Instructions to Authors

The EAFP Bulletin is a means of communicating scientific findings via short refereed papers. The News and Views section allows for letters to the editor and EAFP related matters.

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Scientific communications

Aims and scope: Priority is given to concise papers which merit rapid publication by virtue of their interest in the field of fish pathology. Preliminary observations or partial studies are acceptable provided they are adequately supported by data and experimental detail. Short reviews, methodology papers and papers which propose alternative hypotheses based on previous data will also 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 when they provide clear evidence of considerable pathology to the host. This may include, but is not limited to, histological sections of pathological processes and epidemiological studies where at least 1-year epidemiological data of the pathology is analysed, assessed on the relevant number of samples. Taxonomic identification of species must be backed up by molecular analyses using relevant identification markers where appropriate. Obtained sequences must be stored in GenBank and accession numbers provided at the time of submission of the manuscript. No alignments and agarose gel photographs are required.
Photographs need to be submitted in .TIFF or .JPEG format, with clearly labelled changes (symbols, small letters). Histological sections need to have a scale bar in the left lower corner.
All relevant papers are submitted to peer review and the Editor reserves the right to reject or modify as necessary.

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 Papers:

Manuscripts should not exceed 21,000 characters with spaces and less depending on the inclusion of figures and tables.

The manuscript should be divided as follows: A concise title. The authors and their affiliations. An abstract which stands independently and adequately describes the work. Introduction. Materials and methods. Results. Discussion (Results and Discussion may be combined). Acknowledgments. References.


Note format is intended for the presentation of brief observations that do not warrant full-length papers. Each Note should have an abstract of not more than 50 words. Do not use section headings in the body of the Note. The numbers of figures and tables should be kept to a minimum. Materials and Methods should be described in the text, not in tables and figure legends. Acknowledgments should be presented as in full-length papers, but do not use a heading. The references section is identical to that of full-length papers and should include a heading.



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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.