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Author Guidelines

The manuscript should be typed / printed in double space on one side of good quality white A4 size, with 2.9 cm margin all around. The preparation of manuscript in MS WORD with Times New Roman font is preferred.

The manuscript should be in English, abiding by standard rules of grammar. Care should be taken to avoid long ambiguous statements, vague expressions, and sloppy use of scientific expressions. Scientific names of plant and animals should be typed in italics.

The contents of a research paper should be organized in the following order :


Name(s) of author(s)

Address of author(s)



Short running title (max. 6 words)


Materials and methods

Results and Discussion

Conclusion (if any)

Acknowledgments (if any)



Figures with captions

In case of Short communication, Abstract and Key words are not required. Here the Title is followed by the text (without heading like, introduction, materials and methods etc.), Name(s) of author(s), Address of author(s), References, Tables and Figures (if any).

The details about the font and size of various constituents of a research paper are mentioned below

Title should be specific, representing the theme of the research study. It should be brief, usually not exceeding 2 lines in bold capital letters with font size 14. General expressions like Observation/studies on.... and..... with special reference to..... should be avoided.

Name(s) of the author(s) should be in capital letters for research paper and in title case for short communication, with font size 12. The name(s) should start with initials followed by surname. The name of the authors should be separated by comma, while last and second last authors should be separated by and not by &. The address(es) / affiliation(s) of author(s) should be mentioned below the name(s) of author(s).

Abstract should be very precise, not exceeding 100 words in font size 10.

Key words should be maximum of 6 (font size 10). For example, Pen-culture, floodplain wetland, Assam.

All the main headings, namely, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements and references should be in bold letters with font size 12. Therefore, the sub-headings should be in following hierarchy

Main heading Bold

Sub heading Italics

Sub heading Regular letters (not bold, not italics)

Sub headings Italics followed by colon (text will continue in same line)

The full form of an abbreviation should be given, when it appears for the first time in the text.

The paragraph should be without any indent. It may be differentiated with one additional line space.

Introduction should be brief, describing the importance of the study in context of the research area and earlier related studies. The introduction should also mention the objectives of the study.

Materials and methods should include the information, data or material(s) used in the study and the method(s) or analytical tool(s) adopted to reach at the results. The description of the methods should be brief and restricted to the method(s) used. Date/period of the study should be mentioned.

Results and discussion may be presented together or separately. The results should cover the original observations made/findings of the study, while discussion should support the findings through reasoning and a comparison with earlier studies.

Conclusion should be the ultimate result addressing title of the paper. It should also be very specific and to the point. Outline only salient findings, expressions like this paper deals with..... should be avoided.

Acknowledgements should be brief and specific.

References should be typed in font size 10. It should start with name of author(s), year of publication, title, abbreviated form of journal/book/report of publication (in italics), volume number (in bold), issue number (in bracket), and page number. For all the authors, initials will follow the surname. The references should be arranged alphabetically. The references from different sources can be cited as mentioned below:

Journal :

Parmeswaran, S. and Murugesan, V. K. 1976. Observations on the hypophysation of murrels (Ophiocephalidae). Hydrobiologia, 50 (1): 81-87.

Book Chapter :

Mishra, J. P. and Mishra, B. 1998. Co-operative movement in Rajasthan and its impact on rural development, pp 85-94. In Kainth, G. S. (ed), India’s rural co-operatives. Regency Publications, New Delhi, India.

Technical Report/Bulletin/Unpublished thesis :

Thakur, N. K. and Das, P. 1985. Synopsis of biological data on Koi, Anabas testudiness (Bloch, 1972). Bull. No. 40, Cent. Inland Fish. Res. Inst., Barrackpore. 47 p.

Book :

Roberts, R. J. 2003. Fish Pathology, 3rd Edn. Billarie Tindall, London. 240 p.

Seminar/Symposia/Conference proceedings :

Lovell, R. T. 1992. Replacing fish meal in channel catfish diets, pp 118-121. In Allan, G. L. and Dall, W. (eds), Proc. Workshop on Aquaculture Nutrition. 15-17 April, 1991; Salamandar Bay, Australia.

Web/Internet source :

Greer, D. and Harvey, B. 2004. Blue Genes : Sharing and Conserving the World’s Aquatic Biodiversity. Int. Dev. Res. Centre, Ottowa. 160 p.

The abbreviations of journal title in reference list should follow the norms used in World list of Scientific Periodicals or the Council of Biological Editors Manual, 5th Edition. The abbreviations not covered under the list/manual should be reproduced as approved by the respective journal authorities.

The citation of references in the text should be as follows :

One author : Jhingran (1989) or (Jhingran, 1989)

Two authors : Jhingran and Ghosh (1978) or (Jhingran and Ghosh, 1978)

More than two authors : Jhingran et al. (1986) or (Jhingran et al., 1986)

In case of more than one reference of same author(s) in same year, the year of the references may be numbered as a, b, (e. g., 1986a, 1986b) depending on the sequence of occurrence of the reference in the text.

Tables should be presented, only if really necessary. These should not be duplicated with figures. The size of tables should be such that it can be accommodated within one page. They should be typed in font size 10 and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. The tables should have a descriptive title on the top in regular letters (not bold or italics) with font size 10. Please avoid large tables giving raw or unprocessed data. The format for table number and title is as under

Table Number, Title, for example

Table 1. Fish catch statistics for river Ganga during 1990-2001.

The number of figures should be reasonable depending upon the theme of the paper. All figures should be numbered either on the top or on back in Arabic numerals with pencil along with the name of the author(s). The top of the figure should also be indicated. The caption(s) of figure(s) should be typed on separate paper appended to the manuscripts. Do not type captions on figure page. In the figures, letters, legends, labels, etc., should be composed by computer (in MS WORD format and laser printed) or written by some artistic aid, so, that they can be directly  reproduced. Good quality photographs should be supplied. The lettering and scales on graphs and figures should be clear and of professional quality and should remain readable after reduction. Ordinates should be labeled inside the graph or with vertically oriented words.

The chemical symbols should be represented as, Ions : PO4-3 , not as PO4-

For biological/chemical nomenclature standard international norms should be followed.

The general instructions for spacing after punctuation are :

No space before full stop, comma, semicolon, colon and bracket

One space after full stop, comma, semicolon, colon and bracket

No space between start of the brackets and first letter of content within; and last letter of content and close of the brackets, example; (Adam, 1981)

Reprints are not supplied free of charge to the author(s). Reprints in the multiples of 25 will be supplied against cost as fixed by the Society on prior request, once the paper is accepted.

The costs of printing of photographs will be borne by the Society.

The manuscript should be submitted (in duplicate in case of hard copy submission) along with a certificate stating that the information embodied in the communication has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The author(s) should duly sign the certificate. The hard copy of the manuscript (in duplicate) should be accompanied with a CD containing text of the paper in MS WORD, by registered post (in case of hard copy submission).

The author(s) should be member of the society in year of publication of his/her paper in the journal. All payments should be made in favour of Secretary/ Treasurer and addressed to Business Manager of the society. All research communications should be sent to the Editor of the journal.

Address for communication:

The Editor,

Inland Fisheries Society of India,

C/o Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute,

Barrackpore, Kolkata - 700 120, West Bengal, India.

Quantities, units, symbols and abbreviations to be used while preparing manuscripts

Only standard international units (the S.I. system) should be used. For example :

Quantity Unit Symbol

Length meter m

Mass kilogram, gram, kg, g

Time second s

Temperature Celsius 0C

Surface area square meter m2

hectare ha

Volume litre  l cubic meter m3

Some decimal prefixes for S.I. units :

Quantity Unit Symbol

Kilo  k 103

Deci d 10-1

Centi  c  10-2

Mili   m 10-3

Micro m 10-6

Nano  n 10-9

Combined expressions in text, tables and figures are preferably presented using negative exponents; examples are given in the table below:

Preferred Rejected

g C m-2 h-1  gr C/m2 / h

kg m-2 s-1 kg. m-2. s-1

kg x m-2 x s-1

kg / m2 / s

meq l-1 meq / l, meq / L

me q / L-1

g l-1, g kg-1 ppt

mg l-1 / mg kg-1 ppb

mg l-1 ppm

t  MT, mt, tonne, metric tonne, ton

million M, m

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 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.
  • 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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