Since 2000 IAD has introduced the internationally applied review system to achieve a better quality of IAD publications. To achieve a good standard is a never ending process. The interaction between authors and referees should help both sides to increase scientific understanding and to actively communicate on the given topic. The submission of a good manuscript makes the work of reviewers easier and creates a win-win situation. Actually, a single person usually acts as author as well as reviewer, thus, knowing both sides. Therefore, we have developed guidelines not only for reviewers, but also for authors.
What authors need to know about review of their papers
The referees should criticise positively (with constructive, based suggestions for improvements). In particular, evident insufficiencies in language should be replaced by own improved wording. We recommend signing up the review (no anonymous criticism). The authors will be advised to acknowledge the reviewers.
What authors should respect in writing their papers
Authors are invited to submit papers related mainly to the Danube River basin, including its importance for the Black Sea region. Contributions about limnological concepts, aquatic ecosystem function and integrated water management are highly welcome. Purely descriptive papers should be avoided. Results from assessment of biota (e.g., species lists) must be presented together with a clear aim of the study (beyond "the goal was to investigate a certain species or community"), an intensive comparison with relevant literature (e.g., comparison of abundance with similar aquatic systems and the meaning of similarities/discrepancies), and a comprehensive interpretation and discussion (e.g., about the functional consequences or conditions in the investigated river).
Since many years, IAD has adopted English as the international scientific language. Authors not fluent in English are strongly advised to seek the assistance of native English speakers when preparing the papers and presentations. Bad English makes understanding of contents very difficult if not impossible.