(Document revised on December 2017)
Journal of Tropical Marine Science and Technology (Jurnal Ilmu dan Teknologi Kelautan Tropis in here will be called as JITKT) operates a rigorous peer-review process. In most cases this is a single-blind assessment with at least two independent reviewers, followed by a final acceptance/rejection decision by the Editor-in-Chief, or another editor in Editorial Board Member that approved by the Editor-in-Chief.
Immediately after submission, this check is initially carried out by the technical editor to assess:
- Suitability of the manuscript to the journal according to the aims and scope;
- Qualification and background of authors;
- Plagiarism check;
- Reject obviously poor manuscripts.
The Editor-in-Chief, or the Secretary Editor, or an Editorial Board Member in case of a conflict of interest, will be notified of the submission and invited to check and recommend reviewers.
The process is double-blind peer-review, meaning that the author does not know the identity of the reviewer, and the reviewer does not knows the identity of the author. At least two review reports are collected for each submitted article. Suggestions of reviewers can be made by the Editor-in-Chief during pre-check. Alternatively, JITKT editorial staff will use qualified Editorial Board Members, qualified reviewers from our database.
The following checks are applied to all reviewers:
- That they hold no conflicts of interest with the authors,
- They must have recent publications in the field of the submitted paper;
- They have not recently been invited to review a manuscript for any JITKT accepted paper.
To assist Editorial Board Members, JITKT Technical Editor handle all communication with reviewers, authors, and the external editor; however, Editor-in-Chief and Editor Secretary can check the status of manuscripts and the identity of reviewers at any time. Reviewers are given four weeks to write their review. For the review of a revised manuscript, reviewers are asked to provide their report within one week. In both cases, extensions can be granted on request.
A paper can only be accepted for publication by Editor-in-Chief or Editor Secretary. Employed JITKT staff (Technical Editor) can only reject papers: it would create a clear conflict of interest if they were permitted to accept a paper as their salary is paid for by the article processing charge of accepted articles.
When making an editorial decision, we expect that the Editor-in-Chief checks the following:
- The suitability of selected reviewers;
- Adequacy of reviewer comments and author response;
- Overall scientific quality of the paper.
The technical editor can select from: accept, reject, ask author for revision, ask for an additional reviewer.
If there is any suspicion that a paper may contain plagiarism, the editorial office will check using the industry standard iThenticate software for similarity check.
Reviewers make recommendations, and Editors-in-Chief are free to disagree with their views. If they do so, they should justify their decision, for the benefit of the authors.
In cases where only minor revisions are recommended, the author is usually requested to revise the paper before referring back to the editor. Articles may or may not be sent to reviewers after author revision, dependent on whether the reviewer requested to see the revised version and the wishes of the editor. Apart from in exceptional circumstances, we allow a maximum of two rounds of major revision per manuscript.
JITKT Editorial Flowchart
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JITKT carries out production on all manuscripts, including language editing, copy editing and conversion to XML and PDF. Language editing is carried out by professional English editing staff and Bahasa Indonesia editing staff. The authors are also free to use other English or Bahasa Indonesia editing service, or consult a native English-speaking colleague—the latter being our preferred option.
The Role of the Editor-in-Chief
The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the Editorial Board and Technical Editor quality of the publication process. This includes making final decisions on manuscripts, or approving scholars to whom the decision can be delegated. The Editor-in-Chief also approves new Editorial Board members.