Instructions to Authors

Submit a manuscript to the EAFP Bulletin

Submit a manuscript to the EAFP Bulletin

Author’s Statement (PDF)

Author’s Statement (Word)

Scientific communications

The Bulletin of the EAFP is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes concise papers which merit rapid publication by virtue of their interest in the field of fish and shellfish pathology. Preliminary observations or partial studies are also acceptable, if adequately supported by experimental details. Short reviews, methodology papers and papers proposing alternative hypotheses based on previous data can be considered.

Guidelines to Authors

Papers of only local interest, e.g. descriptions of regional microbial and parasitofauna diversity or (re)descriptions of parasitic species, will not be accepted for publication, except if they provide novel relevant evidence. This may include, e.g. histology, or epidemiological studies where at least 1- year epidemiological data are analysed, using an adequate sample size. Taxonomic identification of species must be corroborated by adequate molecular analyses; sequences must be archived in GenBank and accession numbers provided at the time of the manuscript submission.

Publication Terms

The EAFP Bulletin charges no publication fees and, therefore, maintains a two years restriction on distribution and depositing of accepted manuscripts in open access archives, such as ResearchGate. Authors may, of course, send copies to colleagues on their request.
The EAFP Bulletin website provides open access ‘Previews’ of all Bulletin articles. The Previews show the first page of the article, including the Authors, Authors’ affiliations, Abstract and the beginning of the Introduction. After 2 years from publication, the full articles are made open access on the website, and may be freely distributed (under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 UK, Scotland Licence: see the EAFP Bulletin Archive).


Manuscript formats

Full length papers:

Manuscripts should not exceed 21,000 characters with spaces, and less depending on inclusion of figures and tables. The manuscript should be divided as follows: a concise title; authors and their affiliations; Abstract, which stands independently and briefly describes the work; Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussions (Results and Discussion may be combined); Conclusions; Acknowledgments; References.


Notes are intended for presentation of brief observations that do not warrant full length papers. Each Note is limited to 12,000 characters, and should have a 50 words abstract. Section headings in the body of the text should not be used. The number of figures and tables should be kept to a minimum. Acknowledgments should be presented, as in full length papers, but do not use a heading.

Submissions procedure

The language of the Bulletin is British English. Authors should ensure that the language of their manuscript is of a standard acceptable to a native English-speaking scientist, and manuscripts must be checked using a spell-checker before submission. Authors are encouraged to fill in and submit the “Authors Statement” which can be downloaded from the links above. Manuscript submission by e-mail is no longer accepted. Submissions should be exclusively submitted through Scholastica, accessible through

Review procedure

All relevant papers are submitted to peer-review. The Editors reserves the right to reject or modify as necessary. Following acceptance, proofs will be sent to the Corresponding Author for the final approval.


Automatic editing:

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Guidelines for Manual editing:

In the text, references should appear (Mo, 1992) or (Brudeseth & Evensen, 2002) for 1 or 2 authors and (Mo et al., 1990) for 3 or more. References should be cited in alphabetical and subsequently in ascending chronological order at the end of the paper, adhering to the following formats:

Amos KH, Appleby A, Thomas J and Seiler D (2001). Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in the Pacific Northwest: assessing the risk of impact on wild Pacific salmon. In Risk analysis in aquatic animal health” (C. J. Rodgers, Ed.), pp. 193-201. World Organisation for Animal Health (Office International des Epizooties), Paris. ISBN.

Brudeseth BE and Evensen Ø (2002). Occurrence of Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia virus (VHSV) in wild marine fish species in the coastal regions of Norway. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 52, 21-28.

Buchmann K and Bresciani J (2001). “An introduction to parasitic diseases of freshwater trout“. DSR Publishers, Frederiksberg. ISBN 87 7432 580 9.

Mo TA (1992). Seasonal Variations in the Prevalence and Infestation Intensity of Gyrodactylus salaris Malmberg, 1957 (Monogenea, Gyrodactylidae) on Atlantic Salmon Parr, Salmo salar L, in the River Batnfjordselva, Norway. Journal of Fish Biology 41, 697-707.

Mo TA (1993). Seasonal variations of the opisthaptoral hard parts of Gyrodactylus derjavini Mikailov, 1975 (Monogenea: Gyrodactylidae) on brown trout Salmo trutta L. parr and Atlantic salmon S. salar L. parr in the river Sandvikselva, Norway. Systemic Parasitology 26, 225-231.

Mo TA, Poppe TT and Iversen L (1990). Systemic hexamitosis in salt-water reared Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). Bulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists 10, 69-70.

Wiegertjes GF (1995). Immunogenetics of disease resistance in fish. Thesis/Dissertation Wageningen Agricultural University. ISSN/ISBN 90-5485-463-4.