Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science (Tomini J. Aquat. Sci.) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal that published by the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Gorontalo State University. This journal dedicated to the research in the field of aquatic sciences (freshwater, marine, and brackish). Topics of interest include but are not limited to; aquatic bioecology, aquatic biodiversity, aquatic toxicology, aquatic management, and aquaculture. 



Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Editor in Chief will assign the manuscript to a corresponding Editor or Managing Editor for further handling. The Editor or Managing Editor will request at least two scientists to review the research article manuscript. All manuscripts are subject to double-blind peer review whose reviewers' identities will remain anonymous to the authors and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. Reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors, but authors are unaware of the identity of reviewers. 

Detailed information about the flow for the manuscript submission (author) to the acceptance by the editor is shown in the following figure.

In short, the steps are:

  1. Manuscript Submission (by author) (route 1)

  2. Manuscript Check and Selection (by manager and editors) (route 2). Editors have a right to directly accept, reject, or review. Prior to further processing steps, plagiarism check using turtitin is applied for each manuscript.

  3. Manuscript Reviewing Process (by reviewers) (route 3-4)

  4. Notification of Manuscript Acceptance, Revision, or Rejection (by editor to author based on reviewers comments) (route 5)

  5. Paper Revision (by author)

  6. Revision Submission based on Reviewer Suggestion (by author) with similar flow to point number 1. (route 1)

  7. If reviewer seems to be satisfied with revision, notification for acceptance (by editor). (route 6)

  8. Galley proof and publishing process  (route 7 and 8)

The steps point number 1 to 5 is considered as 1 round of peer-reviewing process (see grey area in the figure). The editor or editorial board considers the feedback provided by the peer reviewers and arrives at a decision. The following are the most common decisions:

  • accept without any changes (acceptance): the journal will publish the paper in its original form

  • accept with minor revisions (acceptance): the journal will publish the paper and asks the author to make small corrections

  • accept after major revisions (conditional acceptance ): the journal will publish the paper provided the authors make the changes suggested by the reviewers and/or editors

  • revise and resubmit (conditional rejection): the journal is willing to reconsider the paper in another round of decision making after the authors make major changes

  • reject the paper (outright rejection): the journal will not publish the paper or reconsider it even if the authors make major revisions


Publication Frequency

Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science (Tomini J. Aquat. Sci,) publish the article two times a year in May and November.


Publication Ethics

Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices. All authors submitting their works to the journal for publication as original articles attest that the submitted works represent their authors’ contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works. All of submitted works will be checked by anti plagiarism software. Plagiarism detected works will be banned for further publication procedure. Authors who have been determined to have committed plagiarism will be banned for publishing in Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

The editor  is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

The editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.


Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper


Guide for Authors

To simply follow our journal's guideline, please download this Template, and replace the content with your own material. 

Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science have a policy of screening for plagiarism. We use Anti-Plagiarism Software Turnitin to check the authenticity of the article. Author should first register as Author and/or is offered as Reviewer through the following address: http://ejurnal.ung.ac.id/index.php/tjas/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions 

Author should fulfil the form as detail as possible where the star marked form must be entered. After all form textbox was filled, Author clicks on “Register” button to proceed the registration. Therefore, Author is brought to online author submission interface where Author should click on “New Submission”. In the Start a New Submission section, click on “’Click Here’: to go to step one of the five-step submission process”. The following are five steps in online submission process:

  1. Step 1 - Starting the Submission: Select the appropriate section of journal, i.e. Original Research Articles or Review Articles. Thus, author must check-mark on the submission checklists.

  2. Step 2 – Uploading the Submission: To upload a manuscript to this journal, click Browse on the Upload submission file item and choose the manuscript document file to be submitted, then click Upload button. 

  3. Step 3 – Entering Submission’s Metadata: In this step, detail authors metadata should be entered including marked corresponding author. After that, manuscript title and abstract must be uploaded by copying the text and paste in the textbox including keywords.

  4. Step 4 – Uploading Supplementary Files: Supplementary file could be uploaded including Covering/Submission Letter, additional data (if needed). Therefore, click on Browse button, choose the files, and then click on Upload button.

  5. Step 5 – Confirming the Submission:  Author should final check the uploaded manuscript documents in this step. To submit the manuscript to Forest and Society, click Finish Submission button after the documents is true. The corresponding author or the principal contact will receive an acknowledgment by email and will be able to view the submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal web address site. 

By submitting your article to Forest and Society, you and all co-authors of your submission agree to the terms of this license. You do not need to fill out a copyright form for confirmation. Please see the Copyright Notice.

After this submission, Authors who submit the manuscript will get a confirmation email about the submission. Therefore, Authors are able to track their submission status at anytime by logging in to the online submission interface. The submission tracking includes status of manuscript review and editorial process.

Formatting requirements 

Manuscript should be typed using word processors (preferably Microsoft Word) software. Please keep the words accounts as short as possible. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible as well.

There are no strict formatting requirements but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions.

If your article includes any Videos and/or other Supplementary material, this should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes.

Title :  This is your opportunity to attract the reader’s attention. Remember that readers are the potential authors who will cite your article. Identify the main issue of the paper. Begin with the subject of the paper. The title should be accurate, unambiguous, specific, and complete. Do not contain infrequently-used abbreviations. 

Article structure

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections

Authors Name and Affiliations

Write Author(s) names without title and professional positions such as Prof, Dr, Production Manager, etc. Do not abbreviate your last/family name. Always give your First and Last names. If you have one word name such as Isehu, write Isehu Isehu. Write clear affiliation of all Authors. Affiliation includes: name of department/unit, (faculty), name of university, address, country. Please indicate Corresponding Author (include email address) behind the name.

Author addresses are superscripted by numerals and centered over both columns of manuscripts.


The abstract should be clear, concise, and descriptive. This abstract should provide a brief introduction to the problem, objective of paper, followed by a statement regarding the methodology and a brief summary of results. The abstract should end with a comment on the significance of the results or a brief conclusion. Abstracts are preferably not more than 300 words.


Maximum of 8 keywords separated by semicolon (;), crucial to the appropriate indexing of the papers, are to be given. e.g: policy; ecology conservation; economics; interest.


The introduction part (recommended length: 500-1000 words) gives the reader and enticing glimpse of what is to come. It must grab teh reader’s attention by stimulating attention, interest, desire and action. In other words, the introduction must effectively “sell” the manuscript.

The introduction generally consists of: a broad statement about theme or topic of the study; summary of available literatures and cites the most important studies that are relevant to the current research; statement about controversies, gaps, inconsistencies in the literature that the current study will address; statement about problems/questions to be addressed in the study or objectives of the study. You can also state at the end of introduction outline of the structure of the rest of the article.

Materials and Methods 

Materials and methods section describes materials used in research and steps followed in the execution of the study. A brief justification for the method used is also stated so the readers can evaluate the appropriateness of the method, reliability and validity of the results.

Results  and Discussion 

Results should be clear and concise. The results should summarize (scientific) findings rather than providing data in great detail. Please highlight differences between your results or findings and the previous publications by other researchers.

The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them.Separation or combination of Results and Discussion section is accepted. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

In discussion, it is the most important section of your article. Here you get the chance to sell your data. Make the discussion corresponding to the results, but do not reiterate the results. Often should begin with a brief summary of the main scientific findings (not experimental results). The following components should be covered in discussion: How do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the Introduction section (what)? Do you provide interpretation scientifically for each of your results or findings presented (why)? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported (what else)? Or are there any differences? 

Tables and Figures

All figures and tables should be cited in the main text as Figure 1, Table 1, etc.

Tables are sequentially numbered with the table title and number above the table. Tables should be centered in the column OR on the page. Tables should be followed by a line space. Elements of a table should be single-spaced, however double spacing can be used to show groupings of data or to separate parts within the table. Tables are referred in the text by the table number. eg: Table 1. Do not show vertical line in the table. There is only horizontal line should be shown within the table.

Figures are sequentially numbered commencing at 1 with the figure title and number below the figure as shown in Figure 1. Detailed recommendations for figures are as follows:

Ensure that figures are clear and legible with typed letterings.

Black & white or colored figures are allowed.

Hard copy illustrations should, preferably, be scanned and included in the electronic version of the submission in an appropriate format 


Equations should be numbered serially within parentheses as shown in Equation (1). Equation should be prepared using MS Equation Editor (not in image format). The equation number is to be placed at the extreme right side.                        

Units, Abbreviations and Symbols

Metric units are preferred. Define abbreviations and symbols at the first time as they are introduced in the text.


Conclusions should answer the objectives of research. Tells how your work advances the field from the present state of knowledge. Without clear Conclusions, reviewers and readers will find it difficult to judge the work, and whether or not it merits publication in the journal. Do not repeat the Abstract, or just list experimental results. Provide a clear scientific justification for your work, and indicate possible applications and extensions. You should also suggest future works and/or policy implication.

Author Contributions: For research articles with several authors, a short paragraph specifying their individual contributions could be provided. The following statements should be used “X.X. and Y.Y. conceived and designed the experiments; X.X. performed the experiments; X.X. and Y.Y. analyzed the data; W.W. contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools; Y.Y. wrote the paper.” Authorship must be limited to those who have contributed substantially to the work reported.

Conflicts of Interest: Declare conflicts of interest or state “The authors declare no conflict of interest." Authors must identify and declare any personal circumstances or interest that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of reported research results. Any role of the funding sponsors in the design of the study; in the collection, analyses or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript, or in the decision to publish the results must be declared in this section. If there is no role, please state “The founding sponsors had no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analyses, or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript, and in the decision to publish the results”.


Recognize those who helped in the research, especially funding supporter of your research. Include individuals who have assisted you in your study: Advisors, Financial supporters, or may other supporter i.e. Proofreaders, Typists, and Suppliers who may have given materials. 


There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission, but we encouraging to use APA citation output. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the pagination must be present. This weblink https://bowvalleycollege.libguides.com/apa-style/article-nodoi, that explaining APA citation could be useful. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by Editor at the proof stage. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Please use Reference Manager Applications like EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc. Use other published articles in the same journal as models. All publications cited in the text should be included as a list of references. References are listed alphabetically. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Please see the example below

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of Publication). Title of article in sentence case: First word of subtitle also capitalized. Title of Journal in mixed case and italicsvolume number in italics(issue number in brackets), first page-last page. doi: http://10..xxx/yyyyy  

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (in press). Title of article in sentence case: First word of subtitle also capitalized. Title of Journal in mixed case and italics. doi: http://10..xxx/yyyyy 

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Date of publication). Title of article in sentence case: Capitalize first word of subtitle. Title of Journal in Mixed Case and Italics, volume number in italics(issue number in brackets), first page-last page. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxx.com

For print book:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of chapter in sentence case. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book in sentence case and italics (first page-last page of chapter). City, State or Country: Publishing Company.

Author, A. (Year of publication). Title of book in sentence case and italics: Capitalize first word of subtitle (A. Editor & B. Editor, Eds.). Location: Publisher.

Author, A. A. & Author, B., & Author, C. (Date of publication). Title of work in sentence case and italics: Capitalize first word of subtitlte (Number of edition, if available). City, State or Country: Publishing Company.

For e-book:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter in sentence case. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book in sentence case and italics (first page-last page of chapter). Retrieved from Name database.

For an organizational or government report or document with no author(s): 

Name of Organization or Government Agency. (Year of publication). Title of document in sentence case and italics: Capitalize first word of subtitle. Retrieved from Name database.

Name of Organization or Government Agency. (Year of publication). Title of document in sentence case and italics: Capitalize first word of subtitle. Retrieved from http://website.com/full



All published articles in Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science have been indexed by:



Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science have a policy of screening for plagiarism. We use Anti-Plagiarism Software Turnitin to check the authenticity article



This journal utilizes the Indonesia GARUDA: Garba Rujukan Digital 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.  This journal utilizes the 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 and Author Rights

By submitting the manuscript, authors give up all publishing rights to the publisher of the Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science including online publishing rights. Parts of the journal’s content, such as figures and tables, may be reproduced without prior permission, provided reference is made to their source.


Author Fee

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Publication: 0.00 (IDR)
Tomini Journal of Aquatic Science welcomes article submissions and does not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Article Publication Fee (Free). For Libraries/Individual, can read and download any full-text articles for free of charge.


Citation in Scopus

  • Morphometric and genetic variations of species composers of nike fish assemblages in Gorontalo Bay Waters, Indonesia
    Author(s): FM Sahami, RC Kepel, AH Olii, SB Pratasik
    Publication year: 2020
    Journal / Book title: Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity

  • Exploration of adult phase of Nike fish to maintain its sustainability in Gorontalo Bay waters, Indonesia
    Author(s): FM Sahami, SA Habibie
    Publication year: 2020
    Journal / Book title: AACL Bioflux

  • Variation in morphometric characteristics of Nike fish (amphidromous goby larva) in Leato waters, Gorontalo Bay, Indonesia
    Author(s): N Pasisingi, VRA Katili, H Mardin
    Publication year: 2021
    Journal / Book title: AACL Bioflux

  • Growth Performance of Layang (Scad) Fish (Decapterus russelli, Ruppell 1830) Caught from Tomini Bay, Indonesia
    Author(s): N Pasisingi, VRA Katili, H Mardin  
    Publication year: 2022
    Journal / Book title: ILMU KELAUTAN: Indonesian Journal of Marine Sciences

  • Temporal variation in abundance of bully sleepers (Pisces: Eleotridae) larvae and juveniles in Cisolok Estuary, Palabuhanratu Bay, Indonesia
    Author(s): T Prabowo, C P H Simanjuntak, R Affandi, F Baihaqi, S B Annida, A Ervinia and M S Budiman
    Publication year: 2022
    Journal / Book title: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

  • Distribution, abundance, and species composition of fish larvae and juveniles of Gobiidae in the Cimaja estuary, Palabuhanratu, Indonesia
    Author(s): F Baihaqi, C P H Simanjuntak, Sulistiono, T Prabowo, S B Annida, A Ervinia and M S Budiman
    Publication year: 2022
    Journal / Book title: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

  • Diversity of species in making up Nike fish schools and a new record of Eleotris melanosoma in Tomini Paguyaman Bay, Gorontalo, Indonesia
    Author(s): FM Sahami, SA Habibie
    Publication year: 2021
    Journal / Book title: Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity

  • Diel catch of marine life stage of “nike” in Gorontalo waters: daily growth and morphometric body ratios
    Author(s): FM Sahami, SA Habibie
    Publication year: 2022
    Journal / Book title: AACL Bioflux

  • Analysis of water pollution in Kaliotik River, Lamongan-West Java Author(s): FR Shaleh, ES Prihatini, F Masud  
    Publication year: 2021
    Journal / Book title: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

  • Biodiversity of nekton in the Barumun Watershed, Labuhanbatu District, North Sumatra, Indonesia
    Author(s): D Desrita, R Rambey, A Muhtadi, et al.
    Publication year: 2022
    Journal / Book title: Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity  

  • Management status of blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus Linnaeus, 1758) based on EAFM in the coastal of Pangkep Regency, South Sulawesi
    Author(s): N D Yanti, R Kurnia, A Mashar, Y Mardyani and L Lindawati
    Publication year: 2022
    Journal / Book title: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science