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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 the development of tropical plant biodiversity. The journal aims to publish the original papers. Original research articles are written in English and it features well-designed studies with clearly analyzed writing 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: Agro-Biotechnology, Plant Breeding, Agriculture Waste Management, Plant Protection, Soil Science, Post Harvest Science and Technology, Plant Production, Architecture Landscape

An acceptable manuscript will meet the following general criteria: it reports a worthwhile contribution to science, sound methodology was used and is explained with sufficient detail so that other capable scientists could repeat the experiments. Conclusions are supported by data, manuscripts is concise, well written, and understandable.

Manuscript should be uploaded to PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) journal system and arranged in the journal standard format, Title, Authors, Address and Email, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Result and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgment and References. Typed at one side of white paper of A4 size, in single column, 1.5 space line, 12-point Times New Roman font and should be given line number. Margins on all four sides are 2 cm. The journal provides a template for preparing the manuscript in English and Indonesian versions.

The title of the paper should be concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formula as possible. It should be written clearly and concisely describing the contents of the research.

Manuscript has main author and co authors with full name of the author and co-authors (no abbreviation), includes address (es) and email addresses clearly.

The abstract comes after title page in the manuscript. Author(s) should write two version of Abstract, which is Abstrak written in Bahasa Indonesia and Abstract written in English. Abstract must be integrated and independent which is consist of introduction and purpose, methods, results, conclusion and suggestion. However the abstract should be written as a single paragraph without these headers. For this reason, References should be avoided. Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. Abstract must be written using 150 until 200 words which has no reference and accompanied keywords.

The keywords should be avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts. Author should write two version of Keywords, which is Kata Kunci written in Bahasa language and Keywords written in English Language. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes. Keywords should be no more than 5 words or phrases and it is arranged in alphabetical order.

State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. Explain how you addressed the problem and clearly state the aims of your research. As you compose the introduction, think of the readers as some persons who are not experts in this field. Introduction must be written between 750 until 1000 words.

The setting of time and place of the research should be described in first part. All materials and methods that used such chemical for analysis, treatment and experimental design must be stated clearly and briefly. The background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lays the foundation for further work. The calculation section represents a practical development from a theoretical basis. Materials and methods must be written using 400 until 600 words.

Result and discussion must be written in the same part. They should be presented continuously start from the main result to the supporting results and equipped with a discussion. Unit of measurement used should follow the prevailing international system. All figures and tables placed separately at the end of manuscript pages and should be active and editable by editor (see template).

Conclusion should be explained clearly. Suggestion placed after conclusion contains a recommendation on the research done or an input that can be used directly by consumer. Conclusion and suggestion must be written using 40 until 80 words.

State the grant source and the person to whom the grant was given. Name the person to help you work.

The author-year notation system is required and completed. All reference mentioned should be written down in reference using American Psychological Association (APA) style and arranged from A to Z. Articles have 10 recent references or over and 80% is journal. The most of references are primary ones (last ten years). Unpublished data and personal communication should not be cited as literature citations. “In Press” articles that have been accepted for publication may be cited in references. Include in the citation the journal in which the “in press” article will appear and the publication date, if a date is available. Author are suggested to use reference tools, such as Mendeley, Zotero and Endnote.

Reference to a Journal Publication:
Aiman, U., Tantriati, T., & Sriwijaya, B. (2017). Pemberian Macam Konsorsium Bakteri Hasil Isolasi Tumbuhan Pantai pada Kangkung (Ipomoea reptans Poirs.). PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal Of Agro Science), 5(1), 1-6. doi:

Reference to a Book:
Bolda, M. L., Tourte, L., Klonskyk, K. M., & de Moura, R. L. (2005). Sample cost to produce fresh market rasberries. Berkeley, US: University of California Cooperative extension.

Reference to a Chapter in an Edited Book:
Tuong, T. P., & Bouman, B. A. M. (2003). Rice production in water-scarce environments. In W. Kijne, R. Barker, & D. Molden (Eds.), Water productivity in agriculture: Limits and opportunities for improvement (pp. 53–67). Manila, PH: CAB International.

Reference in Proceeding:
Hapsari, L. & Masrum, A. (2011). Diversity and characteristics of banana (Musa acuminata) diploid AA cultivars group collection of Purwodadi botanic garden. In D. Widyatmoko, D. M. Puspitaningtyas, R. Hendrian, Irawati, I. A. Fijridiyanto, J. R. Witono, R. Rosniati, S. R. Ariati, S. Rahayu, & T. Ng Praptosuwiryo (Eds.), Conservation of tropical plants: Current condition and future challenge. Paper presented at Proceedings of Seminar Cibodas Botanic Garden 159th Anniversary, Cibodas (pp. 225-229). Cibodas, ID: Indonesian Institute of Sciences

Arabic numerals should be used in all cases except the beginning of sentences or when the use would be unclear.

The International System of Units (SI) must be adopted for all numerical data.

Full stop should not be included in abbreviations, e.g ppm (not p.p.m.). Abbreviations can be used, but define them at first usage, Carboxymethyil Cellulose (CMC), except it commonly uses, for example kg for kilogram, L for liter, etc.

Use italics (indicated by underlining) for scientific names of plants and animals. Cultivar names are always enclosed in single quotes unless they are preceded by the abbreviation “cv.” in formal designation (e.g., Ananas Comosus cv. Pattavia) or the word “cultivar”, or they appear on the body of the tables, or within figures. Cultivar names are always capitalized.

Tables should be attached with the manuscript and placed after references section. They should be constructed so as to be intelligible without reference to the text. Every table should be provided with an explanatory caption which follows the table number (e.g. Table 1. Effect of CMC on Physical properties of ‘Pattavia’ pineapple). Within the table, each column should carry an appropriate heading, only the first letter of which should be capitalized (e.g. Internode length). Units of measure should always be clearly indicated. Footnotes (indicated by superscripted letters z, w, y) may follow the tables when necessary. Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

Figures should be attached with the manuscript and placed after references section. When several figures are to be published as one figure, they should be assembled in the desired arrangement and each of them should be lettered (A, B, C). Bar scales on photographs are preferable to stated magnifications. Figures should be numbered in the sequence in which they are cited in the text. Figures legend should give sufficient information to make the illustration comprehensible without reference to the text (self-explanatory). They must be clear and concise. Figures legends should be grouped together in a separate sheet and inserted in the manuscript after the “References” section.

Manuscript should be written in English or Bahasa Indonesia. Either American or British is accepted, neither American nor English can be used, but not a mixture of the two. In the final editing, manuscript will be proofread by English editor to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English. Articles which sent in Bahasa Indonesia will be edited and translated with a fee that will be charged to the authors.


Guideline for Online Submission
The author should first register as Author through the following address: The author should fulfill the form as detail as possible where the star marked form must be entered. After all form textbox was filled, Author clicks on “Register” button to proceed the registration. Therefore, Author is brought to online author submission interface where Author should click on “New Submission”. In the Start of a New Submission section, click on “’Click Here’: to go to step one of the five-step submission process”. The following are five steps in online submission process:

  1. Step 1 - Starting the Submission: The author must check-mark on the submission checklists.
  2. Step 2 – Uploading the Submission: To upload a manuscript to this journal, click Browse on the Upload submission file item and choose the manuscript document file (.doc/.docx) to be submitted, then click "Upload" button until the file has been uploaded. 
  3. Step 3 – Entering Submission’s Metadata: In this step, detail authors metadata should be entered including the marked corresponding author. After that, manuscript title and abstract must be uploaded by copying the text and paste in the textbox including keywords.
  4. Step 4 – Uploading Supplementary Files:
  5. Step 5 – Confirming the Submission:  Author should final check the uploaded manuscript documents in this step. To submit the manuscript to Planta Tropika: Jurnal of Agrosains( Journal of Agro Science), click Finish Submission button after the documents are true. The corresponding author or the principal contact will receive an acknowledgment by email and will be able to view the submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal web address site. 

After this submission, Authors who submit the manuscript will get a confirmation email about the submission. Therefore, Authors are able to track their submission status at any time by logging in to the online submission interface. The submission tracking includes a status of manuscript review and editorial process. If authors have any problems on the online submission, please contact Editorial Office at the following email:



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 document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is 1,5-spaced; uses a 12-point font; Times New Roman, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); should be given line numbers; margins on all four sides are 2 cm; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are mentioned in the manuscript and placed at the end with editable format.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. Authors have been prepared and submitted author statement and reviewer recommendations in supplementary files.
  7. The author profile is completed and update (included current institution, address and corresponding email).
  8. Authors must follow journal template and guideline.
  9. Authors must read the submission preparation check list carefully and obey PLANTA TROPIKA journal requirements.

Copyright Notice


PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) is committed to its authors to protect and defend their work and their reputation and takes allegations of infringement, plagiarism, ethical disputes, and fraud very seriously. PLANTA TROPIKA is published under the terms of the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication (online and print) with the work simultaneously.


1. License to Publish
The non-commercial use of the article will be governed by the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). The author hereby grants PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) an exclusive publishing and distribution license in the manuscript include tables, illustrations or other material submitted for publication as part of the manuscript (the “Article”) in print, electronic and all other media (whether now known or later developed), in any form, in all languages, throughout the world, for the full term of copyright, and the right to license others to do the same, effective when the article is accepted for publication. This license includes the right to enforce the rights granted hereunder against third parties.

2. Author’s Warranties
The author warrants that the article is original, written by stated author/s, has not been published before, contains no unlawful statements, does not infringe the rights of others, is subject to copyright that is vested exclusively in the author and free of any third party rights, and that any necessary written permissions to quote from other sources have been obtained by the author(s).

3. User Rights
Under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, the author(s) and users are free to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material). Users must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.

4. Rights of Authors
 Authors retain the following rights:

  • Copyright, and other proprietary rights relating to the article, such as patent rights,
  • The right to use the substance of the article in future own works, including lectures and books,
  • The right to reproduce the article for own purposes, provided the copies are not offered for sale, and
  • The right to self-archive the article.

5. Co-Authorship
If the article was prepared jointly with other authors, the signatory of this form warrants that he/she has been authorized by all co-authors to sign this agreement on their behalf, and agrees to inform his/her co-authors of the terms of this agreement.

6. Royalties
This agreement entitles the author to no royalties or other fees. To such extent as legally permissible, the author waives his or her right to collect royalties relative to the article in respect of any use of the article by PLANTA TROPIKA or its sublicensee.

7. Miscellaneous
PLANTA TROPIKA: Jurnal Agrosains (Journal of Agro Science) will publish the article (or have it published) in the Journal if the article’s editorial process is successfully completed and PLANTA TROPIKA or its sublicensee has become obligated to have the article published. PLANTA TROPIKA may conform the article to a style of punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and usage that it deems appropriate.


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.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission: 0.00 (IDR)
Authors are not required to pay an Article Submission Fee. However, a penalty will be charged to authors who withdraw their submission after reviewing process is started.  Please refer to the withdrawal policies for details.

Article Publication: 1000000.00 (IDR)

Author(s) must pay a publication fee after the manuscript is accepted.

Indonesian author(s) who needs help for translation must pay the cost of about 50000 IDR per page. 

Reprint uses color printing charge per page 100000IDR.

Waiver Policy

Planta Tropika believes that financial constraints should not prevent a good manuscript from being published. To support author(s) who come from low-income countries, Planta Tropika offers a Publication Fee Waiver. Indonesian author who has limited funding could apply it as well.

The corresponding author must include the Waiver request in the submission process in supplementary file, along with proof of their circumstances. The final decision for acceptance will be made by the Editorial Committee.