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.
- 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).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- Manuscript are typed 1,5 spaced in A4; uses a 10-point font Times New Roman or Arial (except titles with 14 fonts and bold); employs upright letter, italics only for name of species, 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.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- The Manuscript has been Stucture based on template
Details about GUIDANCE FOR AUTHORS can be downloaded here
Natural Sciences: Journal of Science and Technology (hence JST) is an international journal providing an authoritative source of scientific information for researchers in academia, research institutions and government agencies, and industries. We publish original research papers, review articles and case studies on the scientific works in the field of life science in tropical area including biodiversity and environment, ecology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry, ethnobiology, herbal medicine, zoology and botany as well as related topics. JST does not accept papers related to the topic of material science, education, economy, social and humanities and other issues outside the topic of life science. All papers are peer-reviewed by at least two referees. Other topics are welcome if it discusses biodiversity or biotechnology. Natural Sciences: Journal of Science and Technology is published and imprinted by Faculty of Science, Tadulako University (UNTAD) and managed to be issued twice in every volume. For further information, please visit https://bestjournal.untad.ac.id/index.php/ejurnalfmipa.
Natural Sciences: Journal of Science and Technology is published and imprinted by Faculty of Science, Tadulako University (UNTAD). Currently, Natural Sciences: Journal of Science and Technology is accredited by SINTA in 4th place (SINTA 4), please visit at https://sinta.kemdikbud.go.id/journals/profile/288. JST officially published three times a year. But, starting on January 1, 2021 Journal of Science and Technology will be published twice a year.
TYPES OF ARTICLES
Natural Sciences: Journal of Science and Technology publishes original research articles, reviews and scientific notes or short communications in the fields of science and technology. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that the manuscript is written in appropriate English. Non-English-speaking authors are strongly encouraged to consult a professional proof-reading service prior to submission. The editorial board maintains the option of returning, before evaluation, manuscripts which do not meet the instructions and/or acceptable standards of English. For information on the Guidelines, please visit at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tLBLuErAG0BO4ZX9vPkD-OOReu1NCNaQ?usp=share_link.
Original articles: Present an original and important major advance in tropical life science having wide research scheme and deep discussion of the findings. This article should be no longer that 15 pages as a rule or 3000‒8.000 words (including tables, pictures, and references, see ‘Manuscript structure’ for more information). Structure of the article consists of Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and References.
Invited Review articles: Their length is limited to fifteen pages or about 60,000 characters, spaces excluded but all items included (text, references, tables, figures...). The usual division into ‘materials and methods, results and discussion’ may be replaced by a more adapted structure. Invited review article is only submitted based on invitation by Editor-in-Chief.
Short communications: Natural Sciences: Journal of Science and Technology publishes brief notes or short communications to report information and observation about life sciences in tropical area. Structure of the article consists of Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. The short communication (maximum 1500 words) receives the same in-depth review as the Research Article.
PEER REVIEW PROCESS
All manuscripts will be sent to an Associate Editor of Natural Sciences: Journal of Science and Technology who will facilitate the peer-review process. Those which do not match the scope of Natural Sciences: Journal of Science and Technology or are of insufficient general interest are sent promptly to their authors. The Associate Editor decides on provisional acceptance or rejection based on comments submitted by the referees.
The manuscripts are sent to a minimum of two experts chosen by the handling editor. Reviewers are invited to present their comments and/or suggestions within 4 weeks after getting access to the manuscript. Reviewers’ comments are sent to the authors without their names to remain anonymous.
The author will receive notification of the decision with the returned manuscript, the referees’ comments, and a copy of the Instructions to Authors on the format of the revised manuscript. Final acceptance is a decision of the handling editor and is based on the reviewers’ reports and the editorial board advice.
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Authors are to adhere to the guidelines in these Instructions to Authors: the Editorial Board maintains the option of returning to authors, before the reviewing process, any manuscript not in compliance with these recommendations. Papers submitted to this Journal must not have been submitted or be under review elsewhere unless they have been withdrawn or rejected. All authors must have read and approved the manuscript and the individual contribution of each author should be clearly stated in the article.
Optionally, authors could suggest potential reviewers (name, email contact and affiliation) in the covering letter and /or in the comments for the editors.
How to submit
Authors have to submit their manuscripts online https://bestjournal.untad.ac.id/index.php/ejurnalfmipa/submission/wizard. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please follow the step and fill the data for submit online and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.
Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
Manuscripts submitted must be in British or American English. Authors whose native language is not English should have their work reviewed by a person well-versed in the English language before submitting the manuscript. It is not the Editors’ or Referees’ responsibility to provide language assistance, and poorly-written manuscripts may be grounds for rejection.
The preferred format for manuscripts is Microsoft® Word (.doc and not .docx). For submission in other formats produced with other word processing applications, authors should email the Managing Editor regarding document compatibility before sending the manuscript.
The manuscript should be arranged into the following sections:
- Material and Methods
- Results and Discussion
The title should be clear, concise and informative sentence, accurate, unambiguous, specific, and completely identify the main issue of the paper, preferably not more than 30 words (i.e. 3 lines max), It should be typed in sentence case and in bold. If there are Latin names of plants and animals, please do not mention the name of the author in the title. (This authority needs to appear only once in the article, with the first mention of the taxon in the text). Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
Authors name and affiliations
Author names should not contain academic title, official rank, or professional position. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and last/family name(s) -full name if possible- of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Write clear affiliation of all Authors. Affiliation includes: name of department/unit, (faculty), name of university/institution, complete postal address, and country. All contributing author should be shown in contribution order.
A concise and factual abstract is required and must be written in English (maximum length of 300 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the methods used, the principal results and major conclusions. Please try to keep each sentence as specific as possible, and avoid such general statements as "The management implications of the results are discussed". An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list. Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself
Up to five keywords should be supplied, and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
Introduction is about 200-600 words. State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, state of the art, and should be avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. Explain how you addressed the problem and clearly state the aims of your study.
Materials and Methods
Materials and Methods should emphasize on the procedures and data analysis. Should be clearly and concisely stated. Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.
A Theory section (if necessarily added) should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lays the foundation for further work. A Calculation section represents a practical development from a theoretical basis.
Results and Discussion
Results should be clear and concise. Discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
The following components should be covered in the discussion section: How do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the Introduction section (what)? Do you provide interpretation scientifically for each of your results or findings presented (why)? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported (what else)? Or are there any differences?
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. The conclusion section should lead the reader to the important matter of the paper. Suggestion or recommendation related to further research can also be added but not to confuse the research with an uncompleted work.
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.), grants and funds. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.
It is not recommended to use appendices in Natural Science: Journal of Science and Technology submission.
The list of References should be included after the final section of the main article body. A blank line should be inserted between single-spaced entries in the list. Authors are requested to include DOIs and/or links to online sources of articles, whenever possible!
References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication. Unpublished data or personal communication should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text as ‘unpubl. data’.
Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
Citation in text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.
References in a special issue
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.
REFERENCE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
This journal has standard templates available in key reference management packages EndNote
( http://www.endnote.com/support/enstyles.asp ) and Reference Manager ( http://refman.com/support/rmstyles.asp ) or other refarence manager sofware such as Medeley or Zotero. Using plug-ins to wordprocessing packages, authors only need to select the appropriate journal template when preparing their article and the list of references and citations to these will be formatted according to the journal style which is described below.
Text: All citations in the text should refer to:
- Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
- Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication;
- Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.
Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.
Examples: 'as demonstrated (Allan, 2000a, 2000b, 1999; Allan and Jones, 1999). Kramer et al. (2010) have recently shown ....'
List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.
Reference to a journal publication:
Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J., Lupton, R.A., 2010. The art of writing a scientific article. J. Sci. Commun. 163, 51–59.
Reference to a book:
Strunk Jr., W., White, E.B., 2000. The Elements of Style, fourth ed. Longman, New York.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Mettam, G.R., Adams, L.B., 2009. How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones, B.S., Smith , R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book with edition:
List: Levinsky NG. 1977. Fluid and electrolytes. In: Thorn GW, Adams RD, Braunwald E (Eds.). Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 8th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 364–375.
Adams JH. 1962. Central pontine myelinolysis. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Congress of Neuropathology, Munich, Vol 3. Stuttgart: Thieme. pp. 303–308.
Cairns RB. 1965. Infrared Spectroscopic Studies of Solid Oxygen [Dissertation]. Berkeley, California: University of California.
NICE Guidance 2012. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg137. [Date accessed: 7 September 2015]
Journal abbreviations source
Journal names should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus journal abbreviations: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html; List of title word abbreviations: http://www.issn.org/2-22661-LTWA-online.php; CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service): http://www.cas.org/sent.html.
The acronyms and scientific abbreviations should be defined at first mention in the text, except
for the common ones (DNA, RFLP, PCR, ANOVA, etc.). The authors’ initials and the abbreviated titles of the journals should be presented with punctuation marks in the list of references.
Units should be from the International System of Units (SI) (English version available at: http://www.bipm.org/en/si/).
For example, hectares and ppm do not belong to the SI and should be changed into m2 and mg/kg or μL/L, respectively.
On the SI website you also find the official abbreviation of each unit. For example: 1 h = 60 min = 3600 s and 1 d = 24 h
The official abbreviation of liter is L. We use L to discriminate from 1 (one). Time is expressed as follows: 1150 h for 11h50 a.m. and 1715 h for 5h15 p.m.
The Latin names as well as the authority must be cited in full at the first mention in the text and then the genus abbreviated in the following citations. The authority should not appear in the title or the abstract. Latin genus and species must be italicized.
When the location of the experiment is meaningful, geographic coordinates of the place should
TABLES AND ARTWORKS
- All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
- Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
- For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the
- Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
- Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.
For the best quality final product, it is highly recommended that you submit all of your artwork – photographs, line drawings, etc. – in an electronic format. Your art will then be produced to the highest standards with the greatest accuracy to detail. The published work will directly reflect the quality of the artwork provided.
Electronic Figure Submission
- Supply all figures electronically.
- Indicate what graphics program was used to create the artwork.
- For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS; for halftones, please use TIFF format. MS Office files are also acceptable.
- Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.
- Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g., Fig1.eps.
- To add lettering, it is best to use Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts).
- Keep lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork, usually about 2–3 mm (8–12 pt).
- Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.
- Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc.
- Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations
- All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
- Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
- Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
- Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts.
- Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.
- Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
- No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.
- Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, , as coordinate points in graphs.
- Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.
Figure Placement and Size
- When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width
- For most journals the figures should be 39 mm, 84 mm, 129 mm, or 174 mm wide and not higher than 234 mm.
- For books and book-sized journals, the figures should be 80 mm or 122 mm wide and not higher than 198 mm.
The only articles written in English (U.S. English) are accepted for publication. Manuscripts will be reviewed by editors and invited reviewers (double blind review) according to their disciplines. Authors will generally be notified of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within 1 to 2 months of receipt. The manuscript is rejected if the content does not in line with the journal scope, does not meet the standard quality, inappropriate format, complicated grammar, dishonesty (i.e. plagiarism, duplicate publications, fabrication of data, citations manipulation, etc.), or ignoring correspondence in three months. The primary criteria for publication are scientific quality and biodiversity significance. Uncorrected proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by email as .doc or .docx files for checking and correcting of typographical errors. To avoid delay in publication, corrected proofs should be returned in 7 days. The accepted papers will be published online in a chronological order at any time, but printed in January, April, July and October.
If and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) still hold the copyright and retain publishing rights without restrictions. Authors or others are allowed to multiply article as long as not for commercial purposes. For the new invention, authors are suggested to manage its patent before published.