Editorial Policy

General Information
International Journal of Aquacultura Indonesiana (IJAI) is a scientific journal that publishes original, peer-reviewed, Indonesian and English-language papers concerned with the culture of aquatic plants and animals. Nutrition, diseases, genetics and breeding, physiology, environmental quality, culture systems engineering, husbandry practices, and economics and marketing are subjects appropriate for the Journal. Papers in which relevance to aquaculture is not clearly demonstrated will not be considered for publication.

Papers are selected for publication based on scientific competence and the significance of the knowledge or ideas presented. Preference is given to manuscripts that are well-prepared, well-organized, and well-written. Fragmentary reports, preliminary studies, simple case reports, baseline data, parasite host or range extensions, and other such curiosities will not be considered for publication in the Journal.

Two main categories of papers are published in the Journal. Review Articles provide objective synthesis of a subject of importance in aquaculture. Reviews should not simply summarize knowledge but should strive to interpret that knowledge and provide sound conclusions based on the available literature. Research Articles are full scientific reports of original research. Research articles are typically of broad scope and interest to other workers in the relevant discipline.

Preparation of Manuscript
Specific directions for preparation of manuscripts are provided in the Manuscript Preparation Checklist printed in the issue of each Journal number. The Checklist is designed to help authors prepare manuscripts in the proper format for the Journal.

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Prior Publication Papers that have been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere in an accessible, retrievable form are not acceptable for submission to IJAI on grounds of prior publication. This includes papers whose substance has been published previously in conference or symposium proceedings, technical bulletins or reports, magazines, as well as those published in other peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Review Process
Manuscripts submitted to the Journal will be initially assessed for suitability of subject matter and overall technical quality by the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts inappropriate for the Journal or in obvious noncompliance with guidelines for manuscript preparation may be returned to the author without further review. If the paper appears appropriate for the Journal, the manuscript will then be sent to an Associate Editor who will oversee technical review by two or three experts. Reviewers are selected for their objectivity and competence in the subject area of the paper. Reviewers may remain anonymous or not, at their discretion.

Authors can influence the reviewers' judgments by submitting concise, clearly written, and well-organized papers that follow the Journal's style and format. To that end, we strongly encourage authors to have their papers thoroughly reviewed by colleagues before submitting to the Journal. Authors whose native language is not English should seek assistance with syntax, grammar, and style from someone proficient in written English when they submitted the papers in English or when they wrote the abstracts in English. This will help ensure that the merit of the paper is judged on scientific and technical grounds rather than clarity of writing. Be aware that poorly written manuscripts may be rejected on that basis alone.

Editorial decisions are usually one of three types: 1) accept with minor corrections; 2) accept with major corrections; and 3) reject. A small number of papers are accepted for publication pending minor revision to correct problems with grammar or presentation. On the other hand, papers that do not meet the scientific or editorial standards of the Journal will be returned to the author without the opportunity for resubmission. Most papers submitted to the Journal are returned to the author for substantial modification. The author will be asked to address the comments and suggestions of the reviewers by revising the paper or by offering a rebuttal to the reviewers' comments. Depending on the extent of the required modification, the revised paper may be subject to additional review by the Associate Editor and the reviewers of the original paper.

Submission of Revised Manuscripts
The Chief Editor will provide specific instructions for resubmission of revised manuscripts when the initial reviews are returned to the author. In general, authors are asked to submit a revised manuscript and a cover letter that describes how the reviewers' comments were addressed. The letter should contain a point-by-point description of all changes made to the manuscript, as well as a justification for all instances where the reviewers' suggestions were disregarded. Revision of manuscripts and responses to reviewers' comments must be completed within 3 weeks after authors receive the results of the initial review. Revised manuscripts not returned within 3 months of receipt will be treated as new submissions unless the author has contacted the Editor to explain the delay.

Shortly before the expected publication date, we will send the corresponding author an email that contains a pdf file with the copyedited galley proof. Read the copyedited proof carefully. Make sure that the corrections are unambiguous and obvious. At this point in the publication process, changes should be made to correct typesetting or copyediting errors only; alterations to the text are not allowed. Note that the figures on the pdf proofs are low-resolution scans and are intended to show position only. Return the corrected pdf proofs to Blackwell Publishing within 3 days of receipt. Failure to promptly return corrected proofs will delay publication of your paper by at least 4 months.