Writing Rules

Manuscripts must be submitted to the journal in electronic version only via the online submission system at DergiPark.

Download the full paper template from here.

Types of Paper

Original research papers; review articles; short communications.

  • Original research papers; original full-length research papers which have not been published previously and should not exceed 7500 words or 25 manuscript pages (including tables and illustrations)
  • Review articles; on topical subjects and up to 10,000 words or 25 manuscript pages (including tables and figures)
  • Short communications; describing work that may be of a preliminary nature (preferably no more than 3000 or 10 manuscript pages including tables and figures).

Submission Fees

50 USD

Article Processing Charges (APC)

Marine Science and Technology Bulletin does not charge article processing or publication fees.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Papers must be written in English. Prepare your text using word-processing software and save it in “.doc” or “.docx” formats. Manuscripts must be structured in the following order;

  • Title page
    • Title
    • Author names and affiliations
    • Corresponding author’s e-mail, Telephone, Fax
    • ORCID iD and e-mail addresses for all authors
  • Main text
    • Abstract
    • Keywords
    • Introduction
    • Material and Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgements (if required)
    • Compliance with Ethical Standards
      • a) Authors’ Contributions
      • b) Conflict of Interest
      • c) Statement on the Welfare of Animals
      • d) Statement of Human Rights
      • e) Data Availability Statement
    • References
  • Table(s) with caption(s) (on appropriate location in the text)
  • Figure(s) with caption(s) (on appropriate location in the text)
  • And appendices (if any).

Use a 12-point font (Times Roman preferred), including the references, table headings and figure captions, double-spaced and with 25 mm margins on all sides of A4 size paper throughout the manuscript. Use 25 mm margins on all sides. The text should be in single-column format. In particular, do not use hyphenated words. The names of genera and species should be given in italics and, when first mentioned in the text, should be followed by the authority. Authors should consult a recent issue of the journal for style if possible.

Title Page

The title page should be included;

  • Concise and informative title. Avoid abbreviations and formulae
  • The first name(s) and surname(s) of the author(s) (The corresponding author should be identified with an asterisk and footnote. All other footnotes (Author(s) affiliation address(es)) should be identified with superscript numbers)
  • Author(s) affiliation address(es) (followed by institution, faculty/school, department, city with postcode, and country) of each author(s))
  • The e-mail address, phone number, fax number of the corresponding author
  • ORCID iD and e-mail addresses for all authors
  • The number of figures
  • The number of tables

Main Text

  • Abstract (should be between 150 and 500 words. References and abbreviations should be avoided)
  • Keywords (provide a maximum of 6 keywords)
  • Articles must be structured in the conventional format such as Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, Compliance with Ethical Standards (Authors’ Contributions, Conflict of Interest, Statements on Welfare of Animals / Human Rights, Data Availability Statement) and References.
  • Each page must be numbered, and lines must be consecutively numbered from the start to the end of the manuscript.
  • Do not justify the right-hand margin.
  • The first line of each paragraph must be indented. Do not put a blank line between paragraphs.
  • The first mention in the text of any taxon must be followed by its authority including the year.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use only SI (international system) units.


Keep these to the absolute minimum and placed them before the reference section.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list. See below examples of disclosures:

  • a) Authors’ Contributions

Please provide the contributions of the authors for the paper. Use the first letters of the names and surnames of the authors. See below for an example.

SA: Designed the study. Carried out the field study.

SB: Wrote the first draft of the manuscript.

SK: Performed laboratory experiments and managed statistical analysis.

All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


SA: Manuscript design, Field sampling, Draft checking.

SB: Writing, Draft checking, Reading, Editing.

SK: Laboratory experiments, Statistical analyses.

All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • b) Conflict of Interest

Any existing conflict of interest should be given here.

If no conflict exists, the authors should state:

Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

  • c) Statement on the Welfare of Animals

If the animals used in the study;

The welfare of animals used for research must be respected. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate the following statement:

Ethical approval: All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.

Or, for retrospective studies; a summary statement in the text of the manuscript should be included as follow:

Ethical approval: For this type of study, formal consent is not required.

  • d) Statement of Human Rights

When reporting studies that involve human participants, authors should include the following statement:

Ethical approval: The studies have been approved by the appropriate institutional and/or national research ethics committee and have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards.

Authors must ensure that participants have formal consent and their privacy is protected.

Or, for retrospective studies; a summary statement in the text of the manuscript should be included as follow:

Ethical approval: For this type of study, formal consent is not required.

  • e) Data Availability Statements

Data Availability Statements should be placed in the back matter of the manuscript, just before References.

Examples of Data Availability Statements

  • The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author, [author initials], upon reasonable request.
  • Data availability is not applicable to this article as no new data were created or analyzed in this study.
  • The authors confirm that the data supporting the findings of this study are available within the article [and/or its supplementary materials].
  • The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at http://doi.org/[doi], reference number [reference number].
  • The data that support the findings of this study are available from [third party]. Restrictions apply to the availability of these data, which were used under license for this study. Data are available [from the authors / at URL] with the permission of [third party].
  • Raw data were generated at [facility name]. Derived data supporting the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author [initials] on request.
  • The data that support the findings of this study are available on request from the corresponding author, [initials]. The data are not publicly available due to [restrictions e.g., their containing information that could compromise the privacy of research participants].
  • The data that support the findings of this study will be available in [repository name] at [URL/DOI link] following a [3 month] embargo from the date of publication, to allow for the commercialization of research findings.


Please follow American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Style for references and citations. Please kindly see the guides on this page for citations in the text and reference list.

Citation in the text;

Please ensure that each reference cited in the text is also presented in the reference list. Cite literature in the text in chronological, followed by alphabetical order like these examples “(Mutlu et al., 2012; Biswas et al., 2016; Kale, 2017a, 2017b; Yanık & Aslan, 2018)”. If the cited reference is the subject of a sentence, only the date should be given in parentheses. Formatted like this example: “Sönmez (2017)” or “Kale (2017a, 2017b)”.

  • Single author: the author’s name and the year of publication;
  • Two authors: both authors’ names and the year of publication;
  • Three or more authors: first author’s name followed by “et al.” and the year of publication.

Citation in the reference list;

References should be listed first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically at the end of the article. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters a, b, c, etc. placed after the year of publication.

The citation of articles, books, multi-author books and articles published online should conform to the following examples:


Yamasaki, J., Miyata, H., & Kanai, A. (2005). Finite-difference simulation of green water impact on fixed and moving bodies. Journal of Marine Science and Technology10(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00773-005-0194-1

Yanık, T., & Aslan, İ. (2018). Impact of global warming on aquatic animals. Pakistan Journal of Zoology50(1), 353-363. https://doi.org/10.17582/journal.pjz/2018.50.1.353.363

Sönmez, A. Y., Kale, S., Özdemir, R. C., & Kadak, A. E. (2018). An adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) to predict of cadmium (Cd) concentration in the Filyos River, Turkey. Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 18(12), 1333-1343. https://doi.org/10.4194/1303-2712-v18_12_01

Preprint Article References:

  • Ideally, use and cite the final, published version of a work. However, if you used the preprint version of a work, cite that version, as shown in the following examples.
  • Preprint versions of articles may or may not be peer-reviewed or may be the author’s final, peer-reviewed manuscript as accepted for publication.
  • Two common repositories for preprint articles are PsyArXiv and PubMed Central. Follow the same format for other preprint archives.

Zhu, L., Liu, Q., Liu, X., & Zhang, Y. (2021). RSST-ARGM: A Data-Driven Approach to Long-term Sea Surface Temperature Prediction. Researchsquare, Preprinthttps://assets.researchsquare.com/files/rs-468686/v1_stamped.pdf

Hampton, S., Rabagliati, H., Sorace, A., & Fletcher-Watson, S. (2017). Autism and bilingualism: A qualitative interview study of parents’ perspectives and experiences. PsyArXiv, Preprinthttps://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/76xfs

Hetland, B., McAndrew, N., Perazzo, J., & Hickman, R. (2018). A qualitative study of factors that influence active family involvement with patient care in the ICU: Survey of critical care nurses. PubMed Central, Preprinthttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5736422/?report=classic

Article s in non-English languages:

Acarlı, D., Kale, S., & Kocabaş, S. (2020). TCSG-132 Gemi Batığı Yapay Resifinin (Gökçeada, Kuzey Ege Denizi) Biyoçeşitliliği [Biodiversity of TCSG-132 Shipwreck Artificial Reef (Gökçeada, North Aegean Sea)]. Acta Aquatica Turcica16(3), 313-329. https://doi.org/10.22392/actaquatr.677175


Brown, C., Laland, K., & Krause, J. (2011). Fish Cognition and Behavior. 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell.


Langston, W. J. (1990). Toxic effects of metals and the incidence of marine ecosystems. In Furness, R. W. (Ed.), Rainbow Heavy Metals in the Marine Environment (pp. 102-122.). CRC Press.

Vassallo, A. I., & Mora, M. S. (2007). Interspecific scaling and ontogenetic growth patterns of the skull in living and fossil ctenomyid and octodontid rodents (Caviomorpha: Octodontoidea). In Kelt, D. A., Lessa, E., Salazar-Bravo, J. A., & Patton, J. L. (Eds.), The Quintessential Naturalist: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Oliver P. Pearson (pp. 945-968). 1st ed. University of California Press.

Thesis and Dissertation:

Sönmez, A. Y. (2011). Karasu ırmağında ağır metal kirliliğinin belirlenmesi ve bulanık mantıkla değerlendirilmesi [Determination of heavy metal pollution in Karasu river and its evaluation by fuzzy logic]. [Ph.D. Thesis. Atatürk University].

Conference Proceedings:

Notev, E., & Uzunova, S. (2008). A new biological method for water quality improvement. Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of Small and Decentralized Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Greece, pp. 487-492.

Institution Publication:

FAO. (2016). The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture: Contributing to food security and nutrition for all. Rome. 200 pp.


FAO. (2018). Report of the ninth session of the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1188. Rome, Italy.

Internet Source:

Froese, R., & Pauly, D. (Eds.) (2018). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. Retrieved on January 11, 2018, from http://www.fishbase.org.

TurkStat. (2019). Fishery Statistics. Retrieved on December 28, 2019, from http://www.turkstat.gov.tr/


Tables, numbered in Arabic, should be on separate pages with a short descriptive title at the top. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Avoid vertical rules. The data presented in the tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.


All illustrations should be labeled ‘Figure’ and numbered in consecutive Arabic numbers, Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. m the text. If panels of a figure are labeled (a, b, etc.) use the same case when referring to these panels in the text. Figures, which are recommended for electronic formats such as PNG, JPEG. TIFF (min. 300 dpi) should be also arranged in available dimensions. All figures or tables should be presented in the body of the text. Font sizes size should be from 9 to 11 points.

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