Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

PELAGICUS is a scientific journal that provides the results of innovation, technology, and applied research in tropical marine and fisheries field. 


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The manuscript that is submitted to PELAGICUS will be checked according to the author guidelines by the Assistant Editor (Penyunting Pelaksana). If the manuscript complies with the author guidelines, the manuscript will be distributed to the Editorial Board (Dewan Penyunting) by Editor in Chief (Ketua Dewan Penyunting) to be reviewed. The final decision of the manuscript will be accepted or rejected by the Editor in Chief (Ketua Dewan Penyunting) based on the recommendation from the Editorial Board (Dewan Penyunting) and Peer-Reviewer (Mitra Bestari). 


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.


Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

PELAGICUS is a peer-reviewed journal that provides the results of innovation, technology, and applied research in the tropical marine and fisheries field by the Polytechnic of Marine and Fisheries Karawang. This statement describes ethical behaviour of all parties that involved in act of an article publishing in this journal, including the Authors, the Editor in Chief (Ketua Dewan Penyunting), the Editorial Board (Dewan Penyunting), the Peer-Reviewer, and the Publisher. This statement is based on the COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication

The publication of an article in a PELAGICUS Peer-Reviewer (Mitra Bestari) is an important foundation in the development of coherent and respected network of knowledge. This is a direct reflection of the quality of the work from the Authors and the institution that supports them. Peer-Review (Mitra Bestari) supports and actualizes the scientific method. Therefore, it is important to agree with the standard of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved, including the Authors, the Journal Editor (Tim Penyunting), the Peer-Reviewer (Mitra Bestari), the Publisher, and the community.

The Polytechnic of Marine and Fisheries Karawang as the publisher of PELAGICUS takes responsibility in all publishing stages and realizes the ethics and the other responsibilities. We commit to make sure that the advertisements, reprintings, and the other commercial revenues will not impact or influence on the Editorial Team's (Tim Dewan Penyunting) decision. Polytechnic of Marine and Fisheries Karawang, together with the Editorial Team (Tim Dewan Penyunting) will also help to communicate with other journals and / or publishers, if required. 

Publication Decision

The Editorial Team (Tim Dewan Penyunting) of PELAGICUS is responsible to decide which articles that will be published. The validation of the works in question must always drive such decision. The Editorial Team (Tim Dewan Penyunting) can be guided by the policies of the journal Editorial Team (Tim Dewan Penyunting) and limited by laws, including defamation, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The Editor in Chief (Ketua Tim Dewan Penyunting) can confirm to the Editorial Board (Dewan Penyunting) or the Peer-Reviewers (Mitra Bestari) in making this decision.

Fair Play

The Editorial Team (Tim Dewan Penyunting) evaluates the manuscipts for their intellectual content without considering race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnics, citizenships, or political views of the Authors.


The Editorial Team (Tim Dewan Penyunting) must not expose any information about the submitted manuscript to the others, except the appropriate Authors, the Peer-Reviewers (Mitra Bestari), the potential Reviewers, other Editorial Advisors, and the Publisher. 

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Unpublished materials are disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in the Editorial Team's (Tim Dewan Penyunting) own research without the writing consent of the Author.

Peer-Reviewer's Duty

Contribution for Editorial Decision

The Peer-Reviewers (Mitra Bestari) assist the Editorial Team (Tim Dewan Penyunting) in making editorial decision and through the editorial communication with the Author. The Peer-Reviewers (Mitra Bestari) may also helping the Author in improving the manuscript.


Any selected Referees who feel unqualified to review the reported research in a manuscript or know that its prompt review will be impossible, should notify the Editor and excuse themselves from the review process. 


Any manuscripts are received for review must be treated as confidential document. The manuscripts must not be shown or discussed with the others, except as authorized by the Editor.

Objectivity Standard

The reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the Authors is unappropriate. The referees must express their view clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

The Reviewers must identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the Authors. Any statement of observation, derivation, or argument that have been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. The Reviewers should also call the Editor's attention if there is any substantial similarity or overlap between the considered manuscript and any other published papers of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or idea that are obtained through the Peer-Reviewer (Mitra Bestari), must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. The Reviewers should not consider the manuscript in which they have conflict of interest due to competitoin, collaboration, or any other relationships or connections with any of the Authors, companies, or institutions that are related to the manuscript. 

Duty of The Authors

Reporting Standards

The Authors of the original research report should provide an accurate report of the work performed, as well as an objective of its significance. The data must be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient details and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statement are unethical behaviour and unacceptable. 

Data Access and Retention

The Authors are asked to provide raw data related to the manuscript for Editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Database), if practicable. The Authors should be ready to keep the information for the reasonable time after the publication.

Originality and Plagiarism 

The Authors must ensure that they have written the entire work originally. If the Authors have used the work and / or words from the others that has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

The Authors must not publish the manuscript describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently is an unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgement of the others' works must always be given. The Authors should cite the publication that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of The Paper

The manuscript must be limited for the ones who have contributed significantly to the conception, design, act, or interpretation of the reported research results. Everyone who have contributed significantly must be registered as co-authors. If there are others who have participated in substantive aspects of the research project, then they must be acknowledged as or listed as contributors. The corresponding Authors should ensure that all of the co-authors are appropriate and included in the manuscript. All of the co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and have agreed to submit the manuscript to the publication.  

Hazard and Human or Animal Subjects

If the works involve chemicals, procedures, or equipments that have unusual hazards, then the Authors must clearly identify them in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

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

Fundamental Errors in Published Works

If the Authors find significant error or inaccuracy in their published work, then it is the Authors' obligation to promptly notify the journal Editor or the publisher, and cooperate with the Editor to withdraw or correct the paper.