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Author Guidelines

JURNAL TANAH DAN AIR (Soil and Water Journal)  is published in both printed and online versions, in English or Indonesian (with English and Indonesian abstract).  An acceptable manuscript will meet the following general criteria: it reports a worthwhile contribution to science, the sound methodology was used and is explained in sufficient detail so that other capable scientists could repeat the experiments, conclusions are supported by data, manuscripts is concise, well written, and understandable.


MANUSCRIPT FORMAT Manuscript should give in soft copy and arrange in JURNAL TANAH DAN AIR (Soil and Water Journal)  standard format, Title, Authors, Address and Email, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion and Suggestion, Acknowledgment and References, and typed in single column formate.


JURNAL TANAH DAN AIR (Soil and Water Journal) publishes all aspects in the original research of soil science includes soil physics and soil conservation, soil mineralogy, soil chemistry and soil fertility, soil biology and soil biochemical, soil genesis and classification, land survey and land evaluation, soil reclamation and remediation, organic and waste management, water management, water pollution,  soil and water quality, agroclimatology, and related subjects in which using soil from tropical areas, and Geographic information system,

All the submitted manuscripts are reviewed by one of the editor and at least two reviewers.


 The JURNAL TANAH DAN AIR (Soil and Water Journal)  uses anonymous reviewing process, in which the identities of the authors and reviewers are kept confidential (“blind reviewer”).


 Type of Papers

Original papers (regular papers) should report the results of original research. Submission of a manuscript to this Journal represents a certification on the part of the author(s) that it is an original work, and that neither this manuscript nor a version of it has been published elsewhere or being considered for publication elsewhere. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other languages, without the written consent of the Publisher. For these reasons, the authors are encouraged to fill in the “Statement Letter of the Originality of the Manuscript” and send it along with the submitted manuscript by email  The article similarity will be checked using the Plagiarism Checker and Similarity Detector .



 Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscript format: Manuscripts should be prepared with line number and written in 12 point Times New Roman font and single space in A4 paper. Margin on all four sides are 2 cm throughout, i.e. also for abstracts, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc.should be numbered. The manuscript should be typed in a paper length of 15-20 pages, approximately 5000 words. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the ‘spellchecker’ function of your wordprocessor. Make sure that your paper is prepared using the JTA_paper_template 


Manuscript sections are written in this order:

  1. First page (cover sheet): date of submission, name of author(s) and institution(s), address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and title of manuscript
  2. The title page: The title should be informative (consist of not more than 14 words) and be followed by the surname and forename (in full) of each author, the department and institution of the authors come from, fax number and e-mail address (complete with postcode) of the corresponding author (this author being identified by an asterisk).
  3.  An abstract: Summarizing a clear introduction or background of the study in two or three sentences, aim of the study, the methodology, the main results and the conclusions. Give one or two sentence(s) to discuss the finding(s) or prospective(s). The abstract should not exceed 200 words which has no references and be followed by keywords (not more than five words or phrases arranged in alphabetical order).
  4. Introduction: Write down the background of the study and mention the previous studies that had been done. State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background.
  5. Materials and Methods: The method section need to be detailed enough to allow the reviewers to answer the following questions: (i) Are the methods described in sufficient detail so that the study can be replicated?, (ii) Is the research an experimental or exploration?, (iii) If your research uses the previous research method, please describe briefly that method. If you make any modification on the method, please describe the modified part.
  6. Results and Discussion: Results should be clear and concise. State the obtained results based on the used methods. Do not present the same data in both table and figure. Discuss your data by comparing the current reported data with the previous results. Highlight the similarities, as well as the differences, and the uniqueness of your findings. Explain why your result(s) is coming to be.
  7. Conclusions: The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.
  8. Acknowledgements: List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g. providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the manuscript, state the grant source, etc.) if any.
  9. References: Cite the main scientific publications on which your work is based. Cite only items that you have read. Do not inflate the manuscript with too many references. Avoid excessive self-citations. Avoid excessive citations of publications from the same region. Check each reference against the original source (authors name, volume, issue, year, DOI Number). Please use the Reference Manager Application of “Mendeley” to help you writing the references


All published works referred to in the text should be present in a list of references and arranged alphabetically by the author without serial numbering. The author year system is used in the text. They should be referred to in the text by the name(s) of the first author and the year of publication in parentheses, using the following format: (Jordano and Godoy 2002) or Jordano and Godoy (2002). Use the first author‘s name and “et al.” when there are more than two authors. The order for references within parentheses in the text should be typed starting from the oldest year, e.g. (Cobo et al. 2002; Kwabiah et al. 2003; Lupwayi et al. 2005). If the references have the same year, place them alphabetically. For works by the same author(s) and the same year, append a lowercase a, b, c, etc. to the year of publication. Examples of reference citation are as follow:


Journal Article

Majerus V, P Bertin and S Lutts. 2007. Effects of iron toxicity on osmotic potential, osmolytes and polyaminesconcentration in the African rice (Oryza glaberrima Steud). Plant Sci 173: 96-105.

Chapter in Book or Proceeding

Haselwandter K. 1997. Soil microorganisms, mycorrhiza and restoration ecology. In: KM Urbanska, NR Webb and PJ Edwards (eds). Restoration Ecology and Sustainable Development. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 65-80.

Dolan MJ, H Van Bohemen, P Whelan, V O’Malley, G O’Leary and PJ Keizer. 2006. Towards the sustainable development of modern road ecosystem. In: J Davenport and JL Davenport (eds). The Ecology of Transportation: Managing Mobility for the Environment. Springer Netherlands, pp. 275-331.


Tan KH. 1996. Soil sampling, preparation, and analysis.

Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York. 408 p.

Thesis or Dissertation

Nursyamsi D. 2008. Pelepasan kalium terfiksasi dengan penambahan asam oksalat dan kation untuk meningkatkan kalium tersedia bagi tanaman pada tanah-tanah yang didominasi mineral liat smektit. [Disertasi]. Institut Pertanian Bogor, Bogor. (in Indonesian).

Burghouts TBA. 1993. Spatial variability of nutrient cycling in Bornean rain forest. [Thesis]. Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Online Article or Newspaper

Strom S. 2016. Cover crops, a farming revolution with deep roots in the past. The New York Time. February 6.  Available at: (Accessed on March 27, 2018).


Units: SI units should be used throughout, always be written in roman and separated from the numerical value by a space. The µ in µg or µm is always in roman. The symbol for litre is l and that for minute is min. The unit of ton should be written as Mg. As the ångstöm (1 Å = 10-10m) is not an SI unit, it should be replaced by the nanometer (1 nm = 10-9 m) or by the picometer (1 pm = 10-12 m): 1 Å = 0.1 nm = 100 pm. Multiple units should be written with negative superscripts (for example, 25 mg l-1s-1).

Nomenclature: The Latin binomial or trinomial and authority must be used for plants, animals, and microorganisms when they are first used in both abstract and text. For soil nomenclature, international classification system (e.g. FAO-UNESCO system or USDA Soil Taxonomy) may be included as reference, when a local classification is presented. For chemical nomenclature, recommendation by the convention of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry should be followed.

Submission of Manuscripts

The manuscript and the “Statement Letter of the Originality of the Manuscript” should be submitted online through JURNAL TANAH DAN AIR (Soil and Water Journal) by email (

Upon receipt of the manuscript, the authors will be informed of the “date when the manuscript was received” and the “registration number” of the manuscript. The registration number of the manuscript should be quoted in all correspondence thereafter.


For manuscript submissions and inquiries, please contact or send to:

JURNAL TANAH DAN AIR (Soil and Water Journal)

Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of  Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran” Yogyakarta

Jl SWK 104 (Lingkar Utara), Condong Catur, Yogyakarta 55283. INDONESIA



 Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author as given on the title page of the manuscript. Usually proofs will be sent by email as a PDF file. Only typesetter’s errors may be corrected; no changes in, or additions to, the edited manuscript will be allowed. JURNAL TANAH DAN AIR (Soil and Water Journal)  will do everything possible to get your article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Subsequent corrections will not be possible, so please ensure your first sending is complete.






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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article submission: 0.00 (IDR)
Authors are required to pay an Article Submission Fee as part of the submission process to contribute to review costs.

Fast-Track Review: 300.00 (IDR)
With the payment of this fee, the review, editorial decision, and author notification of the submitted manuscript is guaranteed to take place within 3 weeks. However, we do not guarantee that the paper will be accepted for publication in this journal.

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