Writing Guidelines

Sustainable Aquatic Research which accepts the research articles and review articles in English is a double-blind peer-review journal.

  • Dedicated editors who are actively working in their specific field of study.
  • Fast publication and high standards of peer-review process.
  • Reaching higher visibility of articles via open access publication.
  • All articles submitted to Sustainable Aquatic Research are published free of charge to ensure “equality of opportunity” between high-income countries and low-income countries, providing a scientific platform to allow researchers from all over the world to publish their work.

Processing Charge

  • There is no article processing charge (APC) at any stage of the publication process, and no page charges for individuals or funding organizations.

PS: If you consider submitting the manuscript please send your user details (Name, Surname, e-mail, ORCiD, and Affiliation) to info@saquares.com, and use User Guide for the submission process. If you are already registered please login and submit your manuscript.


Please prepare your manuscript according to the template of the Journal of SAquaRes. 

*Download Manuscript Template

The manuscript file and cover letter are required to be uploaded in submission. The cover letter is required only for accepted manuscripts.

*New submitted manuscripts should be blind.

*Authors could use either British (-ise) or American spelling for their manuscript; however one style should be used consistently throughout the manuscript.

*It is mandatory to do language proofreading manuscripts before publishing. This is the author's responsibility.

*Please register all the author(s) while submitting your manuscript to the Open Journal System. This is the corresponding author's responsibility. Please be informed that we do not add any authors in progress or after the decision.

 Writing Format:

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted by the corresponding author of the manuscript through the Manuscript Submission System (MSS) of the journal.

Only electronic Word files (.doc, .docx) can be submitted through the MSS without any page limit. The file name should contain two words from the title and the name of the corresponding author with a line in between.

For example: Stocking density, Austin.doc.

All further communication will be done with the corresponding author during the submission and peer-review process. Any inquiries or questions during paper submission:


Terms of conditions

Authors must declare that their manuscript has not been published elsewhere or under evaluation in another journal, and that they have solely sent their paper to this journal. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all participants are included as co-author and have approved the submission of the article to this journal.

The ethical statement and approval should be given in the relevant section before the References section (please refer to Ethical approval).


All manuscript submissions require an ORCID ID, should be provided for all authors in the title page. Please refer to Instructions for authors for further details. Authors who do not have an ORCID ID may register from the following link: https://orcid.org.

Article types

Research articles

Preparation of research articles should follow journal’s structure or simply use the formatting template. For details, please refer to Formatting template or Manuscript preparation.

Manuscripts that have been presented earlier in scientific events such as a conference, workshops etc. should be provided with information regarding the meeting organization, name, date, and place of the meeting.

Reviews, Technical notes, Short-communication, and Letter to Editor

There is no specific formatting for these types of articles, however, authors may use the format for Research articles as well.

Formatting template

An easy formatting template can be downloaded here. Line numbers should be given throughout the text starting with the title page.

The manuscript file and cover letter are required to be uploaded in submission. The cover letter is required only for accepted manuscripts.

Manuscript preparation

Please use the structure given below:

Title page

  • Manuscript title

Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

  • Full Name of all authors and Institutional addresses for all authors

Give authors' affiliation addresses where the work was conducted immediately after the names. Use lower-case superscript letter after the author's name to show affiliations of authors.

Full postal address of each affiliation with country name is necessary.

  • E-mail addresses for all authors
  • Corresponding author

The author responsible for handling correspondence throughout the review and publication stages should be indicated with an Asteriks after the name, and also given as “Corresponding author” in a separate line with phone and e-mail addresses after postal addresses.

Main text

The main text should be divided into the sections below:


The text should be written in Times New Roman, single-spaced with 12-point font. Please provide an Abstract with maximum of 250 words. Do not use any abbreviations and citations in the abstract.


Right after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts.


The text should be written in Times New Roman, single-spaced with a 12-point font. Please provide a concise introduction without subheadings.

Materials and methods

This section should provide details of the information that may help other researchers to replicate the study.


Results section can be stand-alone or combined with the Discussion section, which is optional to the authors’ preference.


Discussion section can be stand-alone or combined with the Results section, which is optional to the authors’ preference.


A clear explanation of the results should be provided in the conclusion section as a separate part underlining important outcomes and suggestions for future studies.


All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the manuscript before the references. Anyone who made a contribution to the research or manuscript, but who is not a listed author, should be acknowledged (with their permission).

Ethical approval

Where necessary, authors are requested to provide an Ethical approval document from official authorities.

Data availability statement

A data availability statement should be provided here. An example: The authors declare that data are available from authors upon reasonable request. In case of unavailable data due to conditionals of funding organizations, etc., a clear explanation should be given.

Funding organizations

All funding organizations have to be stated here with the name of the funding body, grant number, and date of grant approval.

If there is no funding available at all, then the authors have to indicate this as: “No funding available”.


Please avoid duplication of data in Tables and Results section.

Tables should be cited consecutively in the main text and should be submitted as editable text in a Word file.

Table numbers should be given consecutively according to their appearance in the text.

Any notes regarding information or data given in the Table can be given below the table with Asterisks or lower-case superscript letters.

No shading line should be used. Use Table format instead of self-produced tables.

Place all Figures next to the relevant text in the manuscript. Give captions separately for each figure, and do not attach captions to the figure. All symbols and abbreviations can be given in the figure caption.

Please note that the Figure caption should appear below the figure body.

Contribution of authors

Authors are encouraged to submit an “Author statement” in the cover letter https://saquares.com/index.php/sar/templates providing individual contributions of authors such as:

Formal analysis, data curation, conceptualization,  funding acquisition, investigation, methodology, project administration, software, resources,  supervision,  visualization, writing original draft, review, and editing. In the authorship, statements mention the first author's name followed by the relevant role(s). Information on contributions from authors should be provided following the authorship criteria recommended by the ICMJE (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/)


Please cross-check and make sure that each reference cited in the main text is also available in the reference list. Only documents accepted for publication can be cited as “in press”, otherwise please avoid using the term “in press” for unpublished or not accepted papers.

Reference System is APA 6th Edition

In-text Citation with APA

Examples for APA Reference styling can be found at:


Reference to a Journal:

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture8(3), 207–217. https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000185

  • Parenthetical citation: (Grady et al., 2019)
  • Narrative citation: Grady et al. (2019)

Freeberg, T. M. (2019). From simple rules of individual proximity, complex and coordinated collective movement [Supplemental material]. Journal of Comparative Psychology133(2), 141–142. https://doi.org/10.1037/com0000181

  • Parenthetical citation: (Freeberg, 2019)
  • Narrative citation: Freeberg (2019)

Reference to Authored Book:

Jackson, L. M. (2019). The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000168-000

Sapolsky, R. M. (2017). Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst. Penguin Books.

Svendsen, S., & Løber, L. (2020). The big picture/Academic writing: The one-hour guide (3rd digital ed.). Hans Reitzel Forlag. https://thebigpicture-academicwriting.digi.hansreitzel.dk/

  • Parenthetical citations: (Jackson, 2019; Sapolsky, 2017; Svendsen & Løber, 2020)
  • Narrative citations: Jackson (2019), Sapolsky (2017), and Svendsen and Løber (2020)

Reference to Edited Book:

Hygum, E., & Pedersen, P. M. (Eds.). (2010). Early childhood education: Values and practices in Denmark. Hans Reitzels Forlag. https://earlychildhoodeducation.digi.hansreitzel.dk/

Kesharwani, P. (Ed.). (2020). Nanotechnology based approaches for tuberculosis treatment. Academic Press.

Torino, G. C., Rivera, D. P., Capodilupo, C. M., Nadal, K. L., & Sue, D. W. (Eds.). (2019). Microaggression theory: Influence and implications. John Wiley & Sons. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119466642

  • Parenthetical citations: (Hygum & Pedersen, 2010; Kesharwani, 2020; Torino et al., 2019)
  • Narrative citations: Hygum and Pedersen (2010), Kesharwani (2020), and Torino et al. (2019)

Reference to a Book with Editor

Watson, J. B., & Rayner, R. (2013). Conditioned emotional reactions: The case of Little Albert (D. Webb, Ed.). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. http://a.co/06Se6Na (Original work published 1920)

  • Parenthetical citation: (Watson & Rayner, 1920/2013)
  • Narrative citation: Watson and Rayner (1920/2013)

Reference to a Chapter in an Edited Book:

Aron, L., Botella, M., & Lubart, T. (2019). Culinary arts: Talent and their development. In R. F. Subotnik, P. Olszewski-Kubilius, & F. C. Worrell (Eds.), The psychology of high performance: Developing human potential into domain-specific talent (pp. 345–359). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000120-016

Dillard, J. P. (2020). Currents in the study of persuasion. In M. B. Oliver, A. A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research (4th ed., pp. 115–129). Routledge.

Thestrup, K. (2010). To transform, to communicate, to play—The experimenting community in action. In E. Hygum & P. M. Pedersen (Eds.), Early childhood education: Values and practices in Denmark. Hans Reitzels Forlag. https://earlychildhoodeducation.digi.hansreitzel.dk/?id=192

  • Parenthetical citations: (Aron et al., 2019; Dillard, 2020; Thestrup, 2010)
  • Narrative citations: Aron et al. (2019), Dillard (2020), and Thestrup (2010)

Reference to Reports by Government Agencies:

National Cancer Institute. (2019). Taking time: Support for people with cancer (NIH Publication No. 18-2059). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/takingtime.pdf

  • Parenthetical citation: (National Cancer Institute, 2019)
  • Narrative citation: National Cancer Institute (2019)

Units of measurement

Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using the International System of Units.


Authors are requested to return accepted Proof to the Editor within 5 days of receipt.

Copyright and permissions

Authors retain the copyright of their manuscripts, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.