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Instructions for Authors

The Journal of Water Science announces its final closure on May 1, 2020.

The Journal published articles in French and English in the following research areas:

  • Hydrology
  • Hydrogeology and water resources management
  • Hydrobiology, microbiology, toxicology and ecotoxicology
  • Structure and behaviour of aquatic ecosystems
  • Water quality and treatment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Socio-economic and legal aspects of water resources management

Possible contributions to the Journal included:

  • Research articles: original research results
  • Review articles: critical reviews of the recent literature. May be presented in varying formats, according to the research area and subject matter.
  • Research notes : short communications
  • Opinions : free expressions of opinion on topics of current interest
  • Comments on articles previously published in the Journal (must be submitted no later than six months following the publication of the article)

All manuscripts must follow the instructions below.

For questions:

All submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by 4 or 5 suggestions of potential independent reviewers (from a different institution) with their email address, current professional status and affiliation.

Note that the editor reserves the right to return manuscripts that do not conform to the instructions given below. Authors are urged to follow the guidelines closely so as to avoid unnecessary delays in the adjudication of their manuscript.

Submission of a manuscript to the Journal implies that it has not been published previously, and not being considered for publication elsewhere. The submitted manuscript will be assigned an identification number that should be used in all future correspondence. Research articles, review articles and research notes will be peer-reviewed by two or three referees. Opinion pieces and comments on previously published articles are normally reviewed by the scientific director of the Journal.

Once the manuscript has been reviewed, the referee reports and the resulting editorial decision are sent to the corresponding author. If the manuscript has been recommended for publication, the authors will have a period of 90 days to revise and re-submit their manuscript. The revised manuscript must be accompanied by a point-by-point response to the referees' comments.

After acceptance of the final version of the manuscript, the corresponding author will receive the proofs in PDF file to be verified, corrected and returned promptly (< 7 days) to the editor.


The manuscript should be typed double-spaced on paper of standard letter format (America - US letter, Europe - A4), with margins of 2.5 cm (1 in). The text must be written using Arial font, 10 point size. Continuous line numbers should be included for the text to facilitate the reviewers’ task. Each page of the manuscript, including the title page, must be numbered at the bottom centre.

Maximum length (figures and tables included):

  • Research articles: 10,000 words
  • Review articles: 20,000 words
  • Research notes and letters to the editor (opinions): 4,000 words
  • Comments: 1,000 words

Figures and Tables must be taken into account when determining the length of the manuscript; each figure/table corresponds on average to 400 words. The total number of tables and figures is limited to 12 (tables + figures). When a figure is composed of several panels, each individual panel will be counted as a separate figure.

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Submitted manuscripts should meet the following guidelines: 

Title page

For all authors, full names (initials are not accepted), affiliations, postal and email addresses should appear on the title page. Identify the corresponding author with an asterisk and provide his or her email address and phone number. The title page should also include the title of the article (English or French), a translation of the title into the other language, and an abbreviated title (maximum 50 characters, including spaces) that will appear as a header on the Journal page.


Two short (250 to 300 words) abstracts in French and in English are required for research articles, review articles, and research notes. Opinions are published integrally in both languages, without abstracts. The abstracts should describe the objectives of the study, the methods used and the main results. Citations, equations, and formulae should not appear in the abstracts. Acronyms have to be put in parenthesis following their full name, e.g.: Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC). 

Key words

The key words (5-8), in English and French, should follow the abstracts.


The body of the text generally consists of the following main sections: INTRODUCTION, MATERIAL AND METHODS, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, CONCLUSION, REFERENCES. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, if any, can be placed after the CONCLUSION and before the REFERENCES.

Main section titles (level 1) are written in bold uppercase font and numbered (1). Titles for sub-sections (level 2) are written in bold lowercase font (except for capitalization of the first letter) and numbered (1.1). Titles for sub-sections (levels 3 and 4) are written in lowercase (except for the first letter) and numbered (1.1.1, 

Numbers and units

Numbers are written with the period as the decimal separator with a space separating the thousands.
Units and abbreviations should conform to the SI System and be written in the following format: e.g., m∙s-1.


References in the text must include the name of the author followed by the year of publication, e.g., “According to COUTURE and BOUCHARD (2002)...” or "Recent studies (TREMBLAY et al., 2016) suggest that ... “ For references with 3 or more authors, use the abbreviation et al. When several references are cited together in the text, they should be presented in alphabetical order.

All cited references should be listed at the end of the manuscript in the REFERENCES, in alphabetical order according to the first author's name, in the style illustrated in the examples given below. Only manuscripts that have already been published or are "in press" should be included. Journal names should be abbreviated according to the World list of scientific periodicals and italicized.

Journal articles

BAILEY S.E., T.J. OLIN, R.M. BRICKA and D.D. ADRIAN (1999). A review of potentially low-cost sorbents for heavy metals. Water Res., 33, 2469-2479.

CAZA F., M. CLEDON M and Y. ST-PIERRE (2016). Biomonitoring climate change and pollution in marine ecosystems: A review on Aulacomya ater. J. Biol. Mar., Art. 7183813. DOI: 10.1155/2016/7183813


STUMM W. and J.J. MORGAN (1981). Aquatic chemistry. Wiley/Interscience, New York (NY), USA, 780 p.

Book chapter

BERTUCCI J.J. and S.J. SEDITA (1992). Microbiology of sludge. In: Municipal sewage sludge management: Processing, utilization and disposal. LUE-HING C., D.R. ZENZ et T. KUCHENRITHER (eds), Water Quality Management Library, Vol. 4, Technomic Publishing Co., Lancaster (PA), USA, Chap. 4, pp. 139-179.

Conference proceedings

CHO M., K.M. HA, Y.S. CHOI, W.S. KEE, P.  LACHASSAGNE & R. WYNS (2003). Relationships between the permeability of hard rock aquifers and their weathering cover based on geological and hydrogeological observations in South Korea. Proceedings of the International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks, 15-19 September 2003, Prague, Czech Republic, International Association of Hydrogeologists, pp. 41-42.

GATEL L., C. LAUVERNET, N. CARLUER N & C. PANICONI (2016). Testing of a reactive transport processes module for a coupled (groundwater/surface water) physically based model on a vegetative buffer strip (Beaujolais, France). American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 12-16 December 2016, San Francisco (CA), USA. Proceedings, Art. H41A-1269.

Technical report

US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (1989). Needs survey of municipal wastewater treatment facilites. US Environmental Protection Agency, EPA 430/09-89-001, Cincinnati (OH), États-Unis, 79 p.


FEI C. (2016). Development of advanced characterization techniques for organic and colloidal material of relevance to ultrafiltration  membranes in drinking water treatment. PhD thesis, Univ. of Waterloo, Canada, 240 p.

SIGOUI M. (2016). Monitoring soil water and snow water equivalent with the cosmic-ray soil moisture probe at heterogeneous sites. Master’s thesis, Univ. Saskatchewan, Canada, 120 p.


KOVACKS G.L. (1992). Process for enhancing the dewaterability of waste sludge from microbiological digestion. American Patent, No. 5,087,378.


PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA (2015). National public alerting system. (consulted 12 December 2016).


Each Table should be presented on a separate page, double-spaced, in Arial font, 10 points. They should be numbered (1, 2, ...) and be preceded by short titles in both English and French. All Tables should be placed after the REFERENCES section.

Acronyms used in Tables must be defined either in the title or with a table footnote. Use lowercase letters (a, b, c) for table footnotes.


Table 1.  Lead removal from the synthetic solution after 24 h of sorption using 15 g·L-1 of modified cocoa shells (mean ± SD).

Tableau 1.  Enlèvement du plomb de la solution synthétique après 24 h d’adsorption en présence de 15 g·L-1 d’écailles de cacao modifiées (moyenne ± écart type).

Pb Adsorbed

3,61 ± 0,10 0,011± 0,001 95,8± 0,1 16,7± 0,1
COOH blocked
2,34 ± 0,01 0,177 ± 0,017 32,1 ± 6,6 5,6 ± 1,2
NH2 blocked
3,29± 0,01 0,066± 0,008 74,9± 2,9 13,0± 0,5
PO4 blocked
3,23± 0,03 0,014± 0,002 94,8± 0,9 16,5± 0,2


Figures include graphs, line drawings, maps and photographs (black and white or in colour). Figures must be at high resolution at the size desired for publication and be clearly legible. Figures are numbered (1,2,...) distinct from those of the Tables. The name of each electronic file should include the name of the lead author and the figure number (e.g., Fig 1 – Fiset).

The figures are required with the initial manuscript submission as original files (if in Excel or Word) or as images (*.eps, *.tiff, *.jpg). A separate file is required for each figure. When the figure includes several individual panels, each panel should be sent as a separate file identified by a letter. If the figure is from another author, the reference is required in the figure title.

Text used in the figures should be in Arial bold 10 points. The figures should not be framed with an external line. If possible, the explanation of the symbols used in the figure (i.e., the figure legend) should appear within the figure. The ticks on the x- and y-axes should face outward. The units used for the variables presented on the x- and y-axes must conform to the SI System and be incorporated into the axis titles in the following format, e.g. (m∙s-1).

Authors should take care not to overload their figures, so that readers will be able to interpret the data readily. Symbols or fill should be chosen so as to facilitate the distinction between the different types of data.

Figures should have bilingual titles. In the submitted manuscript, the title should not be included in the figure as in the example below, but all titles should appear together on a separate sheet entitled "Figure Titles" placed at the end of the manuscript, after the Tables.


Figure 1. Variation of annual glyphosate concentrations in four sites.

Figure 1. Variations de la concentration annuelle de glyphosate dans quatre sites.


Equations and formulae

Use of MathTypeTM is strongly recommended for equations and formulae which should not be written in text mode. Centre equations on a separate line. Identify individual equations with a number in parenthesis aligned at the right end of the line. Equations representing chemical reactions are written in the same manner. The symbols used in the equation must be defined in the text immediately below the equation.

Example: Freundlich isotherm (FREUNDLICH, 1906):


whereQads is the amount of ion adsorbed (mg∙g-1), Ce is the equilibrium concentration (mg∙L-1), Kf  et nf are the Freundlich constants.

Taxonomic names

Taxa should be named with genus and species in italics The first time a species is mentioned in the manuscript, its complete name should be given, i.e. both genus and species names. Subsequently the genus name can be abbreviated if there is no confusion possible, e.g. Escherichia coli the first time, E. coli for subsequent citing.

Other guidelines

: Should be defined the first time it is used in the manuscript and the first time it is used in each table and figure.

Dates: Write in the order day - month - year (e.g. 1 January 2018).

Time of day: Write in international 24-h format such as hh:mm:ss (e.g.. 08:00).


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