Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

BIOTROPIA, The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Biology is a scientific publication of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) – Southeast Asian Regional Center for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP).  It publishes articles in the broad areas of tropical ecosystems and environmental impacts, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, and environmental and forest biotechnology.

Starting from 2012, BIOTROPIA has been successfully indexed by SciVerse SCOPUS (Elsevier), CrossRef and DOAJ.

Articles published in the journal are papers reporting results of original research, reviews on specific topics not available elsewhere in up-to-date form and short communication in which advances in knowledge of significance are briefly announced.

Submission of paper is taken to imply that it has not been submitted to other journals and that, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere.  All papers submitted for publication in BIOTROPIA are evaluated by reviewers/experts in the field and subjected to editorial revision. Authors may suggest names of potential reviewers. BIOTROPIA uses anonymous reviewing, in which the identities of authors and reviewers are kept confidential.


Section Policies

Research Paper

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communication

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

BIOTROPIA is a peer review journal. The journal adopts the blind peer review process to prevent any conflict of interest. The review process consists of one internal review conducted by Editorial Board of the journal and two external reviews conducted by the external reviewers coming from the Authors' country and overseas. Therefore, Author(s) and reviewers may not know each other and the review will be accomplished objectively.

BIOTROPIA is committed to actively combating plagiarism and publishing original research. Therefore, we always check all of the submitted manuscripts to make sure that the manuscripts have not been published elsewhere.  Plagiarism checking is carried out manually using search engines or indexing engines among others Google, Science Direct’s journal list, EBSCO ‘s journal lists etc. by entering paper’s title as keyword. BIOTROPIA plans to subscribe a reputable plagiarism screening tools in the future.


Publication Frequency

Starting from 2017, BIOTROPIA Journal is published three times a year (April, August and December).


Open Access Policy

BIOTROPIA 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. All articles published in this journal are licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-noncommerical-noderivates 4.0 International License that allows others to share, copy and redistribute the work in any medium or format, but only where the use is for non-commercial purposes and an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal is mentioned.