Asian Fisheries Society

Guide to Authors

Open access journal

The Asian Fisheries Science is an open access journal published quarterly (March, June, September and December). Full articles can be downloaded free of charge and there is no payment required for publishing papers in the journal.


Asian Fisheries Science publishes articles on problems and issues in fisheries science, including aquaculture, in Asia and other continents that are relevant to the Asian region. Acceptable topics include aquatic ecosystem, population dynamics, resource assessment, fishing gear technology, fish processing, socioeconomics, farming systems, breeding, nutrition, fish health, pollution and aquatic resources management.


All authors listed in the manuscript must have contributed substantially to the study (concept, design, analysis of data, drafting and revising the manuscript) and is an authority on the work done.

The authors must declare that the manuscript submitted has not been published previously nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. The journal may verify the submissions for textual similarity to other published works via anti-plagiarism software.

Types of papers

Articles may be research papers, short communications or reviews

Research papers are reports of original research findings that have not been published. The research findings should be novel contributions to scientific knowledge in fisheries science. The research manuscript must have an abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussions and conclusion.

Short communications are results of brief but significant work that should be published quickly. Manuscripts must have an abstract, but may omit the usual major headings of full papers.

Review articles are critical reviews of the state of knowledge of a specific topic or interdisciplinary areas and provide future research directions on the subject for the advancement of knowledge. The review article must have an abstract and appropriate subheadings.

Articles must be technically sound, and written in good and correct British English. Authors must display good knowledge of the primary scientific literature and prepare manuscripts according to the journal's standards and instructions in order to facilitate prompt review and processing of papers.

Preparation of Manuscripts


Type the manuscript using Microsoft Office Word software using letter size page (215 cm x 280 cm) with 2.5 cm margins all around. Double-space the manuscript throughout, including references, Tables and Figure legends. Use Times New Roman font with font size of 12 for the body text and font size 10 for legends of Table and Figure.

Title page

The page should contain:

Title of the article (abbreviation should be avoided)

DO NOT write the author's and co-author's names and institutional addresses. All the author's names and email contacts should be entered during submission of the manuscript.


Provide a brief summary which includes the purpose of the research, principal results and major conclusions in not more than 200 words. Avoid the usage of references and non-standard or uncommon abbreviations.


List 3 to 6 keywords representing the main content of the article. Use only abbreviations firmly established in the field of study.


Supply sufficient background information on the problem addressed, current level of knowledge, the aims of the study, and the hypotheses tested. This will allow readers to understand the purpose and significance of the study. Cite references wisely to provide the most salient background rather than an exhaustive review of the topic.

Materials and Methods

Include detailed information such as design of the study, the type of materials involved, and the type of analysis used, to enable suitably skilled investigators to replicate your study. For well-established methodology, cite articles where those protocols are described in and include sufficient information to be understood independent of these references.


Present the results of the experiments as concisely as possible in either text, Table(s), or Figure(s). Figures and Tables should be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text, and be sure to cite all Figures and Tables.

Full information is required when molecular methods are used, including the sequences of novel primers. Supporting molecular data (e.g., nucleic acid sequences, protein sequences) should be deposited in a public database such as GenBank, EMBL or DDBJ, and give the accession number in the manuscript.


Provide comprehensive interpretation of the results and explanation of the implications of the findings in relation to previous related studies and potential future directions for research. Avoid extensive repetition of the results or reiteration of the Introduction.


State clearly the main conclusions of the research and encapsulate its scientific contribution.


List the source of any financial support received for the work being published and those individuals who provided help during the research.


Ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Citation in text

Cite references in the text as Author (year). Cite three or more authors as (First Author et al. year) and references still in press as (Author, in press). If a reference is unpublished, say (Author, unpubl. data) or (Author, pers. comm.). Arrange references in series by year as in (Beta 1980; Omega 1985; Alpha 1990).

Citation in the Reference list

The reference list should be in alphabetical order and include the full title. See below for the reference style:

Article within a journal
Jumawan, J.C. and A.A. Herrera. 2014. Ovary morphology and reproductive features of the female suckermouth sailfin catfish, Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (Weber 1991) from Marikuna River, Philippines. Asian Fisheries Science 27:75-89.

Journal article in press with DOI number

Subramaniam, K., M. Shariff, A.R. Omar, M. Hair-Bejo, and B.L. Ong. 2013. Detection and molecular characterization of infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus from major ornamental fish breeding states in Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Fish Diseases DOI:10.1111/jfd.12152.

Article within a proceedings
El-Naggar, G., A. Nasr-Allan and R.O. Kareem. 2008. Economic analysis of fish farming in Behaira governorate of Egypt. In 8th international symposium on Tilapia in aquaculture. (eds. H. Elghobashy, K. Fitzsimmons and A.S. Diab), pp. 693–707. Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research, Abbasa, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Cairo, Egypt.

Bardach, J.E., J.H. Ryther and W.O. McLarney. 1972. Aquaculture: the farming and husbandry of freshwater and marine organisms. Wiley Interscience, New York. 100 pp.

Book chapter, or an article within a book
Smith, I. and K.C. Chong. 1984. Southeast Asian milkfish culture: economic status and prospects. In: Advances in milkfish biology and culture (eds. J.V. Juario, R.P. Ferraris and L.V. Benitez), pp. 1-20. Island Publishing House, Manila.

Online document
Fish Farming Expert. 2008. http://www.fishfarmingxpertno/index.php?page_id37&article_id=78056. Accessed 30 April 2010.

Tables, Figure captions and Figures

Headings should be bold. Use capital and lower case letters, never all capitals. Avoid footnotes, addenda or appendices; if they are really important, incorporate them briefly in the text. Underline only the words to be italicised. Define acronyms or unfamiliar abbreviations at first mention in the text. Do not give any acronym in parenthesis if it is not used later again in the text.

In designing Tables and Figures, bear in mind the journal’s page (17.8 cm x 25.3 cm or 7" x 10") and do any reduction if needed. Table headings, Figure explanations and other labels must be understandable without reference to the text. Number Tables and Figures consecutively. Tables must have horizontal lines only at the top and bottom and no vertical lines at all. Leave spaces to indicate groupings of data. Figures must be neat and simple line drawings, computer-generated graphics, or good-quality black and white or colour photographs. Labels or lettering on Figures must be of a size readable after reduction (up to 60%). Send electronic images (.jpeg or .tif format) at first submission and the originals only with the revised manuscript if necessary.

Latin Names and Authority

Give in full the Latin name of individual species along with the authority at first mention in the manuscript including the title, abstract and the body of the paper. Example: Asian sea bass Lates calcarifer (Bloch 1790). Thereafter the common name or the abbreviated Latin name should be used. Example: L. calcarifer.


Place a (leading) zero before the decimal in numbers less than 1. Give dates in the form 10 January 1994. Spell out numbers less than 10 unless they stand beside standard units of measure (eight fish and 8 kg). Do not spell out numbers larger than 10 unless they are used to start a sentence.

Follow internationally accepted metric units or the International System of Units (with base units metre, gram, second, litres, mole, joule, etc.). Common units such as day, tonnes, hectare, watts, horsepower, °C and ppt salinity may be acceptable. Use abbreviations of units only beside numerals (e.g., 5 m); otherwise spell out units (e.g., only metres away). Do not use plural forms or periods for abbreviations of units. Use superscripts and subscripts instead of the bar (/) for compound units; for example, 2 tonnes.ha-1year-1 instead of 2/t/ha/year; 10 g.m-2 instead of 10 g/m2. Refer IUPAC: Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry: for further information.

Submission process

Asian Fisheries Science does NOT charge publication/processing fees.

To submit a manuscript go to the following link;

At the right hand column, click on "Submit a Manuscript" which will take you to the link:

First time users will need to click "Create Account" with your email as an ID and you will immediately receive a temporary password to log in. You can change the password after you have logged in.

After logging into your account, select "Author" in the top left hand after which the "Author Dashboard" will appear. The system is user friendly and will guide you through the 7 steps to facilitate submission of manuscript. You may use the Tutorial guide to be familiar with the submission procedure.

Tips for members who are using the system for the first time for submission of manuscripts.

Have the followings ready;

a. abstract

b. full manuscript, which includes figures and tables laid out in the appropriate place within the text.

c. 6 keywords.

d. 3 potential reviewers with their email contacts

e. cover letter stating the work is original and the manuscript has not been published previously nor is being considered for publication elsewhere.


  1. DO NOT prepare a title page with names of authors and their affiliations. Author's names have to be typed during the submission.
  2. The abstract and the main text should be in separate files.
  3. Abstract can be copied into the space provided or uploaded as a file.
  4. Provide names of three possible reviewers although the Editorial Board may have their own choice of reviewers.
  5. The process can be completed intermittently over a few hours or a few days by saving the incomplete sections. The data saved can be recalled on logging into the system.
  6. Before submission check that everything is in order. Acknowledgement of submission of manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author and the co-authors. The authors can monitor the progress of their submission by logging into the system. The processing system will save Information of the author/s and will appear during subsequent submissions.

Manuscript processing

Manuscripts are evaluated by at least two reviewers and the Editor decides on acceptance, revision, or rejection. Manuscripts returned to authors for revision should be revised and resubmitted within 2 weeks; otherwise they may be considered as withdrawn. The Editor may return (without reviewing) any manuscript that falls outside the journal's policy or scope.


The final copy of the manuscript in PDF format will be sent to the corresponding author via email and can be downloaded from the open access journal website.

Inquiries or Feedback

For inquiries, suggestions or complains authors may contact Ms. Choo Poh Sze (The Assistant Editor) by sending an email to (; or the Chief Editor, Prof. Mohamed Shariff (