Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Sains Tanah published the results of research and study in soil science and agroclimatology and other fields related, include :

  •     Soil physics and conservation
  •     Soil chemistry and fertility,
  •     Soil biology and biotechnology
  •     Clay mineralogy
  •     Plant nutrient
  •     Pedogenesis
  •     Geology and Mineralogy
  •     Soil survey and classification
  •     Soil reclamation and remediation
  •     Agriculture climatology
  •     Environment


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to this journal (Sains Tanah - Journal of Soil Science and Agroclimatology) must follow Focus and Scope and Author Guidelines of this journal. The submitted manuscripts must fulfill scientific merit or novelty appropriate to the focus and scope of this journal

All manuscripts submitted to this journal must be written in good English. Authors for whom English is not their native language are encouraged to have their paper checked before submission for grammar and clarity. The work must not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. 

All submitted manuscripts must be free from plagiarism contents. All authors are suggested to use plagiarism detection software to do the similarity checking (please use Turnitin or iThenticate to check the similarity). Editors will also check the similarity of manuscripts in this journal by using Turnitin software. 

All submissions are reviewed by one of the editor and at least two reviewers. Sains Tanah - Journal of Soil Science and Agroclimatology uses anonymous reviewing (Double Blind Peer Review), in which the identities of authors and reviewers are kept confidential. Authors are requested not to suggest reviewers with whom they have a personal or professional relationship, especially if that relationship would prevent the reviewer from having an unbiased opinion of the work of the authors. A working e-mail address for each reviewer is essential for rapid review in the event that the reviewer is selected from those that are identified by the authors. You may also select reviewers you do not want to review your manuscript, but please state your reason for doing so.

The final decision of manuscript acceptance is solely made by Editor in Chief (together with Editorial Board if required for consideration) according to reviewers critical comments. The final decision of manuscript is solely based on the Editor and Editorial Board final review which considering peer-reviewers comments (but not solely by Reviewer).

Publication of accepted articles including the assigning the article to the published issue will be made by Editor in Chief by considering the sequence of accepted date.


Publication Frequency

SAINS TANAH - Journal of Soil Science and Agroclimatology published twice in a year :

  • June
  • December


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.



This journal utilizes the PKP Private LOCKSS Network 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.


Author Fees

(updated July 2018; updated January 2019)

This journal charges the following author fees:

  • Article Submission: 0.00 (USD): Authors are NOT required to pay an Article Submission Fee.
  • Article processing charges (APCs) / Article Publication Fee: 55.00 USD (750,000 IDR), if your manuscript is accepted for publication
  • (added January 17, 2019) Additional charges may be billed for language editing, USD 10-40 (IDR 100,000-600,000).

SAINS TANAH journal does not charge any additional publication fee for the author(s) who have the submission date on 2017. Start from July 2018, for service improvement, this journal charge the article publication fee for supporting the cost of wide open access dissemination of research results, managing the various costs associated with handling and editing of the submitted manuscripts, and the Journal management and publication in general, the authors or the author's institution is requested to pay a publication fee for each article accepted.

The APCs covers:

  • The standard twelve (12) pages manuscript. For every additional page, an extra fee of 5 USD per page will be charged.
  • DOI registration for each paper.
  • Checking the article similarity by Turnitin; the final result will be sent to authors.
  • The payment DOES NOT INCLUDE print version and delivery fees of the hardcopy. Printings and delivery should be by request with the following fees: USD 20.00 (250,000 IDR) for 3 copies, including domestic delivery.  Delivery to abroad (out of Indonesia) is according to the standard fee by EMS. The printing version is issued some months after the online version, depends on the request.
  • FREE OF CHARGE will be available for paper submission of authors, from minimum two countries.



Authors must not use the words, figures, or ideas of others without attribution. All sources must be cited at the point they are used, and reuse of wording must be limited and be attributed or quoted in the text.

Sains Tanah uses Turnitin to detect submissions that overlap with published and submitted manuscripts. Editors can see our Similarity Check page for more information on how to interpret these reports.

Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will be rejected. Any published articles may need to be corrected or retracted.


Waiver Policy

A waiver or partial waiver of author fees may be decided by the editor in case of lack of funding, excessive length of submitted manuscript or other reasonable reasons provided by the author during the submission. The author should clearly declare that he asks for a waiver in the comments to the Editor box during their submission. A waiver is most likely to be denied if it is not asked in this stage. The waiver will have no effect to the review result.


Withdrawal of Manuscripts

  1. The author is not allowed to withdraw submitted manuscripts, because the withdrawal is a waste of valuable resources that editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscript, and works invested by the publisher.
  2. If the author still requests withdrawal of his/her manuscript when the manuscript is still in the peer-reviewing process, the author will be punished with paying $55 per manuscript, as withdrawal penalty to the publisher. However, it is unethical to withdraw a submitted manuscript from one journal if accepted by another journal.
  3. The withdrawal of manuscript after the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be punished by paying US$110 per manuscript. Withdrawal of manuscript is only allowed after the withdrawal penalty has been fully paid to the Publisher. If the author doesn't agree to pay the penalty, the author and his/her affiliation will be blacklisted for publication in this journal. Even, his/her previously published articles will be removed from our online system.