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Author Guidelines

The procedures for preparing, presenting and submitting the manuscripts are as follows:

  1. The manuscript submission shall be made through the website
  2. Language. All types of manuscripts must be written in English. The authors are responsible for the scientific content and correct grammar of the manuscript.
  3. The number of pages. The maximum number of pages allowed for each article is 33 sheets of printed journals (including pictures, tables, and references). The publishing of bigger manuscripts may be discussed with the Editorial Board.
  4. The review process. The review is an essential factor in ensuring articles are of high quality based on objectivity and quality level of articles. Each article will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers and the editorial board.
  5. Feasibility process. Based on the reviewer's review, the board's editor, through the approval of a sustainable partner, will make the final decision as to whether the manuscript is suitable for approval or rejected.
  6. Preparation of manuscripts.
    • No specific manuscript format or template is using. The editor encourages all submitted manuscripts written using formal scientific manuscript writing standards. The text should be formatted with continuous page and line numbers
    • Manuscript structures: title, name of the author (author and co-author) and affiliation, address (including postal code) (appropriate address), e-mail address, abstract, keywords (no more than seven words), introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, references, pictures, tables, and legends.
    • The author's correspondence is marked with an asterisk and lowercase letters (for example: a,*) after the name. If there is only one, the asterisk marker does not need to be placed. The e-mail correspondence address and co-author are written at the end of the full postal address(es).
    • Abstracts do not exceed 300 words and following with keyword.
    • Tables and figures are placed on pages separated from manuscripts and numbered sequentially. Figures and tables must not be inserted into the body of the text, they must only be cited (indicated). The table description is placed at the top, while the picture description is placed at the bottom. Only high-quality tables and figures can be accepted for approval (resolution should be a minimum of 300 dpi). The table and figure should be editable by the editor. 
    • Do not include footnotes.
    • Manuscripts are written in double space on one side of A4 paper (210 X 297 mm). The paper margins are right (2 cm), left (2 cm), upper (2 cm), and lower (2 cm). The letters used for all parts of the manuscript are Calibri size 11.5.
    • The writing mathematic and metric system is using the International System of Unit (SI). Whereas, writing scientific biological names follows the rules by the Binomial nomenclature system.
    • In the Acknowledgements, external funding sources for research and publication should be registered. Authors might also wish to acknowledge intellectual contributions from others (including reviewers), permits, research approvals, and other forms of support.
    • References in the following article are using the latest APA Citation Style. Use of a tool such as EndNote, Mendeley, Citavi or Zotero, etc for reference management and formatting, and choose APA style. References should take the following forms:

      Basic in Text citation style:

      Parenthetical citation: (Agnes, 2020); (Taylor, 2020a) and (Taylor, 2020b); (Martin & Staibatt, 2020); (Martin et al., 2020); (National Institute of Climatology and Meteorology [NICM], 2020) for First citation and (NICM, 2020) for subsequent citations; (Stanford University, 2020).

      Narrative citation: Agnes (2020); Taylor (2020a) and Taylor (2020b); Martin & Staibatt (2020); Martin et al. (2020); National Institute of Climatology and Meteorology (NICM, 2020) for First citation and NICM (2020) for subsequent citations; Stanford University (2020).

      Journal article:

      Clark, T. D., Raby, G. D., Roche, D. G., Binning, S. A., Speers-Roesch, B., Jutfelt, F., & Sundin, J. (2020). Ocean acidification does not impair the behaviour of coral reef fishes. Nature, 577(7790), 370–375.

      Darling, E. S., McClanahan, T. R., Maina, J., Gurney, G. G., Graham, N. A. J., Januchowski-Hartley, F., Cinner, J. E., Mora, C., Hicks, C. C., Maire, E., Puotinen, M., Skirving, W. J., Adjeroud, M., Ahmadia, G., Arthur, R., Bauman, A. G., Beger, M., Berumen, M. L., Bigot, L., . . . Mouillot, D. (2019). Social-environmental drivers inform strategic management of coral reefs in the Anthropocene. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3, 1341- 350.


      Gosling, E. M. (2003). Bivalve molluscs: Biology, ecology, and culture. Oxford: Fishing News Books.

      Book chapter:

      Andrew, A. (2019). Ocean acidification in tropical water. In R. K. Commert & M. J. Dawiss (Eds.), Current ocean and climate (pp. 121-140). Scholar Press.


      Queensland Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development. (2016). Advancing tourism 2016-20.


      Norton, K., Molon, I., Burkenn, W., Sansoto, A., & Louis, P. (2019, September 15-20). Bivalvia responses to ocean acidity threats: From cell to habit [Paper presentation]. 2019 Regional Malacology Congress, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

      David, C. (2019, October 31 - November 3). Coral bleaching and their relationship to climate change [Poster presentation]. 9th International Conference on Marine and Fisheries, Auckland, New Zealand.

      University thesis:

      Nasuchon, N. (2017). The impacts of ocean warming and acidification on the behavior and muscular system of marine animals [Doctoral dissertation, Nagasaki University].

    • It is highly recommended to consult previously published articles in the Journal of Marine Studies (JoMS), to verify the correct formatting.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article publication fee: 1.00 (EUR)
If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

If you do not have funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive each fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.