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Aims and Scope

The official language of the Journal of Tropical Ethnobiology is English, published by the Ethnobiology Society of Indonesia in collaboration with the Research Center for Ecology and Ethnobiology, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). The journal publishes critical reviews, original research papers, short communications, notes, and comments covering all aspects of ethnobiology.



The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board.


Submission of Manuscripts

All manuscripts submitted to the journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in the manuscript's return and possible publication delay. Manuscripts should be written clearly and neatly so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in a particular field. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of scientific content, the Editor or the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity, repetition, etc. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscripts will be returned to the author for revision. At this time, the ethnobiological society of Indonesia will not cover the entire publication fee anymore, and there will be a charge.


Cover letter

Papers are accepted for publication in the journal because the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be stated in the cover letter. The cover letter must also acknowledge that all authors have contributed significantly and that all authors agree with the content of the manuscript.



The manuscript should be electronically submitted via Open Journal Systems, 


Preparation of The Manuscript

Submission should be double-spaced, on one side only of A4 paper. The top, bottom, and side margins should be 1 inch. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the bottom center, beginning with the title page. Indent new paragraphs. Turn the hyphenation option off, including only those hyphens that are essential to the meaning.



Abbreviations should be used sparingly and only where they ease the reader’s task by reducing the repetition of long, technical terms. Initially, use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. After that, use the abbreviation. Upon its first use in the title, abstract, and text, the common name of a species should be followed by the scientific name (genus, species, and authority) in parentheses. However, the scientific name may be omitted from the article title for well-known species. The scientific name should be used if no common name exists in English. At the first mention of a chemical substance, give the generic name only.


Parts of the manuscript

Manuscripts should be presented in the following order : (1) title page, (2) abstract and keywords, (3) main text (introduction, methods, results and discussion, conclusion), (4) acknowledgment, (5) references, (6) caption(s) to figures, (7) caption(s) to tables and (8) supplementary materials (if any). Footnotes to the text are not allowed, and any such material should be incorporated into the text as a parenthetical.


Title page

The title page should contain (1) the title of the paper, (2) the full names of the authors, and (3) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (4) the full postal and e-mail addresses, plus facsimile and telephone numbers of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript (if any). The title should be short, informative, and contain the major keywords. A short-running title (less than 40 characters, including spaces) should also be provided.


Abstract and keywords

The article must have a brief abstract that states 250 words (for original and review papers) and 100 words (for notes and comments), less covering the purpose, basic procedures, main findings, and principal conclusions of the study. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. Five keywords (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.



Authors should have subheadings to divide their manuscript's sections: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement, Author Contributions (if any), and References.



The source of financial grants and other funding should be acknowledged, including the author’s industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. 



In the text, give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Purwanto (2002). If there are two authors use « and »: Purwanto and Walujo (1993). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al., should be used: Martin et al. (1993). If several papers by the same authors and from the same year are cited, a, b, c, etc, should be inserted after the year of publication.

The authors should be listed in alphabetical order in the list of references. Cite the names of all authors. Titles of journals should not be abbreviated. Personal communication, unpublished data, and publications from informal meetings are not listed in the reference list but should be listed in full in the text (e.g., Boissiere, N. 1999, unpublished data). References should be listed in the following form.



Purwanto, Y. 2002. Gestion de la biodiversite: Relations aux plantes et dynamiques vegetales chez les Dani de la vallee de la Baliem en Irian Jaya, Indonesie. Reinwardtia 12(1): 1-94



Barbault, R. 1993. Ecologie generale, structure et fonctionnement de la biospere. Abreges, Masson, Paris.

Cunningham, A.B. 2002. Applied Ethnobotany, People, Wild Plant Use, and Conservation. Earthscan Publication Ltd, London, and Sterling VA.


Chapter in a book

Veeman, M. 2002. Understanding local and regional markets for forest products. In Campbell, B.M., Luckert, M. K. (eds.). 2002. Uncovering the Hidden Harvest, Valuation Methods for Woodland and Forest Resources. Earthscan Publication Ltd. London, Sterling VA, 66-101 p.



These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals, and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.



Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, the information contained in the text. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Each table should be presented on a separate sheet of A4 paper with a comprehensive caption above the table. Tables should be half-spaced and vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations should be defined in footnotes. The table and its caption/footnotes should be understandable without reference to the text.



All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Figures' captions should be self-explanatory and typed on a separate sheet. The legend should incorporate definitions of any symbols used, and all abbreviations and units of measurement should be explained so that the figure and its caption are understandable without reference to the text.