About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The major objectives of the Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society (AEHMS) are:

  • to focus on ecosystem- based science (ecosystem approach), structure, function, performance, management and restoration in freshwater and marine disciplines from a multi-disciplinary, multi-trophic and sustainable perspective 
  • to encourage the development and application of holistic initiatives and novel concepts, methods, models and technologies
  • to enhance knowledge about the ecology and integrity of the Great Lakes of the world and large ecosystems  
  • to foster global and cross-sectorial communications concerning ecosystem management amongst scientists, managers, students, citizens, business, socio-economists, engineers, municipal agencies and politicians


The AEHMS encourages the application of ecosystem-based science to management practices that will protect, maintain or restore the health of aquatic ecosystems. Thus its official journal welcomes papers that cover a wide range of disciplines relevant to aquatic sciences such as ecology, microbial ecology, invasion biology, limnology, oceanography, eutrophication, physiology, toxicology/contaminants, food web dynamics, fish-fisheries, climate change, habitat, emerging tools/techniques, socio-economics, education, policy and environmental outreach.

All manuscripts relevant to the objectives of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management (AEHM) will be considered for publication in the journal. The journal’s scope and themes include:



  • Original articles focusing on ecosystem-based sciences, ecosystem health, restoration  and management of marine and freshwater aquatic ecosystems
  • Reviews, invited perspectives and keynote contributions from conferences
  • Special issues on emerging topics, ecosystems, and themes



  • Holistic and integrated ecosystem-based approaches including physical, chemical, biological, & eco-toxicological assessments from a sustainable perspective
  • Health, integrity, structure and performance of food webs (Microbial plankton, phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos, fish and fisheries)
  • Bio-assessment, toxicityand pollution, remediation and restoration
  • International Agreements on water quality and ecosystem health between parties and countries
  • Environmental Outreach in society, public business, and governments
  • Ecosystem services, blue economy, models, & socio economics of aquatic ecosystems
  • Large ecosystems of the world (lakes, rivers, estuaries, wetlands, etc.)
  • Climate change, climatic events and disasters, invasive species, toxins, blooms/HABs, winter ecology


Peer Review Process

First-rate peer review of manuscripts is the backbone of scientific publishing and plays a key role in high-quality publications for the advancement of science. A review is a constructive and unbiased critique that is conducted freely and voluntarily. A competent, trustworthy and meticulous review is in fact a service to the author for improving the quality of their articles for international readership. Consequently, the AEHMS policy is that all submitted manuscripts should be peer reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Sometimes a third reviewer may be used, in the event of contradictory reviews in the standard review process.

The peer review process typically consists of two stages. The original review is the initial comprehensive assessment, and the check-up evaluates the revisions by authors in response to the reviewers’ recommendations.