Guide for Authors
Open access journal
The Asian Fisheries Science is an open access journal published quarterly (March, June, September and December). There is no payment required for publishing papers in the journal. Full articles can be downloaded free of charge and may not be used for commercial purposes.
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.
Code of ethics for authors
Authors submitting research papers for publication must comply strictly with the AFSJ Code of Ethics for Authors.
Preliminary screening of manuscripts
All manuscripts received will undergo a screening process to check for the required format and to ensure that it meets the scope of the journal. The Editor may return (without reviewing) any manuscript that falls outside the journal's policy or scope. Manuscripts that require reformatting are returned to the authors with instructions to resubmit.
The journal will verify the submissions for textual similarity to other published works via anti-plagiarism software.
The authors must declare in the cover letter that the manuscript submitted has not been published previously nor is being considered for publication elsewhere.
Double blind review
Manuscripts undergo double blind review, whereby the names of the reviewers are not disclosed to the authors and vice versa. This is to allow unbiased decisions. 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returned to authors for revision should be revised and resubmitted within 2 weeks; otherwise they may be considered as withdrawn.
All authors listed in the manuscript must have contributed substantially to the study (concept, design, analysis of data, drafting and revising the manuscript) and must be authorities on the work done.
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.
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.
Fish Farming Expert. 2008. http://www.fishfarmingxpertno/index.php?page_id37&article_id=78056. Accessed 30 April 2010.
Tables, Figure captions and Figures
The Figures and Tables must not be submitted separately and should appear in the text where they are mentioned in the first instance. 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%).
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: http://www.iupac.org/ for further information.
Asian Fisheries Science does NOT charge publication/processing fees.
To submit a manuscript go to the following link; https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/afsj
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;
- full manuscript, which includes figures and tables laid out in the appropriate place within the text.
- 6 keywords.
- 3 potential reviewers with their email contacts
- cover letter stating the work is original and the manuscript has not been published previously nor is being considered for publication elsewhere.
- DO NOT prepare a title page with names of authors and their affiliations. Author's names have to be typed during the submission.
- The abstract and the main text should be in separate files.
- Abstract can be copied into the space provided or uploaded as a file.
- Provide names of three possible reviewers although the Editorial Board may have their own choice of reviewers.
- 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.
- 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.
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 the Assistant Editor by sending an email to (firstname.lastname@example.org); or the Editor in Chief, Prof. Mohamed Shariff (email@example.com)
Code of Ethics
Authors should, at all times, adhere strictly to the following code of ethics when preparing and submitting papers for publication:
AFSJ Code of Ethics for Authors
- The manuscript must be the original work of the author(s). Author(s) must not submit a manuscript which is under review with another journal for possible publication in AFSJ nor must they submit a manuscript already submitted to AFSJ to another journal.
- The manuscript must not have been published or accepted for publication in another journal.
- Authors must not submit a manuscript to AFSJ which was previously submitted to AFSJ, sent out for review and rejected, unless the author(s) have done major revision of or extension to the paper.
- The manuscript must be free of plagiarism, falsification or fabrication. Plagiarism of the authors’ own work is also not acceptable unless there is some strong justification. Work of other authors must be cited appropriately.
- Authors should declare all conflicts of interest relevant to the work under consideration (e.g. financial and personal relationships that might interfere with the interpretation of the work) to avoid any potential for bias.
- The AFSJ implements a double-blind review process where authors do not know the reviewers and vice versa. Authors should not do anything to compromise the confidentiality of the review process by, for example, revealing their names and/or affiliations in the documents meant for review.
- All co-authors listed should have contributed significantly to the work, have their consent to the manuscript publication and must share accountability for the results.
- The corresponding author should keep all co-authors informed of the submission and progress of the review process and its results.
- Authors should be prompt with their manuscript revisions.
- When an author discovers a major error or inaccuracy in his/her published work, it is the author’s obligation to notify the journal editor to retract or correct the paper.
- If live animals are used in experiments, authors must include a statement that the animals were handled or treated in compliance with relevant laws and guidelines, and must mention the institutional committee that has approved the experiments.
AFSJ Code of Ethics for Reviewers
- Reviewers should read all articles objectively, without any bias based on origin of the article; gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation, or age of the authors; or commercial considerations.
- Reviewers should agree to review articles only in subject areas in which they have proven expertise.
- Before agreeing to review an article, a reviewer must ensure he/she has sufficient time and other resources to complete a comprehensive assessment of the article in the time frame given.
- Reviewers should turn down invitations to review articles that create a conflict of interest (resulting from collaborative, financial, institutional, personal, or other relationships or connections with any of the companies, institutions, or people connected to the papers) or the appearance of it. In the event of uncertainty, reviewers should disclose the potential conflict of interest to the editors and seek advice before proceeding further.
- Reviews provided should be constructive and impartial, and free of any hostile, inflammatory, libellous, unfair or unnecessarily derogatory comments.
- During and after the peer review process, reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of unpublished articles, including by refraining from discussing them with others.
- Reviewers must refrain from using research or information contained in unpublished articles for any purpose, including for personal gain or for the advantage or disadvantage of any other person or organisation.
- Reviewers must disclose to the editors if an article under review has not properly cited sources, or contains errors or material omissions.
AFSJ Code of Ethics for Editors
- Editors must make decisions to accept or reject articles based solely on their scholarly or journalistic merit, including their importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s mission and purview.
- Editors should accept manuscripts from all authors and must at all times maintain objectivity and balance in the review of all articles, acting without bias or favouritism based on the origin of an article; an author’s gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation or age; or commercial considerations.
- Editors must follow strictly the same rules governing conflict of interest and improper use of unpublished articles as peer reviewers.
- Editors must provide guidance to authors and peer reviewers on their responsibilities, and oversee their performance, ensuring that they understand what is expected of them.
- Editors should take steps to ensure the timely review of all manuscripts. He should also respond promptly to inquiries from authors about the status of their manuscript.
- Editors should provide authors with an explanation of the editorial decision on a manuscript by writing editorial letters that integrate reviewer comments and offer additional suggestions to the author.
- Editors must adopt editorial policies that promote comprehensive, honest and ethical reporting.
- Editors must seek assurances that research has been in conformity with the rules or guidelines of applicable regulatory or industry bodies, while appreciating that such approval is not a guarantee of ethical conduct.
- Editors must protect the anonymity of authors, peer reviewers and the confidentiality of unpublished articles.
- Editors must pursue suspected and alleged misconduct in the research, writing, submission, acceptance and/or rejection, review, and publication process, to protect the integrity of the journal. They must make reasonable efforts to ensure a proper investigation is conducted and the issue resolved fairly.
- Upon identifying errors or material omissions in an article, editors must promptly communicate corrections, retractions and/or revisions, as applicable, to the Editor in Chief and, in the case of an unpublished article, to the author.