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SCOPE & AIM
TAPROBANICA, The Journal of Asian Biodiversity ISSN / eISSN 1800-427X (founded in 2009) is an International, Open Access, Peer Reviewed, Multidisciplinary, Online journal devoted to biodiversity (fauna & flora) in Asia. TAPROBANICA accepts original papers on:
(1) Biodiversity, Species and their Ecology, Systematics and Evolution, Environmental Biology, Biogeography, Illegal Wildlife Trade and other Threats;
(2) The effects of Climate or Land use Change on Biodiversity and its Management for People and Nature;
(3) Biodiversity Policy and Planning, Management and Enhancement Strategies for Sustainable use of Biodiversity and wildlife.
The ultimate aim of the journal is to provide an effective medium for communication of the latest and best scientific information.
OWNERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
TAPROBANICA is the official Journal of Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC), Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences (FMIPA), Universitas Indonesia, INDONESIA.
OPEN ACCESS POLICY AND PUBLICATION FEES
TAPROBANICA is a free-to-publish journal. Therefore, we DO NOT charge for Article Submission or Article Processing (APC). There are NO Page Charges. The online version is published at our website www.taprobanica.org with DOI: 10.47605/tapro. TAPROBANICA provides immediate free open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. We also allow authors to publish images and figures in color online at NO cost. However, TAPROBANICA may charge to publish images in the print edition in color (if more than 5 color images). We also provide waivers or discounts on color charges.
PRINTER (FOR PRINTED VERSION)
The hard copies of the Journal's regular issue is printed at the University of Indonesia Press.
The journal’s geographic range extends to Asia with special attention to South and Southeast Asian regions.
FREQUENCY & VOLUME
TAPROBANICA maintains a strict schedule of publication. Published biannually. The two regular issues (fascicles) are published online (and print) in May and November every year. Each regular fascicle of the journal publishes minimum 10 articles (minimum 20 per year). TAPROBANICA also publishes supplementary issues in the form of either a supplement OR special issue. These will be published as and when the manuscript is ready for publication, except when it is too close to the date of the regular issue. In that instance the supplementary issue can be published in between a week after the previous regular issue and a week before next regular issue. Therefore, the number of fascicles may be increased, depending on the volume of contribution. The printed version is available only for the regular issues, printed on art paper with minimum 200 copies in perfect-bound double column format. High quality colour and black & white illustrations are encouraged, and will be accepted with no charge for pages and illustrations.
PEER REVIEW PROCESS
TAPROBANICA follows the single-blind peer review process. Minimum three Reviewers expert in the field (except those solicited from experts) who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff will review each manuscript. Every manuscript will be assigned to a Section Editor who, along with the Editor-in-Chief, will be responsible in making final editorial decisions. TAPROBANICA identifies Section Editors only after the initial round of reviews. The Section Editors will be picked from the journal's editorial board AND Reviewers will be picked from the field of the subject identified. The Section Editor's name will appear on the first page (below the title of the article) unless anonymity is requested. All reviews are single blind. The reviewers may reveal their name to the authors after reviewing process completed. Reviewers and Section Editors of TAPROBANICA are volunteers. Although reviewer comments are expected within a month sometimes due to requests for extension from reviewers and non-availability of subject reviewers, in rare cases the review process may take longer than 3 months. Therefore, the journal does not guarantee manuscript acceptance or very short peer review times.
INDEX & ARCHIVE
TAPROBANICA is abstracted or indexed in (1) Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) Zoological Record, (2) Google Scholar, (3) PubGet, (4) Bibliomania, (5) Bibliothekssystem Universität Hamburg, (6) Docseek, (7) Genamics, (8) Index Copernicus, (9) J4F, (10) NSFSL, (11) Researchgate, (12) Slashdocs, (13) SLJOL, (14) WILBERT, (15) Worldcat, and (16) WZB e-journals etc. TAPROBANICA printed version is archived in five International Libraries (sensu Article 8 of ICZN 1999); and the online version is registered in ZooBank (sensu Article 8 of ICZN 1999). For digital archiving we follow the national policy at National Library of the Republic of Indonesia. TAPROBANICA is also archived in INTERNET ARCHIVE for long-term preservation.
Volumes 1–2 (2009–10) of TAPROBANICA Journal were published by Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society (SRI LANKA), an independent, Non-Governmental Organization established in 11 September 2008. Registered under Voluntary Social Services Organizations Act, No 31 of 1980 as amended by Act, No 8 of 1998 (Reg. No: L-131816) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Volumes 3–5 (2011–13) of the Journal were published by Taprobanica Private Limited (SRI LANKA), an independent, private organization established in 15 February 2011. Incorporated under Companies Act, No. 7 of 2007 (Reg. No: PV 77205) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Since Volume 6 (2014–) of the Journal has been published by Research Center for Climate Change, Universitas Indonesia (INDONESIA), an independent Research Center established in 17 October 2010. Registered as a Directorate for Research and Community Services Universitas Indonesia. From the year 2017 until 2019 were lapsed due to lack of funding to cover the printing cost of journal. TAPROBANICA was recommenced in 2020 (Volume 9) and published again by the Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC) which is now operated by the Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences (FMIPA) of the Universitas Indonesia (INDONESIA).
Business models or revenue sources (e.g. publishing expenses, advertising, institutional support, and organizational support) are generated by the Research Center for Climate Change AND. Therefore, Publishing fees or waiver status does not influence editorial decision making. Advertisements are also not related in any way to editorial decision making and are kept separate from the published content. Any direct marketing activities, including solicitation of manuscripts that are conducted on behalf of the journal, are appropriate, well targeted, and unobtrusive.
ORIGIN OF THE NAME
Greek astronomer Ptolemy compiled a map in 139 AD and labelled the island as "Taprobane". Reports of the island's existence were known before the time of Alexander the Great (~350 BC). For some time, the exact place to which the name referred remained uncertain. The likely possibilities included: Sri Lanka, or Sumatra, or phantom island. We use the name "TAPROBANICA" for our company as well as for our journal.