Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science), is an open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the publication of novel research in all aspects of applied agricultural sciences, with the focus emphasized on the exploration and development of tropical plant biodiversity. The journal aims exclusively to the publication of original papers. Original research articles are written in English and it features well-designed studies with clearly analyzed writings and logically interpreted results are accepted, with a strong preference given to research that has the potential to make significant contributions to both the field of Agrotechnology and society in general.
The journal focuses related to various topics in the field:
  1. Agro-Biotechnology
  2. Plant Breeding
  3. Agriculture Waste Management
  4. Plant Protection
  5. Soil Science
  6. Post Harvest Science and Technology
  7. Plant Production
  8. Architecture Landscape
PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) is published by Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta in collaboration with Indonesian Association of Agrotechnology / Agroecotechnology (PAGI)PLANTA TROPIKA accepts submission from all over the world.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All authors who send the manuscript should follow the journal’s submissions requirements, or the manuscript will be returned to the author. Before sending to reviewers, the editor will remove the author's identity from the manuscript. Authors are invited to suggest at least the names of two experts on the manuscript topic as the additional option for reviewer. This does not imply that the paper will be reviewed by the suggested referees. The process of the article that will be published in PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) will undergo the double-blind peer review by the editors and reviewers by considering the substantial and technical aspects. Editors and reviewers provide constructive feedback on the evaluation results to the author. The Editorial board then either accepts or rejects the manuscript and informs the corresponding author of the final decision. On the acceptance of the manuscript, the author(s) will usually be requested to perform some revision of the contents and wording after the review, and final acceptance may depend on the extent of revision. The acceptance of the manuscript will be cancelled when the manuscript is not returned within a month for any revision. When the manuscript is not returned for two months, the manuscript will be considered withdrawn. Publication is subject to successful completion of any follow-up requested by our English Editor.

Rejected manuscripts
Rejected manuscripts including original illustrations and photographs will be returned to authors.

Accepted manuscripts
The corresponding author will be asked to review a copyedited page proof. The corresponding author is responsible for all statements appearing in the galley proofs. The corresponding author will be informed of the estimated date of publication.

Plagiarism screening of articles in this journal is carried out before review process by editor using Turnitin software. 


Publication Frequency

PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) publishes articles two times in a year (six-monthly) every February and August. Since 2016, the journal only published the electronic version of the articles that openly accessible on the website

Printed version of the journal only given to the contributors whose work was published in PLANTA TROPIKA.



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 (CC BY-NC)



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...


Publishing Process

Generally, PLANTA TROPIKA implements the procedure according to Open Journal System publishing process.



Retraction, Withdrawal and Correction Policy

Policy Statement

PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) acknowledges that the author(s) have worked precisely in preparing the manuscript and peer-review procedures will be carried out by the Editors.. However, for research purposes, there is also the possibility for published papers to be removed or even withdrawal

It is not likely to do and can only be done under exceptional circumstances.

Consequently, corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies, if necessary, will also be carried out with strict criteria to preserve confidence in the authority of its electronic archives. Our dedication and strategy are to preserve the quality and completeness of relevant scientific documents in the collections of researchers and librarians.

Content Integrity and Maintenance

PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) recognizes the importance to scholars and librarians of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record and attaches the utmost importance to preserving confidence in the authority of its electronic archive. Clicking on the CrossMark icon will remind the reader of the current status of the document and will also provide additional publication record information on the document. Applying the CrossMark icon is a promise made by the journal to keep content published and warn readers to change as and when occurred.

Article Retraction
PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) is committed to conducting its part in upholding the credibility of the scholarly record, and it is therefore appropriate, on occasion, to remove the article(s). Article(s) can be removed if:
  1. There is a significant scientific mistake that may invalidate the conclusions of the article, for example, there is strong proof that the findings are not credible, either as a result of fraud (e.g. data manufacturing) or an honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error).
  2. The results have previously been published elsewhere without sufficient cross-reference, permission or justification.
  3. There are ethical problems such as plagiarism (appropriation of the ideas, procedures, findings or words of another person(s) without giving due credit, even those gained by confidential analysis of the manuscripts of others) or unauthorized authorship.

In order to ensure that retractions are treated in compliance with the best practice of publishing and the COPE Retraction Guidelines, PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) adopts the following retraction process:

  1. An article requiring possible retraction shall be brought to the attention of the editor of the journal.
  2. The editor of the journal should obey the step-by-step instructions according to the COPE flowcharts (including evaluating a response from the author of the article in question).
  3. Before any decision is taken, the reports of the editor should be forwarded to the Ethics Advisory Board which will be a forum to provide an advice and recommendations regarding ethical issues. The goal of this move is to ensure a consistent approach in line with industry best practices.
  4. The final decision on whether to withdraw is then conveyed to the author and, if necessary, to all other relevant bodies, such as the institution of the author on occasion.
  5. The Retraction Statement is then posted online and released in the next available journal issue (see below for more details of this step).

Notice that if the author(s)hold the copyright for an article, this does not mean that they automatically have a right to remove it after publication. The credibility of the published scientific record is of utmost importance and the COPE Retraction Rules still apply in such situations.

Article Withdrawal
The author is not permitted to withdraw the submitted manuscripts because the withdrawal is a waste of valuable resources since editors and referees have spent a great deal of time editing the submitted manuscript and the works invested by the publisher. The author is obliged to approve the checklist provided before sending the manuscript via OJS.
  1. If the author demands the removal of his/her manuscript while the manuscript is still under peer-review, the author will be fined by paying 500000 IDR or equivalent per manuscript.
  2. If the withdrawal of the manuscript is approved for print, the author will be fined by paying 1000000 IDR or equivalent per manuscript.
  3. If the manuscript has been published as "Article in Press" (articles that have been accepted for publication but which has not been formally published and will not have the complete volume/issue/page information) that include errors, or are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate our journal publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors (such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like), maybe "Withdrawn" From the PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) website. Withdrawing means that the article content (HTML and PDF) is deleted and replaced with an HTML page and PDF simply states that the article has been withdrawn. In this case, the author will be punished by paying 1000000 IDR or equivalent per manuscript.
  4. If the author does not consent to pay the penalty, the author and his/her affiliation will be blacklisted for five (5) years to publish in this journal.
  5. If the author requests removal of the manuscript, an official letter signed by the corresponding author and Head of Department of the affiliated institution should be submitted to the Principal Editor.


Article Correction
PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) should consider making a correction if:
  1. A small part of otherwise reliable publication reports incorrect data or proves to be inaccurate, particularly if this is the product of an honest mistake.
  2. The list of author(s)or contributors is wrong (e.g. a deserving Author has been omitted or someone who does not meet authorship criteria has been included).

Corrections to peer-reviewed material fall into one of three categories:

  1. Publisher correction (erratum): inform readers of a significant error made by the publisher/journal staff (usually a production error) which has a negative effect on the publication record or the scientific credibility of the article or on the reputation of the authors or journals.
  2. Author correction (corrigendum): to inform readers of a significant error made by the authors which have a negative effect on the publication record or the scientific reputation of the paper, or on the reputation of the Authors or the journal.
  3. Addendum: an addition to the article by its authors to clarify contradictions, extend existing work, or otherwise explain or update the details in the main work.

The decision whether a correction should be made is made by the editor(s) of a journal, often with recommendations from the members of the Reviewers or the Editorial Board. Handling Editors will approach the Writers of the paper concerned with a request for clarification, but with a final determination as to whether a correction is needed and, if so, which form of correction rests with the Editors.

Article Removal
In a very limited number of instances, it may be appropriate to delete a published article from the website. This can only happen if the article is explicitly defamatory or infringes the legal rights of others, or if the article is, or we have a practical reason to accept it to be, the subject of a court order, or if the article if acted upon, may pose a significant health danger. In such cases, the metadata (i.e. title and author information) of the article will be preserved, the text will be replaced by a screen showing that the article has been deleted for legal purposes.

Article Replacement
In situations where an article can pose a significant health risk, the authors of the original paper may decide to remove the original faulty and substitute it with a corrected edition. In such cases, the procedures for retraction referred to above will be followed with the difference that the notice of retraction of the article will include a link to the revised re-published article along with the history of the text.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal. This statement clarifies ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the author, the chief editor, the Editorial Board, the peer-reviewer­­­­­ and the publisher (Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta). This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society.  

Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta as publisher of PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the Department of Agrotechnology of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta and Editorial Board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.

Publication decisions
The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play
An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


Dina Wahyu Trisnawati
Editor-in-Chief of PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agro Sains (Journal of Agroscience)