Focus and Scope

Kalpataru is a peer-reviewed international scientific publication for the prehistory of Southeast Asia and its surrounding areas. It was originally released in 1985 as a thematic journal, published biannually by the National Research Centre of Archaeology. Starting in the 2022 edition, Kalpataru is shifting its journal's focus into a prehistoric archaeology theme with the scope of materials such as culture, human, and environment during the prehistoric and proto-historic period. The perspective from cross-disciplines other than archaeology are welcome, both hard sciences and soft sciences.
The announcement of the call for papers and the upcoming volume issue is published on the website. Submission to Kalpataru adopts the open journal system with professional and transparent reviews. The journal is pleased to invite researchers and academics to share their publications on archaeology and other related sciences.


Index and Circulation

Kalpataru is an accredited journal by 'S2' rating in the Indonesian Science and Technology Index (SINTA). It is a national integrated scientific reference index for most of scientists and researchers working in Indonesia. Kalpataru also indexed by global indexing engine and library services. Kalpataru is managed and circulated by the leading archaeological research institution in Indonesia, The National Centre for Archaeological Research.


Peer Review Process

Reviewer Kalpataru competent in archaeology, ethnography, geology, biology, anthropology, history, culture, etc and also able to work professionally by upholding the ethical code of scientific publication as Reviewer. The peer-review Process of Kalpataru manuscripts is as follows:

  1. The reviewer conducts a review (review process) manuscript according to their scientific filed. If the manuscript does not match the field of competence, a reviewer has the right to refuse and transferred to other reviewers who more competent.
  2. The review process uses a double-blind review which is the reviewer does not know the author’s identity and vice versa.
  3. The review process is done by one reviewer. The step is carried out by the E-journal system.
  4. The reviewer reviews the manuscript within a maximum period of 3 from the acceptance of the manuscript. The review process is based on the substance of the manuscript (article quality), including reviewing:
    • The accuracy of the title
    • The suitability of the problems, objectives, theories, methods, and discussion.
    • The clarity in the presentation of images, tables, and diagrams
    • Whether or not the manuscript has been published elsewhere.
    • The most recent references
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the authors
    • The originality of the information
    • False facts
    • Evaluate the content of the manuscript 


Publication Frequency

Published on May and November.


Publication Ethics

Kalpataru follows the guideline from The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for its publication ethics. This section contains statements clarify ethical behaviors of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in Kalpataru, including the author, Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, Referee and Publisher (Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional, Badan Penelitian dan Pengembangan dan Perbukuan, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan). Any kind of unethical behaviour is unacceptable thus publisher do not tolerate plagiarism in any form. The following information adapted from COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


Duties of Authors

  1. Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of the original research performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Researchers should present their results honestly and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. A manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Manuscripts should follow the submission guidelines of the journal.
  2. Originality and Plagiarism: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work. 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. The primary literature should be cited where possible. Original wording taken directly from publications by other researchers should appear in quotation marks with the appropriate citations.
  3. Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Author should not in general submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing same research in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Multiple publications arising from a single research project should be clearly identified as such and the primary publication should be referenced
  4. 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.
  5. Authorship of the Paper: The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. In cases where major contributors are listed as authors while those who made less substantial, or purely technical, contributions to the research or to the publication are listed in an acknowledgement section. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors.
  6. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should clearly disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
  7. Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If the author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in the submitted manuscript, then the author should promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
  8. 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.


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. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. Editors have to take responsibility for everything they publish and should have procedures and policies in place to ensure the quality of the material they publish and maintain the integrity of the published record.
  2. Review of Manuscripts: Editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality. 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. Editor 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: The editor must ensure that each manuscript received by the journal is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors. An important part of the responsibility to make fair and unbiased decisions is the upholding of the principle of editorial independence and integrity. Editors are in a powerful position by making decisions on publications, which makes it very important that this process is as fair and unbiased as possible.
  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. This includes requiring properly informed consent for the actual research presented, consent for publication where applicable.
  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. Editors should not be involved in decisions about papers in which they have a conflict of interest


Duties of Reviewers

  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. Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. The reviewers should notify the journal immediately if they come across any irregularities, have concerns about ethical aspects of the work, are aware of substantial similarity between the manuscript and a concurrent submission to another journal or a published article, or suspect that misconduct may have occurred during either the research or the writing and submission of the manuscript; reviewers should, however, keep their concerns confidential and not personally investigate further unless the journal asks for further information or advice.
  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 follow journals’ instructions on the specific feedback that is required of them and, unless there are good reasons not to. The reviewers should be constructive in their reviews and provide feedback that will help the authors to improve their manuscript. The reviewer should make clear which suggested additional investigations are essential to support claims made in the manuscript under consideration and which will just strengthen or extend the work
  4. Disclosure and Conflict 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. In the case of double-blind review, if they suspect the identity of the author(s) notify the journal if this knowledge raises any potential conflict of interest.
  5. Promptness: The reviewers should respond in a reasonable time-frame. The reviewers only agree to review a manuscript if they are fairly confident they can return a review within the proposed or mutually agreed time-frame, informing the journal promptly if they require an extension. In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor, so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer


Requirement for Submission

  • The manuscript is original, free from plagiarism, and has not been previously published, nor sent and being considered by other publisher.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, MS Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Citation and Bibliography is generated by reference management application (e.g. Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote)
  • The manuscript adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements defined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The manuscript can only be submitted through online submission by registered users. You can easily register/sign up in the journal system.


Copyright Notice

Authors whose articles are getting published must agree with these following rules:

  1. Publication rights for all contents published in Kalpataru Journal (printed and online versions) belong to The Board of Directors with acknowledgement of the authors (morale right still belongs to author)
  2. Legal formal regulation for digital access to electronic journal follows the rule of Creative Commons license Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA), which means Kalpataru Journal is a non-comercial publication, holds right to keep, format, and manage the articles into the database, maintain, and publish articles
  3. Published articles both in printed and online versions are accessible for all purposes of education, research, and library archives. The board of directors aren’t responsible for any violations of the copyrights outside those purposes.


Plagiarism Check

Submitted articles must not plagiarize and/or follow academic rules. Board of editors use ithenticate®  application tool to check on any plagiarisms. Articles contains similarity for more than 20% will not be published in Kalpataru Journal.


Privacy Statement

Any personal information delivered by the user or authors to this site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Publication Fee

Due to maintaining stability and availability of the online platform to sustain the excellent quality of the journal.Kalpataru make some adjustments to APC for article publication started on Vol.31 No. 1 2022. For manuscript and publication accepted from April 1st, 2022, this journal charges the following author fees.

Article Publication & Processing Charges: 1.500.000,00 (IDR)

If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.


Copy Editing and Proofreading

Copy editing and proofreading of the articles will be administered by the board of directors using application tool Grammarly® writing-enhancement.


References Management

Articles references must use Mendeley® application tool.


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