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Author Guidelines

Submission of Manuscript.

MRI will receive online submission through this Open Journal System. Please go to Online Submissions.

However, if the author has difficulties in online submission, he/she may submit the manuscript through email.

The Editorial Board of MRI

Research Centre for Oceanography - LIPI

Jl. Pasir Putih I, Ancol Timur, Jakarta 14430

Tel: +62 21 6471 3850; Fax: +62 21 6471 1948



Manuscript Format

Submitted manuscripts should be original and not published before, nor submitted anywhere else at the same time. Authors should upload the manuscript in MS Word (.doc or .docx).

Manuscripts should be written in English in   Times New Roman (10pt and 11pt font for abstract and main text, respectively), except for headings (i.e. 12pt) and references (i.e. 10pt). Paper size used for the manuscript is A4  page size. All margins should be 3 cm. Page numbers should be included and located at the bottom right. Names of genera, species, and sub-species are to be typed in italics.

The structure of research articles should be as follows:

  1. TITLE
  2. Author(s) full name
  3. Author(s) full address
  4. Correspondence author: E-mail
  6. Keywords
  12. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (optional)
  14. Figures and Tables


Detailed Description:

TITLE. Should demonstrate the main idea of a manuscript and be as concise as possible.  The title should be in capitals, bold letters, and centered.  Species names in the title should be in italics and capitals.

Author's data. Author's full name (no abbreviations) including a full valid street address or PO Box for each institution and an E-mail address.  When a manuscript has several authors from different institutions, then superscript numerals are used for refer the authors, and also the corresponding author should be identified.

ABSTRACT. Abstract to be a concise (max. 250 words) and complete report of the work that can stand alone without further explanation. It should include: the objectives/hypothesis of the study and justification for conducting the investigation, the material and methods used, the main results obtained and significant conclusions that can be drawn. The abstract should not include: an extended discussion of your results; references; tabulated data; any abbreviations unless they are widely understood (e.g. DNA, pH, USA).

Keywords consisting of 3 to 5 words should be listed in order of importance. These may be composites (e.g. 'coastal management, 'population dynamics'), but they should not be phrases or sentences. Keywords are the most pertinent informative words pertaining to the research.

INTRODUCTION. Composed of the background of the research and mentioning previous studies that had been done. State question(s) or hypotheses that are needed to be answered through your work.

MATERIALS AND METHODS. Methodology creates the context for evaluating the data, presenting how samples and measurements, are collected, what controls are used, what variables are and are not considered, which assumptions are made; all these things play an important role in the interpretation of the results. If a well-known method was applied, there should be a reference to the paper in which it is described. When a well-known method is modified, there should be clear mention of which part was modified.

RESULTS. State the obtained results based on the given methods. The same data may not be presented in both table and graph format. References are not normally given in the RESULTS section. Whenever possible, all data should be displayed as tables or graph.

DISCUSSION. Discuss the results/data by comparing the currently reported data with the previous results. Highlight the similarities, as well as the differences, and the uniqueness of the current finding. Explain why the result(s) are significant. End the discussion with a conclusion and an indication of possible future research.

CONCLUSION. The conclusion of a research paper needs to summarize the content and purpose of the paper. It should briefly restate the topic as well as explaining why it is important; rephrase the thesis statement; and briefly, summarize the main points. If and when needed, the author can state to the readers that there is a need for further research on the paper's topic.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. Briefly, thank people who helped you professionally an acknowledge funding sources.

REFERENCES. References should be in APA-like style (please refer to the example of the exception). They should be listed at the end of the paper and arranged in alphabetical order (first author's surname).

Papers from books, conference reports, symposium proceedings, etc.: Give the title of the cited article, the editor(s) and title of the volume, the publisher and place of the publisher (not the location where the conference was held), and the pages of the article. The date of the citation must be the year of publication (not the year in which the conference was held).

Dissertations: Write the title in lower case, 'MS / Ph.D. thesis / dissertation' (no spaces or periods in 'MS' or 'Ph.D.'), and give the university and its location.

Journal names should be abbreviated using ISO4 (Information and documentation – Rules for the abbreviation of title words and titles of publications) from  International Organization for Standardization. Please refer to this site as guidance: ISO4 abbreviation.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI), if available, should be added in the last part.

Example of 'References':

  • Wahyudi, A. J., Wada, S., Aoki, M. & Hama, T. (2015). Gaetice depressus (Crustacea, Varunidae): Species profile and its role in organic carbon and nitrogen flow. Ocean Sci., 50(2), 389-401. doi:10.1007/s12601-015-0036-y
  • Assis, C. (1996). A generalized index for stomach contents analyses in fish. Sci. Mar., 60, 385-389
  • Eve, T. M. (2001). Chemistry and chemical ecology of Indo-Pacific gorgonians. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, San Diego, CA., 125pp
  • Miyake, S. (1983). Japanese Crustacean Decapods and Stomatopods in Color Vol. II-Brachyura (Crabs). Tokyo: Hoikusha Publishing Co. Ltd., 277pp
  • Raffaelli, D. & Hawkins, S. (1996). Intertidal Ecology. London: Chapman and Hall, 356pp
  • Serene, R. & Moosa, M. K. (1971). New and few known species of Brachyura from Ambon. Mar. Res. Indonesia, 11, 3-16
  • Waterman, T. H. (1961). Comparative physiology. In T. H. Waterman (ed), The physiology of Crustacea; II. Sense organs integration and behavior (pp. 521-593). New York: Academic Press
  • West T. L. & W. G. Amrose. (1992). Abiotic and biotic effects on population dynamics of oligohaline benthic invertebrates. In G. Colombo, I. Ferrari, V. U. Ceccherelli & R. Rossi (eds), Marine eutrophication and population dynamics. Proceeding the 25th European Marine Biology Symposium (pp. 17-24). Fredensburg: Olsen & Olsen

Citation in text figures is cited as Fig. 19; references as Suriaatmadja (1956), (Suriaatmadja, 1956), (Suriaatmadja, 1956; 1959), (Wyrtky and Suriaatmadja, 1956), (Suriaatmadja et al., 1956), (Suriaatmadja, 1956; Wyrtky, 1960).

FIGURES. Figure(s) should be in black-white and grouped at the end of the text. Use graph in the maximum width of 8.5 cm. Numbers and title are written in 12 point Times New Roman font.

PHOTOS. Photo(s) should be in JPEG with at least a 300 x 300 resolution. Add measurement scale if needed.

TABLES. Table(s) should be grouped at the end of the text, but the approximate position should be indicated in the text. Titles should be given for all tables that should be numbered in Arabic numerals. Table titles are written in Time New Roman 12 point font.

UNITS AND NUMBERS. Authors are required to use the International System of Units. A number less than 10 and any number forming the first word of a sentence should be spelled out. The year should be completely written. Dates should be written in the form 31 December 1970 unless in figures, table or verbatim quotation of notes or data labels. Following abbreviation for symbols are preferred, i.e., g, m-2, µ,  mg l-1, o C, ha.  Statistics: n, r, SD, SE, CV.

TAXONOMIC PAPERS should follow the adopted International Codes of Nomenclature. Description of species should be in telegraphic style. Family and Order of the groups in a discussion should be indicated in parentheses.

Proofreading and printing.

Proofs. Galley proofs will be sent to author(s), who check only for printer's errors. The corrected proofs should be returned to the editors within one week.

Reprints. File in .pdf is provided for the author. When reprints (10 copies) are needed, the author is responsible for the postage. Please refer to this Document template for the final look of the published article.


We encourage the author to suggest at least two (2) name of the prospectus reviewer to the editor. This approach will help us for reducing waiting time for the review process.


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 Microsoft Word document file format e.g. *.doc, *.docx.
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses Times New Roman 11-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.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. A master (example) manuscript file can be downloaded here.
  5. Spell and grammar checks have been performed.
  6. All authors have read the manuscript and agree to publish it.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
    2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
    3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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