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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines Map:

A. General Standards

  1. Article Type
  2. Templates
  3. Manuscript Length
  4. Language Editing and Style
  5. Keywords
  6. Title
  7. Authors, Affiliation, and Correspondence
  8. Abstract
  9. Text
  10. Body Sections
  11. Acknowledgement
  12. Figures and Tables
  13. References

B. How to Submit Manuscript

  1. Online Submission Procedures
  2. Starting the Submission
  3. Uploading the Submission
  4. Entering the Submission Metadata
  5. Uploading the Supplementary File
  6. Confirming the Submission
C. How to Submit Revised Manuscript

D. Copyediting Instruction


A. General Standards

1. Article Type

Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) requires Authors to carefully select the appropriate article type for their manuscript. The manuscript submitted should be uploaded to Majalah Obat Tradisional in Word Office format (.doc/.docx, or the like). Manuscripts submitted in PDF or any other uneditable format will be declined immediately.

 2. Templates

Authors are ought to follow the submission style that we provide. The style of the manuscript can be seen in the Journal Template that can be downloaded from this link. During the interactive review, Authors are encouraged to upload versions using “Track Changes”.

3. Manuscript Length

An original manuscript submitted to Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) should be between 4.000 to 8.000 words. A systematic review manuscript, on the other hand, should be between 8.000 to 10.000 words. The manuscript length includes only the main body of the text, footnotes, and citations, and excludes abstract, section titles, figures, tables captions, acknowledgement (funding statements), and references section (bibliography). 

4. Language Editing and Style

Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) requires manuscripts to meet the international English language standards to be considered for publication. The default language style at Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) is American English. If you prefer your manuscript to be formatted in British English, please specify this in the Author Comments when submitting the manuscript. Manuscripts submitted to Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Editing Journal) that does not qualify the Language requirement will not be accepted for publication. 

5. Keywords

All articles require a minimum of 5 and maximum of 6 keywords. To maximize an article’s discoverability, there are some suggestions that Author may follow:

  • Pick 5 to 6 keywords using a mix of generic and more specific terms on the article subject(s)
  • Use the maximum number of keywords in the first 2 (two) sentences of the abstract
  • Use some of the keywords in level 1 headings

6. Title

The title should be concise, informative, and consist of no more than 15 words. It should represent the main result of the manuscript. Abbreviations should be avoided within the title. In extreme cases, the editorial office may veto a title and propose an alternative.

Authors may avoid:

  • Titles that are a mere question without giving the answer
  • Unambitious titles (ex: “Towards…”, “A Description of…”, “A characterization of…”, “Preliminary study on…”)
  • Vague titles that do not specify role, link, or effect (ex: “Role of…”, “Link between…”, “Effect of…”)
  • Include terms that are out of place

7. Authors, Affiliations, and Correspondence

All names should be listed together and separated by commas. Include all Authors name for it will be indexed in the official archives. Affiliations should be keyed to the author’s name with superscript numbers and listed as follows:

Author Name1

1 The Institution affiliated to the Author, City, Province, Country (without complete address such as street names and/or zip codes)

Corresponding Author (one name) should be marked with an asterisk in the author list. Provide the exact contact email address of the corresponding author below the affiliation list. 

8. Abstract

The abstract section should render the general significance and conceptual advance of the entire manuscript. The abstract should be structured into one single paragraph that consists background of the study, objectives, methodology, results, and conclusion. It should be accompanied with 5 to 6 keywords. Avoid including abbreviations, cite references, figures, and tables.  The length of the Abstract should not exceed 250 words. 

9. Text

The document should be typed in Times New Romance, 12 pt font size, 1.5 spaced, and does not contain line numbers. The manuscript should be written using Word Office or similar software, with layout template as shown in this link.

Binominal Nomenclature:

  • All Binominal Nomenclature should be written in italic, including in the title case. In case it is surrounded by text that is all italicized, it should be underlined.
  • The genus should be capitalized, while the species should not, even if the species name was derived from the name of a person or place.
  • The genus name should be written in full upon its first use in the document.
  • Author may abbreviate the genus name after its first use as long as there is no risk of confusing it for another genus.

10. Body Sections

The manuscript should be organized by headings and subheadings. It is recommended to organize your manuscript in the following sections:


Includes background and aim of the study. Brief, clearly expressed, with no subheadings.


This section should be divided by subheadings, such as Materials and Methods, and should contain sufficient detail. All procedures can be repeated. Experiment reports on animal and human subject research should state Ethical Clearance clearly in this section.


This section presents the research findings (data, tables, figures, etc.) and their significance. The research results should be described in detail.


This section discusses the research findings in general, how they contribute to existing research, and their impact on the field. If there are any innovations in the research, please mention them. Analyze the research findings and compare them with existing publications.


This section should be concise and summarize the overall findings.

11. Acknowledgements

This section includes short text to acknowledge the contributions of specific colleagues, institutions, or agencies that aided the efforts for the authors. The detail of funding sources of the research must also be stated clearly. 

12. Figures and Tables Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) should not consist of more than 6 tables, figures, and/or other illustrations. Aside of being mentioned in the article, Authors should upload figures and tables as Supplementary Files in highest resolution (minimum 300 dpi).

  • Figures

Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) suggests to submit figures individually, in the same order as they are referred to in the manuscript. Kindly ensure that each figure is mentioned in the text and in numerical order. Figures with more than one panel should be clearly indicated using labels (example: Fig. 1, Fig, 2, etc.). Captions are suggested to be placed under the figures inside the text in one paragraph. Figure panels are referred to by bold capital letters in brackets. All illustrations should be in the form of high-resolution images.

Please note that figures not accordance with the guidelines will cause substantial delay during production process.

  • Tables

Tables should be inserted at the end of the manuscript in an editable format. Table captions must be placed before the table and preceded by the appropriate label. Tables must be concise and cited consecutively using Arabic numbers in the text (example: Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Title of the table must be clearly indicating the nature of the content and sufficient detail should be included in the footnote.

13. References

Majalah Obat Tradisional follows the APA Referencing Style commonly used in the sciences and social sciences. The APA Referencing Style for this type of citation includes the author names, publication year, article title, journal title, volume number, and page range. All citations in the text, figures, and tables must be included in the reference list and vice-versa. As much as 80% of the reference in the reference list should include articles that have been published within the last 10 (ten) years. Minimum 80% of the reference must be original research articles. We require Authors to use reference managing tools such as Mendeley Reference Manager, etc., for accuracy, consistency, and efficiency for the research workflow.

The in-text citation rule is as follows: works by a single author, include surname followed by the year; works by two authors, include both surnames followed by the year; for works by more than two authors, include only the surname of the first author followed by et al., followed by the year.

For comprehensive examples and detailed information on the APA Referencing Style 7th Edition, visit: or

Examples of Reference Style:

Journal article:

Kachrimanis, K., Rontogianni, M. & Malamataris, S. (2010). Simultaneous quantitative analysis of mebendazole polymorphs A–C in powder mixtures by DRIFTS spectroscopy and ANN modeling. J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal.  51(3), 512–520.

Book chapters:

Che Man, Y.B., Syahariza, Z.A. & Rohman, A. (2010). Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy: development, techniques, and application in the analyses of fats and oils. In Oliver J. Ress, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (pp. 1 – 26). Nova Science Publishers, New York.


Miller, J.N. & Miller, J.C. (2005). Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry. Pearson Education Limited, Edinburgh Gate Harlow.


Astuti, P. (2010). Regulation of cdc25B during G2/M progression [Thesis], Dimantina Institute, The University of Queensland]. UQ Library.


Eidenberger, H., Breiteneder, C. & Hitz, M. (2002 March). A Framework for Visual Information Retrieval. In S-K. Chang, Z. Chen & S-Y.Lee (eds.). Recent advances in visual information systems: 5th International conference, VISUAL 2002 proceedings, Hsin Chu, Taiwan (pp. 105-116).

Translated Book:

Piaget, J. (1969). The psychology of the child (H. Weaver, Trans.). New York, NY: Basic Books.


B. How to Submit Manuscript

Click ONLINE SUBMISSION on the Right Sidebar of Majalah Obat Tradisional website. For new users, click GO TO REGISTRATION. Fill and complete the important points with (*) marks. Other supporting information should also be included, such as ORCID ID, Google Scholar ID Link, Country, Bio Statement (including your department/laboratory information and Scopus ID).
For users who already have registered beforehand, click GO TO LOGINOnce you are logged in to your User Home, click NEW SUBMISSION to start submitting your manuscript. There are 5 (five) steps that need to be followed for a manuscript to be successfully submitted and recorded into our submission list. They are:

1. Starting the Submission

Please mark all the checkboxes to ensure that you have diligently adhered to the Submission Preparation Checklist. Note that we are using Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License for our copyright issue. Mark the checkbox to agree with our terms of Copyright Notice.

Users cannot proceed to submitting manuscript to Majalah Obat Tradisional if the checkboxes above are not marked.

Add comments or a cover letter addressed to the Editor in Chief in the Comments for the Editor box. This section box is optional and could be left blank.

2. Uploading the Submission

Follow the steps listed in this page and upload your manuscript. Files that are uploaded in PDF format or formats other than Word Office (.doc/.docx) will be put under Unsuitable Submission and sent to archive immediately.

Check once again if your uploaded file is correct before proceeding by clicking SAVE AND CONTINUE.

3. Entering the Submission's Metadata

Enter Authors information in the available form. If the manuscript involves or implicates more than one author, click ADD AUTHOR to add more contributors to the submission. Authors information should include: names, e-mail, Orcid ID, Google Scholar ID link, Affiliation (name of faculty/department in English), country, and Scopus ID (in the Bio Statement).

Complete the submission information, such as: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Contributors and Supporting Agencies (if any), and References.

4. Uploading Supplementary Files

Upload supporting/supplementary files such as clean/original sized images or figures, editable graphs, tables, other necessary files such as cover letter, Ethical Clearance, etc. It is also recommended for authors to upload Statement of Originality as supplementary file. Statement of Originality can be downloaded from this link.

5. Confirming the Submission

Confirm the files that you want to submit to Majalah Obat Tradisional before clicking Finish Submission.

Once submitted to Majalah Obat Tradisional, the corresponding user will receive an automated e-mail confirming that the submission is successful. User can always check for the submission status in User Home. For a comprehensive, step-by-step peer review process, please refer to this page.


C. How to Submit Revised Manuscript

Before uploading your revised manuscript, please ensure that it adheres to the journal's formatting guidelines, addresses all reviewer comments thoroughly, and includes any additional supplementary materials requested by the reviewers and editors. 

1. Login to your existing account.

2. Go to User Home

3. On My Journals page, there will be the title of the journals to which your manuscripts are submitted. Under 'Majalah Obat Tradisional', click the (Number) Active. For example, 1 Active.

4. You will be sent to the Active Submissions page, where your previously submitted articles are listed. To upload your revised manuscript, click on the title of the manuscript. Do not start a new submission in case of a Revision Required decision.

5. After clicking on the title, you will be sent to your manuscript’s Summary page. Click the REVIEW tab.

6. There are 3 (three) sections in the Review tab. Under Editor Decision, click Choose File, chose the revised manuscript you would like to upload, then click Upload.

7. Repeat the same process (No.6) to upload other necessary files such as:

  • Signed Statement of Originality
  • Respond to review form (file: 00000. Article Review, if any)
  • Evidence that the revised manuscript has been tested for plagiarism with a result less than 20%
  • Evidence of English proofreading from a certified professional


D. Copyediting Instruction

The copyediting stage is intended to improve the flow, clarity, grammar, wording, and formatting of the article. It represents the last chance for the author to make any substantial changes to the text because the next stage is restricted to typos and formatting corrections. The file to be copyedited is in Word (.doc/.docx) or .rtf format and therefore can easily be edited as a word processing document. 

Copyediting Systems

Microsoft Word's Track Changes

Under Tools in the menu bar, the feature Track Changes enables the copy editor to make insertions (text appears in color) and deletions (text appears crossed out in color or in the margins as deleted). The copy editor can posit queries to both the author (Author Queries) and to the editor (Editor Queries) by inserting these queries in square brackets. The copyedited version is then uploaded, and the editor is notified. The editor then reviews the text and notifies the author. The editor and author should leave those changes with which they are satisfied. If further changes are necessary, the editor and author can make changes to the initial insertions or deletions, as well as make new insertions or deletions elsewhere in the text. Authors and editors should respond to each of the queries addressed to them, with responses placed inside the square brackets. After the text has been reviewed by editor and author, the copy editor will make a final pass over the text accepting the changes in preparation for the layout and galley stage.

An Illustration of an Electronic Revision

  1. Initial copyedit. The journal copy editor will edit the text to improve flow, clarity, grammar, wording, and formatting, as well as including author queries as necessary. Once the initial edit is complete, the copy editor will upload the revised document through the journal Web site and notify the author that the edited manuscript is available for review.
  2. Author copyedit. Before making dramatic departures from the structure and organization of the edited manuscript, authors must check in with the editors who are co-chairing the piece. Authors should accept/reject any changes made during the initial copyediting, as appropriate, and respond to all author queries. When finished with the revisions, authors should upload the revised document through the journal Web site as directed.
  3. Final copyedit. The journal copy editor will verify changes made by the author and incorporate the responses to the author queries to create a final manuscript. When finished, the copy editor will upload the final document through the journal Web site and alert the layout editor to complete formatting.


To ensure the accuracy and quality of your manuscript, your participation in the copyediting review process is very improtant. Please follow the steps below to access and review your manuscript and complete the author copyedit step:

1. Click on the Submission URL provided in the email sent to the submitter/corresponding author.
2. Log into the journal and navigate to the "Editing" section.
3. Download the file under Step 1 of the "Copyediting" subsection.
4. Open the downloaded file to carefully review the text; pay close attention to copyediting proposals and queries.
5. Make any necessary copyediting changes using the Track Change and/or color highlight feature.
6. Once you have completed your review, upload the revised file in Step 2.
7. If there are no comments requesting edits on specific segments, author may upload the copyedited file from the editor as is.
8. Upon completion, kindly confirm your review by sending an email to the editor via the mail icon under "Complete".
9. If requested by the editor, please upload any necessary additional files as attachments to your response email.

* If there are no comments requesting edits on specific segments, or if you believe your manuscript requires no further content additions, you may upload the copyedited file from the editor as is.
* If requested by the editor, please upload any necessary additional files (such as Ethical Clearance, etc.) as attachments to your response email.


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.

  1. Formatting and Structure: Adhere to the Journal Template of Majalah Obat Tradisional. Review the Author Guidelines and comply with the formatting, structural, and the general standards. 

  2. Address the Ethical Clearance: Confirm that your manuscript includes necessary ethical considerations. Disclose any potential Conflict of Interest to ensure transparency. If your research involves human or animal subjects, provide evidence of appropriate approval. Declare informed consent, if applicable.

  3. Citation and Referencing Style: Ensure the formatting of in-text citations and references have followed the APA Referecing Style. Use reference management tools for assistance.

  4. Originality: Verify that your work is original, properly cited, and not currently under consideration for publication nor has been published elsewhere. Download this Statement of Originality template to concisely introduce your manuscript, elucidate its significance, and emphasize the authors' contribution. 

  5. Copyright Transfer: By selecting this option, you signify your consent to transfer the copyright of your article to our journal upon its acceptance for publication.

Copyright Notice

The copyright of all the articles published in Majalah Obat Tradisional (Traditional Medicine Journal) is retained by the journal. Articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The CC-BY-NC-ND allows you to download, copy, as well as redistribute the published article in any format or medium. 

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