Journal of Applied Ichthyology

Cover image for Vol. 32 Issue 4

Edited By: H. Rosenthal, D. Schnack

Impact Factor: 0.783

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 38/52 (Fisheries); 81/103 (Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Online ISSN: 1439-0426

Author Guidelines

Effective with the 2014 volume, this journal will be published in an online-only format. No printed edition will be published. Your article will therefore appear online-only. All normal author benefits and services remain in place e.g. authors will continue to be able to order print reprints of articles if required. Furthermore, there will be no cost to authors for the publication of colour images in the online-only edition.

1. General

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. Article formats include original articles, review articles, short communications and technical reports. English is the language of publication. No remuneration is given upon publication.

2. Submission and Acceptance of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be sent for publication to the Editor-in-Chief:

Professor Dr. rer. nat. habil. Harald Rosenthal
Schifferstr. 48
21629 Neu Wulmstorf, Germany

Please submit your manuscript on diskette, zip, or CD-ROM with two hardcopies and retain a copy for yourself. Manuscripts must conform to the journal style and should be submitted in the final version containing all revisions. They also have to be approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities if necessary.

The manuscript will be reviewed by independent referees who will be assigned by the editor or the respective subject-editors according to the subject area.

Author material archive policy. Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two 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 yet done so.

The publisher cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss through the post.

3. Requirements for Manuscripts

3.1. Format

Manuscripts should be submitted in duplicate typewritten on one side only, with a left-hand margin of 4 cm and double-spaced. The first page should include the institute where the research work has been made, the title, first name and surname of the author(s), their postal address, and a short, well-structured summary. Please also provide the e-mail address of the corresponding author. Original Articles and Short Communications should be structured in: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References cited. Please note that we ask authors to keep the Results and the Discussion separate for Original Articles and Short Communications.

The manuscript comprises a printout of the text and a list of all figures and tables with their captions and titles on a separate piece of paper. We ask that you convey the essential information within the first 60 characters of the captions to accommodate the online edition. Each figure, table, and bibliographic entry must have a reference in the text. For all figures please include reproducible artwork (marked with the author's name, short title, and figure number). Any corrections requested by the reviewer should already be integrated into the file.

The data carriers (diskette, etc.) must be PC/Windows-compatible and may not contain any files other than those for the current manuscript. Please include a list of the files, noting the file name, the computer program and its version number. Please do not import the figures into the text file. The text should be prepared using standard software (Microsoft Word, Word Perfect) or saved in rtf format; do not use automated or manual hyphenation. Please do not include footnotes.

For further information please consult:

3.2. Length

Including illustrations, tables, and references, original contributions should not exceed 20 manuscript pages or 30,000 characters (excluding spaces). Review articles should not exceed 25 manuscript pages (37,000 characters) and short communications are limited to 6 manuscript pages (9,000 characters), all double-spaced. Figures and tables must be limited to an essential minimum.

3.3. Units and Abbreviations

SI-units should be used wherever possible. If other units and non-standard abbreviations cannot be avoided they should be defined at first mention.

3.4. Illustrations and Tables

Figures should be saved in a neutral data format such as TIFF or EPS, and a printout should always be included. Powerpoint and Word graphics are unsuitable for reproduction. Please do not use any pixel-oriented programmes. Scanned figures (only in TIFF format) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size. Only high-contrast photographic material is suitable for reproduction. Please submit the data for figures in black and white. However, colour photos can be reproduced in black and white (with a possible loss of contrast). Figures printed in colour are subject to an added charge. Colour print charges are explained on the Colour Work Agreement Form available at here . Colour graphics should be created using the CMYK colour palette (print colours), not RGB (monitor colours). There is a charge for alterations to figures when carried out by the publisher.

Please note that figures will generally be reduced to fit within the column-width or the print area. This means that numbering and lettering must still be readable when reduced (e.g. maps) and that the scale might not correspond with the original (microscopic pictures), thereby invalidating references to scale in the text. If a figure is to be cropped, please mark the lines on a photocopy or tracing paper. Printouts should be made with a laserprinter at the highest resolution (> 600 dpi). If artwork is to be scanned, line drawings should only be contour drawings without halftones (shades of grey). Please do not use patterns; rough hatching is possible.

Graphs with an x and y axis should not be enclosed in frames; only 2-dimensional representations, please. Do not forget the labels and units. Captions for the figures should give a precise description of the content and should not be repeated within the figure.

Tables should be created using the table function.

3.5. References

References: List all sources in the reference list alphabetically by name. . In text citations should follow the author-date method. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.

References are styled according to the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.

Journal article: Phelps, L. (1996). Discriminative validity of the WRAML with ADHD and LD children. Psychology in the Schools, 33, 5-12.

Book edition: Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed. References should refer only to material listed within 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:

3.6. 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.reference

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:

3.7 Pre-submission English-language editing

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

for publication.

4. Copyright Transfer Agreement

[CC-BY for all OnlineOpen authors]

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 certain funders [e.g. 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 Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Online open

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

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

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.

5. Proof Correction and Offprints

Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4 MB in size. 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. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs. Please return the entire set of corrected proof pages by mail, e-mail or fax, without delay to:

Production Editor
Journal Content Management
John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
1 Fusionopolis Walk
#07-01 Solaris South Tower
Singapore 138628
Fax: (65) 6643 8008 or (65) 6643 8599

As changes to proofs are costly, we ask that you only correct typesetting errors.

Corresponding authors of original articles and short communications can retrieve an electronic PDF offprint of their paper via Wiley Blackwell's Author Services free of charge. Paper offprints of the printed published article may be purchased if ordered via the method stipulated on the instructions that accompany the proofs. Printed offprints are posted to the correspondence address given for the paper unless a different address is specified when ordered. Note that it is not uncommon for printed offprints to take up to eight weeks to arrive after publication of the journal, and that orders placed at a later date are subject to a higher charge.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell’s 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.