Guidelines for MEPS Authors



The Editors consider for publication:

  • Research Articles (target: ~6000 words)
  • Reviews, state-of-the-art evaluations of important current research areas
  • Notes, brief reports of important new information deserving priority publication (target: <3000 words)
  • Comments, critical, fair assessments of published works and Reply Comments, replies to Comments (target: ~2000 words); for details on Comments/Reply Comments click here)
  • As I See It, important, personal views on hot topics (brief and fair)
  • Theme Sections, integrated expert analyses highlighting an important current research area or problem (contact the Editorial Office for details)




Submission of a manuscript to MEPS implies

(1) originality of the manuscript (i.e. the material has not been published before), correct citation of published and unpublished works, and proper attribution where needed. Inter-Research may check submissions using anti-plagiarism software

(2) exclusive submission to MEPS (i.e. it is not simultaneously submitted to any other publication outlet)

(3) approval by all immediately involved (e.g. authors, institutional authorities)

(4) correct listing of authors (i.e. all authors agree to be listed and have contributed to the research reported)

(5) compliance with institutional, national and international ethics guidelines concerning the use of animals in research and/or the sampling of endangered species

(6) agreement with Inter-Research terms of publication, including transfer of copyright to Inter-Research (for exceptions to this requirement see Copyright and Disclaimer) and the online posting of a prepress abstract

(7) agreement to pay the Open Access fee if the Open Access option is selected.


Make submissions via the 'Author gateway'. In case of any problem, the files may alternatively be emailed directly to the MEPS Editorial Office. Submit 2 files:

1. Cover letter including contact information for at least 3 potential reviewers and any relevant history of the manuscript (e.g. if the submission has previously been rejected by any journal)

2. Manuscript as single file including figures and tables




Please consult recent IR publications as a guide for details. You may also wish to consult a 'How to' book such as Day & Gastel (2011) How to write and publish a scientific paper, 7th edn (Greenwood Press, Westport, CT)


General: include manuscript page and line numbers, use MS Word format, aim for <5 MB in size

Title: aim for a length of <100 characters

Running page head: provide a shortened title (3 to 6 words)

Authors and addresses: identify the corresponding author with an asterisk (*) and provide her/his email address; include zip or postal codes in all addresses, include present addresses if applicable.

Abstract: Maximum ca. 250 words

Key words: list 3 to 8 key words

In-line citation style: no comma before the year, 'et al.' in regular font, citations separated by comma, '&' instead of 'and' for citations with 2 authors. Examples: "... previously been shown (West & Amrose 1992, Smith et al. 2000, Johnston 2002)", "... as shown by West & Amrose (1992)..."

Archiving of data: authors are asked to deposit supporting molecular and phylogenetic data in a public database such as GenBank, TreeBASE or Dryad, and to give the accession number in the manuscript. The data must be accessible on the date of publication.

Presentation of data: figures, tables, and their captions should be self-explanatory; e.g. abbreviations and acronyms must be defined. For details, see Guidelines to Authors on Figure Preparation.
Literature cited: see examples below. IR citation styles are available at or download.

Periodicals: Penston MJ, Millar CP, Davies IM (2008) Reduced Lepeophtheirus salmonis larval abundance in a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland between 2002 and 2006. Dis Aquat Org 81:109-117

Books: Van der Schalie H (1973) Effects of temperature on growth and reproduction of aquatic snails. University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, MI

Book series: Hanski I (2005) The shrinking world: ecological consequences of habitat loss. In: Kinne O (ed) Excellence in ecology, Book 14. International Ecology Institute, Oldendorf/Luhe

Chapters/papers from books, proceedings, etc.: West TL, Amrose WG (1992) Abiotic and biotic effects on population dynamics of oligohaline benthic invertebrates. In: Colombo G, Ferrari I, Ceccherelli VU, Rossi R (eds) Marine eutrophication and population dynamics. Proc 25th Eur Mar Biol Symp. Olsen & Olsen, Fredensborg, p 189–194
Barnes RSK (1991) Reproduction, life histories and dispersal. In: Barnes RSK, Mann KH (eds) Fundamentals of aquatic ecology. Blackwell Science, Oxford, p 145–171

Dissertations: Eve TM (2001) Chemistry and chemical ecology of Indo-Pacific gorgonians. PhD dissertation, University of California, San Diego, CA

Websites: Froese F, Pauly D (2009) FishBase. (accessed 13 Jan 2012)


Electronic supplements: material unsuitable for inclusion within the article (overlong tables, mathematical derivations, video clips, computer code, etc.) may be published on the Inter-Research web-site as an electronic supplement. This material will not be copyedited, typeset, or checked for accuracy; responsibility for its content and presentation rests with the author(s).




Manuscripts are evaluated by at least 3 reviewers in a single blind peer review process. The Editor decides on acceptance, revision, or rejection. Manuscripts returned to authors for revision should be revised and resubmitted within 3 months; otherwise they may be considered as withdrawn.


Titles of accepted manuscripts are added to 'Forthcoming publications' on the IR website, together with a prepress abstract. Articles are published within 1 to 2 weeks after corrected proofs have been returned by the author(s). Copyright transfer and/or Licence to publish must be made on the form provided at the time of manuscript acceptance. Using this form, Open Access may be ordered if desired. Offprints may be ordered on the form provided with the proof. For papers not published with Open Access, a watermarked pdf of the article will be emailed to the corresponding author shortly after publication. Offprints, if ordered, will be dispatched about 2 weeks after publication.