Journal of Applied Ichthyology

Cover image for Vol. 33 Issue 1

Edited By: Christian Wolter

Impact Factor: 0.783

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 38/52 (Fisheries); 81/104 (Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Online ISSN: 1439-0426

Author Guidelines

Journal of Applied Ichthyology has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralised and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Help link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you have any queries, please contact the Editorial Office:

This journal is published in an online-only format.


  1. Submission
  2. Aims and Scope
  3. Manuscript Categories and Requirements
  4. Preparing Your Submission
  5. Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
  6. Author Licensing
  7. Publication Process After Acceptance
  8. Post Publication
  9. Editorial Office Contact Details


Thank you for your interest in the Journal of Applied Ichthyology. Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

The submission system will prompt you to use an ORCID iD (a unique author identifier) to help distinguish your work from that of other researchers. Click here to find out more.

Click here for more details on how to use ScholarOne.

For help with submissions, please contact the Editorial Office:

We look forward to your submission.


The Journal of Applied Ichthyology publishes articles of international repute on ichthyology, aquaculture, and marine fisheries; ichthyopathology and ichthyoimmunology; environmental toxicology using fishes as test organisms; basic research on fishery management; and aspects of integrated coastal zone management in relation to fisheries and aquaculture. Emphasis is placed on the application of scientific research findings, while special consideration is given to ichthyological problems occurring in developing countries.


All submissions should have continuous line numbers. All tables, figures, supporting information and bibliographic entries must have a reference in the text. Tables should be included in the main document after the reference list, each on an individual page alongside their legend. Figures should not be included in the main document and should instead be uploaded as individual files. Word limit includes illustrations, tables and references.

i. Original Articles
Manuscript structure: Summary (400 words max); Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgements; References; Tables; List of figure captions; List of supporting information legends. Word limit: 30,000 characters (20 pages).

ii. Review Articles
Manuscript structure: Summary (400 words max); Introduction; Suitable headings; Acknowledgements; References; Tables; List of figure captions; List of supporting information legends. Word limit: 37,000 characters (25 pages).

iii. Short Communication
Manuscript structure: Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgements; References; Tables; List of figure captions; List of supporting information legends. Word limit: 9000 characters (6 pages).

iv. Technical Report
Manuscript structure: Summary (250 words max); Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgements; References; Tables; List of figure captions; List of supporting information legends. Word limit: 15,000 characters (10 pages).

v. Sturgeon Paper
Manuscript structure: Summary (400 words max); Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgements; References; Tables; List of figure captions; List of supporting information legends. Word limit: 30,000 characters (20 pages).

vi. Supplement Article
Manuscript structure: No specific word limit or structure. However papers should include tables and a list of figure captions after the reference list.


Cover Letters

Cover letters are not mandatory however may be supplied at the author’s discretion.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: main text file including title page and tables; figures; supplementary/supporting files.

Text File

The text file should be presented in the following order:

i. Title page including: the title; a short running title of no more than 50 characters; the full names of the authors; and the author's institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out (footnote for author’s present address if different to where the work was carried out).

ii. Manuscript text structured as outlined in Section 3: Manuscript categories and requirements.

iii. Figures supplied as separate files.

iv. Other supplementary/supporting files supplied as separate files.


The title should be a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips).


Please refer to the journal’s authorship policy in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section for details on eligibility for author listing.


Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Conflict of Interest Statement

You will be asked to provide a conflict of interest statement during the submission process. See the section ‘Conflict of Interest’ in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section for details on what to include in this section. Please ensure you liaise with all co-authors to confirm agreement with the final statement.

Main text

See Section 3: Manuscript categories and requirements for information on manuscript types, structure, word limit and other requirements. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.


References should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). The APA website includes a range of resources for authors learning to write in APA style, including An overview of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition; free tutorials on APA Style basics and an APA Style Blog. Please note APA referencing style requires that a DOI be provided for all references where available.

  • All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.
  • The reference list should only refer to material cited within the text.
  • In text citations should follow the author-date method, for example (Smith, 2000).
  • In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Submissions are not required to reflect the precise reference formatting of the journal (use of italics, bold etc.), however it is important that all key elements of each reference are included.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Please convey essential information within the first 60 characters of the legend. The table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

Figure Legends

Please convey essential information within the first 60 characters of the legend. The figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Preparing Figures

Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions. If your paper is accepted, you will then be asked to provide high-quality figures, normally as .TIFF or .EPS files.

Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.

Colour figures

Figures submitted in colour will be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (e.g. graphs and charts) are supplied in black and white so that they are legible if a reader chooses to print them in black and white.


Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.

Supporting Information

Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but that provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online, and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Note, if data, scripts or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.

General Style Points

  • Abbreviations: In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
  • Units of measurement: Measurements should be given in SI-units wherever possible. Visit the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) website at for more information about SI units. If other units cannot be avoided, these should be defined at first mention.

Wiley Author Resources

Wiley has a range of resources for authors preparing manuscripts for submission available here. In particular, authors may benefit from referring to Wiley’s best practice tips on Writing for Search Engine Optimization.

Editing, Translation and Formatting Support: Wiley Editing Services can greatly improve the chances of your manuscript being accepted. Offering expert help in English language editing, translation, manuscript formatting and figure preparation, Wiley Editing Services ensures that your manuscript is ready for submission.


Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements. Papers that do not meet these requirements may be rejected without review. The journal operates a single-blind peer review process. Wiley's policy on confidentiality of the review process is available here.

Data storage and documentation

The Journal of Applied Ichthyology encourages data sharing wherever possible, unless this is prevented by ethical, privacy or confidentiality matters. Authors publishing in the journal are therefore encouraged to make their data, scripts and other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper available via a publicly available data repository, however this is not mandatory. If the study includes original data, at least one author must confirm that he or she had full access to all the data in the study, and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Animal Studies

A statement indicating that the protocol and procedures employed were ethically reviewed and approved, and the name of the body giving approval, must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript. We encourage authors to adhere to animal research reporting standards, for example the ARRIVE reporting guidelines for reporting study design and statistical analysis; experimental procedures; experimental animals and housing and husbandry. Authors should also state whether experiments were performed in accordance with relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations for the care and use of laboratory animals:

Clinical Trial Registration

We require that clinical trials are prospectively registered in a publicly accessible database and clinical trial registration numbers should be included in all papers that report their results. Please include the name of the trial register and your clinical trial registration number at the end of your abstract. If your trial is not registered, or was registered retrospectively, please explain the reasons for this.

Research Reporting Guidelines

  • Accurate and complete reporting enables readers to fully appraise research, replicate it, and use it. We encourage authors to adhere to the research reporting standards provided by the EQUATOR Network, e.g. for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, observational studies, and many more.

Species Names

Upon its first use in the title, abstract and text, the common name of a species should be followed by the scientific name (genus, species and authority) in parentheses. For well-known species, however, scientific names may be omitted from article titles. If no common name exists in English, the scientific name should be used only.

Genetic Nomenclature

Sequence variants should be described in the text and tables using both DNA and protein designations whenever appropriate. Sequence variant nomenclature must follow the current HGVS guidelines; see, where examples of acceptable nomenclature are provided.

Nucleotide Sequence Data

Nucleotide sequence data can be submitted in electronic form to any of the three major collaborative databases: DDBJ, EMBL or GenBank. It is only necessary to submit to one database as data are exchanged between DDBJ, EMBL and GenBank on a daily basis. The suggested wording for referring to accession- number information is: ‘These sequence data have been submitted to the DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank databases under accession number U12345’. Addresses are as follows:

DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ)

EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Submissions


Conflict of Interest

The journal 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 directly 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. 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 collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.


Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature:


The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:

  1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and
  4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support). Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.

Additional authorship options

Joint first or senior authorship: In the case of joint first authorship a footnote should be added to the author listing, e.g. ‘X and Y should be considered joint first author’ or ‘X and Y should be considered joint senior author.’


As part of our commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, the Journal of Applied Ichthyology encourages the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. This takes around 2 minutes to complete. Find more information.

Publication Ethics

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read our Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors here. Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found at


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

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or OnlineOpen under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

General information regarding licensing and copyright is available here. To review the Creative Commons License options offered under OnlineOpen, please click here. (Note that certain funders mandate that a particular type of CC license has to be used; to check this please click here.)

Self-Archiving definitions and policies. Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions. Please click here for more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.

Open Access fees: If you choose to publish using OnlineOpen you will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is available here.

Funder Open Access: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.


Accepted article received in production

When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, you (corresponding author) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point.


Once your paper is typeset you will receive an email notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file.

Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

Publication Charges

Colour figures.

Colour figures are published online free of charge.

Page charges.

You will be notified of the cost of any page charges when you receive your proofs, along with instructions on how to pay for the charges.

Early View

The journal offers rapid publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


Access and sharing

When your article is published online:

  • You receive an email alert (if requested).
  • You can share a link to your published article through social media.
  • As the author, you will have free access to your paper (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, you can view your article).
  • The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to your article.

Now is the time to start promoting your article. Find out how to do that here.

Measuring the Impact of your Work

Wiley also helps you measure the impact of your research through our specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.


For any queries or issues, please contact the Editorial Office:

Author Guidelines updated 24 February 2017