Author Guidelines


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

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society is a fully Open Access journal. As a result, articles accepted and published in the journal will be subject to an Article Processing Charge (unless a waiver is applied). For more information on the Article Processing Charge, please click here. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS). 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/symposium or on a preprint server such as BioRXIV.

Once you have prepared your submission, 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 – its use is required for the submitting author. Click here to find out more.


Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript. Click here for more details on how to use ScholarOne.



JWAS is a scientific journal devoted to the advancement of technological innovations and solutions to major issues facing the growth of global aquaculture.   For over four decades, JWAS has represented the part of the World Aquaculture Society's overall mission that is devoted to effective dissemination of information, focusing on global aquaculture science, growth of aquaculture industries, and development and growth of sustainable aquaculture enterprises of all scales.  JWAS seeks manuscripts that make a substantive contribution to the growth and development of aquaculture from various perspectives that include all aspects of ecologically, socially and economically sustainable production of all aquatic species worldwide.


Peer Review Policy

All manuscripts submitted to JWAS undergo an initial review by the editorial board to ensure that the content truly represents the focus and goal of the journal. If found acceptable, the manuscript is then sent to anonymous expert referees for independent, objective review and respective recommendations are transmitted to the editorial board. The review process is single blind. The editorial board will then determine the next course of action regarding suitability for publication and accordingly will inform the author.


Categories of Papers Published

Review articles provide a compilation and synthesis of the research literature on a topic of historical and/or current significance relevant to a species, production system, research methodology, national or international set of policies, science basis for regulatory processes, or emerging challenges or opportunities for aquaculture growth and development.


Original Research articles report results of novel research that reveal underlying mechanisms or test hypotheses related to basic biological, chemical, physical, or socioeconomic theories relevant to sustainable growth and development of aquaculture.


Applied Research articles provide scientifically rigorous and applicable information for technological, management, policy, and science-based regulatory improvements that enhance productivity, marketability, food safety, consumer acceptance, and public values and understanding,  or otherwise contribute to growth and development of sustainable aquaculture.



Free Format submission 

JWAS now offers Free Format submission for a simplified and streamlined submission process.  

Before you submit, you will need: 

  • Your manuscript: this should be an editable file including text, figures, and tables, or separate files—whichever you prefer. All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions. Figures and tables should have legends. Figures should be uploaded in the highest resolution possible. If the figures are not of sufficiently high quality your manuscript may be delayed. References may be submitted in any style or format, as long as it is consistent throughout the manuscript. Supporting information should be submitted in separate files. If the manuscript, figures or tables are difficult for you to read, they will also be difficult for the editors and reviewers, and the editorial office will send it back to you for revision. Your manuscript may also be sent back to you for revision if the quality of English language is poor. 
  • An ORCID ID, freely available at (Why is this important? Your article, if accepted and published, will be attached to your ORCID profile. Institutions and funders are increasingly requiring authors to have ORCID IDs.) 
  • The title page of the manuscript, including: 
    • Your co-author details, including affiliation and email address. (Why is this important? We need to keep all co-authors informed of the outcome of the peer review process.) 
    • Statements relating to our ethics and integrity policies, which may include any of the following (Why are these important? We need to uphold rigorous ethical standards for the research we consider for publication): 
        • data availability statement 
        • funding statement 
        • conflict of interest disclosure 
        • ethics approval statement 
        • patient consent statement 
        • permission to reproduce material from other sources 
        • clinical trial registration

Title Page  

The title page should contain:  
  1. A brief informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);  
  2. A short running title of less than 40 characters; 
  3. The full names of the authors; 
  4. The author's institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted;  
  5. Acknowledgments. 
Main Text File

Your main document file should include: 

  • A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations;  
  • The full names of the authors with institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted;  
  • Acknowledgments; 
  • Abstract; 
  • Up to seven keywords;
  • Main body (see Text section below)
  • References;  
  • Figure legends: Legends should be supplied as a complete list in the text. Figures should be uploaded as separate files (see Figures section below);
  • Tables (see Tables section below). 


  1. Begin with an INTRODUCTION that concisely establishes the purpose and importance of the work. Subsequent sections in the text should include centered headings ALL CAPS. Typical main headings are MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, CONCLUSIONS, AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. Do not start these sections with a new page. Number all headings: 1. INTRODUCTION; 2. MATERIALS AND METHODS, etc. and left justify
  2. Second level headings (if required) are numbered, left justified, in sentence case, bold. Example: 2.1 Experimental diets; 2.2 Fish and experimental design
  3. Acknowledgments should contain grant and contribution numbers. Acknowledge only those people and institutions that contributed directly to the research or manuscript quality.


  1. Figure placement: Figures should be placed and cited in order of reference and in numerical order.
  2. Figure legends: Use ALL CAPS (FIGURE 1)
  3. Figure caption unjustified in sentence case
    1. Example: FIGURE 1 Three-dimensional solution of multidimensional scaling of taste solution preferences of F2 mice. (a) Histological section and (b) comparison
  4. Ensure both axes have thick, black lines and that all labels are black and same font and large enough to read when printed.
  5. For bar graphs, use black, white, and various shades of grey for fill, avoid use of patterned fill.
  6. There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at


TABLE 1  List of identified protein spots selected as associated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus

(VP AHPND) isolates (5HP and CN) and not a non-AHPND isolate of Vibrio parahaemolyticus



Protein name (organism)

Accession no.




Flagellar hook-associated protein FlgK (Vibrio parahaemolyticus RIMD 2210633)







Hypothetical protein AJ90_20625 (Vibrio parahaemolyticus M0605)







Flagellin (Vibrio parahaemolyticus RIMD 210633)





Outer membrane protein U (Vibrio parahaemolyticus)





Flagellar basal body rod modification protein (Vibrio parahaemolyticus RIMD 2210633)







Asterisks indicate hypothetical proteins listed in the database at the time and corresponding to what were later named the toxins Pirvp A (spots 6, 8, and 9 of 12.7 kDa) and Pirvp B (spot 2 of 50.2 kDa). MOWSE: MOlecular Weight SEarch;


MW: molecular weight.

  1. Multiple sentences are not allowed in a table caption
  2. Tables should be placed and cited in order of reference and in numerical order.
  3. First column aligned left, numerical columns aligned on the decimal point, text columns aligned left.
  4. Capitalize only the first letter of the first word of all headings (column heads, column spanners, subheads, and table spanners) and word entries. Also, capitalize the first letter of each word of all proper nouns and the first word following a colon or em dash.
  5. Abbreviations need to be redefined in tables. Use semicolon as separator and full point at the end.




 Publication Ethics

JWAS adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). It uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect similar text in submitted manuscripts with that of other publications. JWAS does not publish manuscripts that contain text that has been copied verbatim from other publications (plagiarism), including text written by the submitting author (self-plagiarism).

Conflict of Interest

Authors must a statement as to whether there are any possible conflicts of interest; if none, that should be stated. All funding sources should be included in the Acknowledgments section. The corresponding author has the responsibility to ensure that all authors have collectively disclosed all commercial and other relationships that may be perceived as constituting a conflict of interest.


All those who have made a substantive contribution to the work reported in the manuscript should be included as an author. Such contributions include contributions to the conception and design of the study, the analysis and interpretation of the data, and otherwise made substantive intellectual contributions to the work.

Guest, honorary, or gift authorship (including names of authors who have not made substantive contributions to the work) is not acceptable in JWAS, nor is ghost authorship (omitting the name of an author who made a substantive contribution but who was omitted due to a financial conflict of interest).

Data Sharing and Data Availability

This journal expects data sharing. Review Wiley’s Data Sharing policy where you will be able to see and select the data availability statement that is right for your submission.



JWAS is an Open Access journal: authors of accepted papers pay an Article Publication Charge and their papers are published under a Creative Commons license (CC BY, CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-ND). With Creative Commons licenses, the author retains copyright and the public is allowed to reuse the content. The author grants Wiley a license to publish the article and identify it as the original publisher.

Open Access Fees: Information on the pubishing open Access in the journal is available here. For more information on the Article Processing Charge, please click here

If a paper is accepted for publication, 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 able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.



 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.


Early View

JWAS 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 da delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. One 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.



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