Journal of Fish Diseases

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Edited By: David J Speare

Impact Factor: 2.056

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 9/52 (Fisheries); 13/133 (Veterinary Sciences); 28/102 (Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2761

Author Guidelines

Journal of Fish Diseases accepts manuscripts electronically via an online submission site, ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central). Authors should submit manuscripts online at Complete instructions for submitting manuscripts online are provided at the submission site. The review process is entirely electronically-based.


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To ensure responsible publication practices, this Journal adheres to Wiley Blackwell's publication ethics policies, which include guidelines on handling suspected publication misconduct and complaints about the Journal. This Journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics.


Qualification for authorship should comprise:

- substantial contribution to conception and design or the acquisition and analysis of data;
- drafting or critically revising the manuscript; and
- approval of the final submitted version.

All authors must satisfy all three criteria. By submission of a manuscript to the Journal, all authors warrant that they have the authority to publish the material and that the paper, or one substantially the same, has neither been published previously, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. Submissions may be subject to testing for textual similarity to other published works via the CrossCheck™ software employed by the Journal.


Authors must disclose all sources of funding for their research and its publication. This information should be included in the cover letter. Any involvement of the funder in study design, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation and publication decision should be clearly stated in the cover letter.

Conflict of interest disclosure

Journal of Fish Diseases requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter to the Editors, in the manuscript (in the Acknowledgments section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.


Article Types

Original Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be structured in the following format: Title Page; Abstract; Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; References; Tables and Figures.

All Original Manuscripts will be fully peer reviewed prior to publication.


The Journal of Fish Diseases welcomes Review papers. Such Reviews can cover any subject within the journal's remit. Review papers will be fully peer reviewed prior to publication. Prospective authors are encouraged to review their ideas and raise any questions with a member of the Editorial Team should they wish.

Reviews should define the present level of understanding of their subject and suggest new insights or possible avenues for future investigation. The text should be produced on the same editorial basis as Original Manuscripts in the Journal of Fish Diseases.

Colour illustrations in Review Articles will be reproduced free of charge, both online and in print.

Short Communications

These should differ from full papers on the basis of scope or completeness, rather than quality of research. They may report significant new data and new findings arising from problems with narrow, well-defined limits, or important findings that warrant rapid publication before broader studies are complete. Their text should neither exceed 1500 words (approximately 6 pages of typescript) nor be divided up into conventional sections. When submitting Short Communications, authors should make it clear that their work is to be treated as such.

Short Communications will be editorially reviewed within the Editorial Team and/or Editorial Board in order to facilitate rapid publication.

Clinical Reports

We also welcome the submission of Clinical Reports on new conditions improvements in clinical diagnosis and new treatments. Clinical Reports will be editorially reviewed within the Editorial Team and/or Editorial Board in order to facilitate rapid publication.

Manuscript Format

The manuscript should be uploaded as a Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) file and should be typed with double spacing on one side of the paper on A4, or similar, paper (297 × 210 mm), with generous margins. Pages should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, including those of acknowledgements, references, tables and figure legends.

Title Page

A title page should contain the full title, author's name(s) and place of work, address for correspondence (including email) and short running title.


The text must be preceded by a short abstract not exceeding 200 words, followed by no more than six keywords.

Figures and Tables

Tables, figure legends (including magnifications) and acknowledgements should be submitted on separate sheets, and appear at the end of the manuscript, after the references. Tables and figures should be referred to in the text together with an indication of their appropriate position recorded in the text margin.

Latin Names, Authority, and Disposition

The full Latin specific name, including the authority with correct taxonomic disposition, should appear at least once for each species when first mentioned in the text or elsewhere, thus: Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., turbot, Scophthalmus maximus (L.), snakehead, Channa punctatus (Bloch), rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum), i.e. authorities bracketed depending on first description (for further information see American Fisheries Society Special Publication No 12, A List of Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States and Canada or

References and Citations

The reference list should be in alphabetical order and include the full title thus:

Chapman D.W. (1971) Production. In: Methods for the Assessment of Fish Production in Freshwater (ed. by W. E. Ricker), pp. 199-214. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.

Wickens J.F. (1972) The food value of brine shrimp, Artemia salina L., to larvae of the prawn, Palaemon serratus Pennant. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 10, 151-170.

References in the text should use the Harvard System and be in full on first mention, e.g. (Brown, Smith & Williams 1975), subsequently abbreviated to (Brown et al. 1975). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references. References should only be cited as 'in press' if they have been accepted for publication. Manuscripts in preparation, unpublished reports and reports not readily available should not be cited. Personal communications should be cited as such in the text.

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:

Units and spelling

Spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. Units of measurement, symbols and abbreviations must be given in metric units but British or other equivalents may be included in parentheses. Where any doubt arises as to the correct abbreviations, reference should be made to Quantities, Units and Symbols, 2nd edition, 1975, published by the Royal Society, London (ISBN: 0 85403 071 9). Full stops are not used with abbreviations. The following are suggested as internationally accepted units: %, ºC, mm, cm, cc, mL, L, m, km, mg, g, kg, s, min, h, ha.

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Systeme International (SI) units should be used. The salinity of sea water should be given as gL-1. Use the form gmL-1 not g/ml. Avoid use of g per 100 g, for example in food composition, use g kg-1. If other units are used, these should be defined on first appearance in terms of SI units, e.g. mmHg. Abbreviations of chemical and other names should be defined when first mentioned in the text unless they are commonly used and internationally known and accepted.

Scientific Names and Statistics: Complete scientific names, including the authority with correct taxonomic disposition, should be given when organisms are first mentioned in the text. Complete scientific names, but without the authority, should also be given when organisms are first mentioned in tables, figures and keywords.


Guidelines to submitting illustrations will be found at the submission site. We would like to receive your artwork in electronic form.  Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF).  Ideally, vector graphics that have been saved in metafile (.WMF) or pict (.PCT) format should be embedded within the body of the text file.  Detailed information on our digital illustration standards is available here. Avoid using tints if possible; if they are essential to the understanding of the figure, try to make them coarse. Tables are part of the text and should be included, one per page, after the References.

All graphs, drawings, and photographs are considered figures and should be sequentially numbered with Arabic numerals. All figures should clarify the text and their number should be kept to a minimum. Details must be large enough to retain their clarity after reduction. Submit high resolution files of each illustration. Line drawings should be professionally drafted and photographed; halftones should exhibit high contrast. Incorporate linear size scale when relevant.

Supporting Information (if applicable)

Authors wishing to submit supporting information (such as multimedia adjuncts, large data sets, extra colour illustrations, bibliographies or any other material for which there is insufficient space in the print edition of the Journal) must do so at the time of first submission. This supporting information is an integral part of the article and will be reviewed accordingly. The availability of supporting information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a section headed 'Supporting Information', under which should be appropriate legends for the material.


The language of publication is English. Authors for whom English is a second language must have their manuscript professionally edited by an English speaking person before submission to make sure the English is of high quality. It is preferred that manuscripts are professionally edited. 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. Manuscripts in which poor English makes it difficult or impossible to review will be returned to authors without review.

Electronic Submission

Authors must submit their manuscripts electronically to via their Author Centre. Complete instructions for preparing and submitting manuscripts online are provided at the submission site. Authors are notified promptly by e-mail that their manuscripts have been received. If this acknowledgement is not received within a week or so then authors should enquire at the Editorial Office: The main author is responsible for entering details of any co-authors into the system when prompted. Authors should retain one copy of text, tables and illustrations as the Editors cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of manuscripts. Overseas authors may wish to consult an appropriate member of the Editorial Board prior to submission of material.

Cover letter

The cover letter should disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest that Editors may consider relevant to their manuscript.

Suggesting reviewers

Authors are invited to suggest at least two reviewers. It is not appropriate for reviewers to be members or former members of the authors' organization(s), or to have been associated with them.

Authors also have the option of suggesting potential reviewers whom they would prefer not be selected. If this option is chosen, the reason(s) must be stated in the cover letter, or your request will not be considered. If the reason involves a conflict of interest, this should be explained. Please note: The Associate Editor will consider but not guarantee to honour such requests


Copyright and Licencing

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) 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:


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 here.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website here.

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.

Colour Work Agreement

The author must pay for colour illustrations at a rate quoted by the publisher. In the event that the author is not able to cover the costs of reproducing colour figures in colour in the printed version of the journal, Journal of Fish Diseases offers authors the opportunity to reproduce colour figures in colour for free in the online version of the article (but they still appear in black and white in the print version). If an author wishes to take advantage of this free colour-on-web service, they should liaise with the Editorial Office to ensure that the appropriate documentation is completed for the Publisher. To download a Colour Work Agreement Form, click here.

The form must only be returned by mail or courier, to the following address;

Customer Services (OPI)
John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre
New Era Estate
Oldlands Way
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
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Note: Any colour illustrations used in Review Articles will be free of charge.

Any article (other than Reviews) received by Wiley Blackwell with coloured images will not be published until the form has been returned.

The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

Early View

Journal of Fish Diseases 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 reviewed in accordance with the author guidelines, 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.


Authors will be provided with electronic offprints of their paper. 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 offprints, please email:

The cost is more if the order form arrives too late for the main print run. Offprints are normally dispatched within 3 weeks of publication of the issue in which the paper appears. Please contact the publishers if offprints do not arrive: however, please note that offprints are sent by surface mail, so overseas orders may take up to 6 weeks to arrive. Electronic offprints are sent to the first author at his or her first email address on the title page of the paper, unless advised otherwise; therefore please ensure that the name, address and email of the receiving author are clearly indicated on the manuscript title page if he or she is not the first author of the paper.

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 here for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Author material archive policy

Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material 2 months after publication.  If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the Editorial Office or Production Editor as soon as possible if you have not already done so. 

Acknowledgment to our Referees

No academic journal can operate without the generous support of its referees. We wish to thank all of you who have helped us with the peer review process over the years. Without this support, all scientific standards are placed in jeopardy. We also hope that our enhanced journal will encourage you to continue to offer your quality papers to us for review. With your help, we will be striving to ensure that as it moves into its second quarter century, the Journal of Fish Diseases will continue to be the automatic choice for quality papers in fish and shellfish pathology.