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Guidelines for manuscript preparation
Title should be in font size 12, bold, centrally positioned and in uppercase letters excluding scientific names which should appear in italics and title/lower case only. Either scientific names or common names should appear in the title and not both. Titles should be concise and straight to the point with no more than 18 words.
Authors’ names and affiliations
A line space should demarcate the title from the authors’ names and affiliations. Authors’ names should be in font size 10, bold, using uppercase letters and centrally positioned. The surname of the first author should come first, followed by initials and a comma. Names of all other authors should have initials before the surname with ‘and’ placed before the last author’s name. Corresponding authors’ name should be asterisked (superscript). Following the names on the next line should appear addresses of all authors. If authors are from different institutions it is important to provide link numbers in superscript to the specific address of an author. Addresses should be in regular font, italicized and aligned to the left. Email and phone number of corresponding author are required. For example:
*1ANSA, E. J., 2 A. I. HART, 2C. B. DAVIES and 3A. S. YAKUB
  1. African Regional Aquaculture Centre, P.M.B. 5122, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
  2. Dept of Animal and Environmental Biology, University of Port Harcourt, P.M.B. 5323, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
  3. Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, P.M.B. 12729, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author:, +234 803 339 5402
Manuscripts should be typed single line spaced using Times New Roman font 10 and fully justified with all margins set at 2.54 cm each. Page size should be portrait (27.94 cm x 21.6 cm) Pages should not be numbered but text should appear in sequence. Each sectional heading should be bold and left justified. The text should begin on the next line after each heading.
The text should be organised under the following subsections in bold uppercase letters:
ABSTRACT: Maximum of 200 words to present brief summary of the report in italics
Keywords: Three to six keywords should be provided for indexing purposes. Keywords should not be taken from the title or the abstract to avoid repetition.
INTRODUCTION: Provide background information to the problem your study addressed; stating the reason(s) why you carried out the study, the problems and objectives.
(STUDY AREA): Where applicable state where the work was done, including the biophysical characteristics of the area. Provide a map where necessary using line art drawings on white background. Coloured scanned or photographed maps are not acceptable.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: To include a description of approaches, equipment and tools used. Procedures carried out should be clearly explained.
RESULTS: Findings of the study should be clearly outlined. Illustrative data such as graphs should be processed using Microsoft Excel before transferring to Word. All illustrations should be placed immediately after first mention.
DISCUSSION: This should be separate from results and should give precise explanation of findings also relate with the findings of others; giving reasons for similarities or differences.
CONCLUSIONS: The implications of your findings should be stated
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: May be given if necessary.
REFERENCES: Those cited in the text should follow the Author-Date System i.e. last name of author (year) for single author, author and author (year) for two authors, author et al. (year) for more than three or more authors. Use author pers. comm. for personal communication with authors; in press can be used if manuscript referred to has been accepted for publication and is in the process of being published. If the manuscript is unpublished or awaiting review by a Journal it could be cited as (author, unpublished data).
In the reference section list references alphabetically (APA reference style). The reference must include author(s), year of publication, full title of paper, journal volume and page numbers. Journal titles should be italicized.
Equations should be typed using equation editor.
Table titles should be written in bold but not in uppercase letters and should appear above the table and numbered in Arabic numerals. Tables should be produced using two horizontal lines to demarcate table heading; while a third horizontal line should be provided at the end of the table. Tables should appear after first mention.
Figure titles should be written in bold in lower case letters and should be placed at the bottom of the figure; numbered in Arabic numerals (e.g. Fig. 1:). Data presented in the table should not be represented as graph.

Submission of manuscript
Electronic submission as email attachment of manuscript is required. The mailing address is and a copy mailed to

Handling Charge
A handling fee of N2000 or $100 per manuscript is required. Authors in Nigeria should make payments into the following account:



ACCOUNT NO.: 2016099126

It is implied that any manuscript submitted for publication in the Nigerian Journal of Fisheries has not been presented for publication elsewhere and as soon as manuscripts are presented for publication authors rights are transferred to publisher.

Page Charges
Authors would be informed on acceptance of manuscript page charges due.

National Coordinator, 
(RAF/7014,7015 & 7017).
UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT,                               
Tel. +234 803 544 2364

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