Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal-MBIOMJ) aims to publish scientific papers with open-access policy, which focuses on the variation and modulation of basic and functional biomorphology in humans.

The scope of this journal includes anatomy, histology, and bioanthropology. Manuscript contains analysis at the levels of biomolecular, cellular, tissue, organs and body system are welcomed. We also welcome study based on animal model related with disease and/ or abnormality occur in humans. 

Section Policies


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Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Submitted manuscript will be subjected to a double anonymous peer-review to assess the originality of the topic and its contribution to the body of science, soundness of theory and methodology, analysis coherences, and communicability to the readers. The double-anonymously peer-review means that the identities of both reviewer(s) and author(s) are concealed from each other throughout the review process. The review process is done by at least two independent peer-reviewers. In the case when two independent peer-reviewers have opposing decisions, the final decision will be made by the Editor-in-Chief. The whole  process takes approximately 5-15 weeks

Publication Frequency

Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal-MBIOMJ) is published twice a year (January and July). 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public and supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal  (p-ISSN:0215-8833e-ISSN:2716-0920) is licensed under  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License


This journal utilizes the CLOCKSS system 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.

Plagiarism Statement

Submitted manuscript must be free from plagiarism. Also, it must be passing the Turnitin screening at the rate of less than 20% with no similarity of more than 10 words in a sentence. Any manuscript that does not meet this requirement must be revised by its authors prior to the re-submission. Authors must obtain permission to reproduce any copyright material, and include an acknowledgement of the source in their article. Authors must be aware that the unreferenced use of the published and unpublished ideas, writing or illustrations of others, from whatever source (including research grant applications), or submission of a complete paper under 'new' authorship in the same or a different language, constitutes plagiarism.


Publication Ethics

Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal-MBIOMJ) is an open access, peer-reviewed- scientific journal published by Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia. Our focus is to publish high-quality and scientifically sound articles in the multi-disciplinary scope of basic and functional biomorphology, especially related with various pathology occurs in Indonesia. We aim to be a reputable open-access scientific journal in medicine and health sciences and to develop free publication for all. Articles published include an original research report, systematic review and/ or meta-analysis, scoping review, case series with scoping review discussion.

Universitas Airlangga as the publisher of Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal-MBIOMJ) takes its duties of guardianship at all publishing stages seriously, and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensure that either advertisement, re-printing, or additional commercial revenue has no impact and/or influence on the editorial decision. Editorial Boards assist in communication with other party and/or publishers when necessary.

The ethical rules of conduct are established by all parties involved in the publication of articles in this journal, including the authors, the editor-in-chief, the editorial board, peer-reviewer as well as publisher. This statement is adopted under Committe on Publication Ethics (COPE). Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal - MBIOMJ) applies open citation as indicated in 140c.

Duties of Authors

1. Reporting Manuscript’s Standards

Authors must present an accurate account of the original article (original research report, systematic review and/ or meta-analysis, scoping review and case series with scoping review discussion) performed as well as an objective discussion. A manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification, or inappropriate data manipulation. Review articles should be accurate, objective, and comprehensive. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. The author(s) must state any funding sources (if applicable), conflict of interests, and submit, along with the manuscript, the ethical clearance for original research report, or signed informed consent for study participation and publication from the patient(s) and/or the legal guardian(s) for the case study articles. Author must make sure that there was no academic dishonesty and/or ethical misconduct during the study and must adhere to the checklist for the type of study.

2. Originality and Plagiarism

Authors must ensure that submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere. The manuscript should not be submitted concurrently to more than one publication unless the editors have agreed to co-publication. Relevant previous work and publications, both by other researchers and the authors’ own, should be properly acknowledged and referenced.

Please be advised that all manuscripts submitted to the Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal - MBIOMJ) will be screened for plagiarism/ duplication. Authors are required to paraphrase all reference citations in their own words. This is to prevent any misunderstandings regarding plagiarism. In the case where a particular citation would lose its original meaning and essence if paraphrasing is attempted, the Journal requires authors to enclose the citation in quotation marks (“ ”) to indicate that it is a direct quote from the source. However, excessive use of such quotation marks is discouraged and should be utilized only when absolutely necessary. Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal-MBIOMJ) adopts a zero-tolerance toward plagiarism. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the outright rejection of manuscripts without peer review, and appropriate action will be taken.

3. Data access and retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the manuscript for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable.

4. Duplicate and Redundant Publications (Dual Submission)

Authors must avoid duplicate publications. Papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Multiple publications arising from a single research project should be clearly identified as such and the primary publication should be referenced.

Submissions that are identical (or substantially similar) to previously published, or accepted for publication in any platform previously; or that have been submitted in parallel to other conferences are NOT appropriate for submission to Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal-MBIOMJ) and violate our dual submission policy, thus will not be further processed. The editors reserve the right to reject immediately all submissions which they deem to be excessively similar and by the same authors. A “shotgun submissions” are unacceptable, unfair to authors who submit single original papers, and place an additional strain on the review process.

5. Acknowledgement of Sources

Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given.

6. Authorship of the Paper

The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting. Authors ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript. Others who have made significant contributions must be listed as co-authors. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.

7. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Authors have to clearly disclose any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be supposed to influence the results or interpretation of manuscripts. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

8. Fundamental Errors in Published Works

In case the author discovers an error or inaccuracy in their submitted manuscript, the author should promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to correct the paper. Author(s) must ensure that their submitted manuscript is free from fallacy, fabrication, falsification and plagiarism.

9. Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

The author should clearly identify in the manuscript if the work involves chemicals, procedures, or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use. If the work involves the use of animals or human participants, the authors should ensure that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them; the manuscript should contain a statement to this effect. Authors should also include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human participants. The privacy rights of human participants must always be observed. Please follow the protocols in the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)and comply to Declaration of Helsinki.

10. Subject consent forms

Subjects have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying details (written or photographic) should be omitted if they are not essential, but subject data should never be altered or falsified in an attempt to attain anonymity. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, and a consent form should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of subjects is inadequate protection of anonymity. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article.

11. Withdrawal and retraction of a manuscript

Withdrawal of a submitted manuscript can be requested by the author(s) via email to the Editor-in-Chief, and must be done before the manuscript undergoes review process. If the withdrawal is asked during and/ or after the review process, the request can not be granted. The retraction guidelines and withdrawal request of a published article are done by the editorial board and must follow the protocols in COPE.

12. Ethics committee approval

Authors must sign a declaration that the research was conducted within the guidelines below and under the terms of all relevant local legislation. The Editors reserve the right to judge the appropriateness of the use and treatment of humans or animals in experiments for publication in the journal.

a. Human experiments

All work must be conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Papers describing experimental work on human participants which carries a risk of harm must include (1) a statement that the experiments were conducted with the understanding and the consent of each participant, and (2) a statement that the responsible, ethical committee has approved the experiments.

b. Animal experiments

In papers describing experiments on living animals, include (1) a full description of any anesthetic and surgical procedure used, and (2) evidence that all possible steps were taken to avoid animals' suffering at each stage of the experiment. In experiments involving the use of muscle relaxants, describe the precautions taken to ensure adequate anesthesia. Experiments on isolated tissues: Indicate precisely how you obtained the donor tissue. The NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals gives guidelines for the acquisition and care of animals.

Duties of Editor

1. Publication Decisions

Based on the review report of the editorial board, the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript. Editors have to ensure the quality of the material they publish and maintain the integrity of the published record.

2. Review of Manuscripts

The editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality. Editors should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals. The editor should organize and use peer review fairly and wisely. Editors should explain their peer review processes in the information for authors and also indicate which parts of the journal are peer-reviewed. Editors should use appropriate peer reviewers for papers that are considered for publication by selecting people with sufficient expertise and avoiding those with conflicts of interest.

3. Fair Play

An important part of the responsibility to make fair and unbiased decisions is the upholding of the principle of editorial independence and integrity. The editor must ensure that each manuscript received by the journal is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors; please refer to APA language guidelines.

4. Confidentiality

The editor must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential. Editors should critically assess any potential breaches of data protection and patient confidentiality. Editors and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.

5. Disclosure and conflicts of interest

The editor of the Journal will not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his own research without written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. 

Duties of Reviewers

Majalah Biomorfologi (Biomorphology Journal-MBIOMJ) applies a double-blind peer-review process. The peer-review is done by at least two independent reviewers who have no conflict of interest.

1. Confidentiality

Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

2. Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists editors in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with authors, may assist authors in improving the manuscripts. Peer review is a heart of a scientific endeavor.

3. Standards of objectivity

Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. The reviewers should be constructive in their reviews and provide feedback that will help the authors to improve their manuscript.

4. Promptness

The reviewers should respond in a reasonable time frame. Any invited reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should immediately notify the editors and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

5. Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that is an observation, derivation, or argument that has been reported in previous publications should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also notify the editors of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge.

6. Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Article Processing Charge

We do not apply any publication charges. We also do not apply for any other charges, i.e. submission and processing charges.