Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Applied Geology processes and publishes excellent quality and original research papers that specifically focus on the applied geology and geosciences with its key objective particularly emphasis on application of basic geological knowledge for addressing environmental, engineering, and geo-hazards problems. The subject covers variety of topics including geodynamics, sedimentology and stratigraphy, volcanology, engineering geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology, geo-hazard and mitigation, mineral resources, energy resources, medical geology, geo-archaeology, as well as applied geophysics and geodesy. This journal was published twice a year by the Geological Engineering Departement, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

In the beginning, the manuscript submitted in the OJS was reviewed by an assistant editor to assess the format base on the template and plagiarism identification. The formatted manuscript and the plagiarism check are then sent to an editor by the editor-in-chef. The editor then evaluates whether the manuscript aligns with the focus and scope of the Journal of Applied Geology and ensures that the plagiarism result is less than 20%. Editorial board members (including Editors-in-Chief) are not involved in processing their academic work. Their submissions are assigned to at least two independent outside reviewers. Decisions are made by other editorial board members who do not have a conflict of interest with the author.
Journal of Applied Geology uses double-blind review, which involves anonymizing manuscripts to reviewers. In addition, the reviewer's comments are also sent anonymously to the corresponding author to take the necessary actions and responses. The assistant editor handling the paper will check for words that disclose the reviewers' identity before sending the review to the authors. Then, the editor is expected to evaluate the revised manuscript and decide by considering the reviewer's recommendation, among several possibilities, such as: requiring major or minor revision, rejection, or acceptance. Meanwhile, the editor has the right to decide which submitted manuscripts to the journal should be published. .


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. We are continuously working with our author communities to select the best choice of license options, currently being defined for this journal as follows: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)



This journal utilizes the PKP-PN LOCKSS 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 and Malpractice Statement

This following statement clarifies ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal,including the author, the editor, the reviewer, and the publisher. This statement is based on COPE’s Publication Ethics

Duties of Authors

  1. Reporting Standars: 

    The Authors of original research reports must provide an accurate description of the work done and an objective discussion of its importance. Furthermore, the underlying data must be correctly described in the submitted document. In order to encourage others to reproduce the work, sufficient descriptions and references need to be included. Fraudulently or knowingly inputting inaccurate statements is unethical behavior and extremely unacceptable.

  2. Data Access 

    When necessary, Authors are required to provide the primary data related to the paper for editorial review.

  3. Originality and Plagiaris: 

    The authors need to confirm that they have published entirely original works. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, the author should cite and reference the other authors accordingly.

  4. Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: 

    Manuscripts containing essentially the same research work should not be published in more than one journal or primary publication as it is assumed dishonest and inexcusable publishing behavior.

  5. Acknowledgement of Sources: 

    It is an obligation to provide proper acknowledgement for work of others. The authors have to cite the articles that influenced the characteristics of the reported work.

  6. Authorship of the Paper: 

    Authorship, which involves listing specific individuals as co-authors, needs to be limited to those who have made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Meanwhile, contributors or co-authors should be noted or identified exclusively for those who partake in particular research projects' substantive aspects. The corresponding author needs to guarantee that only eligible co-authors should be included in the paper. The final version of the paper and its submission for publication has been seen and accepted by these individuals.

  7. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: 

    All Authors have to expose any cash flow and other meaningful potential conflicts of interest that could be perceived to affect the results of their manuscript's interpretation. Furthermore, all sources of funding should be reported for the research work.

  8. Fundamental errors in published works: 

    Any significant error or inaccuracy in the published work discovered by the author should be retracted and corrected by directly notify the journal's editor or publisher.

  9. Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects: 

    In the manuscript, the author should explicitly define whether the study contains dangerous substances, processes, or devices that pose unusual hazards in their use.

Duties of Editors

  1. Fair Play: 

    Without being affected by gender, ethnicity, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, citizenship, or political opinions of the authors, an editor must always review manuscripts for their intellectual content.

  2. Confidentiality: 

    Any information found in the manuscript sent to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, prospective reviewers, other editorial advisors and the publisher shall not be disclosed by the editor and any editorial staff, as appropriate.

  3. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: 

    Editors shall not, without the legal permission of the authors,use any unpublished material disclosed in the submitted manuscript.

  4. Publication Decisions

    The editorial board of the Journal of Applied Geology is liable for figuring out which of the submitted research papers shall be published. Meanwhile, the decisions should be based on the research's validation in question and its significance to researchers and readers. The editors can be guided by the journal's editorial policy and restricted by constitutional requirements such as defamation, breach of copyright, and plagiarism. Furthermore, in resolving the decisions, the editor may consult with other editors or reviewers.

  5. Review of Manuscripts: 

    The editor must guarantee that every manuscript's composition has been assessed for its authenticity while also organizing and utilizing peer review reasonably and wisely. Furthermore, the editor needs to clarify to the authors about the peer review processes and identify which aspects of the article have been peer-reviewed. By selecting people with sufficient mastery and excluding those with conflicts of interest, editors must perform influential peer reviewers for papers considered for publication.

Duties of Reviewers

  1. Contribution to Editorial Decisions:

    Peer review helps the editor determine editorial choices and helps the authors refining the paper through editorial discussions.

  2. Promptness: 

    Any chosen reviewer who feels unfit to observe the research work in a manuscript or recognizes that an immediate review would not be possible is required to notify the editor and not furtherly take part in the review process.

  3. Standards of Objectivity: 

    Reviews need to be carried out objectively, the personal judgment is unseemly, and the reviewer needs to express their viewpoints with supporting information explicitly.

  4. Confidentiality: 

    All submitted manuscripts need to be treated as secret reports. Furthermore, except for those authorized by the editor, they should not be displayed or examined with others.

  5. Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: 

    It is compulsory to treat unique details or insights gained through peer review as confidential information and not exploited for individual gain. Moreover, reviewers do not need to evaluate manuscripts with conflict of interest because of collaborative competitive or other association or connection with any of the authors, businesses, or organizations.

  6. Acknowledgement of Sources: 

    Reviewers ought to differentiate between similar published articles that the authors have not referred to. Likewise, the appropriate citation should be applied to every description where a previously recorded interpretation, inference, or statement is used. Finally, reviewers need to likewise bring to the editor's notice any overlap or noticeable similarity between the manuscript under scrutiny and any other published articles they have personal knowledge of.


Screening for Plagiarism

Plagiarism is checked for using the application Turnitin. If plagiarism is detected by the editorial board member in the first stage, we will alert the author(s) and ask them to rewrite the content or cite the references from where it has been taken. If more than 20% plagiarized, the article may be rejected, and the same is notified to the author


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Publication Frequency

Each year, Journal of Applied Geology publishes 2 times, in June and December.