Guide to Submitting Manuscripts

Manuscripts are due by August 1st, 2017

Your manuscript must meet certain criteria before you submit it to our editorial staff.

Manuscripts submitted for Wild Trout Symposium must follow the Guide for Authors from the North American Journal of Fisheries Management (NAJFM).

All manuscripts must be postmarked or sent via email no later than August 1, 2017. Submit your manuscripts to:

Pat Kennedy, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (208) 465-8404 x271
Matt Mitro, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (608) 221-6366


Your paper should not exceed eight (8) single-spaced pages, typeface 11-point font in Times New Roman, about the equivalent of a 24 page double-spaced manuscript pages including figures and tables. Photos and line illustrations are encouraged to improve visual appeal of the proceedings. You can submit color photos but they will appear as black and white images.

Authors' Responsibilities

As part of the planning for this symposium, we ask each author to assume full responsibility for submitting reviewed manuscripts in camera-ready format within tight deadlines. We feel quick publication of the proceedings is an essential part of the symposium concept. The views expressed in each paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the sponsoring organizations. Trade names are used for the information and convenience of the reader and do not imply endorsement or preferential treatment by the sponsoring organizations or the USDA Forest Service.

Review Process

Like other scientific publications, Wild Trout Symposium publications adhere to certain standards regarding content, format, usage, and writing style, the purposes of which are to facilitate comprehension by readers and to present the author's research in an appropriately professional way. Located on the American Fisheries Society website is the AFS Publications Style Guide for authors and editors.

The proceedings of this meeting will be edited but not peer-reviewed. Thus, any paper included in the Proceedings could be submitted to a refereed journal.

Release Authorization

Under United States Copyright Law, authors who are not U.S. Government employees may possess copyright interest in articles printed in U.S. Government publications. To enable the USDA Forest Service to disseminate in various media the papers in Wild Trout Symposium Proceedings, we ask authors who are not U.S. Government employees sign and submit release form: Copyright Release Form

To reprint text, figures and/or photos borrowed from copyrighted publications, obtain permission from the publisher first. Submit the permission form with your manuscript: Copyright Permission Letter

Manuscript Assembly

Submit hard copy and/or electronic files in Word or WordPerfect format. Limit your file to eight (8) single-spaced formatted pages, including tables, graphics, and literature cited. Embed fonts in your document if you have used Greek letters, special characters, superscripts, or subscripts in your paper. Submit text files formatted with figures and tables located in correct position. Try to keep titles concise and descriptive: subheadings and bulleted material are useful and help readability. As a rule of clear writing, use the active voice. Provide spell outs for all abbreviations.

Assemble and submit manuscripts to our editorial staff in this order (see example of formatted symposium paper: Symposium Paper Example)

Title of manuscript (keep this concise and descriptive)

Authors: Include the authors name(s), working title(s), affiliation(s), and address(es) of the author(s), as well as telephone and fax numbers and e-mail information. Please indicate primary contact if different from lead author.

Abstract: include a 200-word abstract succinctly informing, rather than describing, the purpose, results, and conclusions.

Text: Number all pages and use 11-point Times New Roman font throughout the text. Paper size should be 8.5x11 inches with 1-inch margins on top, bottom, right, and left. For headings, try to use a maximum of three levels. Use only single spaces after periods and colons. Don't put an extra carriage return between paragraphs or between lines—except for special emphasis.

Type headings in the following typographical style:

Heading 1 (left aligned, small cap, Arial font, 12 point bold)

Heading 2 (left aligned, indented .25 inches, initial cap, Arial font, 11 point bold)

Heading 3 (left aligned, indented .50 inches, initial cap, Arial font 10, point bold)

Normal text (left aligned, indented .50 inches, Times New Roman font, 11 point)

Figures: embed files in the manuscript AND provide files in TIF, GIF, JPG, PDF, DOC, WPD, PPT, or XLS format. Charts, maps, drawings, and photographs are considered figures. Number figures consecutively and refer to each in the text. Type figure captions below each figure and locate the figure as close on the page as possible to where it is mentioned in the text. Avoid putting footnotes in a figure; instead include the information in the caption. To maintain readability, characters within figures should be at least 6-point type after figure has been reduced. Use a sans serif typeface such as Arial.

Tables: Tables should be logical and understandable without reading the text. Include tables as XLS or DOC files. Use the table feature in Microsoft Word or Word Perfect. Number tables consecutively and refer to each in the text. The reader should understand tables without reference to the text; they should stand-alone. Put the table caption in the first row at the top of the table (merge cells to make it one row) For example: Table 1. Table captions should be Arial font, 9 pt, bold. Table footnotes should start with the superscript "1" and should appear below the table in Arial 8 pt italic.

Acknowledgement: Place disclaimers and grant and contribution numbers in the acknowledgements. Acknowledge only people and institutions that contributed directly to the project, research, or the manuscript's quality.

Literature Cited: All literature used to prepare the paper should be acknowledged in the Literature Cited section, alphabetically by author. Publications by the same author should be listed chronologically according to the year of publication. Sequence: name of author, year of publication, title. Please do not use tabs or indents when you enter references. Refer to the Guide for Authors from the NAJFM.

Additional Information

For additional information on submitting your manuscripts or questions regarding electronic submission of your files (including editing and formatting) contact Bob Carline.