Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Ecotone's focus and scope:

Wetland (Peat swamp Forest Restoration) Estuaries (Mangrove, macrophytes, or plant species present in the area).

Migration, and establishment of new plants, species richness, the abundance of introduced species.

Sedimentation and movement of sediment, landslides, land shift.

Exploitation of Aquatic Resources (Coral Reefs, Seagrass, Algae, Rocky Shore), Coastal Area Development, Coastal Erosion.



Section Policies


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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.


Open Access Statement

Ecotone provides direct open access to its content with the principle that making research freely available to the public supports greater global knowledge exchange. Benefits of open access for authors, including: Free access for all users throughout the world.
• Authors retain copyrights for their work
• Increase the visibility and number of readers
• Fast publication
• There are no spatial restrictions The works / articles in this journal are bound by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License


Author Guidelines

The official language of the journal is English Types of paper :

1. Research Articles: Original and unpublished work e.g. controlled trials, intervention studied, studies of screening and diagnostic test, cost effectiveness analyses, case-control series, and surveys or monitoring program. Generally, manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words, the maximum word length being 10,000 can be accepted after consultation with Editor-in-Chief. The length of a paper should be commensurate with the scientific information being reported. In particular, the introductory material should be limited to a few paragraphs and results presented in figures should not be repeated in tables.

2. Short Communication: A brief communication of urgent matter or the reporting of preliminary findings to be given expedited publication. Maximum 4000 worlds excluding references and abstract and up to 10 references.

3. Reviews: Critical assessments of literature and data sources. Those wishing to prepare a review should first consult the Editors or Associate Editors concerning acceptability of topic and length. Special Issues. Series seminar, proceedings of symposia, workshops and/or conferences will be considered for publication as a special issue.

Article Structure

Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations  and formulae where possible. No more than 20 words.

Author names and affiliations.
Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author. Please indicate the corresponding author who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. 

A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, methodology, the principal results and major conclusions. 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, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. No more than 250 words.

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, general and plural terms should be avoided.

State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material and methods
Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.

Results and Discussion
Results should be clear and concise. Discussion should explore the significance of the research work while extensive citations and discussion of published literature should be avoided. A separate Results and Discussion is often appropriate.

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.

Acknowledgements contains a list of individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., sampling taken, providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

Authors’ contributions:
The individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this section.
Example: JWL and PLS designed the study, performed the statistical analyses, and wrote the manuscript. HCW developed the parasite protocols. HYL and PLS performed the field work. HYL and HCW analyzed the specimen. All authors participated in revising the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Competing interests:
Authors must declare all relationships or interests from the work conducted in the manuscript. The Conflict of Interest statement should list each author separately by name:
LT declares that she has no conflict of interest.
LW has received research grants from the DIKTI, Indonesia.
If multiple authors declare no conflict, please write the following sentence:
LT and LW declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Authors’ statement of originalty:
Authors must declare :

1. this paper is original and completely the result of my / our research; this paper does not contain the parts of the wording previously published, and in no matter does the paper infringe anyone’s proprietary or author’s/copy rights;

2. I / we fully take the liability for the carried out research, the collected, processed and interpreted data and the conclusions we opted for;

3. the used bibliographical references are precisely referred to in the wording and the list of references;

4.the used ideas, figures, tables, graphs of other authors are precisely referenced by stating the

source, in compliance with the reference-making standards;

5. if more than two quotations of other authors are used, I / we do confirm that I / we haveobtained the written consent/approval of the owners of the copyrights to include those quotations in the wording of the paper;

6. this paper, i.e. part of the paper, has not been published and will not be sent to any other journal or publication to be published

Availability of data and materials:
Authors should fill in “Availability of data and materials” section concerning the data involved in the paper to be available to readers. Ecotone recommends the key datasets of the manuscript should be either deposited in publicly available repositories (e.g. Genbank for DNA sequences data) or presented as additional files in computer reader format (e.g. excel, doc or pdf formats). If author do not want to open up their data, please state the reason in this section.

Consent for publication:
In the case of the paper involve any person’s data in any form, there is a needed to obtain consent to publish from that person (parent/legal guardian for data involving children).
Please state “Not applicable” in this section in the case the paper does not include any of the data from individual person.

Ethics approval consent to participate:
All procedures in the research conducted in the manuscript involve human subjects or laboratory animals, author must declare they have followed the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human or laboratory animal experimentation (institutional and national – please include name the ethics committee).
For studies that do not contain studies with human or laboratory animal subjects, please state “not applicable” in this section


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

Web references
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.

Reference style
References should be arranged first chronologically and then further sorted alphabetically if necessary.

Examples in the manuscript body :
'”…The application of marine bioremediation in Indonesian water is relatively new (Weber et al., 1994a; Weber et al., 1994b; Heipieper et al., 1995). Biomass estimations were calculated according to
Smith et al. (1986). White et al., (2014) have recently shown ....'”

Example in reference list : 

References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically.  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:
Syakti, A.D., Acquaviva, M., Gilewizc, M., Doumenq, P., Bertand, J.-C. 2004. Comparison of n-eicosane and phenanthrene degradation by pure and mixed cultured of two marine bacteria. Environmental Research 96, 206–218.

Reference to a book:
Forstner, U., Wittmann, G.T.W. 1979. Metal Pollution in the Aquatic Environment. Springer-Verlag, New York. 489 pp.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Kroppenstedt, R.M. 1985. Fatty acid and menaquinone analysis of actinomycetes and related organisms. In: Goodfellow, M.,Minnikin, D.E. (Eds.), Chemical Methods in Bacterial Systematic. Academic Press, London, pp. 173–199.

Additional notes:
Subdivision - numbered sections
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.(then 1.1., 1.2., ...), 2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering).

Figure captions
Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.

Number tables consecutively with Arabic numerals in accordance with their appearance in the text. 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. Tables should never be included within the text, because file(s) containing tables are attached separately in the electronic submission system.


Publication Ethics

Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).


Editors' principle responsibilities

Editor decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. The editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The decision will be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal's scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submit ted 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 paper will not be used. By the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author's explicit written consent.


Reviewers' principle responsibilities

Peer-Review Contribution

The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed 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.

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 associated with the papers.


Authors' principle responsibilities

Reporting standards

Authors 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.

Plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources

Authors will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing

behavior and is unacceptable.

Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/], which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it.

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. The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may 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 to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.


Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from http://publicationethics.org/


Plagiarism and Retraction Policy

The Editorial Board of the Ecotone Journal recognizes that plagiarism is unacceptable and therefore establishes the following policy which states specific actions (penalties) when plagiarism is identified in articles submitted for publication in Ecotone. The Ecotone Journal will use Turnitin authenticity checking software as our tool in detecting text similarity in articles. A maximum of 20% similarity is allowed.

Plagiarism involves "the use or closure of language imitations and the thoughts of other writers and their representation as someone's original work."

Papers must be original, not published, and not wait for publication elsewhere. Any material taken verbatim from other sources must be clearly identified as being different from this original text with (1) indentation, (2) use of quotes, and (3) source identification. Any text that exceeds the fair use standard (herein is defined as more than two or three sentences or equivalent) or graphic material reproduced from other sources requires permission from the copyright holder and, if possible, the original author and also requires identification source; e.g., previous publications. When plagiarism is identified, the Editor in Chief is responsible for reviewing this paper and will approve steps according to the level of plagiarism detected in the paper according to the following guidelines:


Minor: Short sections of other articles are traced without significant data or ideas taken from other papers.

Action: A warning is given to the author and a request to change the text and to quote correctly the original article was made.

Intermediate: Most papers are copied without quotations that match the original paper.

Action: The submitted article was rejected and the author was prohibited from sending further articles for one year.

Severe: Most papers are traced which involve reproducing the original results or ideas presented in other publications.

Action: This paper was rejected and the author was prohibited from submitting further articles for five years. It is understandable that all authors are responsible for the contents of the papers they submit because they all read and understand the Ecotone Journal Copyright and Licensing Conditions.

If the sentence is handed down for plagiarism, all writers will be subject to the same sentence. If a second plagiarism case by the same author is identified, a decision on the actions to be upheld will be made by the Editorial board (Editor in Chief, and Editorial members) with the Chief Editor in Chief. Authors are prohibited from sending further articles forever.

This policy also applies to material reproduced from other publications by the same author. If an author uses text or images that have been previously published, the appropriate paragraph or number must be identified and the previous publication referenced. It is understood that in the case of review papers or tutorial papers a lot of the material previously published.

Authors must identify the source of previously published material and obtain permission from the original author and publisher. If an author submits a manuscript to the Ecotone Journal with significant overlap with the manuscript sent to another journal simultaneously, and this overlap is found during the review process or after the publication of both papers, the editor of another journal is notified and the case is handled as a case of severe plagiarism . Significant overlap means the use of identical or nearly identical numbers and identical or slightly modified text for half or more paper. For plagiarism itself, less than half the paper but more than one tenth of the paper, the case must be treated as medium plagiarism.

If plagiarism is limited to the method, this case must be considered a minor plagiarism. If an author uses some previously published material to clarify the presentation of new results, previously published material must be identified and differences for this publication must be mentioned. Permission to republish must be obtained from the copyright holder. In the case of manuscripts that were originally published during the conference process and then submitted for publication in the Ecotone Journal either in identical or expanded forms, the author must identify the conference process name and publication date and obtain permission to republish it from the copyright holder. The editor may decide not to accept this paper for publication.

However, an author is permitted to use material from unpublished presentations, including visual displays, in subsequent journal publications. In the case of submitted publications, originally published in other languages, the title, date, and journal of the original publication must be identified by the author, and copyright must be obtained. Editors can accept such translated publications to attract the attention of a wider audience. Editors can choose specific papers that have been published (eg "historic" papers) for republication to provide a better perspective of a series of papers published in one edition of the Ecotone Journal. This republication must be clearly identified and the date and journal of the original publication must be given, and permission from the author (s) and publisher must be obtained.

The Ecotone Journal layout editor for the Journal is responsible for maintaining the list of authors who are penalized and will check that no paper authors have been sent on this list. If the banned author is identified, the layout editor will notify the Chief Editor who will take the appropriate action. This policy will be posted on the website with instructions for sending the manuscript, and a copy will be sent to the author with a confirmation email after the initial receipt of their original manuscript.

It is not recommended to withdraw the manuscript that was sent after the manuscript is in the process of publication (review, copy, layout, etc.). During this time, the Ecotone Journal has spent valuable resources in addition to the time spent in the process. If under any circumstances the author still requests a withdrawal, the author must pay every effort made in the manuscript process in the amount of US $ 100. Paid at the author's official request in an email sent to the editor of the Ecoton Journal using the same email address as used in the correspondence.

The Editor of the Ecotone Journal will consider withdrawing the publication if:
• they have clear evidence that the findings are not reliable, either as a result of behavioral errors (eg data generation) or honest errors (eg calculation errors or experimental errors).
• previous findings have been published elsewhere without proper cross-references, permits or justifications (eg cases of excessive publication)
• it is plagiarism
• it reports unethical research

The Editor of the Ecotone Journal will consider issuing a statement of concern if:
• they receive inconclusive research evidence or publication errors by the author
• there is evidence that the findings are not reliable but the authors' institution will not investigate this case
• they believe that investigations into alleged violations related to publicity have not yet or are not fair and impartial or conclusive
• an investigation is underway but an assessment will not be available for a long time

The Editor of the Ecotone Journal will consider issuing corrections if:
• a small portion of publications that are declared reliable prove to be misleading (mainly due to honest mistakes).

Wrong list of authors / contributors (eg eligible authors have been removed or someone who does not meet authorship criteria has been included) This mechanism follows the guidelines of the Publications Ethics Committee (COPE).


Copyright Licensing

Please find rights and licenses in the Ecotone Journal. By submitting articles / article manuscripts, the author agrees to this policy. No special document is required.
1. License
The use of non-commercial articles will be governed by the Creative Commons Attribution license as currently shown on
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Attribution.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

2. Author's Guarantee
The author guarantees that the article is original, written by another author, has not been previously published, does not contain statements that violate the law, does not violate the rights of others, is subject to copyright that is held exclusively by the author and is free from any third party rights, and that each Written permission needed to quote from another source has been obtained by the author.

3. User Rights
The Ecotone Journal is to disseminate articles that are published as freely as possible. Under a Creative Commons license, Ecotone Journal allows users to copy, distribute, display and do work only for non-commercial purposes. Users also need to associate authors and Ecotone Journals in distributing works in journals and other publications.

4. Author's Rights
holds all their rights to the published work, such as (but not limited to) the following rights;
• Copyright and other ownership rights related to articles, such as patents,
• The right to use the substance of the article in his own future work, including lectures and books,
• The right to reproduce articles for one's own purposes,
• The right to self-archive the article,
• The right to enter into separate additional contractual agreements for non-exclusive distribution of published versions of articles (for example, post them to institutional repositories or publish them in a book), with acknowledgment of the initial publication in this journal (Ecotone).

5. Co-Authorship
If the article is compiled by more than one author, each author who submits warrants that he has been authorized by all joint authors to agree to this copyright and license notice (agreement) on their behalf, and agrees to inform the co-authors of the provisions this policy. The Ecotone Journal will not be held responsible for anything that might arise due to the writer's internal dispute. The Ecotone Journal will only communicate with the appropriate authors.

6. Royalties
Being a journal that can be accessed openly and distributing articles for free under the Creative Commons license period mentioned, the author realizes that the Ecotone Journal grants the author the right to no royalties or other fees.

7. Others
The Ecotone Journal will publish articles (or publish them) in the journal if the article's editorial process is successfully completed. The Ecotone Journal Editor can modify articles with punctuation, spelling, capitalization, reference, and usage styles that are deemed appropriate. The author acknowledges that the article can be published so that it will be accessible to the public and that access will be free for readers as mentioned in point 3.


Peer Review Policy

The publication of articles in the Ecotone Journal depends solely on scientific validity and coherence as assessed by our editors and / or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing can be understood and whether the work is a useful contribution to the field. The Ecotone Journal acknowledges the efforts and suggestions made by its reviewers.

Initial evaluation of the manuscript
The editor will first evaluate all submitted manuscripts. Although it is rare, it is worthy to receive an extraordinary text at this stage. Those who are rejected at this stage are not original enough, have serious scientific weaknesses, or are outside the aims and scope of the Ecotone Journal. Those who meet the minimum criteria are forwarded to experts for review.

Types of peer review Manuscripts
submissions will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the text is scientific and reasonable, whether it is a duplicate of the work already published, and whether the text is clear enough to be published. The method is blind peer review.

Review the report The reviewer is asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:
• Original by clearly stating goals and gaps
• Methodologically
• Follow appropriate ethical guidelines
• Have results / findings that are clearly presented and support conclusions. Refer correctly to previous relevant work
• The reviewer is not expected to correct or copy the text.

language is not part of the peer review process. Decision Reviewers advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article. Editors will reach decisions based on this report and, if necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. Editor's decision is final.

Become a Reviewer
If you are not currently a reviewer for the Ecotone Journal but would like to be added to the reviewers list, please contact us. The benefits of the review for the Ecotone Journal include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in the related research field at an early stage, and to be recognized in our reviewers list. You can also cite your work for the Ecotone Journal as part of your professional development requirements. The reviewers are volunteers who donate their expertise to science, so no financial payments are made.