archiving

The journal is archived by the PKP Preservation Network (PN). Besides, DISKURSUS utilizes the PhilPapers, Indonesia One Search (IOS)Indonesian Scientific Journal Database (ISJD), and Garuda (Garba Rujukan Digital) systems 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.

Repository Policy

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Publication Fee

DISKURSUS Jurnal Filsafat dan Teologi does not charge authors any fee for submitting, processing and publishing articles. All processes of the article publication are free of charge. 


Publication Ethics

DISKURSUS is committed to ensuring the integrity of the publication process. Therefore, following the guidelines of The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), DISKURSUS has formulated the subsequent publication ethics, which the authors, editors, reviewers, and publisher must obey.


  1. The authors should not submit the same manuscript concomitantly to more than one journal or to other forms of publication.
  2. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged by showing references in accordance with non-plagiarism requirements.
  3. The authors are responsible for writing and presenting manuscripts of their research ethically, without data manipulation, and being consistent with the regulation of scientific writing in effect.
  4. The corresponding authors are responsible for ensuring that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the manuscript and its submission for publication.
  5. The authors are responsible for confirmations submitted for the manuscript they have written.


  1. The editors of DISKURSUS are responsible for determining the suitability of manuscripts to be published in the journal, while observing legal provisions related copyright violation and plagiarism.
  2. The editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively based on their academic merit and ensure fairness consistent with the peer-review process.
  3. Racial, gender, religious, ethnic, citizenship or ideological differences of an author should not influence the editors’ decisions both in the review process and in making decisions for publishing/declining a manuscript.
  4. The confidentiality of every information on submitted manuscript should always be maintained by the editorial team, unless on author’s permission.
  5. The editors must not use unpublished information in the editors’ own research without the express written consent of the author.
  6. The editorial team should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published article.


  1. Reviewers must treat received manuscripts as confidential documents and should never use novel ideas obtained through peer review process for their personal advantage.
  2. In case reviewers have conflicts of interest due to competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors or institutions connected to the paper, reviewers should not accept the editorial request to consider the manuscript.
  3. Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to review the topic or research presented in a manuscript should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
  4. Reviewers should evaluate manuscripts objectively based on DISKURSUS’s reviewer guidelines, and must formulate his observations clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the submitted paper.
  5. Reviewers are responsible for helping the editors in making decisions on the suitability of manuscripts to be published by providing honest recommendation.


  1. As a scientific journal publisher, DISKURSUS will publish only manuscripts which have been edited, peer reviewed, given layout consistent with the regulation of scientific journal publication.
  2. DISKURSUS is responsible for protecting intellectual property and copyright, as well as editorial independence.
  3. DISKURSUS is responsible for assuring that the editors and reviewers may perform their respective tasks in academic freedom.
  4. DISKURSUS will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to clarify alleged or proven cases of research misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism, which measures may include the eventual publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the published article.

Author Guidelines

Every author that is going to submit and publish articles is highly encouraged to pay attention to these author guidelines. Every article that does not comply with the author guidelines will be rejected.

General Requirements:

  1. Every manuscript that has been submitted to DISKURSUS should not have been published in any publications.
  2. Every author that the article has been in process is required to sign the Copyrights Transfer Agreement to DISKURSUS.
  3. All of the process regarding the manuscript will be conducted only through the Open Journal System website and all forms of communication will be conducted through email.
  4. All the manuscripts will be reviewed through double-blind review process by reviewers who specialize in the issue.

Manuscript Detailed Guidelines :

  1. DISKURSUS accepts articles written in Indonesian or in English, with length of an article should be between 4.500 and 8.500 words excluding bibliography. The article must use the following standard typography: Book Antiqua 12pt, 1.5 spacing. More precise technical instructions can be found in the article template.
  2. The Title of the article should be clear enough to describe the content of the articles with no longer than 12 words.
  3. Author's Identity: author should place his/her name (without academic title), institution, and email address right under the title of the article.
  4. The Abstract should be concise and written in both English and Indonesian with no longer than 200 words. Written in the normal style of Book Antiqua 11pt, it should be clear enough to summarize the paper with maximum words of 6 keywords.
  5. The Introduction must include background and the main question (status quaestionis) of the research; the author’s current research position among other research on related themes; literature review; method and theoretical framework of the research; and the novel ideas that the article intends to propose; the introduction ends with an emphasis on items to be discussed.
  6. Discussion includes analysis and synthesis of the concept/data/arguments under consideration. The author may discuss every aspect of the topic in question one by one in this section. It is necessary for the author to build his/her arguments on the primary sources or to provide original data, and then to discuss and to compare his/her arguments to research and works of other scholars.
  7. Conclusion must clearly states: (1) answers of the research questions (status questionis), (2) main arguments, or (3) critical and new comprehension about the main issues being discussed.
  8. References should include primary sources and secondary sources that the author really used to build the arguments. At least 80% of the references should be of recent publication (published no more than 10 years ago). All reference entries should be accessible for everybody. For references (footnotes and bibliography), DISKURSUS adopts The Chicago Manual of Style. See some examples below.
  9. Bibliography should include every reference and arranged by the author in alphabetical order without distinguishing/classifying books, journals, or articles.

Samples Footnote (The Chicago Manual of Style):

If repeated, footnotes should be abbreviated:

  1. Anderson, Virtue and Grace, pp. 115-116.
  2. Eardley and Still, Aquinas, p. 73.
  3. Corey L. Barnes, “Aristotle in the Summa,” pp. 190-191.
  4. Stump, “The Non-Aristotelian Character,” p. 39.
  5. Gilson, The Metamorphoses, p. 146.

Sample Bibliography (The Chicago Manual of Style):

                  Anderson, Justin M. Virtue and Grace in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
                  Barnes, Corey L. “Aristotle in the Summa Theologiae’s Christology.” In Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology, edited by Gilles Emery
                           and Matthew  Levering, pp. 186-204. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
                  Eardley, Peter S., and Carl N. Still. Aquinas. A Guide for the Perplexed. London − New York: Continuum, 2010.
                  Gilson, Étienne. The Metamorphoses of the City of God. Translated by James G. Colbert. Washington: The Catholic University
                           of America Press, 2020.
                  Stump, Eleonore, “The Non-Aristotelian Character of Aquinas’s Ethics: Aquinas on the Passions.” Faith and Philosophy vol. 28,
                           no.1 (2011): 27-50.


Peer Review Policy

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. [see & download Review Form].

More specifically, our editorial process is as follows:

  1. Initial screening. The Editor-in-Chief will conduct initial review and examination regarding several points such as, (1) contents of the manuscript, (2) conformity with focus and scope, (3) conformity with author guidelines.
  2. Plagiarism checking. After a decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Team will undergo plagiarism checks regarding similarity of the content of the manuscript through Turnitin. Manuscripts that fail to abide by our ethical standards are immediately rejected.
  3. Reviewer assignment. If the manuscript has passed the plagiarism check, the Editorial Team will assign each manuscript with 2 reviewers based on expertise and specialty. The review process will be done through double-blind review process.
  4. Peer review. Reviewers will assess the manuscript including the content and provide its recommendation notes to the Editorial Team.
  5. First decision. Based on both reviewers’ recommendation, the Editorial Team will decide whether the manuscript is rejected, needs minor or major revision, or is accepted. If accepted, the manuscript will return to the author for proofreading. The final decision concerning the manuscript acceptance is made by the Editor-in-Chief based on the recommendation notes and following approval by the Editorial Board.
  6. Revision. In case a manuscript requires revision, the submitting author will have time to revise the manuscript during up to two weeks.
  7. Final decision. The revised manuscript is either accepted or rejected, depending on the Editor-in-Chief’s decision.
  8. Copyediting. Once the manuscript is accepted, the Copyeditor will conduct the final editing of its language; to improve the readability without changing the substance of the content.
  9. Layout. The copyedited manuscript will undergo layout edit process in one week by the Production Editor. 
  10. Proofreading. The author will receive the final version of the article (PDF) and will have a chance to recheck for final proofreading in three days.
  11. Publication. The Editorial Team will proceed the manuscript for online publication in Open Journal System and printed. Some accepted articles might need to wait for upcoming issues.

Reviewer Guidelines

Any manuscripts submitted to DISKURSUS will be reviewed by a minimum of two selected reviewers based on their qualifications and experience in publishing their manuscripts in national and / or international journals. When reviewing the article, the reviewers will consider the following [see & download Review Form]:


  • Title: is it clearly illustrating the article?
  • Abstract: does it reflect the contents of the article?
  • Introduction: does it describe the accuracy of matters submitted by the author and clearly state the problem being considered? Typically, the introduction should summarize the context of the relevant research, and explain the findings of the research or other findings, if any, offered for discussion.

Content of the Article

  • Is the article is fairly new, fairly deep, and interesting to be published?
  • If the study had been previously done by other authors, it is still eligible for publication?
  • Does it contribute to knowledge, i.e., offer some novelty (originality)?
  • Scope - Is the article in line with the objectives and scope of the journal?
  • Is the article well written? Is the text clear and easy to read?
  • Are the conclusions consistent with the evidence and arguments presented? Do they address the main question posed?
  • Does 80% of the references come from recent publications in the last 10 years?



The Editorial Team will not tolerate any plagiarism from the submitted manuscripts and Turnitin plagiarism checker is used to check and evaluate the similarity index of each article.

  1. Articles with similarity index above 30% will be rejected due to poor paraphrasing, if the author refuses and/or fails to revise the article.
  2. Articles with similarity index within 10-30% will be sent to the author for revision and improvement with a proper paraphrasing.
  3. Articles with similarity index below 10% will be accepted and proceed to the next process: review process.


Publishing System

This journal uses Open Journal Systems, which is open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License. Manuscripts submitted to DISKURSUS will go through several processes to ensure that every article has a good quality and can contribute to knowledge development.