Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science (WIOJMS) provides an avenue for wide dissemination of high quality research generated in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, in particular on the sustainable use of coastal and marine resources. This is central to the goal of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) of supporting and promoting sustainable coastal development in the region, as well as contributing to the global base of marine science. The journal publishes original research articles dealing with all aspects of marine science and coastal management. Topics include, but are not limited to: theoretical studies, recovery and restoration processes, legal and institutional frameworks, and interactions/relationships between humans and the coastal and marine environment. In addition, WIOJMS features state-of-the-art review articles, book reviews, short communications and opinions. The journal will, from time to time, consist of special issues on major events or important thematic issues. Submitted articles are peer-reviewed prior to publication.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The WIOJMS has an Editorial Board of regional specialists.  On receipt of submissions, these are briefly scrutinised by the Chief Editor. If appropriate, manuscripts are referred directly to two independent reviewers or through a member of the Editorial Board. Manuscripts that cannot be considered for publication are returned immediately, speeding up the process for authors that wish to pursue publication in other journals. Depending on the outcome of the reviews, manuscripts are accepted, rejected or referred back to the authors for amendment before final acceptance for publication.

Manuscripts covering all aspects of marine science or coastal management in the region will be considered as articles, reviews or short communications (notes). While submissions on tropical and subtropical waters of the western Indian Ocean and the Red Sea will be given primary consideration, articles from other regions of direct interest to the western Indian Ocean will also be considered.



Publication Frequency

Publication frequency is twice a year


Editorial Board

José PAULA (Chief Editor)

Marine Ecology and Biodiversity - PORTUGAL



Coral Reefs and Conservation - FRANCE



Marine Botany and Coral Reefs - MAURITIUS



Marine Botany - MOZAMBIQUE



Human Ecology - USA/NORWAY



Mangroves and Conservation - KENYA


Atanásio BRITO

Fisheries - MOZAMBIQUE



Coastal Management – SOUTH AFRICA



Governance - SWEDEN



Fisheries – SOUTH AFRICA


Issufo HALO



Christina HICKS




Estuaries - KENYA



Economics - TANZANIA



Marine Biology and Mariculture - MADAGASCAR


Blandina LUGENDO

Marine Ecology - TANZANIA



Mariculture - TANZANIA



Marine Ecology and Management - KENYA



Contamination and Risk Assessment – SOUTH AFRICA



Coral Reefs and Fisheries - SEYCHELES



Socio-economy - PORTUGAL



Coral Reefs and Marine Ecology – KENYA



Mariculture - SWEDEN



Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association


WIOMSA is a regional professional, non-governmental, non-profit, membership-based organization, registered in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The organization is dedicated to promoting the educational, scientific and technological development of all aspects of marine science throughout the WIO region (consisting of 10 countries: Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion), with a view toward sustaining the use and conservation of its marine resources. The Association has about 600 individual members, as well as about 20 institutional members from within and outside the region. The organization's inter-disciplinary membership consists of marine scientists, coastal practitioners and institutions involved in the advancement of marine science and development. The Association: 1) provides a forum for communication and the exchange of information amongst it members, promoting and fostering inter-institutional linkages within and beyond the region; 2) supports marine research by offering research grants; 3) implements programmes to build capacity amongst marine scientists and coastal management practitioners; and 4) strives to promote dialogue on policy and key topics by organizing meetings and seminars on the findings and implications of regional marine science. WIOMSA promotes marine research through the award of research grants under the Marine Science for Management (MASMA) and the Marine Research Grant (MARG) programmes. MASMA is a competitive research grant scheme designed to support regional studies as well as the organisation of training courses and workshops. The grants, which range from US$15,000 to US$50,000 per annum, are available to individual researchers or teams of scientists working in the region. In addition to an on-going capacity building programme on integrated coastal management (ICM) and marine protected area (MPA) design and management, WIOMSA has organized/hosted a number of regional workshops and meetings that have provided a linkage between science and management. One such workshop was the Experts and Practitioners Workshop on Integrated Coastal Area Management in Eastern Africa and the Island States, held in Tanga, Tanzania in 1996. This Workshop provided input to the Second Ministerial Policy Conference on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Eastern Africa and the Island States held in the Seychelles in October 1996. Recently, WIOMSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNEP as the secretariat to the Nairobi Convention, whereby WIOMSA will be responsible for providing research, technical, managerial and advisory support to UNEP as requested. WIOMSA, in collaboration with UNEP, is hosting a regional Group of Experts on Marine Protected Areas for the Eastern African region (GEMPA). GEMPA has been established with the aim of building a constituency for marine protected areas in the region and to provide a forum for linkages and dialogue between MPA practitioners and experts, and between government and non-government organizations.

WIOMSA contact details:

Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Mizingani Street, House No. 13644/10 P. O. Box 3298, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania, Tel: + 255 24 2233472/2234597 Fax: + 255 24 2233852 E-mail: E-mail:

ISSN: 0856-860X
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