Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

Cover image for Vol. 26 Issue 3

Edited By: Professor Philip J. Boon and Professor John M. Baxter

Impact Factor: 2.415

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 13/85 (Water Resources); 19/103 (Marine & Freshwater Biology); 75/225 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1099-0755

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines


You should consult the Journal’s 'Aims and Scope' to ensure that your paper falls within one or more of the areas published by Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Whatever the topic, it is important that your paper explains the relevance and application of your work to the conservation and management of aquatic habitats and species.

Manuscript Submission

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click ScholarOne to navigate to the Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems online submission site. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the last year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system

File Types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .docx, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .jpeg format.

Initial Submission
NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.
LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.

Submission of a Revised Manuscript

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded manuscripts must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.


OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article open access. With OnlineOpen the author, their funding agency, or institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites. In addition to publication online via Wiley Online Library, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server, immediately on publication.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

Manuscript Style

The language of the journal is English (spelling -- Oxford English Dictionary). All submissions must have a title and have a margin of 3 cm all round. Illustrations and tables must be on separate sheets, and not be incorporated into the text.

Manuscripts should not be written in the first person (i.e. sentences involving words such as ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) as our journal uses third-person sentence construction: ‘Samples were taken at 15 sites…’ rather than ‘We took samples from 15 sites…’. In Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems we reserve the use of first-person sentence construction for places where authors are voicing their opinion: e.g. ‘We consider that further research is required in this area’.

The title page must list the full names and affiliations of all authors. Use brief addresses only: department, institute, city, country (no street names or postcodes). The postal and email addresses, as well as the telephone and fax numbers, should only be given for the corresponding author who will check the proofs and answer any queries.

  • The name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with the grant number(s) should be included in the Acknowledgements.
  • Supply an abstract of up to 300 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work and consist of a series of short, numbered paragraphs.
  • Include 6-10 keywords underneath the Abstract, separated by comma, in alphabetical order, justify, and in lower cases.
  • Divide your article into sections entitled Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements, Appendix, How To Cite, Disclosure/Conflict of Interest, End notes, and References unless the nature of the paper justifies an alternative format.

As well as full length papers, the journal also publishes short communications and brief contributions.

Short Communications

Papers in this section provide authors with an opportunity to publish preliminary results of new research, or more descriptive studies where detailed data are expected later. Articles will normally cover no more than six printed pages, including an Abstract, all tables, figures, and references.

Commentary and Correspondence

Papers in this section will include brief contributions on topical issues, comments on papers published in Aquatic Conservation, and outline descriptions of new research projects. All articles must be no longer than 1000 words, contain no abstract, figures, tables, and sub-headings, and a maximum of four references. Articles will be published at the discretion of the Chief Editors who may request revision before acceptance, but will not be subject to peer review.

Publication of biodiversity data

Authors are encouraged to place all species distribution records in a publicly accessible database such as the national Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) nodes ( or data centres endorsed by GBIF, including BioFresh (

Pre-Submission English Language Editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Reference Style

References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a, b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al ., 1998). Where references are cited in the texts in groups, they should be listed in date order and not alphabetically (e.g. Harris, 1997; Thomas, 2004; Bennett, 2008).

For references published online but not yet in print give the DOI where possible.

In the reference list, papers with more than 10 authors should only have the first 10 named followed by 'et al.', unless there are 11 authors when all should be named.

When accepted for publication:
Smith, J. In press. Title of paper. Name of Journal.

For Journal articles (published online but not yet in print):
Armendáriz, G., Quiroz-Martínez, B., and Alvarez, F. (2016) Risk assessment for the Mexican freshwater crayfish: the roles of diversity, endemism and conservation status Aquatic Conservation: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst., doi: 10.1002/aqc.2671.

For Journal articles (published in print):
Rivadeneira, M. M., Santoro, C. M. & Marquet, P. A. (2010). Reconstructing the history of human impacts on coastal biodiversity in Chile: constraints and opportunities. Aquatic Conservation: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst., 20(3), 74-82.

Journal Titles should be in full.

For books:
Naiman R. J. (1994). Principles of Conservation Biology (2nd ed.). Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.

For articles in edited volumes (e.g. books, special issues, conference proceedings):
Meyer J. L. & Wallace J. B. (2001). Lost linkages and lotic ecology: rediscovering small streams. In Press, M. C., Huntly, N. J. & Levin, S. (eds), Ecology: Achievement and Challenge (pp. 295-317), Oxford, UK: Blackwell Scientific.

For reports:
Barbour, M. T., Gerritsen, J., Snyder, B. D. & Stribling, J. B. (1999). Rapid bioassessment protocols for use in streams and wadeable rivers: periphyton, benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish. Washington, DC: US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water.

For theses
Jerling, H. L. (1994). Feeding ecology of mesozooplankton in the Sundays River Estuary (PhD thesis). University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

For European directives:
Council of the European Communities (2000). Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 23rd October 2000 establishing a framework for community action in the field of water policy. Official Journal of the European Communities (L327), pp. 1-72.

For software packages:
SAS. 2002. JMP version 5 statistics and graphics guide. SAS, Cary, NC.

For references fron the World Wide Web
Scottish Natural Heritage. 2000. [14 June 2000].

For personal communications:
Not allowed in reference list. Cite in text only, (e.g., J. Smith, personal communication, 20 April 2010).


Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .jpeg format, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

Colour Illustrations

All figures in colour are published free of charge.

Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional: tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format. For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission please visit:

The availability of Supporting Information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the Acknowledgements, headed 'Supporting Information'. Short legends should be included here, listing the titles of all supporting figures, tables, data etc. Full (more detailed) legends for Supporting Information must also be uploaded as a separate Word document. This version will be used online, alongside where the Supporting Information is hosted, but not in the manuscript text, which instead uses the short versions of the legends. For image files (i.e. TIFF, JPEG etc.), legends should not be embedded. Instead, when uploading the image file to ScholarOne, please use the space provided to paste in the legend so that it appears underneath the figure in the PDF that is sent to the reviewers. In order to protect reviewer anonymity, material posted on authors’ websites cannot be reviewed.

Supporting Information items should be referred to in the text as follows:

Supporting figures: Figure S1, Figure S2 etc.

Supporting tables: Table S1, Table S2 etc.

Supporting data: Data S1, Data S2 etc.

Supporting experimental procedures: Methods S1, Methods S2 etc.

Supporting animations: Movie S1, Movie S2 etc.

Any other text-based Supporting Information: Appendix S1, Appendix S2 etc.

The above order should be used when listing the Supporting Information legends, both in the short versions in the main manuscript text file, as well as in the separate full legends file.

Post Acceptance

Further Information. For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the submitting author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only (unless otherwise stated). Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Reprints of your article and copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.

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