For Authors

Interested in submitting an article?

The article categories we accept are research articles, research briefs or plenary articles. Before you submit a manuscript please consider the points below.

  1. We recommend that you look at the About the Journal page for the journal's policies, as well as the Author Guidelines.
  2. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting.
  3. If you are already registered, you can simply log in and begin the 5-step process.

Manuscript submission
Inland Waters accepts manuscripts in three categories: Articles (manuscripts of about 5000 words, with appropriate tables and figures), Research Briefs (focal articles of <2500 words, with limited tables and figures) and Plenary Lectures (submitted upon invitation only, in conjunction with SIL Congresses). All aspects of physical, chemical, and biological limnology across organizational levels from autecology to ecosystem studies are appropriate, as are papers on applied and regional limnology. Open-access publication is encouraged: all articles become open access 36 months after publication, with earlier open access available at modest rates (see ‘Author Charges’ below).

Manuscripts should be submitted via the FBA's online journal system. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting. If you are already registered, you can simply log in and begin the 5-step submission process. Before submitting your manuscript, please read the guidance below on scope, style, submission and copyright:

Focus and Scope

Style Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Copyright Notice

N.B. This journal only accepts manuscripts written in English (either US or English/international spellings are accepted). Authors who are not native-speakers of English are encouraged to seek help with their manuscript before submission. If you have any queries regarding the author's guidelines, please contact the Editor.

Peer review process
Information on the peer-review and editorial process can be found here.

Author charges 
Standard articles, not open access - Free of charge if up to 6 pages long. From page 7 an excess-page charge of $150/page applies for SIL members* or $175/page for non-members. Articles of 18 pages or more by SIL members* are published as open access, and are charged as per open-access articles below .

Standard articles, open access - $100/page for SIL members* or $135/page for non-members, applies from page 1. In this case, the excess page charge (from page 7 onwards) does not apply. Please contact the Sil business administrator if you wish to publish in open access format.

Research Briefs - Free of charge and published as open access immediately for SIL members*; non-members charged as a standard article.

Color figures/plates - Published in the online edition at no additional cost and in black-and-white in the print edition. Authors requesting color figures/plates in the print edition are charged at cost .

* SIL member discount applies only if the first or corresponding author of the article is a SIL member. Becoming a SIL member is easy (see  or contact Denise Johnson at and inexpensive for students (only $5 per year).

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-access 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.