Author Guideline

Manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal of Smart Agriculture and Environmental Technology (JOSAET) should be original, high academic merit research contributions to the fields of smart agriculture and environmental technology. The work must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts must be free from plagiarism. Manuscripts failing to meet these requirements may be rejected outright.

For multi-author manuscripts, submission implies consent from all authors. All submitted manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer-review process by at least two independent referees.

General Format

Please adhere to the following formatting guidelines when preparing your manuscript:

  1. Font: Use Times New Roman 12-point size (except for specified cases), and Symbol font for mathematical symbols (both in text and figures).
  2. Justification: Set to full or left (single column only for submission).
  3. Underline: Do not use underlined text.
  4. Line Spacing: Set to double space.
  5. Paragraphs and Sections: Leave a line space between paragraphs and sections, and between section titles and text.
  6. Spaces After Periods: Only one space is needed after a period.
  7. Paper and Page Numbers: Manuscripts should be typed on A4 (210 Ă— 297 mm) paper, double-spaced throughout and with margins of at least 2.5 cm. Pages must be numbered consecutively, starting with the title page as p.1.
  8. Order of Content: The text begins on p.2 and should be arranged as follows: abstract, brief introduction, experimental section or materials and methods, results and discussion, acknowledgements, references.
  9. Title Page: The first page of the full manuscript should begin with the title of the paper centered or left on the page in 14-point Bold Title Case. It should also include the authors' names (with the main author’s name first), authors’ affiliations, and the e-mail addresses of all authors. The title should be brief and specify the species studied.
  10. Abstract: The abstract should not exceed 250 words, be one paragraph, and free of references and abbreviations. It should clearly state the scope and main conclusions of the paper.
  11. Introduction: The introduction should provide pertinent background to the study and explain its purpose.
  12. Experimental section : This section should detail the essential aspects of your experimental design and statistical analysis explaining about materials and methods.
  13. Results and Discussion: This can be written together or separately. The results should present the research findings and be free from discussion. The discussion should contextualize the new findings, presenting them in light of other work on the subject and interpreting them with minimal speculation.
  14. Acknowledgements: Keep this section as brief as possible.
  15. References: The reference section should include at least 10 primary research papers, 80% of which should be from journal articles, preferably published within the last 10 years. Unpublished data and personal communication should not be cited as literature. "In Press" articles that have been accepted for publication may be cited and should include the publication date, if available. All references should be ordered alphabetically.

Note: Here are examples of how references should be formatted:

  1. Journal Publication: Budianta, D., Warsito & Ardiansyah. 2022. Lead Accumulation in Tidal Swamps: Case Study at Transmigration Area of South Sumatra Indonesia after 40 Years Cultivation. J. Env. Sci. and Eng. A 11: 206-212. doi:10.17265/2162-5298/2022.06.003
  2. Book: Alloway, B.J. 1995. Heavy Metals in Soils. London: Blackie Academic Professional. 250 p.
  3. Chapter in an Edited Book: Budianta, D., A. Napoleon & N. Bolan. 2022. Heavy Metals In Indonesian Paddy soils. 17 p. in. Almayyahi, B.A. 2022. Heavy Metal – Recent Advances. IntechOpen. London. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.109027.
  4. Proceedings: Hapsari, L. & A. Masrum. (2011). Diversity and characteristics of banana (Musa acuminata) diploid AA cultivars group collection of Purwodadi botanic garden. In DWidyatmoko, D., D.M. Puspitaningtyas, R. Hendrian, Irawati, I.A. Fijridiyanto, I.R. Witono, R. Rosniati, S.R.  Ariati, S. Rahayu, & T. Ng. Praptosuwiryo. (Eds.), Conservation of tropical plants: Current condition and future challenge. Paper presented at Proceedings of Seminar Cibodas Botanic Garden 159th Anniversary, Cibodas (pp. 225-229). Cibodas, ID: Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
    Budianta D, A. Napoleon, Merismon & M.L. Habi. 2022. Save our soil from heavy metal (Pb and Cd) accumulation for rice growth. IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science. 2022;1005:012001. DOI: 10.1088/1755-1315/1005/1/012001

Cover Letter Guidelines

A cover letter must accompany each manuscript submission and include the following elements:

  1. Manuscript Title: The title of your manuscript.
  2. Corresponding Author: The name of the corresponding author.
  3. Co-Authors: The names of all other co-authors.
  4. Manuscript Type: The type of manuscript (e.g., Letter, Article, Invited Feature Article, Invited Perspective, Comment, Additions/Corrections).
  5. Statement of Suitability: A paragraph explaining why your manuscript is appropriate for JOSAET.
  6. Previous Submissions: If the manuscript was previously submitted to JOSAET or any other journal, provide relevant details and responses to reviewer’s comments.
  7. Reviewer Suggestions: Suggest the names, expertise, afiliation and contact information of three potential reviewers for your manuscript.
  8. Originality Confirmation: A statement confirming the manuscript has not been previously published by any of the authors and/or is not under consideration for publication in another journal at the time of submission.


Guidelines for the Peer Review Process at JOSAET

  1. Receipt of Manuscripts: The editorial office will acknowledge receipt of a submitted manuscript and assign it a unique identification number, which should be referred to in all correspondence.
  2. Initial Screening: The Editor-in-Chief conducts an initial screening of the manuscript to check for the paper's overall quality, relevance to the journal's scope, originality, and adherence to the journal's submission guidelines. Manuscripts not meeting these criteria may be rejected without further review.
  3. Assignment of Reviewers: Manuscripts passing the initial screening are assigned to at least two independent expert reviewers for a blind peer review. Reviewers are chosen based on their expertise in the manuscript's topic or methodological approach.
  4. Review Period: Reviewers are given a specified timeframe (e.g., two weeks) to review the manuscript and provide a detailed report with their recommendations.
  5. Editorial Decision: Based on the reviewers' feedback, the Editor-in-Chief makes one of the following decisions:
    • Accept as it is
    • Minor revision (manuscript will be accepted after minor changes as indicated by the reviewers)
    • Major revision (authors need to make significant changes and re-submit the manuscript for review)
    • Reject
  6. Revision: If a revision is required, authors will be asked to address the reviewers' comments and submit a revised manuscript along with a response letter explaining how they have addressed each comment. This revised manuscript will then be evaluated once again before a final decision is made.
  7. Final Acceptance: Once the manuscript is deemed acceptable by the Editor-in-Chief, the authors will be notified of its acceptance for publication. The manuscript will then undergo a final check by the editorial office before being sent for publication.
  8. Appeals: Authors have the right to appeal a rejection decision by providing a detailed rationale and request for reconsideration.

Remember that the purpose of the peer review process is to ensure that only high-quality, original, and significant scientific contributions are published. It is also meant to provide authors with constructive feedback to improve their work. The decisions of the reviewers and editors are made in the best interest of advancing scientific knowledge and the scholarly discourse.


Withdrawal Process Guideline

  1. Request for Withdrawal: The corresponding author must submit a formal written request to the Editor-in-Chief or the managing editor to withdraw the manuscript. The request must explain the reasons for the withdrawal.
  2. Co-authors Approval: All co-authors must approve of the withdrawal and sign the withdrawal request.
  3. Editor-in-Chief Approval: The Editor-in-Chief will consider the request and the reasons for withdrawal. If valid, the Editor-in-Chief will approve the withdrawal.
  4. Withdrawal Fee: If the paper is withdrawn after the review process has started or the paper has been accepted for publication, a withdrawal fee may be charged to cover the costs of the review process.
  5. Withdrawal Confirmation: Upon approval from the Editor-in-Chief and payment of any applicable fees, the withdrawal of the manuscript will be confirmed, and the authors will be notified.
  6. Record Keeping: A record of the withdrawal, including reasons and any communication, will be maintained by the journal for future reference.

Note: Withdrawal of a manuscript is considered a last resort and is discouraged. It wastes valuable resources and reviewers' time. Therefore, authors should be absolutely certain before submitting their manuscript for review.

Remember, once the manuscript has been accepted and the publication process has begun (i.e., the manuscript has been sent for typesetting or has been published as an Online First version), withdrawal will not be possible. In such cases, if a significant error is found in the manuscript, the authors will need to submit an Erratum.