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Author Guidelines

The Indian Journal of Fisheries is published quarterly by
the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New
Delhi. Original contributions in the field of fish and fisheries
science will be considered for publication in the Journal.
The material submitted must be unpublished and not under
consideration for publication elsewhere.

Papers based on research which kills or damages any
species, regarded as threatened/endangered as per IUCN
criteria or is as such listed in the Red Data Book appropriate
to the geographic area concerned, will not be accepted by
the Journal, unless the work has clear conservation

Types of contribution

Original Research Papers : should be scientific reports of
original research and should not exceed 10 -12 typed pages
of A4 size paper.

Short Research Notes : should be short and of narrower
scientific focus. These should be without headed sections/
subheadings and should not exceed 4 – 5 typed pages.

Review Articles: should be concise (about 10 typed pages),
creative and on subjects of topical relevance and new
research initiatives.

Preparation of manuscripts: all sections of the typescript
should be on one side of A4 size paper, double-spaced and
with sufficient margins. All pages should be numbered.

Title page: should bear the title of the paper, name(s) and
complete postal address(es) of affiliations of author(s),
telephone, fax numbers and e-mail address of the
corresponding author, present address(es) of author(s) if
applicable. A concise running title of not more than
40 characters inclusive of spaces should also be given in
this page.

Full papers should generally be arranged in the following
sequence: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and
methods, Results and discussion, Acknowledgements,
References, Figure legends, Tables, Figures.

ABSTRACT: should be clear, concise and summarise only
the significant findings of the paper (not exceeding 150 -
200 words).

Keywords: immediately after the abstract, provide a
maximum of 4 - 6 keywords to aid indexing.

Main text: should be in single-column format. Keep the
layout of the text as simple as possible. Titles and
subtitles should not run within the text. They should be
typed in a separate line. Use bold face, lower-case letter
type for titles and non-bold, italic letter type for subtitles.

Abbreviations: non-standard or uncommon abbreviations
should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at
their first mention in the abstract and also in the main text.
Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

Scientific names: complete scientific names are required
in italics for species names which are written in full the
first time they appear in the text, e.g., Epinephelus tauvina
(Forsskal), but abbreviated at subsequent mention
(e.g., E. tauvina).

Introduction: should be brief and limited to the statement
of the problem or the aim of the experiment. The review of
literature should be pertinent to the problem.

Materials and methods: relevant details including the
experimental design and the techniques employed should
be included. Where the protocols are well established,
citation of the standard reference will suffice. The statistical
methods used should be clearly stated.

Results and discussion: should preferably be combined
and may contain subheadings. The results should be
supported by brief but adequate tables/illustrations.

Tables: should be self-explanatory and include only
essential data. Each table should be typewritten on a
separate sheet; should be numbered in Arabic numerals
(Table 1, 2, etc.) according to their sequence in the text and
should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Column
headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory.
Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be
added between parentheses in the column headings. Vertical
lines should not be used to separate columns. Any
explanation essential to the understanding of the table
should be given as a footnote at the bottom of the table.
Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscripts.

Illustrations : all graphs, drawings and photographs are
considered as figures and should be sequentially numbered
using Arabic numerals (Fig. 1, 2, etc.), in order of their
mention in the text. A fully descriptive legend should be
provided for every figure and the complete list of legends
typed together on a separate page. All relevant information,
e.g., keys to the symbols and formulae, should be included
in the legend. In the case of photographs and
photomicrographs, magnification and the stains used should
be included in the legend.

Information in tables should not be duplicated in figures,
and vice versa. Tables should not be embedded in the text
file in picture format. A separate file should be supplied
for illustrations: line artwork (vector graphics) should be
saved as Encapsulated Post Script (EPS) files and
photographic images as Tagged Image Format (TIFF).

Units: System International (SI) units should be used.

Statistics: statistics should be presented with name of test
and probability level (p>0.05, p<0.05, p<0.01 and

References: all publications cited in the text should be
presented in the list of references. For text citations, use
Harvard system i.e., refer to the author’s name (without
initial) and year of publication. For two authors, use names
of both the authors and the year. If reference is made in the
text to a publication written by more than two authors, the
name of the first author should be used followed by
“et al.” and the year. Where more than one reference is
cited in the text, these should be in chronological order,
e.g. Smith, 1975; Arnold, 1981; Jones, 1988.

In the list of references, names of first author and all
co-authors should be mentioned. The list of references
should be arranged alphabetically by authors’ names, and
chronologically per author. If an author’s name in the list
is also mentioned with co-authors, the following order
should be used : publications of the single author, arranged
according to publication dates - publications of the same
author with one co-author - publications of the author with
more than one co-author. Publications by the same author(s)
in the same year should be listed as 1994a, 1994b, etc.

Use the following system for listing the references :

For periodicals:

Titles of periodicals mentioned in the list of references
should be abbreviated following ISO 4 standard.

Talikhedkar, P. M., Mane, U. M. and Nagabushanam, R.
1978. Growth rate of the wedge clam, Donax cuneatus at
Miriya Bay, Ratnagiri. Indian J. Fish., 23 (1&2) : 183-193.

For books:

Gaugh, Jr., H. G. 1992. Statistical analysis of regional yield
trials. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 278 pp.

Shigueno, K. 1992. Shrimp culture industry in Japan. In:
Fast, A. W. and Lester, L. J. (Eds.), Marine shrimp culture:
principles and practices. Elsevier, Amsterdam, p. 641-652.

For edited symposia/special issues:

Benzie, J. A. H., Ballment, E. and Frusher, S. 1993. Genetic
structure of Penaeus monodon in Australia: concordant
results from mtDNA and allozymes. In: Gall, G. A. E. and
Chen, H. (Eds.), Proceedings of the fourth international
symposium on genetics in aquaculture, 29 April - 3 May
1991. Wuhan, China, p. 89-93.

Technical papers/reports :

Thakur, N. K. 1987. Breeding and culture of Clarias
batrachus for industrial production. Report of U.S. aid
training Programme on freshwater aquaculture. CIFA,
Bhubaneswar, India, p. 146-156.

In the case of publications in any language other than
English, the original title is to be retained. Papers accepted
for publication but not yet published should be referred to
as “in press”. References concerning unpublished data and
“personal communications” should not be cited in the
reference list but may be mentioned in the text.

Submission of manuscripts: authors are requested to
submit concise, clearly written and well-organized
papers that follow the Journal’s style and format for
consideration, to the Editor through online only on the journal's site through

Acceptance of papers: manuscripts inappropriate for the
Journal or in obvious non-compliance with guidelines for
manuscript preparation shall be returned to the author
without further review. If the paper appears appropriate for
the Journal, copies of the manuscript will be sent to two or
more experts in the relevant discipline for critical review.
Based on the comments of the reviewers, the paper may be
accepted/rejected or accepted with revision.

Reprints : The corresponding author will be provided
a soft copy of the article in PDF format via e-mail.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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