Instructions for authors

Instructions to Authors

The Bulletin of the Society of Sea Water Science, Japan is a bimonthly scientific journal published by the Society of Sea Water Science, Japan (SWSJ) which accepts both English and Japanese papers with novelty and value in fields related to sea water sciences and industries, including science, engineering, agriculture, fisheries, and food science. Submitted papers are reviewed by referees on the editorial board of the journal and must satisfy the following prerequisites:
1) The paper has neither been published elsewhere nor is under review by another journal.
2) The author (or at least one author when there are multiple authors) must be a member of the SWSJ. If the submitted manuscript is intended for publication in a special issue, submission from non-members shall be permitted.
All the manuscripts including figures and tables as well as cover page (click here for downloading cover page), must be prepared in MS-Word format, and submitted to the following editorial office via an e-mail:

aiselect, Co. Ltd., Editorial Office for Bulletin of the Society of Sea Water Science, Japan, 5-30-6, Nishinippori, Arakawa, Tokyo, 116-0013, Japan
Tel: +81-3-6806-8503, Fax: +81-3-6806-8504

1. Types of papers and articles

Papers are classified into Original Papers, Short Papers, General Papers, and Notes. In addition, invited articles, including Reviews, Commentaries, and Lectures are considered, as well as general articles including Information, Short Information, and Topics.

2. Preparation of manuscript

The manuscript is to be prepared using Microsoft Word in a 12-point, Roman-type font, a page size of A4 or letter with top and bottom margins of 30 mm, and left and right margins of 25 mm, double spaced. The authors are encouraged to refer to the latest issue of the journal to confirm the style of a paper. The format of each paper type is given in Table 1. For a Japanese-language manuscript, about 2600 characters corresponds to one page of a typeset document.

2.1 Cover page

A template for the cover page is available from the SWSJ website (, together with an example. All the required items are to be provided. Pay particularly careful attention to the affiliations and addresses of the authors, which should not have any omissions.

2.2 Abstract

The abstract is to provide a summary of the paper or article, such as the objectives, methods, and results and discussion.

2.3 Text

・ Decimal headings are used for sections, such as 1., 2. ..., 1.1, 1.2 ..., 1.1.1, 1.1.2 ..., and so on. These figures are written in bold face.
・ References to equation(s) are expressed as Eq. (1) or Eqs. (3)-(5).
・ Figures and Tables are referred to in the text as Fig. 1, Figs. 2, 3, and Table 1. In the case of the first occurrence, they are written in bold face.
・ The names of biological species and the symbols for physical quantities are written in italic.
・ Citations of references are numbered and placed in the text as superscripts, such as 1), 2, 3), and 4-6).
・ The nomenclature used to describe chemical compounds conforms to the rules laid down by IUPAC.
・ SI units are to be used. Units are enclosed in brackets [ ] if attached to a symbol or a word while the brackets are omitted when the units are attached to a numerical value.
・ References are numbered consecutively and listed in the order of citation in the text. The names of all the authors are written as the initial of the first name followed by the last name. After the authors, the title of the paper is written in English. If the paper is in a language other than English, then the language is to be specified after the title, e.g. (in Japanese) or (in Russian). If the title in English is not available, that in the original language may be used. The names of journals are abbreviated according to Chemical Abstracts and JDreamIII and written in italic. The volume number of the journal is written in bold face. The start and end pages, and year of publication of the paper follow. Several examples are shown below.
1)S. Yoshida and S. Hayano, Relationship between the extractability and the rate of transfer of potassium ion by macrocyclic carriers in liquid membrane systems, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 108, 3903-3907 (1986)
2)E. Grunwald, Thermodynamics of molecular species, 94-105, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York (1980)
3)I. Finnie, The mechanism of erosive wear in ductile metals, in K. Natesan (Ed.), "Corrosion- erosion behavior of materials", 118-126, The Metallurgical Soc. of AIME, New York (1980)
Reports and Handbooks
4)R. H. Perry and D. Green (Eds.), Perry's chemical engineers' handbook, 6th Ed., 3-61, McGraw-Hill, New York (1984)
Proceedings and Abstracts
5)A. Ellor, P. E. K. Craner and J. Repp, Novel methods for evaluating epoxy-barrier coatings for seawater service, Proc. of US-Pacific Rim Workshop on Emerging Nonmetallic Materials for Marine Environment, 2101, Honolulu, USA (1997)
6)T. Kaisui, Japan Tokkyo Kaiho, JP 9-12345 (1997)
Web sites
7)The Salt Industry Center of Japan Website, "Salt of demand and supply", (http// (accessed 2012.8.2)

2.4 Figures and Tables

Figures and Tables are to be prepared on separate sheets and are to be of a sufficiently high quality and resolution for printing. Photographs are handled as Figures. Each sheet of a figure or a table is to be numbered consecutively, such as Fig. 1 or Table 1, followed by the title, and the name of the first author. Color figures can be published, however, the author is required to pay the printing fee, that is, JPY 30,000 per page.

3. Review process

・ The decision as to whether a paper or an article is to be accepted or rejected is at the discretion of the editorial board.
・ The editorial board may request authors to revise their manuscript.
・ A received manuscript may not be modified except in respect to any points for which revision is requested by the board. The permission of the board is required to revise the original manuscript during the reviewing process.
・ When revision is requested, the revised manuscript is to be returned within three months. Otherwise, it may be processed as a newly submitted manuscript.

4. Accepted manuscript

・ After a manuscript has been accepted, authors are requested to send their final version, including figures and tables, to the editorial office via e-mail.
・ Authors are required to check the galley proof once and return it within seven days. Otherwise, the manuscript will be published after being checked by the editorial board only. Any revision to the manuscript, other than error correction, is not permitted.

5. Copyright

Copyright to a paper published in the journal belongs to the SWSJ. Materials appearing in the journal may not be reproduced in printed matter, either in whole or in part, without the written permission of the SWSJ. Any permitted reproduction shall credit the source of the materials. The same rule applies to reproduction in an online publication, although this is not permitted within 6 months of the issue of the journal.

6. Reprints

The fee for a reprint is listed in Table 2. If the first author of the paper is a student, this fee will be halved. The author of an accepted paper must purchase reprints (as a PDF file) and the application for said reprints is to be sent to the office together with the checked galley proof. Authors of an invited article or general article are provided with reprints free of charge. If printed reprints are required, an extra fee shall be levied.

Table 2 Fees for reprints (PDF, in JPY)
PagesOriginal PapersNotesShort PapersGeneral Papers
≤ 2 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
3-4 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000
5-6 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
7-8 25,000 30,000 - 25,000
9-10 30,000 - - 30,000
11-12 40,000 - - 35,000
13-14 50,000 - - 40,000
15-16 60,000 - - 45,000

The above prices do not include consumption tax.
If a printed version is required, contact the editorial office for prices.