As the monthly membership publication of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fisheries magazine will be a key component of the Society’s communication package and will provide timely, useful, and accurate information on fisheries science, management, policy and the activities of the Society via peer-reviewed articles, essays, opinions, and popular articles that appeal to our members, fisheries professionals and students, policy makers, stakeholders, and the public in general.


Members are encouraged to submit articles for Fisheries: these include fishery case histories, review, or synthesis articles covering a specific issue, policy articles, perspective, or opinion pieces, essays, teaching case studies, and current events or news features. All submitted articles must have a maximum length of 4, 500 words so that we can publish 2 to 4 peer reviewed features per issue. We particularly encourage the submission of “mini-review” articles that will inform readers about important new ideas or techniques. We also encourage articles that will expose our members to new or different fields, and that recognize the broad and varied interests of our readers. Research articles may be considered if the work has broad implications or applications, supports substantive policy revision, or deals with important emerging issues; the subject matter should be presented such that it can be understood by professionals of a variety of backgrounds. We especially encourage submission of international articles dealing with fisheries issues outside North America, and good, well-written stories that might not be told in more technical journals. We will waive page charges for short articles (under 2 typeset pages) on such articles as current events in fisheries science, interviews with fisheries scientists, history pieces, informative how-to articles, etc.

Fisheries is the Society’s primary communication tool with its members and in the fisheries community, as well as our tool for educating the public and policy makers. Accordingly, content submitted for consideration should appeal broadly to fisheries professionals and speak to the interests of the AFS membership. Lengthy, highly technical, or narrowly focused research articles are better suited to the AFS technical publications, and we will direct authors to other AFS journals as venues for these works.



IMPORTANT: Social Media Packages: a separate document stating a plan for social media (e.g., videos, podcasts, flickr slideshows, blog posts, etc.) in conjunction with your article will enhance your chance for publication.


All content submitted for consideration should appeal broadly to fisheries professionals and speak to the interests of the AFS membership, as well as policy makers, stakeholders, and the public in general. Formatting and style should follow conventions detailed in the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Guide for Authors.

  1. Feature articles: These can include review or synthesis articles on a specific topic, policy analyses, and investigations or case studies that have broad policy implications or wide application. We especially encourage mini-reviews and welcome manuscripts dealing with international content, emerging issues, or non-traditional topics. Regardless of topic, the subject matter should be presented so it can be readily understood by professionals of a variety of backgrounds. Traditional journal-style approaches are welcome, but we will also consider thought provoking articles that are suitable for both AFS members and lay audiences. Submissions are peer reviewed using a process similar to other AFS journals. Lengthy, highly technical, or narrowly focused research articles are better suited to the other AFS technical publications; authors of articles with these attributes will be directed to those venues.
  2. Theme-based issues – We encourage groups of authors to develop timely topics for theme-based submissions that will be published concurrently.  Such submissions could include multiple perspectives on single or closely associated topics, sets of papers that sequentially address science and policy implications, or other such set of papers that can create an issue that is focused on a topic.


  1. Perspectives and essays: These can include a wide range of topics that appeal broadly to fisheries professionals and speak to the interests of AFS members. These can include, but are not limited to, opinion pieces, historical perspectives, how-to articles, personal perspectives about the fisheries profession (from either new, mid-career, or experienced students or professionals), and other perspectives that encourage introspection, broaden views, and contribute constructively to the professional growth of fisheries professionals. Submissions in this category have a strict length limit of 3,200 words (4 pages), and will be peer reviewed by the Fisheries editorial staff. We will waive page charges for articles less than 1,600 words (2 pages or under), unless otherwise requested by the editors.
  2. Other submissions:  Other submissions have a length limit of 800 words (1 page), unless otherwise requested by the editors, and there are no page charges. Fisheries magazine welcomes ideas for articles on recent fish/fisheries discoveries, technical innovations, executive summaries, overviews of ongoing research, interviews, profiles, pro/con articles, etc.  Authors should have an extensive first-hand knowledge of the field that they describe, and have usually made significant contributions to it.  We very strongly encourage potential contributors to read past issues of the magazine for a sense of form, style, and level of complexity and specialization typical of our articles.  Authors are expected to write (or rewrite) in a conversational, magazine style suitable for a popular audience. Because of the technical nature of our subject matter, most of Fisheries authors are fisheries scientists or professionals; however, we also need to appeal to policy makers, stakeholders, and the general public.  These types of articles will generally not be peer reviewed, and should be sent directly to the managing editor:
  3. Shorter pieces: Shorter submissions can run anywhere between 50-600 words.  We welcome news bits, op-eds, award mentions, Unit events (past or upcoming), etc. These types of articles should be sent directly to the managing editor:

Please include with your cover letter:

  • The subject of the article
  • The practical and theoretical significance of this subject
  • How this article would differ from previous coverage of the topic (if any) in Fisheries or other media
  • How you plan to use social media and the Internet to discuss your article
  • Any other information that you think would make the article important


Keep in mind these tips:

  • Generally speaking, the magazine component of Fisheries presents ideas that have already been published in the peer-reviewed technical literature.
  • Our articles are geared to general readers interested in fisheries science, fisheries profession, and fisheries policy. We avoid jargon and equations.



Please submit your article here
Please submit non-peer reviewed manuscripts to:

(If you are unsure, submit via the system)



  • Unless you have a clear idea of what you want to submit in the peer reviewed system, please initiate your interest in writing for Fisheries by emailing a query letter to the managing editor, Sarah Gilbert Fox, at:
  • Please refer to our editorial calendar for future themed ideas.
  • Please refer to back issues to make sure you understand what we publish and to make sure you are not repeating a story.
  • Please include your social media plan for discussing your article.

We begin planning an issue at least six months before the cover date (i.e., September/October in March; in other words, think heat and climate change in January, etc.). We try to respond to queries within two months.

Unsolicited manuscripts may be held indefinitely without response. Please remember that queries and manuscripts under consideration at Fisheries should not be submitted to other publications concurrently. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts should be prepared using MS Word or WordPerfect. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher as first rights.


Formatting and style should follow conventions detailed in the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Guide for Authors. Please include your name as you would like it to appear in print, a short (2-sentence) biography for yourself, your phone number, and a complete mailing address plus email for yourself and every co-author of the article. Once an article is accepted, it must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document.


All articles should come with the following (include at the end of every manuscript):

  • The titles should be in capitalized case (the first letter of all major words in the title should be capitalized, with conjunctions, prepositions and other small words in lowercase).  The sub-heading should not be capitalized case – this, and the body of text, should be in sentence case, where just the first letter of the first word in a sentence (and any proper nouns therein) should be capitalized.
  • Author names (the names as listed in the document, minus the corresponding information).
  • Blurb (one or two short sentences tempting readers to open the magazine to your page).
  • Cover teaser (three or four words, max, tempting readers to open the magazine).


• Consult current issues for additional guidance on format.

• Manuscripts should be double-spaced, including tables, references, and figure captions.

• Leave at least a 1-in margin on all sides. Indent all paragraphs. Number pages sequentially and use continuous line numbering,

• Use dictionary preference for hyphenation. Do not hyphenate a word at the end of a line. Use Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition, and the AFS Style Guide to answer grammar or usage questions.

• The first mention of a common name should be followed by the scientific name in parentheses. Our standard is Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, 7th edition. All common fish names must be capitalized using that standard.

• Cite each figure and table in the text. Organize figures and tables so each is cited in numerical order in the text.

• Use metric units of measure. Imperial equivalents may be given in parentheses.

• Define abbreviations the first time they are used in the text.

• Spell out one-digit numbers unless they are units of measure (e.g., four fishes, 3 mm, 35 sites). Use

1,000 instead of 1000; 0.13 instead of .13; % instead of percent.

• Use the name-and-year system for references in the text as follows:

1. One author: Jones (1995) or (Jones 1995);

2. Two authors: Jones and Jackson (1995) or (Jones and Jackson 1995);

3. Several authors: Jones et al. (1995) or (Jones et al. 1995). But include author names in references.

4. Manuscripts accepted for publication but not yet published: Jones and Smith (in press) or (Jones  and Smith in press).

5. Personal communications: (J. Jones, Institute for Aquatics, pers. comm.).

6. Within parentheses, use a semicolon to separate different types of citations (Figure 4; Table 2), (Jones and Smith 1989; Felix and Anderson 1998). Arrange lists of citations chronologically (oldest first) in a text sentence.



• Type the title in caps and lowercase. Please do NOT submit the paper with a title in all caps. Please do NOT submit the paper with a title that only has one word capped.

• Keep the title short, preferably less than seven words; it should accurately reflect the paper’s content.

• Below title, include author(s) name(s), title(s), affiliations, city, and state. In multi-authored works, indicate which author is responsible for correspondence.



• Type the abstract as one paragraph. You can copy and paste this into the online form.

• Do not cite references or use abbreviations in the abstract.

• Ensure that the abstract concisely states (150 words maximum) why you did the study, what you did, what you found, and what your results mean.



• See “General Instructions.”

• Set all type at left. Boldface primary subheads and italicize secondary subheads.

• Insert tabs—not spaces—for paragraph indents.

• Italicize any words that should appear in italics.

• Avoid footnotes by including the information in the text.

• All punctuation goes inside the quotes.

• i.e. and e.g. take commas after (i.e., and e.g.,).

• Please do not use single quotes unless they are absolutely necessary.



• Double-space between each reference entry but do not indent text. References will be formatted during the production process.

• Alphabetize entries first by the surnames of senior authors and the first word or acronym of corporate authors; second, by the initials of the senior authors with the same surname; and third, by the surnames of junior authors. References by a single author precede multi-authored works by the same senior author, regardless of date.

• List multiple works by the same author(s) chronologically, beginning with earliest date of publication.

• Distinguish papers by the same author(s) in the same year by putting lowercase letters after the date (1995a, 1995b).

• Use a long dash when the author(s) is/are the same as in the immediately preceding citation.

• “In press” citations must have been accepted for publication, and the name of the journal or publisher must be included.

• Insert a period and space after each initial of an author’s name.

• Do not abbreviate journal names. Verify all entries against original sources, especially journal titles,

• DO NOT cite more than three references for a specific point.

• For quotations include page number (Jones 1996:301).

• Institutional authors may be cited as acronyms in the text but must be defined in the reference list accents, diacritical marks, and spelling in languages other than English.



• Tables may be included with the article or submitted as separate files.

• Double-space everything, including the table title and column headings.

• Use single horizontal lines to separate column heads and to indicate the end of the table—other horizontal lines are not needed. Never use vertical lines.

• Use sentence-style captions for tables, not fragments.

• Capitalize only the first letter of the first word in each column and row entry (except initial caps for proper nouns).

• Tab between column items — DO NOT “space” between columns.

• Type “NA” (not applicable) where no entry applies in the table body. Do not add filler dashes.

• Don’t use red and green colors together in graphs, unless accompanied with symbols.

• Label footnotes with lowercase, superscript letters, starting from the beginning of the alphabet (a, b, c).

• Redefine, in the table’s caption or in a footnote, any acronyms that are used in the table but are mentioned only infrequently in the text.


• Articles must submit at least one image. Authors must also provide leads or ideas on illustrating an article.

• Authors who provide their own images are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources. (All graphics must come with descriptions and credits.)

• Authors who wish to provide photographs must keep all photograph files in their original file format and highest resolution. Please do not import photographs into Microsoft Word files or save them as PDFs. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi. A list of captions and source lines for all photographs, figures, and tables, is also required.


Page proofs are sent to the designated author using Taylor & Francis’ Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be checked carefully and returned before the given deadline.


Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online and will receive three complimentary copies of the printed issue.


Please contact Book Review Editor Francis Juanes at 413/545-2758,, if you want to be added to the list of potential book reviewers.

New books (preferably two copies) submitted for review should be sent to:

Francis Juanes
Liber Ero Professor of Fisheries Department of Biology
University of Victoria PO Box 3020, Station CSC
Victoria, BC, V8W 3N5
Canada Tel: (250) 721-6227
Fax: (250) 721-7120


Sarah Fox, Managing Editor
American Fisheries Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD 20814-2199
301/897-8616, ext.220
(for fastest responses, please e-mail)


Detailed instructions for using the online manuscript tracking system are available at: