ISSN 2321-340X

Journal of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries

An International Journal on Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Science

Publisher: Journal of Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, India - A Centre of Advanced Study of University Grants Commission, India

Aims and Scope

Instruction for Authors

Instruction for Reviewers

Policies of publication

Editorial Board


The Journal publishes original research papers, review articles, short communications and book reviews relevant to freshwater, brackishwater and marine environments.
Research papers should report the results of original research. The material should not have been previously published elsewhere.
Review articles should cover subjects falling within the scope of the journal which are of active current interest. These are usually invited contributions.
Short Communication is a concise but complete description of a limited investigation, which will not be included in a later paper. Short Communications should be as completely documented, both by reference to the literature and description of the experimental procedures employed, as a regular paper. They should not be longer than 6 printed pages including figures, tables and references.
Book reviews will be included in the journal on a range of relevant books which are not more than 2 years old, with submission of one copy of the book to the editor by the author or the publisher.
The journal will be in open access platform and resort to green publishing, without any submission through hard copies.

Submission declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere, including electronically, in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the journal.

Format of the research paper
Title page

The title should be concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
Give the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a superscript Arabic numeral immediately after the author's name and immediately before the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and the e-mail address of each author.
Clearly indicate the name of the corresponding author, with telephone numbers (with area code) and email address.


Present the abstract of the paper immediately after title page on a separate page. The abstract should state concisely and unambiguously the objective(s) of the research, the salient results and major conclusions. Do not include references, tables and figure numbers, statistical notation indicating significance level or confidence limits and derived statistics in the abstract. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. Maximum words permitted is 500.


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords. Use British spelling and avoid general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Do not use words/terms in the title of the paper as keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes. Text matter must be presented from page 3 onwards


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material and methods

Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference; only relevant modifications should be described.

Results and Discussion

Results should be clear and concise, with tables and figures. Avoid presenting the same data in tables and figures. All graphs, line drawings and computerised graphics should be given in grey scale, with appropriate labels. Normally, photographs/photomicrographs must be in B&W. The Colour photographs will be included in the online version. However, the author should submit the figures in grey scale as well. In exceptional cases, colour photographs/photomicrographs will be given in the printed version provided the author(s) bear the charges and make advance payment thereof.
Discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature. The main conclusions of the study may be presented as a short paragraph towards the end of this section.


Should be concise and limited to those who supported the work directly.
As far as possible, foot notes should be avoided in the article.

Reference style

Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.
Examples: 'as demonstrated (Nair, 1999, 2000a, b; Nair and Thampy, 1999). Wafar et al. (2010) have recently shown ....'
References must be listed alphabetically by first author and then chronologically at the end of the paper, in the following format:
Journal article
Sathianandan, T.V., Jayasankar, J., Kuriakose, S., Mini, K.G. and Mathew W.T. 2011. Indian marine fishery resources: optimistic present, challenging future. Indian J. Fish., 58 (4): 1-15.
Internationally accepted abbreviations of journal names alone should be used.
Nelson, J.S. 2006. Fishes of the World. 4th ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, 601 pp.
Book chapter
Kohn, A.J. and Amalsi, K.N. 1993. Comparative ecology of a biogeographically heterogeneous Conus assemblage. In: Wells, F.E., Walker, D.I., Kirkman, H. and Lethbridge, R. (eds.), The Marine Flora and Fauna of Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth, Australia, 523–538.
Online reference
Huelsenbeck, J.P. and Ronquist, F. 2001. MrBayes 2.01: Bayesian inference of phylogeny. Available online at [Accessed on 1 March 2012.]
Dissertations resulting from graduate studies and non-serial proceedings of conferences/symposia are to be treated as books and cited as such. Papers not cited must not be listed in the references.

Taxonomic contributions

For taxonomic papers, the same components (primary headings) as of standard papers should be used (see above), but the following additional instructions apply.
• Headings for all taxonomic categories in taxonomic papers should be centred.
• Under each species or group taxon heading, list the sections and headings in the following order:
Synonymies, including type details; Material examined (with subheadings: Type material; Other material); Diagnosis (optional); Description; Distribution; Remarks; Etymology.
The abbreviations ‘n. gen.’, ‘n. sp.’, or ‘n. subsp.’ should be used for indicating a new genus, species, or subspecies.
Author and date (in the format Smith, 1902 or Smith & Brown, 1902) should be cited following the first introduction of a genus or species name in the text. These are not references and should not be included in the reference list (unless they are also cited specifically as references or in a synonymy). Authors’ names and dates should also be used for genus-group and species-group names used in headings.
A synonymy must immediately follow the centred taxon heading. These must include the reference to the original description. References given (whether to the valid name or synonyms) should include the author, date, page number and any figure numbers, but should exclude the name of the publication, because this must be given under author and date in a list of references at the end of the paper.
Examples of format for species synonymy:
Xus yus Smith, 1902: 304, pl. 3, fig. 4A; Jones and Smith 1934: 456; Dick 1956: 23, pl. 2, fig. 6. [Example of an available name]
Wus yus (Smith, 1902). Gail 1978: 56, pl. 4, fig. 5. [Example where genus name has been changed.]
Xus mus.— Hope 1987: 21, pl. 3, fig. 8; Freeman and Brown 2000: 400 (not of Black 1934). [Example of misidentification.]
Multiple synonyms should be arranged in order of date of first application to the unit in question and, under each name, the separate references (if more than one is given) should be in chronological order.
The type species, with author and date, should be cited immediately with the synonymy for each genus treated. The mode of designation can also be given.
Type data should be given for each valid species treated, the museum in which the primary type (holotype, syntype, lectotype or neotype) is preserved should be given or, if the whereabouts of the type are unknown, it should be clearly stated with reason(s). Designation of a lectotype must be accompanied by an express statement of the taxonomic purpose of the designation.
Material examined. Concise lists of specimens examined should be presented for each species.
For type material, where only some of the type material has been examined then registration numbers of specimens examined should be listed. Other non-examined type material can be listed under Additional Type Material. Where no types have been examined, list the details under Type material prior to Material examined.
All types of new taxa must be lodged in a museum and the accession numbers should be provided.
Type material. See above. Other material. Locality, latitude and longitude, depth (if a marine species), [collector, date, habitat information], repository (i.e. museum), registered number (if available) (number of specimens – in parentheses). Locality, lat. long., etc.
Collection date should be given in the form 2 Aug. 2011. In taxonomic descriptions of parasites, prevalence and mean intensity of infection must be provided before Diagnosis/Description.
Diagnoses and descriptions
The ‘telegraphic’ style is required for both. Authors should take particular care that this is done correctly. Diagnoses should contain only the distinguishing characters or combination of characters for that taxon. Descriptions should be subdivided by appropriate subordinate headings in italics at the left margin. Comparative comments are to be placed under ‘Remarks’. The use of figures to illustrate descriptions is encouraged and should permit some reduction in the length of the verbal description of the parts figured.
Measurements. Descriptions should include precise measurements of the type material and other relevant information (e.g., counts, colour) in table format. All physical measurements must be in SI units and with internationally accepted symbols/notation. All tables must be numbered. For shelled species, measurements of more than just length and width should be provided. If multiple specimens are available, measurements of more than one specimen should be provided and summary statistics of multiple specimens must also be given.
Keys should use clear-cut and, preferably, readily accessible characters. Triplets or couplets can be used. Headings to keys should be self-explanatory. Tabular (i.e. synoptic or special purpose) keys are permitted where appropriate.


Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters/symbols. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.

Supplementary Data

Larger tables and data may be given as supplementary data for on line publishing.


All the figures, including graphs should be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format, with a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. The files saved separately should be numbered Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Provide captions to illustrations separately at the end of the paper. Colour images will be used only in online version and therefore the images, including graphs submitted should be given both in colour and grey scale. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. In exceptional cases, colour photographs will be given in the printed version, provided the author(s) bear the charges and make advance payment thereof.

Submission checklist

Style: The text matter should be submitted in MSWord format. Use Times New Roman 12 font size throughout with 1.5 line spacing.
1. Covering letter with declaration (put digital signature)
2. Text matter arranged in the following format: Title page with title, name and addresses of all the authors, corresponding author details; second page with abstract within 500 words and keywords; text of the paper in the order- Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures and figure captions. Paste low resolution pictures and tables in the text matter itself.
3. All tables (including title, description, footnotes) (separate file, though it is pasted in the text)
4. Separate files (JPEG or TIFF) for all the figures
5. Ensure that manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked' and references are in the correct format for this journal.
6. List of a minimum of potential reviewers with their telephone numbers and email. The experts should not be the colleagues of the author and should have the expertise in the area where paper is published.
Oversized files (over 20 MB) should be sent via a suitable Internet service that offer transfer of big files.