Manuscripts submitted to the Pan-American
Journal of Aquatic Sciences must be original, not published before (except in
the form of an abstract, or as part of a published lecture, or thesis), not
under consideration for publication elsewhere and approved by all authors as
well as by the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the
institute where the work has been carried out prior to submission. Our
Journal will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for
Authors are also responsible for obtaining
the consent of their co-authors in order to include their names in the
publication. Only the authors will be responsible for any disagreement arising
after their article is published online at Pan-American Journal of Aquatic
Sciences’ site. Once published, no request from any co-author to delete his/her
name from the publication, or any sort of modification in the publication’s
content will be accepted. In order to avoid authorship issues, please state in
the cover letter that all co-authors agreed with its content and submission to
our Journal, and that everyone meriting authorship have been so named.
Following submission (electronically to panamjas (at) gmail.com), the manuscript will
be pre-reviewed by the Editors and/or one of our Permanent Advisors (in the
area of the manuscript). This might take some time. If pre-approved, it will be forwarded to three
Reviewers according to the scope and specific area. Anonymity for both authors
and reviewers will be preserved.
Acceptance will be based on the quality of
the science, the appropriateness of the manuscript for our Journal and the
quality of the English grammar. Authors whose mother tongue is not English must
have their texts revised by a professional translator or an English
native speaker colleague, otherwise such manuscript would be rejected. Each manuscript must stand on its own merits
and be a substantial contribution to the field.
Original manuscripts must be electronically
submitted in a document attached to a formally sent e-mail to the Editors. Text
in “ODT”, “SXW”, “DOC”, “DOCX” or “RTF” file formats are acceptable Authors are asked to use A4 page size with 2 cm margins, Times New Roman
11 font and 1.5 lines as paragraph spacing. Figures may have high quality to
allow electronic (“PDF”) viewing with enough details.
During the publication process, authors
might be asked to change some formatting or submit equations, tables or
pictures separately, if necessary.
Submitted files must not exceed 2 MB in
total to allow e-mailing. If high quality images are to be included in the
article and that excessively increases the size of the file, authors may send
them separately to the Editors who will create a draft version of fair quality
to be sent to the Reviewers. However, we strongly recommend sending the
complete manuscript in a single file, with Figures and Tables inserted in the
correct place. Please, be aware that simply pasting figures in some text
editors will create unnecessarily large files. Paste them properly to avoid
this (using the “paste special” utilities, for instance). Full quality pictures will be
included, though, in the article when editing the final (corrected) version.
Manuscripts not formatted according to the present
Instructions for Authors will be immediately returned to the authors. Please,
see one of our published articles or contact the Editors to eliminate any
Submit, along with the manuscript, the
names and e-mail addresses of 3 or more potential Reviewers (Referees), not from the
same institution and with no recent collaboration links with the authors.
All manuscript must be sent by e-mail to the following electronic address:
panamjas (at) gmail.com, exclusively.
Authors are responsible for the content of
submitted manuscripts, which have to be written in English. Non-English
speakers must submit the manuscript to a native speaker or professional
translator prior submission to Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences.
Sentences must not start with an
abbreviation. Acronyms must be written in full on their first occurrence and SI
units should be used. Scientific names should be italicized (not underlined)
and not abbreviated in legends of Figures and Tables.
1) Research articles:
Title: concise and informative. The
higher taxa containing the taxa dealt with in the paper should be
indicated in parentheses: e.g. A taxonomic revision of the genus Atlantoraja
Running headline: a short
running headline of no more than 45 characters (including spaces) must be also
Author(s): first names, middle
names/initials, last names; postal addresses and e-mail addresses
(Telephone/Fax number is not required). When authors belong to different
institutions, an Arabic superscript number must be added and their addresses
detailed below. Only the e-mail of the corresponding author must be indicated
immediately after the postal address as in “… Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. E-mail: email@example.com”.
Do not add all authors’ e-mails. Also, information on the professional or
academic status (professor, PhD., student, trainee, etc.) must be avoided. Please inform the way the authors' names should be abreviated (and, later, cited), for this differs in English, Spanish and Portuguese cultures.
Abstract plus one Resumen (Spanish)
or Resumo (Portuguese): It must concisely outline the scope of the
manuscript (no more than 200 words for Research articles, or three (3) lines for
Scientific notes), informing the main findings and conclusions without
methodologies or discussions. Any new names or new combinations proposed in the
paper should be mentioned. The second language abstract must include the title
of the article in the corresponding language.
Key Words: up to five, that do not appear in
the title, in English and in the language of the second abstract. Do not insert
a full stop after the last key word.
Following sections should include:
Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments*
(optional and brief) and References (see format below), as usual.
Sections names must appear in low case and bold font and centered. Sub-section
titles must appear also in low case and bold font aligned to the left.
*Acknowledgments: identify individuals by
first initial and full surname (do not list professional titles), and
institutions. Author may include collecting permits acknowledgments and any
additional information concerning research grants, etc. If used,
voucher-specimens must be identified with catalog number and name of the
Tables: Should be numbered consecutively
in Roman numerals and embedded in the manuscript as text, not pasted as a
figure. If sent in a separate file (ex. in a spreadsheet file) consider that
either the length or the width must fit an A4 page with 2 cm margins. Avoid
abbreviations, except in the case of units. Each table must have its own title
on the top, formatted in Times New Roman 10 font. In the text, tables should be
referred as Table I, Tables II and III, Tables II-V, etc. The font in the
tables as well as inside the figures must be Times New Roman, as for the text.
Figures: all figures must be embedded in
the text. Please choose high resolution pictures. Prefer figures with the
following extensions: jpg, tiff, png, bmp, gif. Other formats may be accepted
after consulting the Editorial Board. Please, try not to exceed 1 MB per file
in the initial submission. High quality color or black and white photographs,
or computer-generated figures (e.g. maps) are acceptable. After the article's
acceptance authors may be asked to send original, higher resolution figures.
Figures should be referred to in the text as Figure 1, Figures 1 and 2, Figures
1-4, Figure 2a, (Fig. 1), (Fig. 1a), (Figs. 1-4), (Figs. 1a-1d), etc. Always
use bar scales to indicate the size of photographed items. The legends must be
concise but informative, formatted in Times New Roman 10 font. The species name
must not be abbreviated in the legends.
Formulas: may be written in a single line
even if they require special fonts (Symbol, Courier New or Wingdings), or may
be part of the text. Ex: H2O, y=a+xb, etc. We recommend
the use of an appropriate equation editor for better results.
Citations: Author citations in the text must
follow the pattern: Garcia et al. (2004) or (Garcia et al. 2004),
(Loebmann & Vieira 2006), Velasco et al. (2007), Oddone (2005). When
referring to several publications in a row they must be cited in chronological
order; e.g. (Bertalanffy 1938, Kinas 2000, Christensen & Walters 2004). Two
or more publications by the same author must be cited as (Walters 2003, 2007)
or (Bakun 2009a,b).
Personal communication of unpublished data
must be accompanied by the person’s full name and professional address as a
References: see format
examples below (please note spaces, bold, italic, commas and full stop usage).
Grey literature must be avoided (e.g. symposium abstracts, unpublished
institutional reports and monographs). If included (for example, being the
cited reference the only publication of a particular subject), theses must
include the full name of the institution, along with its city and country. See
Note that a space must be added between
authors (and eventually editors) initials, as follows: Compagno, L. J. V.
instead of Compagno, L.J.V. Moreover, authors’ initials must always follow the
surname and not the opposite, for instance: Compagno, L. J. V & Vooren, C.
M. instead of Compagno, L. J. V. & C. M. Vooren.
R. 1995. Ecología. Omega, Barcelona, 951 p.
U., Odebrecht, C. & Castello, J. P. (Eds.). 1997. Subtropical
Convergence Environments: The coastal and sea in the Southwestern Atlantic.
Springer, Berlin, 380 p.
L. N., Vieira, J. P. & Pereira, L. E. 1985. Estuarine fish community of the
dos Patos Lagoon, Brazil: A Baseline Study. Pp. 429-450. In: Yańes-Arancibia,
A. (Ed.). Fish community ecology in estuaries and coastal lagoons: Towards
an ecosystem integration. UNAM Press, Mexico DF, Mexico, 654 p.
R. W. 1994. Diversidad e historia natural de los anfibios: Una síntesis. Pp.
5-15. In: Heyer, W. R., Donnelly, M. A., McDiarmid, R. W., Hayek, L. A.
C. & Foster, M. S. (Eds.). Medición y monitoreo de la diversidad
biológica: Métodos estandartizados para Anfibios. Editora Universitaria de la Patagonia, Chubut,
Argentina, 348 p.
J. N., Mackinson, S., Stanford, R. J., Sims, D. W., Southward, A. J., Hawkins,
S. J., Ellis, J. R. & Hart, P. J. B. 2006. Modelling food web interactions,
variation in plankton production and fisheries on the Western English Channel
ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 309: 175-187.
D. & Antezana, T. 2001. Diel feeding rhythm of zooplankton size-fractions
from Coliumo Bay, Central Chile. Scientia Marina, 65(4): 269-274.
K. M. F., Christensen, V. & Pauly, D. 2007. Assessing fishing policies for
northeastern Brazil. Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences, 2(2):
and Symposium Proceedings:
J. P. 1990. Synopsis on the reproductive biology and early life history of
Engraulis anchoita and related environmental conditions in Brazilian waters.
Annex VII. IOC Workshop on Sardine/Anchovy Recruitment Project (SARP) in the
Southwest Atlantic, UNESCO, 65: 1-5.
A. R., Campos, E. J. D., Möller, O. O., Charo, M. & Martinez. C. 1999.
Continental shelf water masses off eastern south America – 20° to 40° S. 10th
Symposium on global change studies, Dallas, Texas, USA, 9-12.
E. G. 1992. An assessment of the exploitation of the white croaker
Micropogonias furnieri (Pisces, Sciaenidae) by the artisanal and industrial
fisheries in coastal waters of southern Brazil. PhD. Thesis. University
of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 223 p.
R. & Pauly, D. 2007 (Eds.). FishBase - World Wide Web electronic
publication, accessible at http://www.fishbase.org. (Accessed MM/DD/YYYY).
2) Scientific notes:
Must include the title, authors’ names and
addresses, and the two abstracts as the regular papers (see above), but the
abstracts must have up to three lines, each. The following text must be written
without the regular sections (Introduction, Materials and Methods, etc.).
Acknowledgments and References must follow, and Tables and Figures included just
as in the Research articles.
Overall, submitted notes must have less
than nice (9) pages, including tables, figures and references.
It is not recomendable for such short communications to have more than three (3) authors.
The text must be organized
as follows: the first paragraph must contain the information that would
correspond to the Introduction; the second paragraph must briefly summarize the
collection of the samples and the methodology. Finally the results and
discussion must be presented in the following paragraphs (no more than three).