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Step 1. submitting a manuscript

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Papers reporting original research conducted on aquatic mammals will be considered for publication by the editors, editorial board, and appropriate reviewers based on scientific merit. Papers should not be concurrently submitted to another journal nor previously published, either wholly or in part. Each manuscript will be reviewed by two external reviewers and the editor. If there is disagreement between reviewers, the manuscript will be submitted to a third external reviewer.

Types of Contributions:

Aquatic Mammals accepts contributions formatted as full Articles, Short Notes, Reports, and Letters to the Editor. Please consult the journal's Author Formatting Guidelines when formatting your submission. Full Articles should discuss novel and important findings in the study of aquatic mammals, demonstrate sufficient methodological rigor, and provide a discussion/conclusion that is both important and justified given the results of the study. Short Notes may include experimental results or observations involving scientifically valid methods, but where small sample sizes, or limited results do not allow for sufficient elaboration to constitute a full article. Reports include results compiled from conference or other workshops, meetings, etc. Letters to the Editor may include important announcements or comments on topics relevant to the scientific study of aquatic mammals or constructive comments related to previous contributions to Aquatic Mammals. Reviews will also be considered, but please contact the managing editor before submitting a review paper.

Consultation with the managing editor at an early stage of manuscript preparation is advisable when:

  • The subject matter makes it difficult to follow the formatting instructions
  • The printed paper will exceed 25 pages (i.e., more than 60 word document pages at double space 12 pt font)
  • More detailed directions for preparing manuscripts are required

Before submitting:

All submissions should contain:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) version of the manuscript. Do not submit a PDF version.
  • Cover letter: A cover letter must clearly state that the material has not been published elsewhere and the address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. It is the responsibility of the author to keep in touch with the editors about changes in contact information.
  • Figures and tables, which may be inserted into the manuscript (manuscript should still remain in .doc or docx format) or may be submitted/uploaded as separate files

To submit:

  • Register and submit the manuscript online at Manuscript Fast Track:
  • Enter all documents related to your manuscript under the same submission ID (201#-XXXX), which will be assigned to the manuscript upon submission
  • If you are unable to access Manuscript Fast Track, contact the journal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Authors will be able to view reviewers' and editors' comments on their manuscript by logging in to their account on the Manuscript Fast Track system. All necessary documents (e.g., format checked versions of the manuscript, edited versions of the manuscript) will be viewable to the author via the system, or sent to the author from their editor via email.

Step 2: revising a manuscript

One a manuscript has been accepted after peer review, detailed revision requests will be sent to corresponding author by the editor via e-mail. You may be asked to incorporate changes and edits, and address questions and concerns indicated by the reviewer(s). The editor will advise as to which documents on Manuscript Fast Track need to be consulted, or will send you revision instructions directly via email. Please incorporate all changes indicated by the editor and reviewer(s). If you disagree with changes suggested by the editor or the reviewer(s), please detail your reasoning in a separate cover letter.

Changes may be made directly to a Microsoft Word version of the manuscript once a reviewed manuscript has been accepted for publication. A separate document detailing the author(s)' responses to all reviewer comments should also be created. After making the necessary revisions, the revised manuscript should be sent directly to their editor via email. In the event that you are unable to edit a Microsoft Word version of the manuscript, summarize changes to the manuscript by page, paragraph number, and line number and send to the editor by e-mail.

Accepted Manuscript Revision Return Deadline
Once a manuscript has been peer-reviewed and accepted (with minor or major revision) for publication in Aquatic Mammals, the revised manuscript and response to reviewer comments files are required to be returned no later than three (3) months from the acceptance date. Authors are responsible to coordinate the return of their revised manuscript and response to reviewer comments files by email with their journal co-editor. Failure to meet this three month return deadline could necessitate a full resubmission of the manuscript as a new document, which will include subsequent new peer-review.

Step 3: manuscript publication

Once your revised manuscript is approved, it will be sent to our copy editor and layout designer for formatting. You will be notified by the editor when your manuscript is forwarded to our copy editing/layout team.

Shanee Sullivan will format the text and layout of figures and tables. Sandy Larimer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will proof the formatted article and coordinate with your editor to send you questions and a galley proof via email.

Once formatted, you will be emailed a .pdf of the galley proofs. Please quickly review and summarize any edits or changes in an email; please do not make changes directly onto the .pdf. You will be able to review the revised galley proofs as many times as needed, assuming the edits are minor in nature. Any significant changes requested to the text, layout, tables, or figures at this stage will be charged a minimum fee of $55 per hour of time expended. Thus, we encourage authors to make any significant changes to their manuscript prior to submitting your revised manuscript to the editors.

If you have a short video-clip associated with your manuscript, we have the ability to place this on the Aquatic Mammals website at no charge. Please notify your managing editor of the video-clip(s) when sending your revised manuscript.
Authors will receive an ADA accessible .PDF of their published article for their free use in creating reprints. Reprints of whole issues or a CD with .PDF files of an issue are available as additional purchases. Contact the managing editor for a quote.

If your manuscript is accepted for publication in Aquatic Mammals Journal, please be aware of the following page charges and publication fees:

  • 75 USD flat fee to place each article online. (Note - Aquatic Mammals does not print only online or only in hard copy. All articles are published online and in hard copy.)
  • 50 USD per black and white galley-proof page. A galley-proof page is roughly equivalent to 2.5 manuscript pages (double space, Times 12 pt font), not including figures or tables.
  • 52 USD per color galley-proof page for the online edition with the print edition appearing in black and white or 96 USD per color galley-proof page appearing in both print and online edition

Manuscripts are reviewed and accepted prior to soliciting page charges and publication fees. Upon acceptance of the manuscript and approval of the galley proof, a bill for the relevant fees will be sent to the first author. If you have any questions or concerns about these charges and fees, please contact the managing editor, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), for more details. If you have a particularly good photograph that could be used on the cover of the issue, your publication charges might be reduced. Consideration of cover art is on a first-come basis.

Copyright: Upon publication, the copyright passes to the journal. Permission must be obtained from the Managing Editor to reprint an article or a part of an article published in Aquatic Mammals.

Send correspondence to:
Managing Editor
Dr. Kathleen M. Dudzinski
Aquatic Mammals Journal

P.O. Box 7485
Port St. Lucie, FL 34985
Phone: +1 860 514 4704
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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