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Guidelines for authors

Guidelines for authors

1. Manuscript preparation: manuscripts must be submitted in English. In exceptional cases aqua may provide translations of manuscripts written in French, German, Italian, or Spanish.


Manuscripts must be word-processed in Microsoft WORD and submitted in an electronic form. Generic, specific, and sub-specific names must be italicised. All papers must conform to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Authors are strongly advised to follow the format set out in previous publications of aqua.


2. Title: the title must be short and should precisely identify the main topic of the article. Names of genera or species are followed by the systematic group to which they belong. Author name(s) are given in full beneath the title, followed by the complete mailing and e-mail address(es).

3. Keywords: six key words not found in the title.


4. Abstract: the abstract should not exceed 250 words and draw attention to the principal conclusions. It should not contain any uncommon abbreviations or literature citations. The inclusion of abstracts in other languages is optional.


5. Subject matter: the text of the manuscript is usually arranged in four main sections: Introduction, Materials and methods (including a key to abbreviations), Results, and Discussion. Other subdivisions may be chosen depending on the material presented. Acknowledgements should be placed between the text and references.


Scientific names of genera, species, and subspecies should be followed by the name(s) of author(s) and the year of publication on first mention. A description of a new taxon must contain the following sections: Material, Diagnosis, Description, and Affinities. Synonyms must be arranged in chronological order. Identification keys must be dichotomous.


Holotype and paratypes must be clearly identified, the institution in which they have been deposited named, and the catalogue numbers given. Private collections are not acceptable as repositories for holotypes.


DNA sequences must be archived in GenBank, DNA Databank of Japan or European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Voucher specimens associated with DNA sequences must be deposited in a recognized research collection accessible to the professional community. Accession numbers for sequences and catalog number for vouchers must be included as a table in an appendix to the final manuscript.


The metric system and SI units must be used. Temperatures are given in °C. Fractions should not be used.


6. References to literature: the name-year system must be used. The list of references should be placed at the end of the paper, alphabetically arranged according to author name. Only those publications cited in the paper may be included. Titles of journals must be given in full.


Examples of correct reference formats:

Blaber, S. J. M. 1980. Fish of the Trnity inlet system of North Queensland, with notes on the ecology of fish faunas of tropical Indo-Pacific estuaries. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 31:137-46.


Day, J. H., Blaber, S. J. M., & Wallace, J. H. 1981. Estuarine fishes. In: Estuarine Ecology with Particular Reference to Southern Africa. (Ed. J.H. Day.): 197-221. A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam.


Dimmich, W. W. 1988. Ultrastructure of North American cyprinid maxillary barbels. Copeia 1988 (1): 72-79.


Trewavas, E. 1983. Tilapiine Fishes of the Genera Sarotherodon, Oreochromis and Danakilia. British Museum (Natural History), London, 583 pp.


7. Submission of manuscript and illustrations: The manuscript and illustrations must be submitted digitally to the Scientific Editor:

Prof. Paolo Parenti
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Building U1
University of Milano-Bicocca,
Piazza della Scienza, 1 20126 Milano, Italy
Tel. (office) +39 02 6448 2752
Tel. (home) 031 720656
Cell. 338 9238835

to whom all subsequent correspondence shall be addressed. Texts, tables, and graphs should be in Microsoft-compatible electronic form.


After the paper has been accepted for publication, illustrations as high-resolution TIF files or original photographs (ideally transparencies; otherwise glossy prints, preferably in the size in which they will appear – the type area of aqua is 158 x 224 mm, one column is 76 mm wide) must be sent to:

Aquapress, The Managing Editor

Via G. Falcone 11,

27010 Miradolo Terme (Pavia), Italy

E-mail: aquapress44@gmail.com


Authors should retain copies of all materials for reference.


Proofs of accepted papers will be sent as PDF files by e-mail attachment to the corresponding author.


8. Evaluation of manuscripts: manuscripts will be evaluated by the editors and referees. Papers are accepted on the understanding that they have not and will not be published elsewhere.


9. Reprints: Authors will receive one free hard copy of the issue in which their paper appears and an e-print in PDF format for private/institutional use only. Additional hard copies may be ordered from Aquapress.


10. Copyright: All Scientific papers published in aqua are considered to be the copyright of Aquapress. The authors are welcome to publish elsewhere on-line the Abstract of  their paper ONLY. The complete paper is available on-line on www.aqua-aquapress.com for on-line view and download.


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