Review Process

The Annals of Tropical Research (ATR) publishes original research papers, review articles, research notes, conference proceedings and letters to the editor.

The Editor in Chief makes an initial assessment on the fitness of the submitted manuscript to the scope of ATR and the soundness of its research objectives and methodology. After having been judged robust enough, the manuscript will be passed to an associate editor whose expertise aligns with the manuscript’s disciplinary sphere. The associate editor reviews the manuscript with one or two other referees with pertinent disciplinary specialization. The review process is double blind where both authors and reviewers are kept anonymous. After the final revision by the author/s was accepted by the reviewers, the manuscript goes thru the language editor, then to the editor in chief for approval and finally to the managing editor for production.

Ethical Statement

The ATR is committed to uphold intellectual honesty in academic and scientific pursuits. To fulfill this commitment, the ATR editorial board, which also serves as the ethics committee, probes submissions for plagiarism and breach of research ethics:

1. Plagiarism. To ensure that all submitted manuscripts are original the ATR invites reviewers with long and vast experience in their field/s of specialization that enables them to recognized plagiarized statements. Author/s are required to make a declaration that the submitted manuscript is original, has not used data or information from other researches without properly acknowledging them, does not misrepresent research data to promote a certain agenda, and has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Recognizing the limitations of reviewers to detect plagiarism, the ATR enjoins the entire science community to report to the Editor in Chief any plagiarized work published in the ATR.

2. Breach of research ethics. Aside from the theoretical and practical relevance of the study, the ATR respects research ethics particularly in ensuring the confidentiality of respondents and the care and use of animals in scientific experiments, thus these are among the aspects that ATR editors and reviewers consider in assessing the soundness of the study’s methodology.

To prevent possible competing or conflicting interests that may affect their impartiality, reviewers are required to indicate in the signed reviewer’s report form that he/she has no personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious interest that may compromise his/her neutrality as peer reviewer.

Manuscript Structure

Manuscripts should be written in English and typed double spaced on one side of letter size (21.59cmx27.94cm) bond paper, with normal margins (2.54cm), using Arial 12 points. All pages should be numbered consecutively on the top right corner, including those containing tables and figures. Research paper should not exceed 7,000 words in length; research notes, 2,000 words; letters, 1000. Abstract, keywords, tables, footnotes, references and supplemental materials are included in the word count.

All manuscripts must follow the ATR house style. Manuscripts that do not conform to the ATR house style will be returned to the author. Click this link for detailed presentation of the ATR house style: (Click here).

The first page should contain the title of the paper and the names of the authors. The title of the paper should not exceed 100 characters including spaces. The organizational affiliation of the authors and the telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address of the corresponding author should be indicated as footnotes.

The second page of the manuscript should contain only the Title, Abstract and Keywords. The abstract should present briefly the scope, major results and conclusions of the paper and should not exceed 250 words. A list of 4 to 6 keywords should immediately follow the abstract. These words will be used for indexing so do not include words that are in the title of the paper as well as general words like “development”.

The main portion of the manuscript should start on the third page. It should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion (and Recommendations or Implications if applicable), Acknowledgment (if any) and References. Each section may be subdivided into sub-sections. Limit subsections to three levels.


Only published papers should be cited as references except for theses. References should be listed in sufficient details so that they can be easily located. They should be cited in the text as follows: single author: Bacusmo (2016) or (Bacusmo 2016); two authors: Uy and Shaw (2008) or (Uy & Shaw 2008); three or more authors: Lombard et al(2002) or (Lombard et al 2002). The Latin abbreviations ‘et al’ are not italicized and ‘al’ is not followed by a period except when it ends a sentence.

References cited in text must be included in the reference list and vice versa. The only exceptions to this rule are personal communications and classical works. References must be arranged alphabetically by the surname of the first author or organizational name, or by the first word of the title if there is no author. Ignore the words ‘A’,’An’,and ‘The’ when alphabetizing by title. Two or more entries by the same author(s) are to be listed in chronological order with the earliest first. Below is ATR’s reference style.

Journal Article

Pardales JR, Konko Y & Yamauchi A. 1992. Epidermal cell elongation in the growth zone of sorghum seminal roots exposed to high root zone temperature. Plant Science 81:143-146

Tulin EE and Ecleo ZT. 2007. Cytokine-mimetic properties of some Philippine food and medicinal plants. J Medicinal Food 10(2):290-299

Books & Monographs

Marschner H. 1995. Mineral nutrition of higher plants (2nd edn). Academic Press, London

Smith P. 2012. Cut to the the chase: Online video editing and the Wadsworth constant (3rd edn). E & K Publishing, Washington, DC

Paper within/Chapter/Section of a book

Goltiano HY. 2007. The face of subsistence farming in the Philippines: Donio. In Conklin AR Jr and Stilwell TC World Food: Production and Use (pp2-16). John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey

Jahn R and Asio VB. 1998. Soils in the tropical forests of Leyte, Philippines:Weathering, characteristics, classification and site qualities. In Schulte A and Ruhiyat D (eds) Soils of Tropical Forest Ecosystems (pp26-29). Springer-Verlag, Berlin

Paper in Conference Proceedings

Pasa AE, Harrison S & Cedamon E. 2013. Payment for environmental services: global experience and relevance for Philippine watersheds. In Harrison S, Bosch A & Herbohn J (eds) Improving the outcomes of watershed rehabilitation in the Philippines: Proceedings from the Planning Workshop for the ACIAR Watershed Rehabilitation Project (ASEM/2010/050), Sabin Resort Hotel, Ormoc City, Leyte, the Philippines, 18-19 July 2012. University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland


Bacusmo JL. 1986. Stability studies in sweetpotato (PhD dissertation). North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

Belonias BS. 1996. Developmental physiology of the pod seed of bush bean grown in open and partially shaded conditions (MS thesis). Visayas State University, Leyte. Philippines

Illustrations & Tables

Figures should be of good quality and should have thickness of lines and size of lettering and other symbols to allow reduction of their original dimensions up to 50%. They must not exceed the size of an A4 or a letter- sized bond paper; explanatory notes to tables should be indicated by superscript small letters; Tables and figures should be on separate pages put after the References. They should not be embedded in the text. In addition, they should be provided with concise captions (above for tables, and below for figures) which adequately describe their contents. Photographs should be submitted as high-contrast glossy prints. Color plates may be included if color is necessary for clarity. Figures, tables, photographs or text passages that have been previously published must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s). Evidence of permission must be submitted with the manuscript. Materials submitted without such evidence will be assumed to be that of the author/s.

Abbreviations & Units

Only SI units and abbreviations should be used. Normal and molar concentrations should be written in italics N and M, respectively. The following standard abbreviations should also be used: mg, g, kg, km, mm, cm, m, rpm, s (second), h (hour), min (minute), L (liter), mL, m-3, kg per ha or kg ha-1 (the minus index should always be used in tables and figures). Latin biological names should be italicized or underlined. These commonly used Latin words are not italicized: a priori, a posteriori, in vitro, in utero, in situ, ad libitum, per se and viz, so as the abbreviations et al, eg, ie, etc and vs, which do not carry a period except when they end a sentence.


Twenty offprints of each published paper will be supplied free of charge. Additional copies may be ordered from the editorial office of the ATR.


Submission of a paper is understood to mean that it is original and unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors may submit manuscripts online at or as email attachment to or Three hard copies of each manuscript may be submitted to the ATR office.

Subscription Rates

Foreign Subscription: US $25/issue

Local Subscription: Php 400.00/issue

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