Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Majalah Obat Tradisional aims to stimulate the discovery and development of herbal and traditional medicine. We accept articles on the cultivation and extraction of raw materials, the analysis of these materials’ phytochemical/pharmacological effects or toxicity, or the potential applications of natural extracts, fractions, or compounds in the formulation of traditional medicine.

Articles dealing with biotechnology are normally not accepted, unless their focal point is traditional medicine.

Research articles, case studies, and short communications are accepted. Starting in 2020, literature reviews will no longer be accepted.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The primary review system in Majalah Obat Tradisional is double-blind peer review. With this review system, the identities of both the Authors and the Reviewers will be concealed from each other. Manuscripts submitted to Majalah Obat Tradisional will undergo significant process in order to ensure that it carries novelty and quality that appeal to the journal’s readership.

There are at least five stages of review process that Majalah Obat Tradisional implements:

  • Initial Screening. Our Editorial Board members will asses the newly submitted manuscript for its conformity with the requirement, the manuscript’s feasibility with our Focus and Scope, as well as the quality of the content in general. A manuscript that does not pass the initial screening will be declined and returned to the Author promptly.
  • Peer-review. A manuscript that passes the initial screening process will be eligible to be sent to our Reviewers. In this stage, our Editorial Assistant will ensure all the individual or private information about the Authors, including Authors’ affiliation and Acknowledgement section, are removed from the submitted file. A single manuscript will be reviewed by two reviewers. The Editorial Assistant will be responsible in combining the two review reports. The Editorial Board members will make a decision in case the two reports contradict each other. However, it is also possible to have only one Reviewer return the report to the Editorial Board. This review process may take three to six months.
  • First decision. A decision letter will be sent to the Author based on the reports from the Reviewers and the recommendation from the Editorial Board members. The decision can be: Declined (rejected), Accepted with Revision (either major or minor), Accept Submission as is, or Resubmit for Review.
  • Revision Stage. Manuscripts that receive the Revision Required decision are ought to revise the manuscript as recommended by our Reviewers within fourteen days. Authors will also be asked to return the Cover Letter that the Editorial Assistant provides. A revised manuscript will still be assessed for its adequacy, as well as whether it has sufficiently corresponded with the Reviewers’ suggestion, before it is given the final decision by the Editor in Chief.
  • Final decision. The final decision of the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. A manuscript that is accepted and considered to be published in Majalah Obat Tradisional will receive electronic Letter of Acceptance (LOA) via e-mail. At this stage, a revised manuscript that is deemed inadequate or has not seemed to have significant improvement will be declined.


Publication Frequency

This is the official yearly schedule for the electronic or PDF release of Majalah Obat Tradisional. The In-Press edition will be uploaded as soon as it is available online.  

  1. Issue 1 : April 30
  2. Issue 2 : August 31
  3. Issue 3 : December 31


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. Accessing articles from this journal do not require payment fees.

Articles are published under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The author(s) and copyright holder (Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) grant all users a free, worldwide, and perpetual right of access to share, copy, and redistribute the work publicly, given appropriate credits. 

Users are allowed use the articles published in this journal for personal use but not for commercial purposes.


Screening for Plagiarism

Manuscripts submitted to Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) will be screened for plagiarism using Turnitin anti-plagiarsm software. Majalah Obat Tradisional will immediately reject manuscripts that have strong indication on performing plagiarism. Authors that are proven to perform plagiarism will be banned from submitting manuscripts to Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal). Please refer to our Author Guideline and Publication Ethics for our submission requirements. 


Digital Archiving

This journal utilizes the Indonesia One Search (IOS) system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.


Publication Ethics



(Traditional Medicine Journal)


Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Gadjah Mada, in collaboration with Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI) Yogyakarta, develops a scientific double-blind peer-reviewed periodical journal on herbal and traditional medicine. Each manuscript will be reviewed by the Peer Reviewers that are experts in their fields in order to have a quality manuscript that is in accordance with the editorial standards. Publication of ethics statement is designed to give an overview of expected behavior and conduct of peer reviewers, editors, and writers.

Majalah Obat Tradisional, a scientific periodical journal on herbal and traditional medicine, is a communication media among traditional medicine researchers including academicians, clinicians, as well as many others who pay attention on traditional medicines. Peer Reviewers are intended to review the manuscripts to make sure the consistency of periodical contents, and they are independently responsible to the quality of the journal content. Issuance of decisions are purely determined by the quality of the manuscript and are not influenced by advertising or sponsorship. In addition, double-blind peer review method is applied to the review process so that subjectivity and bias can be minimized.


  • Author should contribute to the concept, design, data collection, analysis, the writing of the study, as well as the content of the manuscript.
  • Author must declare that the study reported in the journal is based on their own work and that Majalah Obat Tradisional will have the copyright of the work published.
  • Author must declare that the submitted manuscript is original, has not considered nor previously been published elsewhere.
  • Author must not have conflict of interest regarding the decision of whom are credited as corresponding author, contributors, or ones who are being acknowledged.
  • Any other conflict of interest must be clearly stated.
  • Author must acknowledge people, institutions, as well as sources of funding that have given significant contribution to the study.
  • Author must provide information on Ethical Statements or Ethical Clearance including competing interest, informed consent, and human and animal rights.
  • Author must guarantee that the manuscript should not be plagiarized.
  • Author must communicate with Editor upon review process and decision.


  • Editor has the authorization to accept or reject a paper for publication based on the requirement of the journal and the decision should not be interfered by any other parties.
  • Editors must be able to evaluate a manuscript based on its scientific content regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and belief, ethnicity, nationality, or political philosophy.
  • Editors must treat the submitted papers confidentially and encourage peer review processing to minimize misconduct or conflict of interest, as well as inform the Author if ethical breach has occurred.
  • In case of having a conflict of interest for reasons of competition, collaboration, or other relationship with the author, institution, or company involved in publishing, the editor is not permitted to evaluate the related texts. Thus, another Editorial Board member should be involved in determining the issuance of the manuscript.
  • Editor should communicate with Author for any additional information needed.
  • Editor should function as communicator between Authors and Peer Reviewers during the peer-review process.
  • If the editors or other party encounters a fatal error and inaccuracies in the published manuscript, the editor should immediately notify the author and request his/her correction or retraction. The editor should publish the correction.
  • Editor is not allowed to use the unpublished manuscript material for personal use.
  • The information and ideas contained in the text which are in the double-blind peer-review process is confidential and will not be distributed or used for personal benefit.
  • Editor must ensure that all parties involved in the review process and the publication of the manuscript declare a conflict of interest in the publication of a manuscript, as well as make corrections if a conflict of interest is revealed after the manuscript is published. If necessary, the editor can take appropriate action, such as publishing editorial statements or retraction of the manuscript.


  • Peer Reviewers provide recommendations to assist authors to improve the quality of submitted manuscripts and the editors determine the editorial policy, in accordance with their respective expertise.
  • Peer Reviewers should inform the editor about the willingness to review the submitted manuscripts; otherwise, peer reviewers must notify the editor if unable to review the manuscripts.
  • The reviewed manuscript is a confidential document. Communication with other parties without the Author's permission is prohibited.
  • Peer Reviewers must be firm on the principle of objectivity and avoiding personal criticism against the Author of the manuscript during the review process. All comments must be accompanied by clear and supportive suggestions.
  • Peer Reviewers are recommended to clarify all ambiguous information from the Authors related to the research with the literature, or relevant case studies which have not been cited, having a substantial similarity, or overlap with the manuscripts reviewed.
  • Peer reviewers are not allowed to use unpublished manuscript material for personal use without the prior written consent of the Author, under any circumstances.
  • The information and ideas contained in the reviewed manuscript is confidential and should not be distributed or used for personal gain.
  • If having a conflict of interest for reasons of competition, collaboration, or other relationship with the author, institution, or company involved in publishing, Peer Reviewers are not permitted to evaluate the related manuscript.


Author Fees

Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) as an open access journal is free of charge. Authors are not required to pay submission or publication fees.

Article Submission: 0.00 (IDR)

Authors are not required to pay any Article Submission Fee as part of the submission process to contribute to review costs.

Article Publication: 0.00 (IDR)

If your manuscript is accepted for publication in Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal), you will not be asked to pay any Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.