Journal Sponsorship


1 One World, One Ocean (Aims and Scope)

International Journal of Marine Science (IJMS) is committed to publishing and disseminating all the latest and outstanding research articles, letters and reviews in marine science, but we especially focus on marine conservation for we have but one ocean.


One World One Ocean and we also especially concern about the global issues such as sea level rise, climate change and marine pollution. As we know such issues in the developing countries are more serious, so IJMS has a preference for the authors from those countries. We ask the readers do not be too critical about their scholarship but pay more attention to the problem they addressed. It is also our problem.


Global issues need global cooperation; IJMS also favors the researches done by international teams. Ocean unites us together, we are family.


2 Manuscripts Submission

2.1 Online submission

Manuscripts can be submitted to International Journal of Marine Science electronically by Aqua Publisher online submission system. In the case that online submission system is not available; you can submit your manuscript to the submission email of International Journal of Marine Science: If both the above ways do not work out, you can directly send your manuscripts to the Publishing Manager by The editors will handle your submission within five working days.


Preferred file formats of manuscripts are Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format (RTF). Figures, tables, movies and raw data can be submitted as supplemental files.


A cover letter must be submitted along with the manuscript during the submission, which should contain a brief explanation of what was previously known, the conceptual advance provided by the findings, and the importance of the findings to a broad readership as well as how and why their major findings relate to the scope of the journal. Closely related papers submitted elsewhere or in press should be noted in the cover letter, and uploaded as additional supplemental files in the online submission system. The cover letter is confidential to the editor and will not be seen by reviewers.


2.2 Corresponding Author

The full name, the contact information and e-mail address of the corresponding author should be provided. We take the corresponding author as the responsible author, which means that the corresponding author accept such a responsibility: The corresponding author must warrant that all co-authors have read and approved the authorship of the manuscript, the content of the paper, and its submission to IJMS. Official approval of all original authors must be provided before any changes in authorship. All reasonable demands on the necessary materials and methods which can justify the experimental results must be satisfied. Please inform the editorial office if the contact information of the corresponding author changes after submission.


3 Article processing

Scientists all over the world are invited to serve as peer reviewers for this journal. All submission will be automatically transferred online to the reviewers by Manuscript Proceeding System in the Aqua Publisher prior to CrossRef's plagiarism check.


International Journal of Marine Science offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review. Normally the publication period is four to six weeks depend on the speed of peer review. Using the recommended manuscript preparation formats will largely speed up the paper procedures and shorten the periods. Research articles will be published electronically in provisional PDF immediately upon acceptance. A fully structured web version and PDF download version will be uploaded within four weeks after acceptance.


International Journal of Marine Science is affiliated with other biology journals published by Aqua Publisher, including International Journal of Aquaculture, etc.. If referees judge that a manuscript is sound but not of special interest and therefore not appropriate for International Journal of Marine Science, the referee reports can be shared with other journals published by Aqua Publisher. Transferring a manuscript from one journal to another will not incur delays. Conversely, if a manuscript submitted to a sister journal in the Aqua Publisher series is judged to be of exceptional interest by the referees and editors, we may offer publication in International Journal of Marine Science.


4 Article-processing charges

All journals under Aqua Publisher do not require article processing charges (APCs) and offer free publication and free access. However, Open access publications are not without costs. As a publisher, Aqua Publisher needs to pay platform operation fees to publishing platform operators. These fees are used for server rentals, journal publishing systems, publishing databases, access space, software upgrades, and the daily operation and maintenance of the journal publishing system. In order to promote the prosperity and development of open access journals, we encourage research institutions, researchers, and authors publishing in Aqua Publisher journals to make voluntary donations. We appreciate your support for the open access publishing model.


HERE to download a standard manuscript preparation.

1.1 Title and byline

A title gives the reader a clear idea of what the article is about; it should be brief, novel and informative, which could invite readers' interest. The usual limit for title is less than 25 words. Abbreviations and acronyms, including those for gene and protein names, should be avoided in titles. Common names are allowed for major model systems (maize, rice, yeast); Latin names should be used for all organisms that have no widely accepted common name.

1.2 Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed substantially to the work. Please note the corresponding authors and their e-mails. Authors' given names should be shortened to initials, dot between characters. The authors' addresses should be written below their names.

1.3 Abstract

The abstract should summarize for a broad audience the main information, including the question being addressed, the approach taken, and the major findings and their significance. It should also be concise (approximately 200~250 words) and independent. General background should be reserved for the introduction. Avoid using too professional words, special symbols and formula. Literature references should not be included.

1.4 Keywords

List 4~6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

1.5 Background

This section should provide the necessary background information for the average reader, the current situation and research intention. It should be both complete and concise, just like a mini-review. Previous publications that form a basis for the work presented must be cited.

1.6 Results

This section should be divided with subheadings. Footnotes should not be used.

1.7 Discussion

The Discussion focused on the interpretation of the results and place. It should not be redundant with the Results section. This section may contain subheadings. Insecure sentence like "which needs further research" is discouraged in this section.

1.8 Materials and methods

The section, at minimum, should include enough detail for readers to understand the general experimental design and to be able to assess the data presented. Cite previously published procedures in References. Modifications of previously published procedures should be pointed out. Truly new procedures should be described in detail. Animals, plants, pathogens, and insects or pests should present Latin names. A more detailed version of the procedures and details such as oligo sequences, strains, and specifics of how constructs were made can be included in Supplemental Information.

1.9 Authors' contributions

In order to give appropriate credit to each author of a paper, the individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this section.

An "author" is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. To qualify as an author one should 1) have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) have been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) have given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not justify authorship.

We suggest the following kind of format (please use initials to refer to each author's contribution): AB carried out the molecular genetic studies, participated in the sequence alignment and drafted the manuscript. JY carried out the immunoassays. MT participated in the sequence alignment. ES participated in the design of the study and performed the statistical analysis. FG conceived of the study, and participated in its design and coordination and helped to draft the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

1.10 Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full. Please check this section carefully before publication, as amendments or corrections are not allowed after publication.

1.11 References

Only papers that are published or in press papers should be cited in the reference list. Personal communications should be cited within the text only. Submitted articles should be cited as unpublished data, data not shown, or personal communication. All authors should be named in the citation. Provide inclusive page ranges for journal articles and book chapters.

Format for information and data on the internet: (Lin G., and He M., 2002, www.wenweipo_com.htm) or (

3) Book

​Format: authors' names, ed., year published, book name, edition number, publisher, publishing location (country and city), pp. page number

4) Symposium or book chapter

Format: Authors' names, Publication year, Article title, In: Symposium editors name+(ed.), Symposium name, publisher, publishing location (country and city), pp. page number

Shoemaker R.C., Polzin K.M., Lorenzen L.L., and Specht J.E., 1996, Molecular genetic mapping of soybean, In: Verma D.P.S., and Shoe maker R.C. (eds.), Soybean: genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology, CIAB International, Wallingford, UK, pp.37-56

Zhang Q.F., 2007, Toward the development of green super rice using genomics-based strategies, In: Li Z.K., Fang X.J. (eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd international conference of plant molecular breeding, 23~27, March, Sanya, Hainan, China, pp.3

5) Dissertation

Format: Authors' names, Publication year, Dissertation title, Thesis for M.S./ Dissertation for Ph.D., Affiliation, Supervisor, pp. page number

Jiang L.R., 2004, Improvement of appearance traits of elite rice Zhenshan 97B by molecular introgression of targeted about 800 kb interval from indica rice Jia-fuzhan genome, Thesis for M.S., Life Science and Technology Institute, Guangxi University, Supervisor: Fang X.J., pp.453-454

Wan Y.S., 2002, Construction of soybean genetic map and QTL analysis of some agronomic traits, Dissertation for Ph.D., Biotechnology Research Institute CAAS, Supervisor: Jia S.R., and Fang X.J., pp.37-39

6) Patent document

Format: Patent Assignee Names, year authorized or open, patent title, patent country, patent / application number

Liu Q.L., Bai S.Y., and Ma Y., 2004, An plant expression vector pBinETR1 of ethylene unsusceptivity and application, China Patent, ZL02126837.1

Holton T.A., 1996, Transgenic plants exhibiting altered flower color and methods for producing same, United States Patent, US006080920A