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Paper Categories

Research Papers, which report novel information, beyond simply representing a confirmation of previously published work. Research papers must not exceed 20 manuscript pages, including tables and figures.

Short Papers* are used to publish results which represent a major finding or a new discovery, first records, reports & observations are welcome. 

Technical Notes* should report new methods and/or procedures for research methodology.

Review Articles should not exceed 30 manuscript pages, including tables and figures.

*Short papers and technical notes, which present results of brief but significant work, must not exceed 10 manuscript pages, including tables and figures.

Preparation of Manuscripts for Submission

Submission of an article implies that the presented work and results have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, and that its publication is approved by all authors. All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest. The author(s) warrant(s) that:

Submission of an article implies that the presented work and results have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, and that its publication is approved by all authors. All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest. The author(s) warrant(s) that:

  • The manuscript submitted is his/her/their own original work;
  • All authors participated in the work in a substantial way and are prepared to take public responsibility for the work;
  • All authors have seen and approved the manuscript as submitted;
  • The manuscript has not been published and is not being submitted or considered for publication elsewhere;
  • The text, illustrations, and any other materials included in the manuscript do not infringe upon any existing copyright or other rights of anyone.
  • GenAqua has unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, use, distribute, license, transmit, display, exhibit, record, store, translate, digitize, broadcast, reproduce and archive, in any format or medium, whether now known or hereafter developed. 
  • Authors must clarify their changes in the Cover Letter, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers' comments. 

Submission of all types of manuscripts to GenAqua is completely managed online, via the Online Submission & Review System .During the submission process, authors will be guided step-by-step while uploading all required documents and information. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail.

Main Document (not including names and addresses)

Main document is usually divided into following sections:

  • Title of manuscript
  • Number of pages
  • Number of Tables
  • Number of Figures
  • Abstract with key words

·     Abstract should not exceed;

·     200 words in research papers,

·     300 words in reviews, and

·     100 words in short reports and technical notes.

·     Three to five key words (not existing in the title) should be listed below the abstract.

·     The abstract must be in only English.

  • Introduction
  • Materials & Methods
  • Ethical Statements
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • Author Contribution
  • Funding Information
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • Highlights*

*Highlights should be represented by three to five result-oriented points that provide readers with an at-a-glance overview of the main findings of your article. They should represent a quick snippet of the results-short and intriguing. Each Highlight should have no more than 90 characters, including spaces.

Studies in Animals

Ethics Committee Report

The journal has right to ask authors to submit ethics committee reports or an equivalent official document if required. All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines and should be carried out in accordance with the U.K. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 and associated guidelines, EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments, or the National Institutes of Health guide for the care and use of Laboratory animals (NIH Publications No. 8023, revised 1978). The name of the ethics committee, approval number of the ethics committee and the statement of informed consent for research involving experimental animals should be stated in the ‘’Methods’’ section of the manuscript. The editor has the right to reject manuscripts on suspicion of animal welfare and/or lack of ethics committee reports. The scientific and ethical responsibility of the animal experiment belong the authors.


The names, degrees, and affiliations who have contributed substantially to a study but do not fulfill the criteria for authorship can be listed in the Acknowledgments section. This section may include individuals who provided any writing, editorial, and/or statistical assistance etc. or institutions who provide technical support.

Author Contribution

AquaSt encourage transparency by publishing author contribution statements.

Conforming with the guidelines of the Aquaculture Studies (AquaSt), designation as an author must satisfy four conditions. The author must have:

  1. Contributed substantially to the conception and design of the study, the acquisition of data, or the analysis and interpretation
  2. Drafted or provided critical revision of the article 
  3. Provided final approval of the version to publish
  4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Authors are required to include a statement of responsibility in the manuscript, including review-type articles, that specifies the contribution of every author. An author name can appear multiple times, and each author name must appear at least once.


Funding Information

Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows: 

For single agency grants;

This work was supported by the (Funding Agency) under Grant (number xxx);

 For multiple agency grants; 

This work was supported by the (Funding Agency) under Grant (number xxx); (Funding Agency #2) under Grant (number xxx); and (Funding Agency#3) under Grant (number xxx).


The 7th Edition of APA Citation guidelines should be used. You can use the following guide for reference formatting:clicking this link


Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, ...), with each table presented on a separate sheet. Title of the table should be written on top of the table. Descriptions about table items should be placed at the bottom of the table and marked with an asterisk. Tables should be prepared in regular MS Word format (i.e., tables submitted as a figure or manually written will not be accepted).


Figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, ...), with each Figure presented on a separate sheet. Title of the figure and descriptions about figure items should be placed at the bottom of the figure.

  1. Tables and Figures can be cited in the text consecutively.
  2. Tables and Figures should be embedded in the manuscript document, and provided at the end of the document. Original files should be also uploaded separately through the online submission system.
  3. Figures should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Title Page

  1. Authors' full names, with an asterisk after the name of the corresponding author
  2. Authors' affiliations and postal addresses, including e-mail address of the corresponding author v ORCID Links of the authors must be written.
  3. Phone numbers of corresponding author 
  4. Author contribution information

Copyright-Release Form

During the submission process, authors will be directed to download and complete a ”Copyright Release Form’ which will have to be signed by a corresponding author.

Reviewer suggestion

Please provide the names and institutional e-mail addresses of at least 3 potential reviewers within the Cover Letter section in the Online Submission system.

Authors that have submitted manuscripts to GenAqua may be asked to be reviewers in the future.

Peer –Review

Double-blind review system with at least two reviewers is used to evaluate manuscripts for publication. Editors have the right to reject the manuscripts without peer-review when the manuscript:

  1. is on a topic outside the scope of the Journal,
  2. lacks technical merit,
  3. exhibits narrow regional scope and significance,
  4. presents conflicting results,
  5. is poorly written,
  6. represents a case of scientific miscoduct,
  7. when the journal is overburdened with too many submissions, editors have right to reject manuscripts without peerreview based on their perceived merit. 

Editors are responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.

Submission checklist

Please carefully check and adhere to the following list to avoid losing time and repeated resubmissions:

-In case of resubmitting rejected manuscripts in GenAqua, changes and point-by-point responses to the reviewers' comments are provided in Cover Letter section

-Copyright Release Form is enclosed, completed and signed by the corresponding author (in pdf or jpeg format)

-English Title, Abstract and Key Words are provided

-Abstract does not exceed 200 words (300 words in cae of reviews, and 100 words for short reports and technical notes.)

-Three to five key words (not presented in the title) are listed below the abstract.

-Spelling and grammar checks have been completed

-Main document is 1,5 spaced throughout, with 25 mm margins including Abstract, Introduction,

-Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References

-Font and font size is 12 pt Calibri, 1,5 spaced, throughout the manuscript

-All abbreviations and acronyms are defined at first mention

-Main document does not contain names and institutions (in line with the double blind review system)

-Title page contains names of authors, written in full (NOT abbreviated)

-Title page contains author address(es), provided in English

-ORCID links are added to the title page.

-Acknowledgements are provided on the main documents

-The percent sign appears without a space after the number (e.g., 53%) and not before (e.g., NOT %53)

-Decimals are indicated by decimal points and not by commas (e.g., 10.24 NOT 10,24)

-et al. is in italics (et al.)

-Latin terms such as species’ names are in italics (e.g., Oncorhynchus mykiss)

-Degree symbols are inserted from the Symbols menu, and are not superscript letter 'o' or number '0'

-Multiplication symbol is used (×) and not small "x" letters

-Spaces are inserted between numbers and units (e.g. 3 kg) and between numbers and mathematical symbols (+, ?, ×, =, <, >) but not between numbers and percent symbols (e.g. 45%)

-Significant level symbol; ‘P< or P>’ is in italics and upper case

-High quality figures are enclosed (if any)

-Figures are referred to consecutively in the paper (if any)

-Tables are referred to consecutively in the paper (if any)

-Unpublished references (project reports, etc.) are not referred to or cited

-References are listed in alphabetical order in the style shown in the instructions

-References are cited in the text according to 7th Edition of APA

-DOI links of references are indicated (if available)

-Full names of journal titles are provided in the reference list (NOT abbreviated)

-All pages and lines are numbered

-Sections are not numbered

-Tables and figures, if applicable, must be included in the main document. They are also uploaded separately via online submission system.

-Reviewer suggestions are provided in the Cover Letter 

Changes to Authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. 

After Acceptance

Once the manuscript is accepted for publishing in GenAqua, authors will receive e-mail notification with all necessary information on further steps in publishing process. Accepted manuscript can be tracked via the link that will be sent by email. Proof will be provided for corrections, before the paper is published in its final form.

Authors should indicate all corrections on the paper published as Proof by sending all comments by email to

Please notice that GenAqua reserves the right to reject a paper even after it has been accepted, if it becomes apparent that there are serious problems with its scientific content, or the publishing policies of journal have been violated.

Sharing Social Media

Authors of accepted articles will be asked to provide up to 3 photographs and 1 video (~60 sec.) that present the study, which will be used to share information on our social media accounts in order to increase paper’s publicity. If possible, Twitter usernames of authors should be also provided. The preferable format for video clips is MP4 (maximum file size is up to 200 MB), and for images either JPEG, GIF or PNG (maximum file size per image is 5MB, and 3MB for animated gifs). 

Please send the photographs and video to journal by email to

Author Rights

Authors of published articles (and/or their employers or institutions) have certain rights to reuse published work with prior permisson.

Please click to download the “Permission Request Form.