For Authors

Guidelines for Authors

Publishing Instructions 

Submitting a paper:

Mesopotamian Journal of Marine Science publishes full-length articles, short communications, reviews, and book reviews in English only. The journal publishes contributions from all of the disciplines of marine science, including biology, chemistry, physics, and Geology. Applied science papers are especially welcome. Manuscripts submitted are read critically by at least two peers selected by the editorial board and submissions must be original in that the information is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form.


Structure of the Manuscript:

All text should be in English and accompanied by an Arabic abstract. For non-Arabic authors, an Arabic abstract will be provided by the Editorial Board. The Manuscript must be organized into Title page, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, and Figure legends.

The first page should contain a concise title, names of the authors and their postal addresses. The email address of the first or correspondence author should be written. The second page contains the abstract which should be in one paragraph of no more than 200 words. It should be able to stand on its own (as when cited in other publications) and accordingly should not carry footnotes, references to the literature, or unusual abbreviations. After the abstract, up to 5 keywords specific of the article, are to be listed. The introduction and the rest of the articles follow but tables and figures should not be inserted in the text body.


Units of measurement and technical notation:

Follow the ISO Système international d’unités (SI) for units and abbreviations whenever possible. Give all measurements in the metric system. For zoological and botanical nomenclature, authority for a name does not need to be given unless the text is taxonomic in nature. However, if the author prefers to give the authority, it need only be given the first time a species is mentioned.


Manuscript Template

  • The Manuscript should be written in English only.
  • An Arabic Abstract should be provided (250 to 300 words) for Arabian Authors only.
  • Prepare text using MS Word 2010 (or later).
  • Paper size: B5, the margins should be "2.54" in all directions (Top, Down, Right, Lift). The submitted Manuscript has only one column.
  • Font type: Georgia.
  • Title: pt 12, bold, centered.
  • Authors’ Names: pt 10, bold, centered.
  • Author's Addresses: pt 10, Italic, centered, the corresponding author should be mentioned (email address should be included).
  • The manuscript main titles (abstract, introduction, materials, methods of work, results, and discussion): pt 11, bold.
  • The keywords are written under the Abstract (five keywords).
  • Manuscript text: pt 10.
  • Subtitles: pt 10, not bold, non-numbered.
  • The full word "Figure" is used as a heading under the shape or what it represents and an abb. Word “Fig.” is used anywhere in the text.
  • Tables and shapes are placed in the results in the sequence mentioned, not at the end of the Manuscript.
  • All numbers are written in the Arabic numerals system (e.g. 1, 2, 3 ...)
  • The authors can separate or merge the results with the discussion.



The reference list at the end of the article should be restricted to work already published, or definitely accepted for publication (in press). Unpublished material, including work submitted to a journal but not yet formally accepted, should not be included. Entries must be listed alphabetically by the first author’s surname, followed by initials. For successive references to the same author, cite the name in full each time; do not use ibid, dashes, or ditto marks. Names of journals are to be in full (do not abbreviate or italicize them). Do not set off the year of publication or the volume number with parentheses or with italic or boldface type, or italicize them). Do not set off the year of publication or the volume number with parentheses or with italic or boldface type.



Articles in Journals:

Barranguet, C., Kromkamp, J. and Peene, J. 1998. Factors controlling primary production and photosynthetic characteristics of intertidal microphytobenthos. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 173:117-126.



Pricard, G.L. 1997. Marine Ecology. 2nd Ed., Pergamon Press, Oxford, 241 pp.


Articles/Chapters in Books:

Chaman, D.D. 1978. Production. In: W.E. Ricker (ed.) Methods for assessment of production in freshwater. Blackwell Scientific Publication, Oxford, pp. 202-217.



Tables should be typed on separate pages; they should appear after the reference list. Do not incorporate them in the text of the Manuscript. Number tables with Arabic, not roman, numerals. No vertical lines will be printed. The maximum width of a printed table is 60 characters in 1 column.



Figures must be numbered in Arabic numerals consecutively as they are mentioned in the text. Legends of figures must be typed together as a list on a separate page. Magnifications should be given as bar lines in the figure and defined in the legend. When photographic illustrations are mounted as plates, they must be clearly marked with the figure number and divided by white lines not more than 2mm wide. The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures that have appeared in another publication.


Proofs and offprints:

Proofs are sent directly to the corresponding author in electronic format. The proofs should be carefully checked for printer’s errors. If the proofs are not returned by the date requested, publication of the article may be delayed. Authors will receive 10 complimentary offprints of printed articles.


More information

  • The Manuscript can be sent using Submission system in the journal website.
  • The Manuscript is subject to the Turnitin plagiarism detection software before sending to reviewers.
  • The referenced facts adopted in the Manuscript should not be taken from arbitrary Internet sites, but only those that rely on research published in international or local journals, books, dissertations, and thesis.
  • MJMS applies the license of CC BY (a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).   If you need to know information on this license, please follow this link:
  • The author will pay amount of (100,000) Iraqi Dinars for publication fees after acceptance of the Manuscript.
  • The author must incorporate revisions required by referees within a maximum period of one month; however, the final copy of the Manuscript should be viewed and approved by the author within a period of three days maximum.
  • The author/s should be declared if any, national or international organizations explicitly cover such fees for articles originating in funded research projects. If it is not announced by the author/s and if the grant authorities have a conflicting, in this case, the Manuscript will be rejected in any process of publishing while if the paper is published in this case the journal marked on the paper by "retracted ".