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Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Submission
  • The manuscript (including text, figures, and tables) and the cover letter should be submitted electronically via our website at Submit Manuscript. Please use the manuscript and the cover letter templates provided by the Journal (check Templates).
  • The manuscript should be prepared in a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format and the file name should be clearly labeled with the corresponding author’s last name and the title running head (e.g., Ferrer_Salinity effects on Gracilaria).
  • The Journal strictly considers that the manuscript is the author/s’ original work and has not been previously published or submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. This statement is indicated on the cover letter.
  • All authors must have participated in the research and preparation of the manuscript.
  • Must adhere to basic ethical research standard.
Manuscript Preparation
  • General Guidelines
    • The manuscript should be submitted and compiled in the following order: Title page; Title; Abstract; Keywords; Main text; Acknowledgements; References; Tables with captions. All figures should be submitted in a separate file.
    • Figure captions should appear below each figure, flush left.
    • Figure formats should be 600 dpi in TIFF and Jpg/Jpeg format.
    • Measurements should adhere to the internationally accepted rules (i.e., international system of units or SI). Do not italicize the units. You may consult this website
    • The manuscript text should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced, with at least one-inch margin on each side, and justified throughout.
    • Page numbers are at the right bottom of the page. Do not number each line.
    • All abbreviations should be spelled out the first time they are used.
  • Manuscript Structure
    • Title page shall contain the following:
      • Type of article (e.g., original research article, review article, etc.);
      • Title of the article;
      • Author/s’ full name/s, affiliations, complete mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, flush left; and
      • Identify the corresponding author, the primary contact person of the editors).
    • Manuscript text must be separated from the Title Page with a page break. It should contain the following:
      • Title;
      • Abstract – maximum of 250 words are required for all types of manuscripts;
      • Key Words – three (3) to six (6) words to identify the most important topics covered in the paper and for indexing purposes;
      • The main text should be structured and numbered consecutively as 1. Introduction; 2. Materials and Methods; 3. Results; 4. Discussion; 5. Conclusion; 6. Acknowledgement; and 7. References. There may be instances when Results and Discussion are written together.
  • Reference Style – the reference list should be arranged alphabetically. References within text should follow the Name-Year system. List of references and in-text citations shall follow the Council of Science Editors (CSE) style guide. Examples:
    • In-text Citation:
      • Single author – author’s last name and the year of publication (Ferrer 2010)
      • Two authors – both authors’ last names and the year of publication (Ferrer and Ponce 2009)
      • Three or more authors – first author’s last name followed by et al. and the year of publication (Ferrer et al., 2008)
      • Use abbreviation or acronym when citing an organization, company, or academe as an author.
      • Multiple sources:
        • Citations may be made directly or parenthetically. List them first alphabetically then chronologically.
        • Multiple sources written by different authors – separate them with a semi-colon.
        • Same author or set of authors (same years) – supply a letter after the year of publication.
        • Same author or set of authors (different years) – name the author once, and list the years of publication chronologically separated by commas.
          Example: … has been extensively used in researches (Whitmarsh and Palmieri 2011; Ahmet et al. 2011; Harris 2009; Trondsen 2004a, 2004b, 2003; Gempesaw et al. 1995). Wilcock (2004) demonstrated…and are documented in Cardellicchio et al. (200*), Bayen (2007) and Beiras et al. (2003).
    • Reference List
      • Journal Article – Author. Year. Title of article. Title of journal volume number (issue number): page numbers.
        Mudjekeewis DS, Lopez GV, Barut NC. 2010. A pilot study on the genetic variation of eastern little tuna (Euthynnusaffinis) in Southeast Asia. Philippine Journal of Science 139(1): 43-50.
      • Books – Author/Editor. Year. Title. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher. Number of pages.
        Charles A. 2001. Sustainable Fishery Systems. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science. 384 p.
      • Chapter of a book – Author of article. Year. Title of selection. In: Author/editor of book. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher. Pages of article.
        Jentoft S, Chuenpagdee R. 2013. Concerns and problems in fisheries and aquaculture – Exploring governability. In: Bavinck M, Chuenpagdee R, Jentoft S, Kooiman. Governability of Fisheries and Aquaculture. J. MARE Publication Series Volume 7. Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. p. 33-44.
      • Technical report – Author(s). Date of publication. Title of report. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher. Report no. Available from:
        Kapetsky JM, Aguilar-Manjarrez J. 2007. Geographic information systems, remote sensing and mapping for the development and management of marine aquaculture. Rome: FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 458. Available from:
      • Conference proceedings – Editor. Year. Title of publication or conference. Name of conference; dates of conference; place of conference. Place of publication: Publisher. Total number of pages.
        Witherell D. 2004. Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries: Past, Present and Future. Proceedings of a conference on fisheries management in the United States; November 13-15, 2003; Washington, D.C. USA: NOAA. 254 p.
      • Conference papers – Author of the paper. Date of publication. Tile of the paper. [In]: Editor of the proceedings. Title of the publication, or name of conference, or both; dates of the conference; place of the conference. Place of publication: Publisher. Paper pages.
        Charles AT. 2004 Rights-based fishery management: A focus on use rights. In: Petruny-Parker ME, Castro KM, Schwartz ML, Skrobe LG, Somers B (editors). Who Gets the Fish? Proceedings of the New England Workshop on Rights-Based Fisheries Management Approaches. Rhode Island Sea Grant, Narragannsett, R.I. USA. p. 3-5.
      • Websites – Author. Title of homepage [medium]. Publication date. Place of Publication: Publisher; [Date of update/Date of citation]. Availability.
        Shelton C. 2014. Climate change adaption in fisheries and aquaculture – compilation of initial examples [Internet]. Rome: Foor and Agriculture Organization-UN; [updated 2014 Oct 21; cited 2014 Nov 13]. Available from:

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