Current Issue

Volume: 9 Issue: 2, 12/28/23

Year: 2023

The Menba Kastamonu University Faculty of Fisheries Journal is an international, online, open access,  double blind peer-reviewed journal that is published in English and Turkish original articles, short notes, technical notes, reports and reviews in two issues per year (June, December) for scientists engaged in all aspects of biology, ecology, inland waters, marine and arthropod farming, fish feeding, disease, genetics, fisheries, fisheries technology, fisheries economics and management, aquaculture processing technologies, water chemistry, microbiology, algae biotechnology, protection of marine organisms, and freshwater habitats and pollution, ecotoxicology.

Menba Journal of Fisheries Faculty is indexed in CAB Direct, Google Scholar, Paperity, Asosindex



İnland waters

Marine and arthropod farming

Fish feeding,

Fish disease



Fisheries technology

Fisheries economics and management

Aquaculture processing technologies

Water chemistry


Algae biotechnology

Protection of marine organisms

Freshwater habitats and pollution



Manuscripts must be submitted to the journal in electronic version only via online submission system according to the guidelines below:

Types of Paper
Research articles, Invited reviews, short communications, letters to the Editor.
• Research articles: original full-length research papers which have not been published previously and should not exceed 7500 words or 25 manuscript pages (including tables and figures)
• Invited reviews: on topical subjects and up to 10000 words or 25 manuscript pages (including tables and figures)
• Short communications: describing work that may be of a preliminary nature; preferably no more than 3000 words or 10 manuscript pages (including tables and figures).
• Letters to the Editor: should be included on matters of topical interest and not exceeding 2000 words or 10 manuscript pages (including tables and figures)

Page charges
This journal has no page charges.

Preparation of Manuscripts
Papers must be written in Turkish and English. Prepare your text using a word-processing software and save in “.doc” or “.docx” formats. Manuscripts must be structured in the following order:
    • Title page file (Download Template)
        o Title (Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae)
        o Author names and affiliation addresses (Full names should be given, no abbreviations. The corresponding author should be identified with an asterisk. Each affiliation address should include institution, faculty/school, department, city, and country)
        o Corresponding author’s e-mail, telephone, fax, and address
        o ORCID number and e-mail addresses for all authors.
        o Number of figures
        o Number of tables
        o Acknowledgements (If applicable. Keep these to the absolute minimum)
    • Main file (Download Template)
        o Title
        o Abstract (Should be between 150 and 250 words. References and abbreviations should be avoided)
        o Keywords (Minimum 3, Maximum 6 keywords)
        o Introduction
        o Material and Methods
        o Results
        o Discussion (Can be combined with Results section if appropriate)
        o Conclusion
        o Compliance with Ethical Standards
            a) Authors' Contributions
            b) Conflict of Interest
            c) Statement on the Welfare of Animals
            d) Statement of Human Rights
        o References
        o Table(s) with caption(s) (on appropriate location in the text)
        o Figure(s) with caption(s) (on appropriate location in the text)
        o And appendices (if any)

Manuscript formatting
Use a 12-point Times New Roman font, including the references, table headings and figure captions, double-spaced and with 25 mm margins on all sides of A4 size paper throughout the manuscript. The text should be in single-column format. The authors are encouraged to download the template files from the links below:
• Each page must be numbered with Arabic numerals, and lines must be continuously numbered from the start to the end of the manuscript.
• Use italics for emphasis.
• Use only SI (international system) units.
• Use “dot” for decimal points.
• Use italics for species name.

Compliance with Ethical Standards
The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list. See below examples of disclosures:
a) Authors’ Contributions
Please provide contributions of authors for the paper. Use first letters of name and surnames (e.g.; Author MO designed the study, MF wrote the first draft of the manuscript, AF performed and managed statistical analyses. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.).
b) Conflict of Interest
Any existing conflict of interest should be given here. If no conflict exists, the authors should state:
Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.
c) Statement on the Welfare of Animals
If animals used in the study; The welfare of animals used for research must be respected. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate the following statement: Ethical approval: All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. Or, for retrospective studies; a summary statement in the text of the manuscript should be included as follow: Ethical approval: For this type of study, formal consent is not required.
d) Statement of Human Rights
When reporting studies that involve human participants, authors should include the following statement:
Ethical approval: The studies have been approved by the appropriate institutional and/or national research ethics committee and have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Or, for retrospective studies; a summary statement in the text of the manuscript should be included as follow: 
Ethical approval: For this type of study, formal consent is not required.

Citation in text;
Please ensure that each reference cited in the text is also presented in the reference list. Cite literature in the text in chronological, followed by alphabetical order like these examples "( Elp et al., 2018; Biswas et al., 2016; Elp and Osmanoğlu, 2019)". If the cited reference is the subject of a sentence, only the date should be given in parentheses. Formatted like this example: “Durmaz (2007) investigated the efficacy of…”.
• Single author: the author’s surname and the year of publication (Elp, 2017)
• Two authors: both authors’ surnames and the year of publication (Adem and Elp, 2017)
• Three or more authors: first author’s surname followed by “et al.” and the year of publication Elp et al., 2018)
Citation in the reference list;
References should be listed first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically at the end of the article. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters a, b, c, etc. placed after the year of publication (2016a). The citation of articles, books, multi-author books and articles published online should conform to the following examples:

Adem, S. S., & Elp, M. (2017). Muscle spindle and comparison of fish muscle spindle with other vertebrates. Alinteri Journal of Agriculture Sciences, 32(2): 113-117
Durmaz, Y. (2007). Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) production by the marine microalgae Nannochloropsis oculata (Eustigmatophyceae) in nitrogen limitation. Aquaculture, 272(4): 717-722.
Elderwish, N., M., Taştan, Y. & Sönmez, A. Y., (2019). Türkiye’nin batı karadeniz kıyı sularındaki ağır metal birikimin mevsimsel olarak incelenmesi. Menba Kastamonu Üniversitesi Su Ürünleri Fakültesi Dergisi, 5(2): 1-8. 
Elp, M., Osmanoğlu, M. İ., Kadak, A. E., & Turan, D., (2018). Characteristics of Capoeta oguzelii, a new species of cyprinid fish from the Ezine Stream, Black Sea basin, Turkey (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Zoology in the Middle East. 64(2): 102–111. 
Sönmez, A. Y., Kale, S., Özdemir, R. C. & Kadak, A. E. (2018). An adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) to predict of cadmium (Cd) concentration in the Filyos River, Turkey. Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 18(12): 1333-1343.

Brown, C., Laland, K. & Krause, J. (Eds.) (2011). Fish Cognition and Behavior. 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: WileyBlackwell. 472p.

Langston, W. J. (1990). Toxic effects of metals and the incidence of marine ecosystems, pp. 102-l22. In: Furness, R. W. (Eds.), Rainbow Heavy Metals in the Marine Environment. New York, USA: CRC Press. 256p.
Vassallo, A. I. & Mora, M. S. (2007). Interspecific scaling and ontogenetic growth patterns of the skull in living and fossil ctenomyid and octodontid rodents (Caviomorpha: Octodontoidea). pp. 945-968. In: Kelt, D. A., Lessa, E., Salazar-Bravo, J. A., Patton, J. L. (Eds.), The Quintessential Naturalist: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Oliver P. Pearson. 1st ed. Berkeley, CA, USA: University of California Press. 981p.

Elp, M. (2002). Koçköprü baraj gölü’nde (Van) yaşayan siraz (Capoeta capoeta, Guldensteadt, 1772) ve inci kefali (Chalcalburnus tarichi, Pallas, 1811) populasyonları üzerine bir araştırma. Ph.D. Thesis. İstanbul University, İstanbul, Turkey.

Conference Proceedings:
Notev, E. & Uzunova, S. (2008). A new biological method for water quality improvement. Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of Small and Decentralized Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Greece, pp. 487-492.

Institution Publication:
FAO. (2016). The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture: Contributing to food security and nutrition for all. Rome. 200 pp.

FAO. (2018). Report of the ninth session of the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1188. Rome, Italy.

Internet Source:
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (Eds.) (2018). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. Retrieved on January 11, 2018 from
TurkStat. (2019). Fishery Statistics. Retrieved on December 28, 2019 from
Tables, numbered in Arabic, should be in separate pages with a short descriptive title at the top. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Avoid vertical rules. The data presented in tables should not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. 
All illustrations should be labelled as ‘Figure’ and numbered in consecutive Arabic numbers, Figure 1, Figure 2 etc. in the text. If panels of a figure are labelled (a, b, etc.) use the same case when referring to these panels in the text. Figures are recommended to be in electronic formats such as PNG, JPEG. TIFF (min. 300 dpi) should be also arranged in available dimensions. All figures or tables should be presented in the body of the text. Font sizes size should be from 9 to 11 points.

Menba Kastamonu University Journal of Fisheries Faculty follows certain ethical standards for publication, existing to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and due credit for original ideas. Menba Kastamonu University Journal of Fisheries Faculty is connected to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), abides by its Code of Conduct, and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from

Authors who submit papers to Menba Kastamonu University Journal of Fisheries Faculty certify that his/her work is original and is not published or under publication consideration elsewhere. Also, the authors confirm that submitted papers have not been copied or plagiarized, in whole or in part, from other papers or studies. The authors certify that he/she does not have potential conflicts of interest or partial benefits associated with his or her papers.

Menba Kastamonu University Journal of Fisheries Faculty will check for plagiarism in all submitted articles prior to publication. If plagiarism is detected at any stage of the publication process, the author will be instructed to rewrite the manuscript. Every submission will be scanned by Turnitin® to prevent plagiarism. If any manuscript is 30% plagiarized, the article will be rejected and the author will be notified. We strongly recommend that authors check paper content before submitting for publication. Plagiarism can be checked by using free online software. Menba Kastamonu University Journal of Fisheries Faculty is committed to objective and fair blind peer reviews of submitted papers and the prevention of any actual or potential conflicts of interest between writers and reviewers.


Editorial Responsibilities and Independence

All editors of Menba Kastamonu University Journal of Fisheries Faculty are independent in their evaluations and decisions in the journal. No external and/or internal factor can affect their decisions. If the editors are exposed to any kind of positive and/or negative constraints, they keep the right to take legal action against those involved in the constraint. On the other hand, editors are responsible for their decisions in the journal. 

Privacy and Conflict of Interest
Editors and members of the Editorial Board of the journal are forbidden to share submitted materials with third parties other than section editors, statistical editors, Language editors, copy editors, design editors and ombudsman when needed, and to use the submitted materials themselves. If there is a conflict of interest among an editor and an author or institution of the author in terms of cooperation or competition, then another member of the Editorial board is assigned to manage the evaluation process.

Publishing Decisions
Editors provide peer review of submitted manuscripts by assigning at least two reviewers expert in the field (double blind peer review). The editor is responsible for the decision of publishing a manuscript considering the importance of the manuscripts for researchers and readers, reviewer reports, plagiarism and copyright infringement as legal issues. Editor can discuss with other editors and reviewers for his/her decision.


Contribution to the Editor's Decision
Peer-reviewing of a submitted manuscript is the control of its scientific content, scientific layout and suitability according to the principles of the journal, and delivery of the reviewer's opinion for unsuitable manuscript content to ensure suitability. The reviewing process, not only enables reviewers to forward their evaluations about the manuscripts to the editors but also gives them the opportunity to improve the contents of the manuscripts.

If a reviewer assigned for evaluation of a manuscript is of an expert in a field of science other than the manuscript content, is far to the subject of the manuscript, is short of time for evaluation or possess a conflict of interest, then he/she should inform the assigning editor and ask his/her withdrawal. If the content of the manuscript fits the expertise field of the reviewer, then he/she should complete the evaluation and send the report to the editor as soon as possible.

Reviewers assigned for evaluation of manuscripts approve in advance that the manuscripts are secret documents and do not share any information about these documents with third parties except the editors involved in the evaluation. Reviewers continue to not to share information even after the manuscripts are accepted or rejected for publication.
If it is suspected of using an idea in the manuscript that is sent for evaluation to the reviewer without permission, the flowchart of COPE “What to do if you suspect a reviewer has appropriated an author’s ideas or data?” is followed.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviewers should construct their criticisms on scientific background and include scientific evidence in their statements. All comments raised by the reviewers to improve the manuscripts should be clear and direct and written in a manner far away from disturbing the author’s feelings. Insulting and derogatory statements should be avoided.

Suitability of the Cited References
Reviewers should determine quotations in the manuscripts used without citing a reference. Statements, observations, conclusions or evidence in published articles should be quoted with the citation of the related reference. Reviewers should also be sure about the reality of the presence of quotations in the cited reference(s).

Conflict of Interests
If a reviewer is in a situation by being involved in one or more interests with the author(s), he/she should inform the editor of the assigning editor and ask his/her withdrawal.


Reporting Standards
Authors of original research articles should present the results and discuss them with them in a proper way. Since the methodological contents of the articles should be reproducible, the authors should be clear in their statements and should not purposely report wrong or missing data. Authors of review type articles are not recommended to write such articles if they are not an expert in the field of their review topics or when they do not have enough background information or related former studies.

Data Accessing and Retainment
Authors may be asked to present their raw data when needed (ethical cases etc.). Therefore, raw data of the manuscripts should be kept in safety to present if needed. The storage period of raw data following publications should be at least 10 years.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors of submitted manuscripts should be sure that their manuscripts are original or include cited references for quotations.

Multiple, Repeated, Unnecessary or Simultaneous Submissions
It is not an approved way to produce more than one publication reporting on the same research. The authors should pay attention to such cases and they should not submit the same manuscript to different journals simultaneously.

Authorship of Manuscripts
Only the following persons should be included in the manuscripts as responsible authors:

        • Researchers providing a major contribution to concept, design, performing, data collection and/or analysis in a study,
         Researchers involved in the preparation or critical revision of manuscripts,
        • Researchers approved the latest version of the manuscripts and accepted its submission.

Contributors other than the above list (technical assistance, helpers in writing and editing, general contributions, etc.) should not be involved in the authors’ list but can be listed in the acknowledgements section. The corresponding authors of manuscripts should provide the separate listing of contributors as authors and those to be involved in the acknowledgements section.

Conflict of Interests
Authors should clearly declare any kind of conflict of interests in their manuscripts. Absence of conflict of interests about the topic of the manuscripts should also be declared. The most common types of conflict of interests are financial supports, education or other types of funds, personal or institutional relations and affiliations. All sources of financial supports (with their grant or other reference numbers) of the studies should be declared.

Acknowledgement of References
Authors should not use personally obtained information (conversations, correspondences or discussions with bystanders) unless they have the permission of their sources. Information about private documents or refereeing of grant applications should not be used without the permission of the authorities providing the related service.

Authors are obliged to be involved in the peer-review process and should cooperate by responding to raw data, evidence for ethical approvals, patient approvals and copyright release form requests of editors and their explanations. Authors should respond in either a positive or a negative way to revision suggestions generated by the peer-review process. They should be sure to include their counter views in their negative responses.

Submitting authors must confirm the following:
1. Manuscripts must be the original work of the submitting author.
2. Submitted manuscripts must be unpublished.
3. There should be no conflict of interest. If it exists, it must be clearly stated.
4. The authors should cite all data sources used in the preparation of the manuscript.
Note: It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.

Reviewers must confirm the following:
1. Manuscripts are reviewed fairly based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship or political view of the author(s).
2. Any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be sent to the editor.
3. Information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential.
4. Information that may be a cause for rejection of publication must be sent to the editor.

Editors must confirm the following:
1. Manuscripts are reviewed fairly based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship or political view of the author(s).
2. Information pertaining to manuscripts is kept confidential.
3. Any observed conflict of interest pertaining to manuscripts must be disclosed.

Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research

Menba Kastamonu University Journal of Fisheries Faculty endorses the ARRIVE guidelines ( for reporting experiments using live animals. Authors and reviewers can use the ARRIVE guidelines as a checklist, which can be found at
Manuscripts containing original research on animal subjects must have been approved by an ethical review committee. The project identification code, date of approval and name of the ethics committee or institutional review board must be cited in the Methods Section, as well as the first / last source of the article.

For research involving animals, any potentially derived benefits must be significant in relation to harm suffered by participating animals. Authors should particularly ensure that their research complies with the commonly accepted “3Rs”:
         Replacement of animals by alternatives wherever possible,
        Reduction in the number of animals used, and
         Refinement of experimental conditions and procedures to minimize the harm to animals.


Editor or members of the editorial board are not responsible for the author's opinions and manuscript contents. Authors are responsible for the ethical originality of and possible errors in their manuscripts. They are also responsible for all errors based on page editing before their proofreading. On the other hand, errors taking place after proofreading are in the responsibility of the journal directors.

Note: The corresponding author should make corrections in 2 months, otherwise the paper may be rejected.

Note: The Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions on submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board, and legal efforts to prevent plagiarism, libel, and copyright infringement.

Publication in the journal is free of charge.