Cybium, International Journal of Ichthyology
Copyright © 2014 Société Française d’Ichtyologie


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Instructions to Authors

Types of contribution
Manuscript submission

Manuscript preparation
Manuscript evaluation


Online publishing

Cybium, the international journal of ichthyology, edited by the Société Française d’Ichtyologie, publishes original articles, thesis summaries, book reviews and information of interest to members of the Society and ichthyologists in general.
Subjects covered include ichthyology in general, both basic and applied, and cover freshwater, marine and fossil fishes.
Cybium publishes review papers that are invited or agreed with the Editor.

Subscribing members of the Society may publish in Cybium free of charge; non-members are required to pay page costs.

Submission of an article to Cybium imply that the article is original and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Submission also implies that all the authors have approved the paper for release in Cybium and are in agreement with its content.

Types of contribution

1. Original research papers (Regular papers)
2. Review articles
3. Ichthyological notes
4. ‘First records’
5. Summaries of Ph.D. theses
6. Book reviews

1. Regular papers : Should report only original results. They are limited to 20 printed pages (80,000 characters). The publication of larger articles is subjected to Editor’s agreement.

2. Review articles: They should be invited or agreed by the Editor. They should be concise (up to 25 printed pages, i.e., 100,000 characters). Prospective authors are asked to send an extended abstract (two pages maximum) of their paper to the Editor by E-mail ( The abstract should outline the review interest for ichthyologists, its main points and objectives. One colour plate and 100 reprints will be offered free of charge.

3. Ichthyological notes: Short communications, which do not occupy more than four printed pages (16,000 characters).

4. “First records”: Short Ichthyological notes, which do not exceed two printed pages (8,000 characters). They must include: A localization map of the capture (maximum width: 8.5 cm); the registration number in a national or recognized collection; the main morphometric and meristic characters of the specimen; possibly a good photo of the specimen (colour or black & white print). The bibliography should not exceed 10 references.

5. Summaries of Ph.D. theses: They will be published only when a copy of the thesis is provided to the Editor (Pdf and/or paper). Length: 5,000 to 6,000 characters.

6. Book reviews: They will be published only when a copy of the book is provided to the Editor. Length: 5,000 to 6,000 characters

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Manuscript submission

The manuscripts are to be submitted in English. Manuscripts in French are no longer accepted.
The Editorial team reserves the right to ask the authors whose mother language is not English, the certificate of professional English editor or the certificate of an English speaking person.

Manuscripts must be sent by email to the Editorial team:

You are asked to recommend three or four possible reviewers, and their E-mails address.

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Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared with numbered pages, with double spacing throughout and 2.5 cm right and left margins.

They should be organised in the following order:
a. Title: Brief, clear and referring to the content of the article ; common name of species should be avoided.
b. Name(s) of author(s) followed by (1) (2)… for the address.
c. Complete postal address(es) of affiliations preceded by (1) (2)… and E-mail addresses for every authors; Indicate name and E-mail address of the corresponding author.
d. Number of characters (spaces included) of the article (including title, abstracts, references and legends).
e. Names and E-mail address of suggested reviewers; possibly reviewers names to be avoided.
f. Short title limited to 6 words.
g. Abstract in English; should be clear, descriptive and no longer than 400 words.
h. Title in French
i. Abstract in French. This abstract can be extended to 800 words.
j. Key words (6 items max.).
k. Introduction: Should indicate the precise purposes of the study.
l. Material studied, area descriptions, methods and techniques.
m. Results.
n. Discussion: Should be separated from the results.
o. Acknowledgements.
p. References.
q. Figure and table legends.
When first cited in the article, all species should be identified by their Latin name in italic, followed by their authors and date.

The Editorial team could return to the authors their manuscript, if it is not prepared according to this guide, in particular regarding the size of illustrations and the reference presentation.

Manuscript guide for submission to download

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All references quoted in the text must be found in the reference list at the end of the article. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that spelling of author’s names and dates are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list.

In the text, do conform to the following examples: Lévêque (1983), (Lévêque, 1983a, 1983b, 1986), (Hopson and Hopson, 1965), (Daget, 1957; Blache et al., 1978). The references must follow a chronological order. When there is more than two authors, the name of the first author should be used followed by ‘et al.’ in italic.

The references should be listed as follows:

For periodicals:
DAYTON P.K., MORDIDA B.J. & BACON F., 1994. - Polar marine communities. Am. Zool., 34: 90-99.

For book chapters and proceedings:
DAYTON P.K., 1990. - Polar benthos. In: Polar Oceanography, Part B: Chemistry, Biology, and Geology (Smith W.O., ed.), pp. 631-685. San Diego: Academic Press.

For books:
NELSON J.S., 1994. - Fishes of the World (3rd edit.). 600 p. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

The titles of the periodicals must be abbreviated according to the international rules of abbreviations.
The publications ‘in press’ are accepted in the reference list but not the articles ‘submitted for publication’ or ‘in preparation’; they should not be cited in the reference list but mentioned in the text as ’unpublished data’.
In the case of publications in non-Latin alphabets, the titles must be translated and a notation such as ‘(in Russian)’ should be added.

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In the text:
All tables and figures must be quoted in the text, and numbered according to their sequence: table I; (Tab. I); (Tabs I, II); figure 1; (Fig. 1) (Figs 1, 2). They should never be included in the text.

Tables should be prepared with Excel (xls) or Word (doc) software. Authors should take notice of the limitations, set by the size and lay-out of the journal. Large tables should be avoided.

For drawings and photographs, a scale bar must be indicated on each figure. Indications of magnification (x 1000) are not accepted.
The original figures should be provided printed at high quality and at the size wished for the printed version.
Three widths are allowed: 8.5, 12 and 17.5 cm; maximal height is 22.0 cm. Beware of possible reduction during final preparation of the figures. Label the figures using Times font for a final size of Times 9.
For the photographs in colour and in B&W, and for drawings (1 figure per file), supply files to the following format: JPEG, PSD (Photoshop), EPS (Photoshop, Illustrator), with a definition at least of 300 dpi (final format).

Caution! Do not send figures in GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG format; do not send files that are too low in resolution; do not send graphs that are disproportionately large for the content.

Free color plates:
Cybium’s subscribers can publish color plates free of charges, after editors’ agreement.

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1. An author, when considering reproducing an illustration or table from a book or a journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright.

2. An author should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other illustrations. If the copyright-holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should be sought.

3. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained.

4. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.

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Manuscript evaluation

Manuscripts are submitted to the Editorial Committee, which entrusts them to two experts of the speciality. After definitive acceptance of the manuscript, minor modifications concerning exclusively the style (and the illustrations) can be directly introduced by the editorial committee without consulting the authors, to accelerate the publication.


One set of proofs will be sent to the corresponding author indicated on the title page of the manuscript. Only typesetter’s errors may be corrected. The editorial team will do its best to get your article corrected and published as quickly as possible.


A pdf file free of charge will be sent by E-mail to the authors.

Additional offprints can be ordered on an offprint order form, which will be included with the proofs.

Online publishing

The pdf of published articles will be available online one year after their publication in Cybium.

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