African Journal of Aquatic Science

ISSN: 1608-5914 (Print)
            1727-9364 (Online)
Publication frequency: 4 issues per year

Impact Factor: 0.67 (2016)
5-year Impact Factor: 0.758

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)

Official publication of the Southern African Society of Aquatic ScientistsCo-published with Taylor & FrancisClick here for Open Access options on this journal


Aims & Scope

The African Journal of Aquatic Science is an international journal devoted to the study of the aquatic sciences, covering all African inland and estuarine waters. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed original scientific papers and short articles in all the aquatic science fields including limnology, hydrobiology, ecology, conservation, biomonitoring, management, water quality, ecotoxicology, biological interactions, physical properties and human impacts on African aquatic systems. Supported by the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists, the African Journal of Aquatic Science serves as a reference source for those interested in understanding the valuable aquatic resources of Africa.



Mike Coke
Editorial Office African Journal of Aquatic Science
423 Amberglen
Private Bag X004
South Africa
Phone/Fax: +27 (0)33 239 4623


Dr Nick Rivers-Moore -  Centre for Water Resources Research, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 

Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts presented in accordance with the Instructions to Authors should be submitted online at the African Journal of Aquatic Science ScholarOne Manuscripts site (

Editorial Review Board

Dr. Liesl van As (parasites) - Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Professor Lauren Chapman (freshwater fish biology) — McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Dr Hendrik Ewerts (freshwater phycology) - Rand Water Academy, Rand Water, Vereeniging, South Africa
Dr Martin Genner (freshwater fish biology) — Department of Zoology, Bristol University, Bristol, UK
Professor Paul Grobler (genetics) — Department of Genetics, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Dr Clive Howard-Williams (lakes, wetlands) — National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, Christchurch, New Zealand
Dr Hendrik Jerling (zooplankton) —Department of Zoology, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, South Africa                                         
Dr Donovan Kotze (wetlands) — School of Environment, Agriculture and Earth Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Dr Wilmien Luus-Powell (parasites) — Department of Biodiversity, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa
Dr Sukhmani Mantel (general aquatic biology) — Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Professor Ngonidzashe Moyo (aquaculture) — Aquaculture Research Unit, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa
Dr Paul Oberholster (ecotoxicology) — CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment, Pretoria, South Africa
Professor Renzo Perissinotto (estuarine macroinvertebrates) — Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Dr. Hermien Roux (macroinvertebrates) - Zoology Department, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Dr John Simaika (general aquatic biology) — Department of Entomology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa               
Dr Jonathan Taylor (diatoms, algae)- School of Environmental Sciences and Development, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Dr Christa Thirion (freshwater macroinvertebrates) — Institute for Water Quality Studies, Department of Water Affairs, Pretoria,South Africa
Professor Victor Wepener (ecotoxicology) — Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, South Africa
Professor Alan Whitfield (estuarine fish) — South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown, South Africa


Publishing Manager

Contact regarding all aspects relating to the production of the journal, including scheduling and copyright issues:

Mike Schramm
NISC (Pty) Ltd
4 Speke Street
PO Box 377
Grahamstown 6140
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)46 622 9698
Fax: +27 (0)46 622 9550

Published in association with the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists:

Membership of the Society is open to all interested persons. Membership rates and information on the Society can be obtained from the Secretary.

Further information on the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists can be found at

Latest Issue

Volume 42, Issue 3, 2017


Nothobranchius cooperi (Teleostei: Cyprinodontiformes): a new species of annual killifish from the Luapula River drainage, northern Zambia
Author(s): B Nagy30, rue du Mont Ussy, France, BR Watters6141 Parkwood Drive, Canada, PDW van der MerweDepartment of Biochemistry, South Africa, FPD CotterillDepartment of Earth Sciences, South Africa, DU BellstedtDepartment of Biochemistry, South Africa
Pages: 201–218
Improving the performance of the EPT Index to accommodate multiple stressors in Afrotropical streams
Author(s): FO MaseseDepartment of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Kenya, PO RaburuDepartment of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Kenya
Pages: 219–233
The potential for using red claw crayfish and hybrid African catfish as biological control agents for Schistosoma host snails
Author(s): C MondeCopperbelt University, Zambia, S SyampunganiCopperbelt University, Zambia, A RicoMadrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA) in Water, Science and Technology Campus, Spain, PJ van den BrinkWageningen University, The Netherlands
Pages: 235–243
Key factors that drive phytoplankton biomass and community composition in the urbanised Nahoon Estuary, South Africa
Author(s): P CotiyaneDepartment of Botany, South Africa, J AdamsDepartment of Botany, South Africa, A RajkaranDepartment of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, South Africa
Pages: 245–257
Phytoplankton primary productivity seasonality and changes in a small African lake, Lake Hora-Kilole, Ethiopia
Author(s): R AbateAquatic Sciences, Fisheries and Aquaculture Stream, Department of Zoological Sciences, China, D KifleAquatic Sciences, Fisheries and Aquaculture Stream, Department of Zoological Sciences, Ethiopia, YH GaoSchool of Life Sciences and State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, China
Pages: 259–269
Activity of some Nile River aquatic macrophyte extracts against the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa
Author(s): MM El-SheekhBotany Department, Faculty of Science, Egypt, AM HaroonHydrobiology Laboratory, Egypt, S SabaeHydrobiology Laboratory, Egypt
Pages: 271–277
Water quality assessment of the Siluko River, southern Nigeria
Author(s): IP ObohDepartment of Animal and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Nigeria, CS AgbalaDepartment of Animal and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Nigeria
Pages: 279–286


Human health risks of metals and metalloids in muscle tissue of Synodontis zambezensis Peters, 1852 from Flag Boshielo Dam, South Africa
Author(s): JR SaraDepartment of Biodiversity, South Africa, SM MarrSouth African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), South Africa, WJ SmitDepartment of Biodiversity, South Africa, LJC ErasmusDepartment of Physiology and Environmental Health, South Africa, WJ Luus-PowellDepartment of Biodiversity, South Africa
Pages: 287–291
Histological assessment of selected tissues in tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus Castelnau, 1861) from the Sanyati Basin, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe: a DDT-sprayed area
Author(s): N MabikaDepartment of Zoology, South Africa, M BarsonDepartment of Zoology, South Africa, C van DykDepartment of Zoology, South Africa, A Avenant-OldewageDepartment of Zoology, South Africa
Pages: 293–297
Retention of plastic-tipped dart tags in African tigerfish Hydrocynus vittatus
Author(s): FJ JacobsMinistry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia, OLF WeylDST/NRF Research Chair in Inland Fisheries and Freshwater Ecology, South Africa, NS LibalaMinistry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia, GC O’BrienSchool of Life Sciences, South Africa, CT DownsSchool of Life Sciences, South Africa
Pages: 299–301
The Maloti minnow Pseudobarbus quathlambae (Barnard, 1938) is not extinct in South Africa
Author(s): PS KubhekaEzemvelo KZN Wildlife, South Africa, A ChakonaSouth African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa, DN MazungulaSouth African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa
Pages: 303–306


Author(s): IA MendelssohnDepartment of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, College of the Coast and Environment, USA
Pages: 307–307


Instructions for Authors

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Instructions for authors

Original Papers, Reviews or Short Notes in the field of aquatic sciences, including limnology and hydrobiology, covering all African inland and estuarine waters, will be considered for publication in the Journal. Contributions should be a maximum of 2 500 words for Short Notes and 7 500 words for Research Papers, but Review articles of up to 12 000 words will be considered for publication. Correspondence relating to editorial matters should be e-mailed to the Editor-in-Chief at

Editorial policy: Contributions are accepted on the understanding that the authors have the authority for publication. Submission of multi-authored manuscripts implies that all authors have approved submission of the article to this Journal, have read it and approved of its publication. Manuscripts should not have been published before and must not be under consideration by another journal. The submission of a manuscript by the authors implies that they automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to the publishers of the African Journal of Aquatic Science, NISC (Pty) Ltd. Contributions must conform to the principles outlined in Ethical considerations in research publication available for download below.

Page charges of ZAR175 (excl. VAT) per page for African contributors and USD30 per page for contributors from elsewhere are levied. Authors who do not have access to funding to cover the publication costs may apply to the Editor-in-Chief to have their page charges waived. Illustrations can be reproduced in colour, but only when essential, and subject to approval by the Editor-in-Chief. Non-essential use of colour will be charged at ZAR900 (excl. VAT) per page for African contributors and USD150 per page for contributors from elsewhere.

Manuscript submission: All submissions should be made online at the African Journal of Aquatic Science ScholarOne Manuscripts site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. The following guidelines for preparing your manuscript for this journal should be followed.

Manuscript format: Manuscripts must be in English in MS-Word format (font Times New Roman, 12 pt) in A4 format, 1.5 line spacing. Number all pages sequentially. Refer to the sample manuscript and additional guidelines available for download below. Tables combined and figures combined are to be submitted as separate files. 

The title should be a concise description of the study’s key content.

An abstract of not more than 200 words, at the beginning of each paper, is required for Articles, Reviews and Short Notes. Please submit a maximum of eight relevant keywords, listed alphabetically, that do not appear in the article title.

The text (excluding Short Notes) should be divided into sections that typically follow the order: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References. The sections/subsections must not be numbered.

Tables and figures — Each table and figure must be numbered with Arabic numerals and must be accompanied by an appropriate standalone caption. Tables and figures must be formatted to fit the page vertically with a printed width of either 84 mm or 176 mm. Tables may include up to five horizontal lines but no vertical lines. Authors must ensure that their figures conform to the style of the journal. Pay particular attention to line thickness, font and figure proportions, taking into account the journals printed page size. Costs of redrawing figures may be charged. Please refer to Figure Guidelines for Authors available for download below. For digital photographs or scanned images the resolution should be at least 300 dpi for colour or greyscale artwork and a minimum of 600 dpi for black line drawings. These can be saved (in order of preference) in PSD, JPEG, PDF or EPS format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but DO NOT EMBED Excel graphs or Powerpoint slides in a MS Word document, rather send the original Excel or Powerpoint files. More detailed technical information is given in Figure Guidelines for Authors.

References within the text should be quoted chronologically as surname and year within brackets, e.g. (Cox 2005; Day 2009). For references with more than two authors please cite the reference in the text as (Allanson et al. 1999). Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author, identify each citation in the text as (Allanson 1999, 2000a, 2000b). At the end of the manuscript, list the references alphabetically, and then chronologically, in the following style:

Allanson BR, Baird D, Heydorn AE. 1999. Perspectives. In: Allanson BR, Baird D (eds), Estuaries of South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp 321–327.

Paterson AW. 1998. Aspects of the ecology of fishes associated with salt marshes and adjacent habitats in a temperate South African estuary.PhD thesis, Rhodes University, South Africa.

Whitfield AK. 1989. Ichthyoplankton interchange in the mouth region of a southern African estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series 54: 25–33.

Refer to Reference Exemplars for Authors available for download below for more examples.

Conventions: The UK spelling convention should be followed. There should be a single space between sentences. Units of measure — The SI system of metric units is used, as is the 24-hour clock (10:00, 21:30). If non-standard units are used, these should be defined in the text. No units are associated with salinity. There should be a space between numerical values and their units (e.g. 500 ml, 23 g l–1) except for percentages (25%). Dates should be written as 13 July 2012. Ranges should have an en dash (3–5 km). Conventions on presenting mathematical and statistical data are outlined in Statistical presentation guidelines available for download below. The period (.) must be used as the decimal indicator and thousands/millions should be marked with a space and not a comma (e.g. 1 234.56 g). Species names and authorities — The International Code of Nomenclature style must be observed for scientific names. Only use brackets for authorship if the genus name has changed, e.g. ‘Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822)’. ‘Author and publication date’ are not specifically required after scientific names used in the MS’s title, but may be used there if an author so wishes. However, they must be quoted after the first usage of ‘major’ species mentioned in both the Abstract and the Text. They are not required for every scientific name listed throughout a manuscript.

Proofs: The ‘corresponding author’ will receive proofs for checking. Corrections to the proofs should be restricted to those that have been introduced during the production process. Other than such corrections, substantial alterations may be charged to the author.

Electronic reprints: Authors will be notified by e-mail when their article is available for download from the journal website.

Open access: African Journal of Aquatic Science is a hybrid journal which allows authors the option of publishing their article Open Access for a set fee. Further details are given in the Gold Open Access Procedure document  available from the NISC Open Access page.


Instructions for Authors

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