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The Mediterranean  Aquaculture  Journal publishes articles on problems and issues aquaculture and aquatic environment, including farming culture systems, breeding, nutrition, farming engineering, fish health, fish processing, socioeconomics pollution and aquatic resources management. Articles may be research papers, short communications or invited reviews. •

  • Research papers must not exceed 20 manuscript pages including Tables and Figures.
  • •Short communications are results of brief but significant work. Manuscripts must not exceed 8 pages, must have an abstract, but may omit the usual major headings of full papers.
  • •Invited reviews will be solicited by the Editor and the Editorial Board. Manuscripts must have an abstract and must not exceed 40 pages.

Only original, unpublished manuscripts not under consideration for publication elsewhere may be submitted. Articles must be technically sound and written in English. Authors must display good knowledge of the primary scientific literature. Young scientists are particularly encouraged to submit short communications based on their own research. Authors must also prepare manuscripts according to the journal.s standards and instructions in order to facilitate prompt review and processing of papers.

Preparation of Manuscripts

1. Organize the research paper logically and clearly, with sections complementing but not repeating each other, as follows:

• Title page: with concise but specific title and author.s name and affiliation

• Abstract: summarizes the study in not more than 200 words, on a page by itself. Abstract must be one paragraph include why did the study, how you did it, the results of the study, and what the results mean. Communications do not have an abstract.

• Introduction: lays out the problem addressed, current level of knowledge, the aims of the study, and the hypotheses tested.

• Materials and methods: includes all crucial information to allow replication of the study

• Results: gives concise summary of data in Tables and Figures

• Discussion: places the study in the larger context of aquaculture sciences and literature

• Conclusion: encapsulates the scientific contribution of the study

• Acknowledgement: credits contributors of thoughts, expertise and funds

• References: must substantially include the peer-reviewed primary literature

• Tables, Figure captions and Figures 

Type the manuscript on white bond paper (letter size 215 cm x 280 cm) on one side only with 2.5 cm margins all around. Double-space the manuscript throughout, including references, Tables and Figure legends. Use normal-size type (10 or 12 points). Leave a triple space before and after all headings. Use capital and lower case letters, never all capitals. Avoid footnotes, addenda or appendices; if they are really important, incorporate them briefly in the text. Underline only the words to be italicized. Define acronyms or unfamiliar abbreviations at first mention in the text. Do not give any acronym in parenthesis if it is not used later again in the text. Give the scientific name of the species at first mention in the manuscript. Subsequent references may use the common name. Italicize (or underline) Latin names. Example: Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus).

Place a (leading) zero before the decimal in numbers less than 1. Give dates in the form 10 January 2007. Spell out numbers less than 10 unless they stand beside standard units of measure (eight fish and 8 kg). Do not spell out numbers larger than 10 unless they are used to start a sentence.

Use metric units or the International System of Units (with base units meter, gram, second, liter, mole, joule, etc.). Common units such as day, tons, hectare, watts, horsepower, °C and ppt salinity may be acceptable. Use abbreviations of units only beside numerals (e.g., 5 m); otherwise spell out units (e.g., only meters away). Do not use plural forms nor periods for abbreviations of units. Use superscripts and subscripts instead of the bar (/) for compound units; for example, 2 t. ha-1. year-1 instead of 2/t/ha/year, 10 g. m-2 instead of 10 g/m2. In designing Tables and Figures, bear in mind the journal.s printed page (17.8 cm x 25.3 cm or 7" x 10") and any reduction needed. Table headings, Figure explanations and other labels must be understandable without reference to the text. Number Tables and Figures consecutively, one per page. Tables must have horizontal lines only at the top and bottom and no vertical lines at all. Leave spaces to indicate groupings of data. Figures must be neat and simple line drawings, computergenerated graphics, or good-quality black and white photographs. Labels or lettering on Figures must be of a size readable after reduction (up to 60%). Send photocopies at first submission and the originals only with the revised manuscript. Cite references in the text as Author (year). Cite three or more authors as (First Author et al. year) and references still in press as (Author, in press). If a reference is unpublished, say (Author, unpubl. data) or (Author, pers. comm.), but avoid such citations. Arrange references in series by year as in (Beta 1980; Omega 1985; Alpha 1990). In the references, arrange papers alphabetically by (first) authors. family names as follows:


Boyd, C.E. 1982. Water quality management for pond fish culture. Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company, Amsterdam. The Netherlands.

Article or Chapter in Book:

Ward P.D. 1982. The development of bacterial vaccines for fish. Pages 47-58 In R.J. Roberts, editor. Microbial diseases of fish. Academic Press, New York, New York. USA

Journal Article:

Moriarty, D.J. 1998. Control of luminous Vibrio specis in penaeid aquaculture ponds. Aquaculture, 164: 351-358. Li, P. and Galtin III, D.M. 2004. Dietary brewers yeast and the prebiotic GrobioticTMAE influence growth performance, immune responses and resistance of hybrid striped bass (Morone chrysops X M. saxatilis) to Streptococcus iniae infection. Aquaculture,231: 445-456.

Koven, W.M.; Parra, G.; Kolkovski, S. and Tandler, A. 1998. The effect of dietary phosphotidylcholine and its constituent fatty acids on microdiet ingestion and fatty acid absorption rate in gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata larvae. Aquaculture Nutrition 4: 39-45.


Ronquillo, I.A. 1974. A review of the roundscad fishery of the Philippines. Proceedings Indo-Pacific Fisheries Council 15 (3):351-375

Number all pages consecutively, including title, Tables and Figures. Ensure that all copies of the manuscript are legible and clean.


Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned with one week of receipt. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors; any other corrections may be charged to the authors. Authors are advised to check their proofs very carefully before return, since the inclusion of late corrections cannot be acceptable.

Corrected proofs are to be returned to the publishers.


Authors from the Americas, European, Japan, China, and Australia may submit to Editor in chief. Author(s) from all other countries may submit to co-editor in chief. Author will receive prompt receipt of their paper. Submit at first instance four good copies of the manuscript, including Tables and Figures. To facilitate communication, provide on a separate sheet the corresponding author.s complete mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. After the review, submit three copies of the revision, including the originals of Figures, and a computer file on 3.5" floppy disc. The computer file must be in Windows format, preferably in Microsoft Word version 6. Send manuscripts to: The Editor, Mediterranean Aquaculture & Environmental Protection Society, P.O. Box 0000, El-Arish, North Sinai, Egypt. For inquiries, authors may also contact Dr. Ashraf Y. El-Dakar in Suez Canal University, El-Arish, Egypt at telephone 2068 3320 387, fax 2068 3320 387 or e-mail:

The Editor may return unreviewed any manuscript that falls outside the journal.s policy or scope. All other manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least two external referees.


No page charges are levied. Reprints (20-50) may be ordered at cost when the galley proofs are returned.


Subscriptions of the Mediterranean Aquaculture  Journal  are £60 for Mediterranean countries, £65 for European countries, £85 in the USA, South America, Canada, and Australia, £100 in all other countries. Individual subscriptions are benefit of membership in the Mediterranean Aquaculture & Environmental Protection Society. Annul membership dues are £ 25 for individuals, Seventy-five percent of dues is designated for a subscription to the Journal of Mediterranean Aquaculture.


Charges information:

  •  The journal does not charge for submission and processing of the manuscripts.

Copyright policy:

  •  The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright, and to retain publishing rights without any restrictions.