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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.