Fisheries Management and Ecology

Cover image for Vol. 22 Issue 3

Edited By: I.G. Cowx and H.L. Schramm

Impact Factor: 1.76

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 15/52 (Fisheries)

Online ISSN: 1365-2400

Author Guidelines

Content of Author Guidelines: 1. General, 2. Ethical Guidelines, 3. Submission of Manuscripts, 4. Manuscript Types Accepted, 5. Manuscript Format and Structure, 6. After Acceptance 

Relevant Document
: Colour Work Agreement Form

Useful Websites
: Submission Site, Articles published in Fisheries Management and Ecology, Author Services


The only fully peer-reviewed fisheries management and ecology journal

Fisheries Management and Ecology presents international papers that cover all aspects of the management, ecology and conservation of inland, estuarine and coastal fisheries including:

• Fisheries policy, management, operational, conservation and ecological issues
• Fisheries managers' and ecologists' need for information, techniques, tools and concepts
• Integration of ecological studies with all aspects of fisheries management
• Promoting the conservation of fisheries and their environment as a recurring theme in fisheries work

Fisheries Management and Ecology aims to foster an understanding of the maintenance, development and management of the conditions under which fish populations thrive, and how they and their habitat can be conserved and enhanced. The journal further seeks to promote a thorough understanding of the dual nature of fisheries as valuable resources and as pivotal indicators of aquatic ecosystem quality and conservation status.

Please read the instructions below carefully for details on the submission of manuscripts, the journal's requirements and standards as well as information concerning the procedure after a manuscript has been accepted for publication in Fisheries Management and Ecology. Authors are encouraged to visit Wiley Blackwell Author Services for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.


Fisheries Management and Ecology adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research. 

2.1. Authorship and Acknowledgments

Authorship: Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal. ALL named authors must have made an active contribution to the conception and design and/or analysis and interpretation of the data and/or the drafting of the paper, and ALL must have critically reviewed its content and have approved the final version submitted for publication. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship.

Fisheries Management and Ecology adheres to the definition of authorship set up by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). According to the ICMJE authorship criteria should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design of,  or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2 and 3.

It is a requirement that all authors have been accredited as appropriate upon submission of the manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under Acknowledgments.

Acknowledgments: Under Acknowledgments please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited.

2.2. Ethical Approvals

When experimental animals are used the methods section must clearly indicate that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the Guidelines laid down by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the USA regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures or with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) and in accordance with local laws and regulations.
Ethics of investigation: Papers not in agreement with the guidelines of the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 1975 will not be accepted for publication.

2.3 DNA Sequences and Crystallographic Structure Determinations

Papers reporting protein or DNA sequences and crystallographic structure determinations will not be accepted without a Genbank or Brookhaven accession number, respectively. Other supporting data sets must be made available on the publication date from the authors directly.

2.4 Appeal of Decision

Authors who wish to appeal the decision on their submitted paper may do so by e-mailing the editors with a detailed explanation for why they find reasons to appeal the decision.

2.5 Permissions

If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publishers.

2.6 Copyright Assignment

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 License 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) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:



Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online submission site The use of an online submission and peer review site enables immediate distribution of manuscripts and consequentially speeds up the review process. It also allows authors to track the status of their own manuscripts. Complete instructions for submitting a paper are available online and below. Further assistance can be obtained from

3.1. Getting Started

Launch your web browser (supported browsers include Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Netscape 7.0, 7.1, or 7.2, Safari 1.2.4, or Firefox 1.0.4) and go to the journal's online Submission Site:

• Log-in or click the 'Create Account' option if you are a first-time user.
• If you are creating a new account.
- After clicking on 'Create Account', enter your name and e-mail information and click 'Next'. Your e-mail information is very important.
- Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click 'Next.'
- Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click 'Finish'.
• If you have an account, but have forgotten your log -in details, go to Password Help on the journals online submission system and enter your e-mail address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and a new temporary password.
•  Log- in and select Author Center“.

3.2. Submitting Your Manuscript

• After you have logged in, click the 'Submit a Manuscript' link in the menu bar.
• Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. You may copy and paste directly from your manuscript and you may upload your pre-prepared covering letter.
• Click the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
• You are required to upload your files.
- Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer.
- Select the designation of each file in the drop-down menu next to the Browse button.
- When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.
• Review your submission (in HTML and PDF format) before sending to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing.

3.3. Manuscript Files Accepted

Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rftrtf) files (not write-protected) plus separate figure files. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The files will be automatically converted to HTML and PDF on upload and will be used for the review process. The text file must contain the entire manuscript including title page (as a separate file),  abstract, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. Figure tags  should be included in the file. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines below.

3.4. Blinded Review

All manuscripts submitted to Fisheries Management and Ecology will be reviewed by at least two experts in the field. Fisheries Management and Ecology uses double-blinded review. The names of the reviewers will thus not be disclosed to the author submitting a paper and the name(s) of the author(s) will not be disclosed to the reviewers.

To allow double-blinded review, please submit (upload) your main manuscript and title page as separate files.

Please upload:
• Your manuscript without title page under the file designation 'main document'
• Figure files under the file designation 'figures'
• The title page, Acknowledgements and Conflict of Interest Statement, where applicable, should be uploaded under the file designation 'title page'

All documents uploaded under the file designation 'title page' will not be viewable in the HTML and PDF format you are asked to review at the end of the submission process. The files viewable in the HTML and PDF format are the files available to the reviewer in the review process.

3.5. Suggest Reviewers

Fisheries Management and Ecology attempts to keep the review process as short as possible to enable rapid publication of new scientific data. In order tTo facilitate this process, please suggest the names and current e-mail addresses of at least three potential international reviewers whom you consider capable of reviewing your manuscript.

3.6. Suspension of Submission Mid-way in the Submission Process

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. The manuscript can then be located under 'Unsubmitted Manuscripts,' and you can click on 'Continue Submission' to continue your submission when you choose to.

3.7. E-mail Confirmation of Submission

After submission you will receive an e-mail to confirm receipt of your manuscript. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail after within 24 hours, please check your e-mail address carefully in the system. If the e-mail address is correct please contact your IT department. The error may be caused by spam filtering software on your e-mail server. Also, the e-mails should be received if the IT department adds our e-mail server ( to their whitelist.

3.8. Manuscript Status

You can access ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) any time to check your 'Author Center' for the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

3.9. Submission of Revised Manuscripts

Revised manuscripts must be uploaded within 60 days of authors being notified of conditional acceptance pending satisfactory revision. Locate your manuscript under 'Manuscripts with Decisions' and click on 'Submit a Revision' to submit your revised manuscript. Please remember to delete any old files uploaded when you upload your revised manuscript. Please also remember to upload your manuscript document separately from your title page.


Full Papers: The first page of text must provide the title of the paper and a short abstract not exceeding 150 words but must not carry the author's name or affiliation. The text should contain an Introduction, Methods , Results, and Discussion. Pages should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, but tables, figure legends (including magnifications) and acknowledgements should be submitted on separate sheets. Tables and figures should be referred to consecutively in the text.  

Management and Ecological Notes: These should differ from full papers on the basis of scope or completeness, rather than quality of research. They may report on new or modified techniques or methodology, significant new information arising from problems with narrow, well-defined limits, or important findings that warrant rapid publication before broader studies are complete. Their text should not be longer than 1500 words and should not include an abstract or be divided up into conventional sections.  One table or figure may be included. 


5.1. Page Charge

There are no page charges for papers published in Fisheries Management and Ecology

5.2. Format
Language: The language of publication is UK English. Authors for whom English is a second language should have their manuscript edited by an English -speaking person before submission to make sure the English is of high quality. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found 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.

Latin Names: The full scientific name, including the authority correctly noted (i.e. with or without parentheses), should appear for each species when first mentioned in the abstract and again in the text or elsewhere, thus: Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., or rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum).  The authority should not be included in the title if the Latinized name is included in the title.  For further information see American Fisheries Society Special Publication No. 20, A List of Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States and Canada. For fishes occurring in British waters, give precedence to: Wheeler A. (1992) A list of the common and scientific names of fishes of the British Isles. Journal of Fish Biology 41, Supplement A, 36 pp. Alternatively check FISHBASE.

Units and Spelling: Spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary. Units of measurement, symbols and abbreviations must be given in metric units. Where any doubt arises as to the correct abbreviations, reference should be made to Quantities, Units and Symbols, 2nd edn, 1975, published by the Royal Society, London (ISBN: 0 85403 0719).

5.3. Structure

All manuscripts submitted to Fisheries Management and Ecology, except reviews or Management and Ecological Notes, should generally be arranged in the following sequence: Abstract, Key Words, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion (a combined Results and Discussion is not normally acceptable), Acknowledgments and References. Typing should be double-spaced throughout the text, including tables, figure legends and reference lists.  The maximum length of a regular article should not exceed 15 pages, excluding references, figures, and tables.  Authors wishing to submit a longer paper should consult with the Editors. Text should not be written in the first person (i.e adopt the passive voice). Within sections, subdivisions should not normally exceed two grades; decimal number classification of headings and subheadings should not be used. Pages should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Tables, figure legends (including scale) must be submitted in separate files. Tables and figures should be referred consecutively in the text. All lines should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript (do not restart line numbers on each page). Files should not be saved as PDF (portable document format) files. The title page, which contains the following information, should be submitted in a separate file.

Title Page:

• the full title of the paper;
• the full names of all the authors;
• the name(s) and address(es) of the institution(s) at which the work was carried out (the present address(es) of the author(s), if different from above, should appear as a footnote);
• the name, address and e-mail address of the author to whom all correspondence and proofs should be sent;
• a suggested running title of not more than 50 characters, including spaces.

The first page of text must provide the title of the paper and a short abstract not exceeding 150 words but must not carry the author's name or affiliation. Please also provide six key words in alphabetical order to aid indexing.

Optimizing Your Abstract for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimizing your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximize the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

5.4. References

The Journal follows the Harvard reference style.

The editor and publisher recommend that citation of online published papers and other material should be done via a DOI (digital object identifier), which all reputable online published material should have - see for more information. If an author cites anything that does not have a DOI they run the risk of the cited material not being traceable.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference examples

Brittain J.E., Lillehammer A. & Hoffmann D. (1987) Cardiopulmonary effects of clenbuterol in the horse. Journal of Nutrition 17, 565–568.
Brittain J.E. & Hoffmann D. (1987) Cardiopulmonary effects of clenbuterol in the horse. Journal of Fish Diseases 17 (Suppl. 5), 565–568.

Avise J.C. (1994) Cardiovascular Physiology. London: Chapman & Hall, 399 pp.

Edited book
Bleed A. & Flowerday C. (eds) (1989) An Atlas of the Sand Hills. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 260 pp.

Chapter in an edited book
Bleed A. & Flowerday C. (1989) Introduction. In: A. Bleed & C. Flowerday (eds) An Atlas of the Sand Hills. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, pp. 1-5.

Devlin T.M. (1993) Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations. Atlantis Technical Report on Aquatic Pollution No. 76. 23 pp.

Johnston A. & Johnson J.P. (eds)  Proceedings of the 6th Interscience Conference on Cardiopulmonary Effects on Animals. 7–11 August 1985. Washington: Pulmonary Institute, 340 pp.

Title/Paper in proceedings
Brittain J.E., Lillehammer A. & Hoffmann D. (1987) Cardiopulmonary effects of clenbuterol in the horse.  In: A. Johnston & J.P. Johnson (eds)  Proceedings of the 6th Interscience Conference on Cardiopulmonary Effects on Animals. 7–11 August 1985. Washington: Pulmonary Institute, pp. 42–50.

Britton J.R. (1999) The Impact of Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo carbo (L.) and Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis (Blumenbach)) on Inland Fisheries in the UK. PhD Thesis, Hull: University of Hull, 98 pp. 

5.5. Citations

The Journal follows the Harvard reference style. et al. should be used for in-text citations with 3 or more authors.

Citation examples

Direct citations

Smith (1997, 1999), Andrew (1998a, b), Coleman and Tauber (2000a, b, c), Coleman et al. (1990)

Indirect citations

(Smith & Coleman 1997, 1999; Andrew 1998a, b; Coleman et al. 1990)

5.6. Tables, Figures and Figure Legends

Tables: should only be used to clarify important points.  Tables must, as far as possible, be self-explanatory.  The tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.

Figures: should only be used to clarify important points.  All graphs, drawings and photographs are considered figures and should be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals.  Each figure should have a legend and legends for all figures should be typed together on a separate sheet and numbered correspondingly. Figures should not contain detail that may be lost when reduced in size for printing. Figure axis titles should use Arial font, sentence case and units of measure should be set off with a comma from the parameter in the legend.

If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned.  It is the author’s responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publisher.

All figures and artwork must be provided in electronic format.  Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS) and bitmap files (e.g. halftones) or clinical or in vitro pictures in Tagged Image Format (TIFF). In the full-text online edition of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full screen version.  Therefore, the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure. Further information can be obtained at Wiley Blackwell’s guidelines for illustrations:

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication

Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (line art) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programmes. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). Please submit the data for figures in black and white or submit a Colour Work Agreement Form (see Colour Charges below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible).

For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: line art:  >600 dpi; halftones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley Blackwell’s guidelines for figures:

Check your electronic artwork before submitting it:

Permissions: If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publisher.

Colour Charges: It is the policy of Fisheries Management and Ecology for authors to pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley Blackwell requires you to complete and return a Colour Work Agreement Form before your paper can be published. Any article received by Wiley Blackwell with colour work will not be published until the form has been returned. If you are unable to access the internet, or are unable to download the form, please contact the Production Editor (

In the event that an author is not able to cover the costs of reproducing colour figures in colour in the printed version of the journal, Fisheries Management and Ecology offers authors the opportunity to reproduce colour figures in colour for free in the online version of the article (but they will still appear in black and white in the print version). If an author wishes to take advantage of this free colour-on-the-web service, they should liaise with the Editorial Office to ensure that the appropriate documentation is completed for the Publisher. 

5.6. Most Common Faults in Manuscripts

1. Title page layout. Authors should consult past published papers.
2. Abstract contains information other than the main findings.  Abstract reports significant differences but does not tell how values differed.
3. Headings. Authors should consult past published papers.
4. Naming of species, e.g. no authority given on first mention and incorrect use of brackets for authority.
5. Use of active voice (usually the first person). The passive voice must be used.
6. References, e.g. lack of match between text and list and wrong format, particularly commas should not be given between surname and initials of authors, journal titles not given in full and page range not given for books or chapters in books.
7. The quality of the figures are is not adequate (clarity and font sizes), especially when reduced for publication.
8. Figure and caption, e.g. figure legends, should be in the figure title, not on the figure.
9. Tables are over-elaborate and not formatted accurately.
10. Tables should be done in