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About Aquatic Biosystems

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Aquatic Biosystems, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Aquatic Biosystems will cease to be published by BioMed Central as of 18 May 2015. BioMed Central will continue to host an archive of all articles previously published in the journal and all articles published in Aquatic Biosystems during its time with BioMed Central will remain fully searchable via the BioMed Central website.

Aquatic Biosystems is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal considering high quality manuscripts on all aspects of basic and applied research on aquatic organisms and environments.

The scope of Aquatic Biosystems ranges from the molecular and organism levels to global systems and processes. The journal encourages reports on a wide array of environments, including lakes, rivers, marshes, springs, lagoons, solar pans, estuaries, and the open ocean, and their micro- and macro-flora and fauna. The focus is on the relationships between the environment and biological systems, encompassing microbial genomics, physiology, and ecology, biogeochemical cycling, food webs, paleolimnology, biodiversity, conservation, resource management, and ecosystem structure and function. Engineered biosystems, such as for aquaculture, renewable resource, biofuels, biotechnology, and biomedical production, as well as constructed wetlands, are within the scope of Aquatic Biosystems.

The goal of the journal is to bridge across freshwater and saline systems, between basic and applied research, and from gene systems to ecosystems. The online format of the journal is designed to accelerate the process of disseminating important research results and information, in order to better meet the needs and demands of the highly dynamic and global science, management, and private sectors.

Open access

All articles published by Aquatic Biosystems are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Aquatic Biosystems are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Aquatic Biosystems therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1240/$1940/€1580 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Aquatic Biosystems are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Aquatic Biosystems include:

  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Geobase
  • GEORef
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Zetoc
  • Zoological Record

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Aquatic Biosystems has an unofficial Impact Factor of 1.21. BioMed Central is working with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Aquatic Biosystems will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Aquatic Biosystems considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Book reviews: short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book. They should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience.
  • Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders.
  • Database articles: describe a new database or a substantial improvement of an existing database.
  • Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method.
  • Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.

Peer-review policies

All manuscripts submitted to Aquatic Biosystems will be peer-reviewed by at least two experts who are internationally recognized in the specific field(s) featured in the manuscript. Reviewers' reports will be received by the Managing Editor who will decide on whether the manuscript should be: accepted, accepted after minor revisions, accepted after major revisions, or rejected. The final decision to accept or reject a manuscript will be taken by the Editor-in-Chief.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Aquatic Biosystems, a personalized section of the site.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Aquatic Biosystems will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Aquatic Biosystems should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Aquatic Biosystems

Articles in Aquatic Biosystems should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Aquat Biosyst [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Aquat Biosyst 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Aquatic Biosystems?

High visibility

Aquatic Biosystems's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Aquatic Biosystems offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Aquatic Biosystems, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.


Online publication in Aquatic Biosystems gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Aquatic Biosystems are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Aquatic Biosystems's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Aquatic Biosystems may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Aquatic Biosystems. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Aquatic Biosystems retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

For further information about the advantages of publishing in a journal from BioMed Central, please click here.