Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Inland Waters - Journal of the International Society of Limnology (SIL) is the peer‐reviewed, scholarly outlet for original papers that advance science within the framework of the society. The journal promotes understanding of inland aquatic ecosystems and their management.
The journal aims to publish:

  • a set of internationally diverse limnological submissions that serve the needs of SIL. Subject matter parallels the content of SIL Congresses, and submissions based on presentations are encouraged. All aspects of physical, chemical, and biological limnology across organizational levels from autecologyto ecosystem studies are appropriate, as are papers on applied and regional limnology.
  • articles resulting from plenary lectures presented at SIL Congresses and occasional synthesis articles.
  • issues dedicated to a particular theme, specific water body, or aquatic ecosystem in a geographical area.

Inland Waters publishes standard manuscripts of about 5000 words (with appropriate tables and figures) and focal articles entitled "Research Briefs" (<2500 words, with limited tables and figures). Review and publication of these short articles are fast‐tracked to accelerate communication of emerging issues, novel findings, and advance scholarly exchange.

Inland Waters is published consecutively (as papers are accepted for publication) online and in paper format in 4 printed issues per year. It is published and maintained by the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA). Electronic access is provided to all SIL members and subscribers, and printed issues are available for an extra charge. Publication is not restricted to SIL members and the Editors encourage submissions from a range of disciplines within the scope of the journal.

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Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Plenary Lectures (incl. Baldi & Kilham Lectures)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Briefs

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Each manuscript must be uploaded using the FBA's Journal System. The Editor will consider the manuscript and send it to 2 or more nominated peer reviewers (unless the manuscript is deemed inappropriate for Inland Waters, in which case it will be returned to the submitting author with the Editor's comments). Once the peer reviewers have considered the manuscript, they send their comments to the Editor, who is responsible for making the decision to:

  1. Accept the manuscript without amendment;
  2. Accept the the manuscript subject to ammendments being made;
  3. Reject the manuscript but suggest changes which should be made before re-submitting the manuscript for consideration again.

Revised manuscript submission
When the author has been notified with the Editors decision a revision of the manuscript may be requested. Authors should make the suggested changes and return the revised version of their manuscript as soon as possible. Prompt action will ensure fast publication if the manuscript is finally accepted for publication in Inland Waters . Authors should return their revised manuscript within 45 days.

Final proofreading
Authors will receive a PDF file of the edited version of their manuscript for final proofreading. This is the last opportunity to view an article before its publication on the journal's web site. No changes or modifications can be introduced once it is published. Thus authors are requested to check their proof pages carefully against their manuscript within 3 working days and prepare a list of any changes that should be made. Authors are sometimes asked to provide additional comments and explanations in response to remarks and queries from the redactory editor. In case the authors do not deliver the list of corrections to proofs in the requested time the manuscript will be published as it is.  

After publication, the corresponding author is notified by email and receives a PDF file with the published version of the manuscript. This is for private reference only and must not be distributed to anyone other than co-authors of the article (except as allowed under the terms of the Copyright Notice for authors of ‘Open Early’ articles).

If any errors are detected in the published material they should be reported to the Editor. The corresponding authors should send appropriate corrected material to the Editor via email. This material will be considered for publication in the form of erratum in the earliest available hard copy issue of Inland Waters.

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Publication Frequency

Manuscripts accepted for publication are published online in a so called Online First service as soon as they are ready for publication (that is when final proofreading is performed and all concerns are resolved). Once a manuscript appears on the website it is considered as published. Hard copy issues are published four times per year.


Open Access

Articles published as part of Inland Waters will become open access 36 months after publication.

Authors of standard Articles who wish to make their article open access earlier than 36 months may do so by paying an ‘Article Processing Charge’ of $100 per page for SIL members or $135 per page for nonmembers. This page charge applies from page 1. Research Briefs (<2500 words) authored by SIL members are published free of charge and as Open Access immediately. Research Briefs by nonmembers will be charged as a regular article. The first or corresponding author of the article must be a SIL member to be eligible for the member discount. Becoming a SIL member is easy (www.limnology.org or contact Denise Johnson at siloffice1922@gmail.com) and inexpensive for students (only $5 per year).

Authors wishing to publish in Open Access format should notify the Editor (JonesJ@missouri.edu). Details of how to pay will then be forwarded to you and the article will become Open Access as soon as it is published online and the fee has been paid.


Online subscriptions: restrictions on use

Users with a valid subscription are permitted to save and print copies provided they are for personal/research use and NOT distribution. It is not permitted to reproduce articles or extracts except as allowed under the Copyright Notice/Author Self-Archiving Policy or by arrangement with SIL. Any use of material should be cited correctly and linked to the Inland Waters pages.

Authorised users within institutions include employees and students of the institution, as well as visitors to the institution, but exclude employees/students/visitors of other institutions occupying the same site.