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 Instruction for Authors
Types of paper: Research papers on fisheries and fishery-related subjects will be considered for publication. All material submitted must be original and unpublished works. Three types of manuscripts will be accepted for peer review: “Original Research Papers”, “Short Communications” and “Review Papers”.
Original Research Papers should consist of original research. The body text should have the following contents: Title, Author(s)`
name(s) and affiliation(s), Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.
Short Communications are concise but complete description of limited investigations, which should consist of the following contents: Title, Author(s)`
name(s) and affiliation(s), Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion (combined), Acknowledgements and References. The number of figures and/or tables combined is limited to 4. They should not exceed 3000 words, including figures and tables, with up to 30 references. Because of their nature, these communications will go through a more accelerated review and publication process.
Review Papers are scholarly reviews of the literature on important subjects within the scope of the journal. Anyone wishing to write a review for the journal should first contact the Editors to ascertain the suitability of the topic. They should consist of the following sections: Title, Author(s)` name(s) and affiliation(s), Abstract, Keywords, Introduction (with literature review), Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. The corresponding author of the review paper must be one of the authors of at least three papers appearing in the references.

Manuscripts: Manuscripts should be written in English language. The text should be in Times New Roman font, size 12, double-spaced throughout and with one-inch margins throughout; the paper size should be set to A4. All pages should be numbered sequentially. A "cover letter" (a sample cover letter is given in the web site) should be accompanied with the manuscript, which is prepared for sending to the editor-in-chief or the journal.
After getting the opinions of the reviewers you should correct your manuscript and send it back accompanying with a "check list" (a sample check list is given in the web site) representing your implementations one by one based on their suggestions. Prior to publication, a proof is sent to the corresponding author. Authors are advised to read the proof and correct minor typographical or grammatical errors. Authors should promptly return proofs to the editorial office.

 Online Submission
First, you should register in our website through the left panel of our home page, "Registration".
*Important note: You should replace the new version of your manuscript with the previous version if you are recommended by the journal team to correct the manuscript, during the process of reviewing.
 -Admissible format for submitting the manuscript is word.
 -Online Submission is possible through the two ways: 1-Through the left panel at the home page of the web site. 2- Through the private page of each registered member.
 -Editing or deleting of your submitted manuscript is possible before confirming the submission done by editor-in-chief.

Guide for authors:
1-Title: Title should be brief and informative reflecting the purpose and content of the study (species should be identified by their scientific name).
 2-Author(s): The full name of the author(s) should be listed under the title separated from each other with semicolon (;) e.g. Faggio C.1; Fazio F.2*; Marafioti S.2; Arfuso F.2; Piccione G.2
3-Affiliation(s): The affiliation and address of the author(s) should be stated, identifiable by an index number in case of more than one author and should be inserted at the end of the first page under the keywords.
4-Abstract: Provide an abstract of 150-250 words. The Abstract should outline the essential content of the manuscript, especially the purpose of the research, the main results and major conclusions.

5-Keywords: Provide four to seven keywords, separated by commas, indicating the principal topics of the paper.
6-Introduction: The Introduction should briefly indicate the objectives of the research, the nature of the questions or hypotheses under consideration, and essential background. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
7-Materials and methods: This section should be brief but sufficient information about the materials studied, instruments used, specialized chemical source and related experimental details must be provided so that other investigators can replicate the research.
 Note: Sub-title either for this section or for "Results" should be given as italic with no bolded style. For instance:
Materials and methods...(bold) Sampling methods...(Italic)

8-Results: In the Results section, only findings should be described without discussion of their significance. This section provides information by means of text, tables, and figures. The results should be concisely presented.
a-Tables : Tables should be numbered consecutively (i.e., Table 1, Tables 2, 3-5 etc.), and must be cited in the text. Titles should identify the table as briefly as possible. In an article that contains more than one table, each title should be unique. Do not use vertical lines in tables. Use only horizontal lines above and below the column headings and at the bottom of the table only. Use extra space to delineate sections within the table. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Any explanation essential to the understanding of the table (including abbreviations and acronyms) should be given as a footnote at the bottom of the table.
b-Figures: All figures should be numbered sequentially in the text (i.e., Fig 1, Figs 3, 4–6), and must be cited in the text. Titles of figures go underneath the figure. If a figure is outsized it may be reduced photographically. Be sure to include clear, sharp pictures. The resolution must be set to at least 300 DPI (dots per inch). Figures, graphs and drawings normally should be all in black and white, not color. If figures are in parts, please label with upper case letters (A, B, C etc.) in the top left corner of each part. Writing any text on the figures should be avoided as much as possible.

9-Discussion: The Discussion should not repeat the results; instead, the Discussion deal with the interpretation of results, citing relevant published research, and should also be as concise as possible. General information irrelevant to the subject matter should not be dealt with in prolonged discussions. The final paragraph should highlight the main conclusions of the study; do not include “Conclusions” as a separate heading.
 10-Acknowledgement: This section includes acknowledgment of people, grant details, funds, etc.

11-References: The new version of Harvard system of referencing has been adopted by the journal as follows. The full list of references should be in alphabetical order. Journals names should be given in full without abbreviation.
* In order to ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa), it is recommended to use the EndNote software.

 a) In the text (Citations):
Single author: the author`s name (without initials) and the year of publication (Sakai, 1999);
Two authors: both authors` names and the year of publication (Coad and Najafpour, 1997);
Three or more authors: first author`s name followed by`et al.`and the year of publication, (Rosenthal et al., 2001).
Standard institutes and recognized organizations: Full name of the institute (only in the first citation) followed by abbreviation of the institute name:

1st citation: Association of official analytical chemists (AOAC) (2000).
2nd citation: AOAC (2000).
Books: (Noga, 2010).
Conference: (Bezirtzoglou et al., 2009).
More than one citation: Groups of references should be listed first chronologically, then alphabetically. Examples: (Christybapita et al., 2007; Divyagnaneswari et al., 2007; Ardó et al., 2008; Cheng et al., 2008)

b) In the reference list: List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. 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.
Sakai, M., 1999. Current research status of fish immunostimulants. Aquaculture, 172, 63-92.
Coad, B. W. and Najafpour, N., 1997. Barbus sublimus, a new species of cyprinid fish from Khuzestan Province, Iran. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 7(3), 273-278.
Rosenthal, H., McGlade, J. and Gollasch, S., 2001.The role of aquaculture in integrated coastal zone management. Bulletin of Aquaculture Association of Canada, 101(1), 5-10.
AOAC, 2000. Official methods of analysis. 17th ed. Association of Official Analytical Chemists. Gaithersburg, MD, USA, 2200P.

• Noga, E. J., 2010. Fish disease: Diagnosis and treatment. 2nd ed.USA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Bezirtzoglou, E., Alexopoulos, A., Voidarou, c. and Noussias, H., 2009. Occurrence of Mycobacterium sp.in euryhaline fishes in Greek aquaculture farms. 1st International Congress on Aquatic Animal Health Management and Diseases. Iranian Veterinary Council. Iran. Tehran. February.2009.

 Important notes
• The submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
• The manuscript should be included line numbers. Otherwise, your manuscript would not be considered by editorial board.
• The picture files of the manuscript which could be occupied the submission file capacity, should be uploaded through the "Attachment file(s)" separately.
 • The corrected technical reviewed version of the manuscript (after sending the opinion of the technical manager of the journal) should be submitted again by replacing by the older version of the manuscript (delete the current file and upload the new one).
 Abbreviations: Acronyms and abbreviations should be defined the first time they are used in the text.
• Units: The international system of units (SI units) should be used.
• Scientific names: The genus (always capitalized) and the species (not capitalized) should be typed in italics. When the same name is used more than once in the paper, the first letter of the genus (still capitalized) should be used as an abbreviation in the second and subsequent uses of the name.
• Letter of acceptance: After payment of the fee and upon request of the corresponding author a letter of acceptance will be issued to the author(s).
• Proofs: Prior to publication, a proof is sent to the corresponding author. Authors are advised to read the proof and correct minor typographical or grammatical errors. Authors should promptly return proofs to the editorial office.
 • Copyright and photocopying: No reproduction of this journal is permitted without the prior permission in writing from the copyright holder. Special request should be addressed to Editor-in-Chief.

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