Publication Ethics

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.

Our ethics statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Duties for Author

  • 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.

Duties for Editor

  • 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.

Duties for Reviewer

  • 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.