Asian Fisheries Society
Guideline to Author


Asian Fisheries Science publishes articles on problems and issues in fisheries science, including aquaculture, in Asia or those relevant to the Asian region. Acceptable topics include ecosystem and population dynamics, resource assessment, fishing gear technology, fish processing, socioeconomics, farming systems, breeding, nutrition, fish health, 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Only original, unpublished manuscripts not under consideration for publication elsewhere may be submitted.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 British English. Authors must display good knowledge of the primary scientific literature. 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 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 fisheries science 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
  2. Type the manuscript using Microsoft Office Word software using letter size page (215 cm x 280 cm) with 2.5 cm margins all around. Double-space the manuscript throughout, including references, Tables and Figure legends. Use Times New Roman font with font size of 12 for the body text and font size 10 for legends of tables and figures.
  3. Headings should be bold. 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 AFS ver2012 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.
  4. Give the Latin name and family of the species at first mention in the manuscript. Subsequent references may use the common name. Italicize (or underline) Latin names. Example: Asian sea bass (Lates calcarifer, Centropomidae).
  5. Place a (leading) zero before the decimal in numbers less than 1. Give dates in the form 10 January 1994. 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.
  6. 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 or 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.
  7. In designing Tables and Figures, bear in mind the journal's 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. 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, computer-generated 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 electronic images (.jpeg or .tif format) at first submission and the originals only with the revised manuscript if necessary.
  8. 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).
  9. In the references, arrange papers alphabetically by (first) authors' family names as follows:

    • (book)

      Bardach, J.E., J.H. Ryther and W.O. McLarney. 1972. Aquaculture: the farming and husbandry of freshwater and marine organisms. Wiley Interscience, New York. 100 pp.

    • (proceedings)

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

    • (book chapter)

      Smith, I. and K.C. Chong. 1984. Southeast Asian milkfish culture: economic status and prospects. In: Advances in milkfish biology and culture (ed. J.V. Juario, R.P. Ferraris and L.V. Benitez), pp. 1-20. Island Publishing House, Manila.

    • (journal article)*

      Widodo, J. 1991. Maturity and spawning of shortfin scad (Decapterus macrosoma) (Carangidae) of the Java Sea. Asian Fisheries Science 4:245-252.
      * Journal titles should be given in full.

    • (web publication)

      Fish Farming Expert. 2008. http://www.fishfarmingxpertno/index.php?page_id37&article _id=78056. Accessed April, 30, 2010.

  10. Number all pages consecutively, including title, Tables and Figures.


Submit electronic copies of manuscript, including Tables and Figures to the Assistant Editor at this email address: 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 electronic copies of the revision via email at the same address. Originals of Figures may be requested to be submitted via airmail if necessary. The computer file must be in Windows format, preferably in Microsoft Office Word 2007-2010..

Send manuscripts to:

The Assistant Editor
Asian Fisheries Science
Asian Fisheries Society

For inquiries, authors may also contact Ms. Choo Poh Sze (The Assistant Editor) by sending an email to; or the Editor, Prof. Mohamed Shariff Mohamed Din at

The Editor may return (without reviewing) any manuscript that falls outside the journal's policy or scope. All other manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least two external referees.


The final copy of the manuscript in PDF format will be sent to the corresponding author via email.