Editorial Workflow (Peer-review policy)

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal.

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences operates a single-blind peer review system, where the reviews are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. The peer review process will aim to ensure that all published manuscripts are scientifically sound and provide new scientific knowledge.

Edited by Professor Sungchul C. Bai and You-Jin Jeon, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences is supported by an expert Editorial Board. Manuscripts will be assessed by the Editor-in-Chief and assigned to an appropriate Section Editor before being reviewed by internationally recognized experts in the field. For each section in the journal, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences retains a Korea-based Editor and an International Editor, to provide a breadth of knowledge, supporting both local and worldwide research.

Experimental research on animals must follow internationally recognized guidelines. A statement to this effect must appear in the Methods section of the manuscript, including the name of the body which gave approval, with a reference number where appropriate. Manuscripts will be rejected if the editorial office considers that the research has not been carried out within an ethical framework, e.g. if the severity of the experimental procedure is not justified by the value of the knowledge gained.