Author Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted to the journal in electronic version only via online submission system according to the guidelines below:

Types of Paper

Research articles, Invited reviews, short communications, letters to the Editor.

  • Research articles: original full-length research papers which have not been published previously and should not exceed 7500 words or 25 manuscript pages (including tables and figures)
  • Invited reviews: on topical subjects and up to 10000 words or 25 manuscript pages (including tables and figures)
  • Short communications: describing work that may be of a preliminary nature; preferably no more than 3000 words or 10 manuscript pages (including tables and figures).
  • Letters to the Editor: should be included on matters of topical interest and not exceeding 2000 words or 10 manuscript pages (including tables and figures)

Page charges

This journal has no page charges.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Papers must be written in English. Prepare your text using a word-processing software and save in “.doc” or “.docx” formats. Manuscripts must be structured in the following order:

  • Title page file (Download Template)
  • Title (Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae)
  • Author names and affiliation addresses (Full names should be given, no abbreviations. The corresponding author should be identified with an asterisk. Each affiliation address should include institution, faculty/school, department, city, and country)
  • Corresponding author’s e-mail, telephone, fax, and address
  • ORCID number and e-mail addresses for all authors.
  • Number of figures
  • Number of tables
  • Acknowledgements (If applicable. Keep these to the absolute minimum)
  • Main file (Download Template)
  • Title
  • Abstract (Should be between 150 and 250 words. References and abbreviations should be avoided)
  • Keywords (Minimum 3, Maximum 6 keywords)
  • Introduction
  • Material and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion (Can be combined with Results section if appropriate)
  • Conclusion
  • Compliance with Ethical Standards

a) Authors’ Contributions
b) Conflict of Interest
c) Statement on the Welfare of Animals
d) Statement of Human Rights

  • References
  • Table(s) with caption(s) (on appropriate location in the text)
  • Figure(s) with caption(s) (on appropriate location in the text)
  • And appendices (if any)

Manuscript formatting

Use a 12-point Times New Roman font, including the references, table headings and figure captions, double-spaced and with 25 mm margins on all sides of A4 size paper throughout the manuscript. The text should be in single-column format. The authors are encouraged to download the template files from the links below:

Title Page Template
Main File Template
Copyright Transfer Form

  • Each page must be numbered with Arabic numerals, and lines must be continuously numbered from the start to the end of the manuscript.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use only SI (international system) units.
  • Use “dot” for decimal points.
  • Use italics for species name.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list. See below examples of disclosures:

a) Authors’ Contributions
Please provide contributions of authors for the paper.
Use first letters of name and surnames (e.g.; Author MS designed the study, MT wrote the first draft of the manuscript, SK performed and managed statistical analyses. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.).

b) Conflict of Interest
Any existing conflict of interest should be given here.
If no conflict exists, the authors should state:
Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

c) Statement on the Welfare of Animals
If animals used in the study;
The welfare of animals used for research must be respected. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate the following statement:
Ethical approval: All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.
Or, for retrospective studies; a summary statement in the text of the manuscript should be included as follow:
Ethical approval: For this type of study, formal consent is not required.

d) Statement of Human Rights
When reporting studies that involve human participants, authors should include the following statement:
Ethical approval: The studies have been approved by the appropriate institutional and/or national research ethics committee and have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Or, for retrospective studies; a summary statement in the text of the manuscript should be included as follow:
Ethical approval: For this type of study, formal consent is not required.


Citation in text;

Please ensure that each reference cited in the text is also presented in the reference list. Cite literature in the text in chronological, followed by alphabetical order like these examples “(Mutlu et al., 2012; Biswas et al., 2016; Yanık and Aslan, 2018)”. If the cited reference is the subject of a sentence, only the date should be given in parentheses. Formatted like this example: “Sönmez (2017) investigated the efficacy of…”.

  • Single author: the author’s surname and the year of publication (Çatlı, 2006)
  • Two authors: both authors’ surnames and the year of publication (Rıza and Kaya, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: first author’s surname followed by “et al.” and the year of publication (Kerim et al., 2019)

Citation in the reference list;

References should be listed first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically at the end of the article. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters a, b, c, etc. placed after the year of publication (2016a). The citation of articles, books, multi-author books and articles published online should conform to the following examples:


Yamasaki, J., Miyata, H. & Kanai, A. (2005). Finite difference simulation of green water impact on fixed and moving bodies. Journal of Marine Science and Technology, 10(1): 1-10. 005-0194-1

Yanık, T. & Aslan, İ. (2018). Impact of global warming on aquatic animals. Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 50 (1): 353- 363.

Sönmez, A. Y., Kale, S., Özdemir, R. C. & Kadak, A. E. (2018). An adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) to predict of cadmium (Cd) concentration in the Filyos River, Turkey. Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 18(12): 1333-1343.


Brown, C., Laland, K. & Krause, J. (Eds.) (2011). Fish Cognition and Behavior. 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: WileyBlackwell. 472p.


Langston, W. J. (1990). Toxic effects of metals and the incidence of marine ecosystems, pp. 102-l22. In: Furness, R. W. (Eds.), Rainbow Heavy Metals in the Marine Environment. New York, USA: CRC Press. 256p.

Vassallo, A. I. & Mora, M. S. (2007). Interspecific scaling and ontogenetic growth patterns of the skull in living and fossil ctenomyid and octodontid rodents (Caviomorpha: Octodontoidea). pp. 945-968. In: Kelt, D. A., Lessa, E., Salazar-Bravo, J. A., Patton, J. L. (Eds.), The Quintessential Naturalist: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Oliver P. Pearson. 1st ed. Berkeley, CA, USA: University of California Press. 981p.


Sönmez, A. Y. (2011). Karasu ırmağında ağır metal kirliliğinin belirlenmesi ve bulanık mantıkla değerlendirilmesi. Ph.D. Thesis. Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey.

Conference Proceedings:

Notev, E. & Uzunova, S. (2008). A new biological method for water quality improvement. Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of Small and Decentralized Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Greece, pp. 487-492.

Institution Publication:

FAO. (2016). The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture: Contributing to food security and nutrition for all. Rome. 200 pp.


FAO. (2018). Report of the ninth session of the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1188. Rome, Italy.

Internet Source:

Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (Eds.) (2018). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. Retrieved on January 11, 2018 from

TurkStat. (2019). Fishery Statistics. Retrieved on December 28, 2019 from


Tables, numbered in Arabic, should be in separate pages with a short descriptive title at the top. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Avoid vertical rules. The data presented in tables should not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Figure(s) All illustrations should be labelled as ‘Figure’ and numbered in consecutive Arabic numbers, Figure 1, Figure 2 etc. in the text. If panels of a figure are labelled (a, b, etc.) use the same case when referring to these panels in the text. Figures are recommended to be in electronic formats such as PNG, JPEG. TIFF (min. 300 dpi) should be also arranged in available dimensions. All figures or tables should be presented in the body of the text. Font sizes size should be from 9 to 11 points.