Journal of Shellfish Research

Instructions to Authors

Original papers dealing with all aspects of shellfish research will be considered for publication. Manuscripts will be judged by the editors or other competent reviewers, or both, on the basis of originality, content, merit, clarity of presentation, and interpretations. Each paper should be carefully prepared in the style followed in Volume 13, (1), of the Journal of Shellfish Research (1991) before submission to the Editor. Papers published or to be published in other journals are not acceptable.

Title, Short Title, Key Words, and Abstract:

The title of the paper should be kept as short as possible. Please include a "short running title" of not more than 48 characters including space between words, and approximately seven (7) key words or less. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a concise, informative abstract, giving the main results of the research reported. The abstract will be published at the beginning of the paper. No separate summary should be included.


Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced throughout on one side of the paper, leaving ample margins, with the pages numbered consecutively. Scientific names of species should be underlined and, when first mentioned in the text, should be followed by the authority. Common and scientific names of organisms should be in accordance with American Fisheries Society Special Publications 16 and 17: Common and Scientific Names of Aquatic Invertebrates from the United States and Canada: Mollusks and CSNAIUSC: Decapod Crustaceans.

Abbreviations, Style, Numbers:

Authors should follow the style recommended by the fourth edition (1978) of the Council of Biology Editors [CBE] Style Manual, distributed by the American Institute of Biological Sciences. All linear measurements, weights, and volumes should given in metric units.


Tables numbered in Arabic, should be on separate pages with a concise title at the top.


Line drawings should be in black ink and planned so that important details will be clear after reduction to page size or less. No drawing should be so large that it must be reduced to less than one third of its original size. Photographs and line drawings preferably should be prepared so they can be reduced to a size no greater than 17.3 cm x 22.7 cm, and should be planned either to occupy the full width of 17.3 cm or the width of one column, 8.4 cm. Photographs should be glossy with good contrast and should be prepared so they can be reproduced without reduction. Originals of graphic materials (i.e., line drawings) are preferred and will be returned to the author. Each illustration should have the author's name, short paper title, and figure number on the back. Figure legends should be typed on separate sheets and numbered in Arabic.

No color illustrations will be accepted unless the author is prepared to cover the cost of associated reproduction and printing.

References Cited:

References should be listed aplhabetically at the end of the paper. Abbreviations in this section should be those recommended in the American Standard for Periodical Title Abbreviations, available through the American National Standard Institute, 1430 Braodway, New York, NY 10018. For appropriate citation format, see examples at the end of papers in Volume 10, Number 1, of the Journal of Shellfish Research or refer to Chapter 3, pages 51-60 of the CBE Style Manual

Page Charges:

Authors or their institutions will be charged $65.00 per printed page. If illustrations and/or tables make up more than one third of the total number of pages, there will be a charge of $30.00 for each page of this material (calculated on the actual amount of page space taken up), regardless of the total length of the article. All page charges are subject to change without notice.


Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author and must be corrected and returned within seven days. Alterations other than corrections of printer's errors may be charged to the author(s).


Reprints of published papers are available at cost to the authors. Information regarding ordering reprints will be available from The Sheridan Press at the time of printing.

Cover Photographs:

Particularly appropriate photographs may be submitted for consideration for use on the cover of the Journal of Shellfish Research. Black and white photographs, if utilized, are printed at no cost. Color illustrations may also be considered.


Corresponding: An original and two copies of each manuscript submitted for publication consideration should be sent to the Editor, Dr. Sandra E. Shumway, Natural Science Division, Southampton College, LIU Southampton, NY 11968, Ph. 516-287-8407, FAX 516-287-8419.

Subscription and Membership

Membership information may be obtained from the Treasurer using the form in the Journal. Institutional subscribers should send requests to: Journal of Shellfish Research, P.O. Box 465, Hanover, PA 17331.