Instructions to authors

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The editors of Fundamental and Applied Limnology (FAL) invite the submission of manuscripts on any of the topics outlined above. To simplify and speed up the manuscript submission and publication process, please peruse the Instructions for authors, available as pdf-file for downloading. You may review the following sample papers to see what your paper would look like in FAL:
Brancelj & Dumont (2007): A Review of the diversity ...
Lopp et al. (2007): Molecular identification of freshwater sponges

Regular papers

Regular papers (of 20 printed pages max.) must describe original work, but from time to time review articles on selected topics are published.

Short comments

Short comments (letters) on current (most likely controversial) issues are invited to make the journal a forum of lively scientific discourse.

Instructions to Authors - Publication Information

1. Aims and scope of FAL

Fundamental and Applied Limnology publishes original contributions containing important new scientific findings in the fields of "Theoretical and Applied Limnology, including Brackish Water Biology or related fields of (Marine) Biology". The following types of manuscripts are published:

Standard papers: Should be as concise as possible, less than 20 printed pages in the published issue. Longer manuscripts will be accepted for publication in the Main Volumes of the FAL in exceptional cases only. Shorter submissions take precedence when space is limited.
Notes: These should be structured like standard papers and contain short original contributions presenting new methods or other results of general interest.
Comments: Very short papers (max. 2 pages) containing opinions, contributions to current scientific debate or responses to published articles.
Invited reviews: Articles summarizing the state of the art of particular topics of general interest. Authors planning a review article must contact the editors before preparing the manuscript.

All manuscripts are subject to peer review.

2. Manuscript submission

Please submit manuscripts via the electronic Manuscript Management System on

First time users please register as author, then follow the submission process. Submission of a manuscript to the electronic Manuscript Management System for publication in the FAL is considered binding assurance that this work has not been and will not be published elsewhere in this form and length.

3. Author’s declaration

The corresponding author certifies that all contributing authors of the submitted manuscript have been informed about this submission, know about the scientific content of the paper and fully agree with the submission to Fundamental and Applied Limnology. Any change in authorship and any changes to the text other than typographical errors have to be approved by the handling editor in charge and one of the chief editors. A brief list of authors contributions to the manuscript have to be inserted after the acknowledgements section.

4. Manuscript preparation

Papers must be written in English and prepared preferably using Microsoft Word for Windows. Please activate line numbering: File/page setup/page layout: Show line numbers, Line numbering: Continuous/Begin with line 1.

To avoid confusion with spacing, right-hand justification should be switched off. Do not use style sheets or templates. Number all pages, starting with 1 on the title page.

Following the title and the author(s) name(s) please indicate the address of the institution where your contribution was produced. A short Abstract without paragraphs and some key words should be given on the first page of the work. A summary may be given before the references at the end of more comprehensive works.

Figure legends and tables are to be included on separate pages.

Accentuation Typefaces: Please use only boldface and italics. Please do not use capitals for titles and headlines. Units: Use the International System of Units (SI). Use negative exponents (e.g., mg 1-1h-h).

Literature References: All publications referred to in the text, tables and figures captions must include the name of the author(s) or the name of the first author with the addition et al. and the publication date in parentheses. All publications referred to in the text must be included in the reference list and vice versa.

The references list should include references to the relating pages respectively tables or figures which contain the supporting material for the results attained. All publications referred to in the text must be included in the reference list and vice versa. The format of in-text citations should be as follows: for one author (Jones 2003) for two authors: (Cumchal & Drenner 2004), and (Jones et al. 2006) for more than two authors. Use semicolons to separate multiple citations. Multiple citations in-text should be ordered chronologically.
An Endnote-style file for FAL manuscripts can be downloaded here.
Internationally used journal abbreviations can be found at CAS.

Sample references:

Di Lorenzo, T. & Galassi, D. M. P., 2013: Agricultural impacts on Mediterranean alluvial aquifers: do invertebrates respond? – Fundam. Appl. Limnol. 182 (4): 271–281.
Hayden, B., Holopainen, T., Amundsen, P.-A., Eloranta, A. P., Knudsen, R., Præbel, K. & Kahilainen, K. K., 2013: Interactions between invading benthivorous fish and native whitefish in subarctic lakes. – Freshw. Biol. 58: 1234–1250. doi: 10.1111/fwb.12123
Dumont, H. J. & Negrea, S., 1996: Introduction of the class Branchiopoda. – In: Dumont, H. J. (ed.): Guides to the Identification of the Continental Waters of the World 19. – Backhuys, Leiden, pp. 1–398.
Brancelj, A. & Culver, D. C., 2005: Epikarst communities. – In: Culver, D. C. & White, W. B. (eds): Encyclopedia of caves. – Elsevier Academic Press, Amsterdam, pp. 223–229.
World Health Organization (WHO), 2003: Guidelines for safe recreational water environments. Vol. 1. Coastal and fresh waters. – World Health Organisation, Geneva, pp. 1–33.

5. Illustrations

All illustrations must be labelled with the authors' names and the figure numbers. They must be numbered consecutively as they are referred to in the paper. Labelling should be done using the font "Times" or "Helvetica (Arial)" and must be large enough to allow necessary reductions in size. The font of the illustrations has to be consistent throughout the paper.

Halftone figures should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (.tif, .eps, .jpeg), line drawings (only .tif or .eps!) should have a resolution of at least 600 dpi, preferably 1200 dpi. Please preferably use vectorized data for line and computer graphics (eps, svg, pdf). This will significantly improve publishing quality and reduce your authors pdf reprint file size.

Each printed colour page will be charged with € 34.90 + taxes. This includes colour in the online version of the article.

6. Corrections in proof

Only corrections of typesetting errors are accepted. All other changes to ms. can only be made at the expense of the author.

7. Reprints / pdf

Corresponding authors of an article will receive a pdf-file for personal use only. Personal use implies: No publication on private or other websites (self storage, repositories); No distribution in newsgroups or mailing lists etc.
Printed author’s reprints are only available on demand and against costs when ordered prior to the printing process. Please contact the publishers together with the final corrections.

8. Copyright

With acceptance and publication of a manuscript the exclusive copyright for every language and country is transferred to the publishers. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article including reprints, microfilm or any other reproductions and translations.

9. Online Access

Since 2002 Archiv für Hydrobiologie, now Fundamental and Applied Limnology, is available online through Ingenta. It is part of the CrossRef Service which allows direct access to referenced papers (published in this or other journals) which are available online. Conversely, papers in other journals are now able to link to papers published in Fundamental and Applied Limnology by placing direct reference links.

10. Open Access

For regular papers authors or sponsors can purchase an optional Open Access license (Creative commons CC-BY-NC). For details please contact the publishers.

11. Publication Frequency

Fundamental and Applied Limnology is published by numbers (issues), 4 issues form a volume. Invoicing per volume. Approximately 12 issues of the FAL are published per year, currently that is one issue per month.

Authors are encouraged to place all species distribution records in a publicly accessible database such as the national Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) nodes ( or data centers endorsed by GBIF, including BioFresh (

The Editors and Publishers, May 2016