"Cichlid Research: State of the Art": Author's Guidelines

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Updated: June 20, 2001

JAAS is printed on 8.5"x11.25" archival paper and is paper-bound with a Title Page, Table of Contents, and Systematic, Subject, Geographic and Authors indexes. Black and white photographs reproduce very well on the semi-gloss paper. The 1995 special issue on "The Biology of Freshwater Elasmobranchs" is a rough model for this special issue on cichlids.

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General Authors' Guidelines for JAAS

The general Authors' Guidelines for JAAS can be found here: http://AquaScienceResearch.com/ARC104.HTML

For the Special All-Cichlid issue: "Cichlid Research: State of the Art", the following clarifications will be useful.

Electronic version

It will greatly speed all stages of manuscript processing if you submit an electronic version of your manuscript with or prior to (by email) the hard-copy. We should be able to read most commonly-used word processors. Indicate with your submission the Word Processor and version number used, e.g. WordPerfect 8.0 or Word 97.

Writing Style

Writing should be academic in style, but aim for clarity of understanding by a broad audience. One of the primary goals of this volume is to make your work accessible to researchers and others who might not normally read the literature in your particular area of expertise.


There are few rigid rules on format, in terms of section headings, length, etc. however, we do request the following:

Left justify all text

Number pages sequentially, including the title page

Only use underlining when the text is to appear in italics in the printed version, e..g. scientific names of organisms, Apis mellifera. We would prefer if you italicize the words directly, e.g. Apis mellifera.

Do not use hyphenation at the ends of typed lines

The title should be in bold font, upper and lowercase letters.

Please include an ABSTRACT on a separate page

Section titles should be in Bold caps, e.g., ABSTRACT.

Paragraphs not following section titles should start with an indentation of one tab character.

An ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS section may precede the REFERENCES section.

The literature cited should appear in a section entitled REFERENCES.

Avoid footnotes



In the text, use the following styles:

In the REFERENCES section, use the following styles, noting the position of capitals and punctuation. Do not use bold. Only use italics for scientific names and for contributed volumes (see below).


Jones, A.B. 1963. An interesting paper on Apis mellifera. Animal Behaviour 64: 12-24.

Jones, A.B., and C.D. Smith. 1965. More interesting work. American Naturalist 110: 23-24.

Jones, A.B. and C.D. Smith. 1967. A lifetime of achievement. p. 1-5 in The big book of interesting stuff. (Jones, A.B. and C.D. Smith, eds). Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Jones, A.B., C.D. Smith, and E.F. Brown. 1970. A ton of new data. Science 3218: 19-20.

Smith, C.D. 1964. My book of interesting papers. Third Edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 495 pp.



Alphabetize the list first by surnames of the senior author, second by initials of senior authors with the same surname, third by surnames of the junior authors. List multiple publications by the same author in chronological order. If there are single authored papers and multiply-authored papers by the same first author, list all the single authored papers first.

Spell out, in full, all Journal titles.


Figures should be provided on individual sheets, one figure per sheet.

List figure captions sequentially on a separate page of "Figure Captions". Captions should be brief.


This is no longer true -->[In general figures will be reproduced the same size as the original so ensure that symbols and labels are legible and that the original is an appropriate size. The printable area of a page of JAAS is 7.5" by 9.25" and columns are 3.5" wide.]

The publisher informs me that they now have full capability to reduce figures from any reasonable size. However, be careful that symbols and labels will also be reduced so proceed with caution.

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