A Journal published by the Japan Society of Tropical Ecology

TROPICS is issued quarterly with one volume per year by the Japan Society of Tropical Ecology, and publishes papers covering all aspects of ecology and ecology-related science.

The journal is open to the results of original research, experimental or descriptive, and to significant reviews of aspects of the ecology of tropical regions. Its aim is not only to act as a valued means of communication between Japanese ecologists and other field scientists, but also to stimulate the research activities of ecologists and scientists of tropical regions. Those interested in contributing to TRPOICS are highly encouraged to submit their work.

Special issues of monographs or reviews may be published on occasion by decision of the editorial board.

Full text PDF files of recent volumes are available at J-STAGE.



Editorial Office of TROPICS

Takeshi TOMA

Editor-in-Chief of TROPICS

c/o Arboretum and Nursery Office Research Management Division Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) Forest Research and Management Organization National Research and Development Agency 1 Matsunosato,Tsukuba,Ibaraki 305-8687,JAPAN

TEL/FAX: +81-29-829-8122


1. Editorial Board


Takeshi TOMA (FFPRI) Forest Ecology and Rehabilitating Degraded Forests

Shin-ichiro Aiba (Kagoshima Univ.) Forest Ecology

Makoto Ehara (FFPRI) Policy and Livelihoods

Fuminori Ito (Kagawa Univ.) Ecology and Taxonomy of Insects

Koichi Kamiya (Ehime Univ.) Population Genetics

Shumpei Kitamura (Ishikawa Pref. Univ.) Ecology of Birds

Tsugiyuki Masunaga (Shimane Univ.) Soil Science

Miyabi Nakabayashi (Hiroshima Univ.) Ecology of Mammals

Shinta Ohashi (FFPRI) Wood Science

Masahiko Ota (Kyushu Institute of Technology) Policy and Society

Rempei Suwa (JIRCAS) Ecology of Swamp Forests

Toshihiro Yamada (Hiroshima Univ.) Forest Ecology

Masayuki Yanagisawa (Kyoto Univ.) Ecological History of South East Asia, Tropical Agriculture

2. Authors and Authors responsibilities

The authors should confirm that the study was carried out within appropriate ethical frameworks of their society and also scientific fields. To avoid publishing research results by malpractices*, the editorial board requests all authors to confirm following points before submitting their manuscript to TROPICS.

· The study has not been published and is not currently under review in other journals.

· All authors have contributed to the study and read the submitted version of the manuscript.

· All authors have committed for avoiding research misconduct such as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism as well as multiple submission of the same research results and inappropriate authorship.

· All authors have agreed to submit the manuscript to TROPICS as well as to participate the peer review process of TROPICS.

· All authors have declared any possible conflict of interests or they have confirmed that there are no conflict of interests.

· All authors have agreed that the editorial board may request authors to show evidences they followed necessary ethical flamework and they will respond the request.

· All authors have agreed that they and the editorial board are obliged to provide retractions or correction of mistakes before and after publication of their manuscript.

*: Ex. Guides for avoiding research misconducts

Japan Science and Technology Agency:

To All Researchers- Conduct for Responsible Research Activities-

P1-7 Japanese, P8-13 English, P14-19 Chinese

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

3. Submission of manuscripts

Submissions to TROPICS should include the following three items:

(1) Submission Form downloaded from the web site of the Japan Society of Tropical Ecology (JASTE) here

(2) A Microsoft word file containing the title page and text pages of the manuscript prepared in accordance with Instruction for Contributors downloaded from here.

(3) A PDF file containing the tables and figures.

Authors should submit these three items to the TROPICS Editorial Board at the following address:

4. Peer-review process

The TROPICS Editorial Board reserves the right to accept or reject manuscripts for publication. Papers are first reviewed for suitability by the Editorial Board. Suitable papers are then critically reviewed by two or more experts. Based on the recommendation of the reviewers, the editorial board will make one of the following decisions:

A. ( ) Your manuscript was accepted for publication.

B. ( ) Your manuscript will be accepted if revised adequately according to the comments.

C. ( ) Please revise according to the comments and resubmit.

D. ( ) It is recommended to submit your revised manuscript as a new manuscript for an adequate category.

E. ( ) Please decline submission.

For decisions B and C, the authors are expected to submit revised manuscript within one month from the decision.

5. Publication fee

The first author should be responsible to cover publication fee of the article. If the first author is a JASTE member, his or her manuscript will be published in free of charge. If the first author is NOT a JASTE member, a publication fee per article will be charged upon acceptance of a publication.

Scientists living in Japan: JPY8,000-

Students living in Japan: JPY4,000-

Scientists/Students living in foreign countries: JPY4,000- or USD50-

Costs for color prints (JPY50,000-) per a manuscript will be charged both JASTE and non-JASTE members.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of JASTE may contact to

6. Copyright transfer

All authors shall agree to transfer the copyright of their articles to the Japan Society of Tropical Ecology effective when the articles are accepted for publication. The copyright of the articles and other documents published by the Society and disclosed on the Society’s website belong to the Society. The use of copyrighted material requires the permission of the Society. The Society has the right to authorize third parties to use such materials; as a result of this authorization, any payment from third parties will be transferred to the Society’s account. Authors have the right to use their articles on their own website or a website belonging to another society, so long as it is indicated that the article’s copyright is owned by the Society.

Extent of Copyright

Copyright means all the rights defined by the Copyright Law of Japan (Revised on 21st December 2004), including Article 21 (right of reproduction), Article 22 (right of showing and playing), Article 23 (right of public transmission), Article 24 (right of morality), Article 25 (right of exhibition), Article 26 (right of distribution), Article 26-2 (dominion), Article 26-3 (right of lending), Article 27 (right of translation), and Article 28 (right of original author to secondary use of copyrighted works) of the copyright law.

7. Archiving

All articles published in TROPICS are archived in J-STAGE.

The articles will be available even after TROPICS is no longer published.

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