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Author Guidelines


(Revised on January 2013)


The Journal of Tropical Soils (JTS) publishes all aspects in the original research of soil science (soil physic and soil conservation, soil mineralogy, soil chemistry and soil fertility, soil biology and soil biochemistry, soil genesis and classification, land survey and land evaluation, land development and environment management), and related subjects in which using soil from tropical areas.  The article must be written in English and should be as concise as possible. The first author of the contributor must be subscriber member of JTS. 
All submissions are reviewed by one of the editor and at least two reviewers.  The JTS uses anonymous reviewing, in which the identities of authors and reviewers are kept confidential (“blind reviewer”).
Type of Papers
Original papers (regular papers) should report the results of original research.  Submission of a manuscript to this Journal represents a certification on the part of the author(s) that it is an original work, and that neither this manuscript nor a version of it has been published elsewhere no is being considered for publication elsewhere.  Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher.
Preparation of Manuscripts
Manuscripts format:
Before preparing the manuscript, consult carefully the layout of one of the latest issue of JTS. Manuscripts should be prepared with numbered lines and written in 12 point Time New Roman font double space in A4 paper. Margin on all four sides are 2 cm throughout, i.e. also for abstracts, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc. should be numbered.  Figures and tables are grouped and put at the end of the manuscript (after the References). The article should be typed in paper length of 15-20 pages, approximately 5000 words.   To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the ‘spellchecker’ function of your wordprocessor.
Manuscript sections are written in this order:
1. First page (cover sheet):
date of submission, name of author(s) and institution(s), address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, title of manuscript, number of text pages, number of tables, number of figures, number of photographs, running title (less than 50 letters including space between words), and reprint order.
2. The title page:
The title should be informative (consist of not more than 14 words)  and be followed by the surname and forename (in full) of each author, the department and institution where the study was carried out, fax number and e-mail address (complete with postcode) of the corresponding author (this author being identified by an asterisk). 
3. An abstract:
Summarizing a clear introduction of two or three sentences mentioning background of the research, aim of the study, the experiments described, the main results and the conclusions. Give one or two sentence(s) to discuss the finding(s) or prospective(s).   It should not exceed 200 words which has no reference and be followed by keywords (not more than five words or phrases arranged in alphabetical order).
4. Introduction:
Write down the background of the research and mention the previous studies that had been done.  State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background.
5. Materials and Methods:
The method section need to be detailed enough to allow reviewers to answers following questions: (i) Are the methods described in sufficient detail so that the study can be replicated?, (ii) Is the research an experimental or exploration?, (iii) If your research uses the previous researched method, please described briefly that method. If you make any modification, described the modified part.
6. Results and Discussion:
Results should be clear and concise. State the obtained results based on the used methods.  Do not present same data in both  table and graph format. Discuss your data by comparing the current reported data with the previous results. Highlight the similarities, as well as the differences, and the uniqueness  of your findings. Explain why your result(s) is coming to be. 
7. Conclusions:
The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.
8. Acknowledgements:
List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, state the grant source, etc.) if any.
9. References:
All published works referred to in the text should be presents in a list of references and arranged alphabetically by the author without serial numbering.  The author year system is used in the text.  Use the list of periodicals indexed in Chemical Abstracts for abbreviation of journal names: If there is any doubt, give the full name of the periodical. They should be referred to in the text by the name(s) of the first author and the year of publication in parentheses, using the following format: (Jordano and Godoy 2002) or Jordano and Godoy (2002).  Use the first author‘s name and “et al.” when there are more than two authors.  The order for references within parentheses in the text should be types start from the oldest year (Cobo et al. 2002; Kwabiah et al. 2003; Lupwayi et al. 2005). If the references have the same year, place them alphabetically.  For works by the same author(s) in the year, append a lowercase a, b, c, etc. to the year of publication.
Examples of reference citation are as follows:
Journal Article
Majerus V, P Bertin and S Lutts.  2007.  Effects of iron toxicity on osmotic potential, osmolytes and polyamines concentration in the African rice (Oryza glaberrima Steud). Plant Sci 173: 96-105.
Chapter in Book or Proceeding
Haselwandter K. 1997.
Soil microorganisms, mycorrhiza and restoration ecology. In: KM Urbanska, NR Webb and  PJ Edwards (eds).  Restoration Ecology and Sustainable Development.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 65-80.
Dolan MJ, H Van Bohemen, P Whelan, V O’Malley, G O’Leary and PJ Keizer.  2006.  Towards the sustainable development of modern road ecosystem. In: J Davenport and JL Davenport (eds).  The Ecology of Transportation: Managing Mobility for the Environment. Springer Netherlands, pp. 275-331.
Tan KH. 1996. Soil sampling, preparation, and analysis. Marcel Dekker, Inc.  New York. 408 p.
Thesis or Dissertation
Nursyamsi D. 2008. Pelepasan kalium terfiksasi dengan penambahan asam oksalat dan kation untuk meningkatkan kalium tersedia bagi tanaman pada tanah-tanah yang didominasi mineral liat smektit.  [Disertasi]. Institut Pertanian Bogor (in Indonesian).
Burghouts TBA. 1993.  Spatial Variability of Nutrient Cycling in Bornean Rain Forest. [Thesis], Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
Tables,  figures,  and illustrations:
Tables and figures, with their captions, should not appear in the text, but be placed together on separate sheets at the end of the manuscript. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.  In text, skip extra lines and indicate where those figures and table are to be placed.  Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.
Units: SI units should be used throughout, always be written in roman and separated from the numerical value by a space. The µ in µg or µm is always in roman. The symbol for litre is l and that for minute is min. Multiples and submultiples should be standard. As the ångstöm (1 Å = 10-10m) is not an SI unit, it should be replaced by the nanometer (1 nm = 10-9m) or by the picometer (1 pm = 10-12m): 1 Å = 0.1 nm = 100 pm. Multiple units should be written with negative superscripts (for example, 25 mg l-1s-1).
Nomenclature: The Latin binomial or trinomial and authority must be used for plants, animal, and microorganisms when they are first used in both abstract and text.  For soil nomenclature, international classification system (e.g., FAO-UNESCO system or USDA Soil Taxonomy) may be included as reference, when a local classification is presented.  For chemical nomenclature, recommendation by the convention of the International Union of  Pure and Applied Chemistry should be followed.
Submission of Manuscripts
All manuscripts (three hard copies with file in CD) should be sent completely, softcopy (file)  can be submitted through e-mail ( or  and hard copy should be sent via surface mail. Next time/still under construction manuscripts can also be submitted electronically through Tropical Soil Journal Editorial System which can be accessed at http://www.tropical Upon receipt of the manuscript, the authors will be informed of the “date when the manuscript was received” and the “registration number” of the manuscript.  The registration number should be quoted in all correspondence thereafter.
For manuscript submissions and inquiries, please  contact or send to:
Journal of Tropical Soils (Jurnal TANAH TROPIKA)
Department of Soil Science
The  University of Lampung, Jl. Sumantri Brojonegoro No. 1  Bandar Lampung, INDONESIA 35145
Tel./ Fax.: +62-721-781 822 
Email: or
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author as given on the title page of the manuscript. Usually proofs will be sent by email as a PDF file. Only typesetter’s errors may be corrected; no changes in, or additions to, the edited manuscript will be allowed. JTS will do everything possible to get your article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Subsequent corrections will not be possible, so please ensure your first sending is complete.
English language help service:
Upon request, Editor of Journal of Tropical Soils will direct Authors to an agent who can check and improve the English of their paper (before submission). Please contact http// or e-mail to for further information.

Charges for Publication

Publication charges  are Rp150.000 (15 USD) per printed page that has no photo(s).  Page with black and white photo(s) will be charges for Rp300.000 (30 USD) and color photo Rp500.000 (50 USD) per printed page.  Corresponding author will receive five reprints free of charges and additional request will be charged Rp10.000 (1 USD) per one exemplar of reprint.


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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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