Fisheries Oceanography

Cover image for Vol. 24 Issue 3

Edited By: Steven Bograd, Michio Kishi, Christian Möllmann and Jeffrey A. Runge

Impact Factor: 2.542

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 4/50 (Fisheries); 13/59 (Oceanography)

Online ISSN: 1365-2419

Author Guidelines

Downloads: Colour Work Agreement Form

Fisheries Oceanography publishes original papers, reviews and short communications on research relating the production and dynamics of fished populations to the marine environment. Papers on physical, chemical or biological oceanography which describe the environment of fished species and identify factors affecting their recruitment and abundance are welcome. As well as studies of commercially exploited species, related research on other higher trophic levels is included: nekton, benthos, and zooplankton. Papers on operational fisheries oceanography are also suitable.

The journal also publishes book reviews, usually commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief. All book review manuscripts and communications about book reviews should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief.

Many, but not all, review articles are by invitation.

Articles should conform to the following limits on length:

Research papers: 3000-7500 words (6 to 15 journal pages)
Reviews: no more than 6000 words (12 journal pages). 
Short Communications: no more than 2000 words (4 journal pages)

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's 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 the funding agency's preferred archive.

For the full list of terms and conditions, see

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.


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 Andrea Lewis at the Editorial Office. Please e-mail:

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), then select your area of expertise. Click 'Finish'.

·          If you have an account, but have forgotten your log in details, go to 'Password Help' 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 Centre'.

Submitting Your Manuscript

·          After you have logged in, click the 'Submit a new 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.

Manuscript Files Accepted

Manuscripts and tables should be uploaded as Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files (not write-protected) plus separate figure files. 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, abstract, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures, e. g. figures should be in separate Word (.doc or .docx) or PowerPoint (.ppt). Figure tags should be included in the file. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines below.

Please address queries concerning the file types for submission to

For detailed instructions please see the section Presentation of Manuscripts below.

Figure files

The image quality is a criterion for manuscript evaluation. Manuscripts with inadequate images will be returned to authors.

Only high-resolution TIFF or EPS files are suitable for printing. Please use:
EPS for line art or combination images of photographs and labelling/lines
TIFF at a resolution of 300 dpi at final size for photographic images, and 600 dpi at final size for line art or combination images

If you create your figures using data analysis and graphing software (e.g. Origin), please export the graphs as EPS files. If you require any assistance with creating graphs suitable for printing, please contact the Editorial Office.

For detailed instructions please see the section Presentation of Manuscripts below.

Blinded Review

All manuscripts submitted to Fisheries Oceanography will be reviewed by two experts in the field. Fisheries Oceanography uses single-blinded review. The names of the reviewers will thus not be disclosed to the author submitting a paper.

Suggest a Reviewer

Fisheries Oceanography attempts to keep the review process as short as possible to enable rapid publication of new scientific data. In order to facilitate this process, please suggest the names and current e-mail addresses of two potential international reviewers whom you consider capable of reviewing your manuscript. In addition to your choice, the journal editor may seek the advice of an additional reviewer in the event of a conflict of opinion.

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.

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 24 hours, please check your e-mail address carefully in the systi. 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.

Manuscript Status

You can access Manuscript Central any time to check your 'Author Centre' for the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Submission of Revised Manuscripts

When resubmitting an article following initial review, it is helpful if you list the points raised by the reviewers and identify how you have addressed each of these (with reference, where appropriate, to the page number(s) in the text). If you disagree with a point raised by a referee, please provide a detailed explanation for this. The Editor will reconsider your manuscript in the light of your comments and modifications and refer the work back to the original referees, or to additional referees, as appropriate. Please resubmit your paper on Manuscript Central.

Revised manuscripts must be uploaded within 2 months 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 separate from your title page.

Early View

Fisheries Oceanography is covered by Wiley Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Presentation of Manuscripts All text should be in Times New Roman double-line spaced with 30mm right and left margins.  

  • The title, authors' names, addresses, identified corresponding author, contact information (including e-mail) and running title should all be left aligned on a separate first page.
  • The title should be in 14pt bold lower case, authors in 12pt bold capitals and addresses in 12pt italic lower case.
  • Where there is more than one author's address, add a superscript following each author's name and a corresponding numeral preceeding each address.
  • Give key words after the Abstract.
  • Main headings should be in 12pt bold capitals left aligned, each to begin on a new page.
  • Sub-headings should be left aligned in 12pt italic lower case.
  • Do not number sections.
  • The main text should be in 12pt and should be justified.
  • Do not leave a line space between paragraphs.  Instead, indent the first line of each new paragraph (except the first paragraph of each new section).
  • Page numbers should be centred at the bottom of the page.
  • All organisms should be identified by taxonomic name (in italics) the first time they are used.
  • Give all abbreviations in full the first time they are used.
  • All formulae should be numbered consecutively in brackets at extreme right of the page.


Each article should include a one-paragraph abstract of not more than 250 words that begins on a separate page and is complete without reference to the text.  Key words for indexing should be listed at the end of the abstract.


All papers must be written in English.  American or UK spelling can be used, but must be consistent throughout the paper. 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 here. 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.


Use SI units throughout, where possible.  For non SI units (e.g. knots, Svedrups) write the unit in full and define the abbreviation used at first mention, e.g. 'at a towing speed of 2 knots (kn, 1 knot = ~ 1 m s-1)'.  Generally, use spaces between the quantity and the unit, but not between the unit and any raising power (e.g. 13 kg m-2).


Salinity is dimensionless with no units; psu, ppt, or similar should not be used.  Salinity should be referred to, for example, as 'the salinity was 36.26 at the surface ... spawning took place in water of salinities > 30.0'.  Table headings, figure legends etc. should appear just as - Salinity.

Taxonomic Names

Common names of organisms may be used, but all organisms must be identified by proper taxonomic names the first time they are used in the text. 


Figures should be referred to as e. g. Fig. 2, Fig. 2b, c or Figs 9 and 10 - whether in the main body of the text or in brackets, except at the beginning of sentences where it is in full e. g. Figure 9.

All illustrations and lettering should be capable of 66% to 50% reduction without loss of clarity or legibility. Ensure consistency in fonts, line thickness and style. Very thin lines do not reproduce clearly. Avoid using tints, a coarse stipple reproduces more clearly.

Perform a visual check of images by zooming in to 300%. Suitable images will not become noticeably blurred or pixelated.

Ideally line graphics should be saved in TIFF or EPS format at 600dpi, and halftone figures (colour or greyscale) should be saved as 300dpi TIFF files.

Please address queries concerning the file types for submission to

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.

Figure legends should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet. Authors wishing to include colour plates in a paper should contact the Editor-in-Chief.

Colour illustrations

It is the policy of Fisheries Oceanography 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 require you to complete and return a colour work agreement form before your paper can be published. If you are unable to access the internet, or are unable to download the form, please contact the Production Editor ( and they will be able to e-mail a form to you.

Once completed, please return the form to Customer Services (OPI) at the address below. Note that electronic or faxed copies cannot be accepted. In compliance to the with UK Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) legal requirements, scanned/faxed copies are no longer allowed.

Customer Services (OPI)
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
European Distribution Centre
New Era Estate, Oldlands Way,
Bognor Regis, West Sussex,
PO22 9NQ

Any article received by Wiley Blackwell with colour work will not be published until the form has been returned.


Tables must be typed double-spaced, without vertical rules, and should not duplicate material in the text or illustrations. All tables should have complete but brief headings, be typed on separate sheets of paper, and be numbered consecutively within the text.  Only use horizontal rules to separate the column headers from the main table and at the top and bottom of the table; do not use horizontal rules to separate each line of data.  The first letter of text phrases used as column and row headers should be capitalised.  The 'Table number' should be in bold but the remainder of the text of the heading is to be in standard weight, e. g. Table 2. Correlation coefficients and significance levels.


Only full articles which have been published or are 'in press' may be included in the reference list. Papers 'submitted' or 'in prep.' are not permitted.  In the text, unpublished studies should be referred to as such or as a personal communication together with an abbreviated address of the source (e. g. R. Swain, Vancouver University, USA, pers. comm.). References should be inserted in parentheses, as follows: (Cushing, 1989; Young et al., 1986). The reference list should be in alphabetical order according to first-named author. Papers with two authors should follow those of the first-named author, arranged in alphabetical order according to the name of the second author. Articles with more than two authors should follow in chronological order.   All authors' names and the title of the article must be included. Any web references must include the date of last access.

Ensure that all references occurring in the text are present in the reference list and that correspondingly there are none that are found solely in the reference list. Standard abbreviations of journal titles should be used, following the American National Standard for Abbreviations of Titles of Periodicals. The following provide examples:

Cushing, D.H. (1989) A difference in structure between ecosystis in bly stratified waters and in those that are only weakly stratified. J. Plankton Res. 11: 1-13.

Young, RC., Leis, J.M., and Hausfeld, H.F. (1986) Seasonal and spatial distribution of fish larvae in waters over the North West Continental Shelf of Western Australia. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 31: 209-222.

Kawasaki, T. (1982) Pelagic Fish Stocks. Tokyo: Koseisha-Koseikaku, 327pp. (In Japanese).

Paper or chapter in book:
Sissenwine, M.P. (1984) Why do fish populations vary? In: Exploitation of Marine Communities. R.M. May (ed.) Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 59-94.

Note: When there is one Editor it is abbreviated to ed. but more than one Editor is eds (without stop).

PhD Thesis:
O'Toole, K.J. (1977) Investigations into some important fish larvae in the south east Atlantic in relation to the hydrological environment. PhD thesis, Univeristy of Cape Town, 273pp.

Published report:
Hunter, J.R. and Alheit, J. (1995) International GLOBEC Small Pelagic Fishes and Climate Change Program. GLOBEC Rep. No. 8: 72pp.

Unpublished paper or report:
Hansen, B., Kristiansen, A. and Reinert, J. (1990) Cod and haddock in Faroese waters and possible climatic influences on them. ICES C.M. 1990/G:33, 23pp.

Internal report:
Griffin, D.A. and Lochmann, S.E. (1993) Petrel V cruise 31 to Western Bank, 22 Noviber to 16 December 1992.  Halifax, Nova Scotia: Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, OPEN Report 1993/1. 105pp. 

Review articles use abbreviated references. Example:

Young, P.C. et al. (1986) Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 31: 209-222.

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:

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:


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
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.

If you want your article to be open access please choose the appropriate licence agreement when you log in to Wiley’s Author Services system. Click on ‘Make my article OnlineOpen’ and choose the appropriate license by clicking on ‘Sign license agreement now’ when you log in to Wiley’s Author Services system.

For the full list of terms and conditions, see

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) 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:


Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. Full instructions will be provided when the proofs are ready. Authors are expected to proofread their article promptly and carefully, correcting all printer's errors. Proofs should be returned within 48 hours of receipt. Because changes to typeset text are expensive, authors making excessive changes will be invoiced by the publisher.


Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Wiley's Author Services only. 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. Additional paper offprints may be ordered online.

Please click on the following link, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields:

If you have queries about paper offprints please e-mail

Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Last updated on: 22 January 2014