Publication Ethics

Journal of Aquaculture and Fish Health is a peer-reviewed electronic journal. This statement clarifies the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the author, the chief editor, the Editorial Board, the peer-reviewer and the publisher (Universitas Airlangga). The Publication Ethics of the Journal of Aquaculture and Fish Health is mainly based on the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, Authors, and Reviewers. 

Ethical Requirements for Authors and Published Works

Each article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Aquaculture and Fish Health is an essential component in the expansion of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. An article is a direct reflection of the quality of work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Therefore, it is essential to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher, and the society.  

Universitas Airlangga as the publisher of the Journal of Aquaculture and Fish Health takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously. We recognize our ethical and relevant responsibilities, and we are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint, or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. The editorial board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers if necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities of Editors

Reviewer Assignment

The editor’s duty is to assign submitted manuscripts to reviewers of corresponding areas of interest and expertise. Before handing over the submitted manuscript, the editor must ensure that the reviewers verify the manuscript as a confidential document and treat it accordingly.

Publication decisions

The editor is the decision maker behind the publication of submitted articles in the journal. The validation of the manuscript and its significance to researchers and readers must always drive such a verdict. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and bound by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editors may consult with other editors or reviewers to reach a resolution.

Fair play

The editor is required to evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials revealed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's personal research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review provides a basis for the editor in reaching editorial decisions and assists the author in improving the paper through constructive feedback.


Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to review the manuscript in question or acknowledges that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse him/herself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with anyone other than those authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also bring to the editor's attention any considerable similarity or overlap between the manuscript in question and any other published paper of which they are aware.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not exploited for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors should present an accurate report of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of the significance of their original research. All data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to reproduce the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements equate to unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors must ensure the originality of their works, and that any work and/or words of others used in the manuscript have been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

The simultaneous submission of the same manuscript to multiple journals accounts for unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication.

Acknowledgment of Sources                               

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must be given. Authors should cite publications, data, and information that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. If applicable, participants in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should make sure that all appropriate co-authors are credited in the paper and that no inappropriate co-authors are included. The corresponding author should also ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. Authorship change or deletion is not permitted once the paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Aquaculture and Fish Health.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should declare in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be interpreted to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript.  Potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. The potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.

Fundamental errors in published works

It is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher of any significant error or inaccuracy found in his/her own published work. The authors should cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Ethical consideration for animal experimentation

All authors must follow the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in accordance with local laws and regulations. The use of animals as experiment subjects must be disclosed in the first paragraph of the materials and methods section with a clear elaboration of the adequate measures taken to minimize pain or discomfort. Editors reserve the right to reject submissions if there is unclear evidence as to whether appropriate procedures have been implemented.


Chief Editor of Journal of Aquaculture and Fish Health

P-ISSN    : 2301-7309

E-ISSN    : 2528-0864