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Copyright Policy

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Upon acceptance of an article, Authors will be asked to transfer copyright. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. A notification email will be sent to the corresponding Author confirming receipt of the manuscript. A form facilitating transfer of copyright can be obtained from here.

In order to have your submission published in Tropical Life Sciences Research, please form, fill it out and send by email to tlsr.usm3@gmail.com.

If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the Author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.

(NOTE: Your accepted manuscript will not be published unless a Form has been signed and received by the publisher.)

Open Access Policy

Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia publishes fully open access journals. All articles are freely available to read, share and download. In accordance to publication ethics and best practices of scholarly publishing, authors and journals must be properly credited.

All articles are accessible via the journal's website and selected indexing databases.

Publication Charges

There is no submission charges or article processing charges (APC).

Language Policy

Manuscripts should be clearly and concisely written in English (UK). It is author's responsibility to ensure that the quality of English language is not compromised. Manuscripts from Malaysia should also provide abstrak and kata kunci in Bahasa Malaysia.


This Journal practices a double-blind peer review policy. At all stages of the review, until the decision to accept has been taken, neither the author nor the reviewer can identify the other.

The Editorial Board may exercise their prerogative to reject a manuscript without peer review if that manuscript is judged to be outside the scope of the Journal, poorly written or formatted or lacking in significance.

Reviewers are matched to the manuscript according to their expertise. Selection of reviewers is made from the Journal’s reviewers’ data bank and also from author’s recommended reviewers. If found to be of suitable quality and meets the aims and scope of the Journal, it will then be sent to at least two reviewers. The reviewer selected by the Editor may, of course, not necessarily be from the list. The Journal also welcome suggestions for reviewers from authors, though these recommendations may or may not be used.

After receiving a request to peer review, it is essential that peer reviewers respond in a timely fashion, particularly if they cannot do the review, to avoid unnecessarily delaying the process.

Reviewers are tasked to evaluate a manuscript for its originality and significance of contribution; subject relevancy; appropriate coverage of existing literature; the presentation of methodology, results and interpretation; and manuscript organisation. Reviewers are also required to provide anonymous comment to the author and confidential comment to the Editor.

Typically the review process will take 60–90 days. Should there be any delay, the Journal will alert the reviewers in a timely manner. For any contradict reports, the Journal will seek for further expert opinion. A revised manuscript may be returned to the initial reviewers. Where manuscript revision is required, authors are urged to ensure that the necessary corrections are made before the manuscript can be accepted for production. Author will be notified on the decision made by the Editor.