Instructions for authors


Mol, as publication of the Science Society of Galicia, accepts scientific and technical contributions to the different sections. The works submitted to the sections «STUDIES», «MISCELLANEOUS» and «REVIEWS» must be original, not having been previously published. The presentation of manuscripts for their publication in Mol should be under the acceptance by the authors of the critical review of the originals by the Editorial Board and the adaptation of the works to the present Instructions for Authors. The contributions presented in English must include a short Spanish summary in the beginning of the main text.

The United Nations has seen the opportunity to show the potential and diversity of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture, pointing to the benefits that can be gained by facilitating partnerships and cooperation with fishermen and fishworkers, as well as in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this reason, the General Assembly has declared 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The Science Society of Galicia joins this initiative, and as in previous International Years, it will dedicate a section of Mol to publish articles related to the theme of this International Year.

Additional information relevant to submission of STUDIES:

Original Research

These articles must describe the hypothesis, study, and methods of original research. The results of the research are reported, interpreted and a discussion of the possible implications may be included. Original Research articles may also encompass disconfirming results which allow hypothesis elimination, reformulation and/or report on the non-reproducibility of previously published results.

Methods and Protocols

These articles must present a new method or emerging technique and/or software that opens new avenues for experimental investigation of important issues in a field. Method manuscripts should include the experimental objectives, the validation of the method with example(s) of its application, the limitations of current techniques, and a detailed protocol of the new technique.

Hypothesis and Theory

These articles should present a novel argument, interpretation or model intended to introduce a new testable hypothesis or support already existing theories. They should provide new insights into a significant question or issue and the argumentation must be closely tied to empirical data.


These articles must present a viewpoint on a relevant area of research. They focus on a specific field or discipline, and discuss current advances or future directions, and may include original data as well as personal insights and opinions.

Contributions published reflect only the ideas of their authors, not necessarily be shared by the Editorial Board of Mol and the Science Society of Galicia. The Editorial Committee, advised by external evaluators, will decide on the adequacy of the works to Mol editorial line, and will send a report to the authors, being able to suggest, where appropriate, the corresponding changes.

Format and organization of the text

Papers will be submitted in electronic form (in any version of MS-Word). They can include tables, graphs and pictures (in colour or B/W preferably in jpg format). The title must be written in 14 points bold capital Times New Roman font, then leaving a blank line. The following paragraph should contain the first name and the surname (format: Name SURNAME) of the author/s, separating the different authors by semicolons, and on the next line the affiliation/s. Text formatting will be A4 pages, single spaced written with 2.5 cm margins and 12 points Times New Roman font.

The first time a biological species is cited, the scientific name must be included written in italics, not underlined, and authority. Once cited the scientific name, in the rest of the text can be used the common name of the species. The units of the International System of Units should be used.

The organization of the text, in the «STUDIES» section, in general, should be:

Resumen (in Spanish)
Material and Methods
Results and Discussion

Tables and figures

The title of a table and the accompanying text should be placed on the top of it. Tables should be numbered consecutively and cited in the text. They must be delimited by solid lines and the head and the bottom of the table without vertical lines. Data units should be listed in parentheses in the title of each column. If table footnotes are needed, they should be indicated by numerical superscripts.

Figures should keep title and description in the bottom of them, must be numbered consecutively and cited in the text.


 The bibliographical references, which must be cited in the text, would be adapted to the models that follow:

ARTICLES: Author (s). Year. Title. Journal Nr: initial-final pages.
BOOK CHAPTER: Author (s). Year. Title of chapter. In: Editor (s) Coordinator (s) (Eds / Coords) Book title: initial-final pages. Publisher. Edition. City, country.
BOOK: Author (s). Year. Book title. Publisher. Edition. City, country.

Article publication fee

Since 2020 the Science Society of Galicia, a non-profit organization publisher of Mol, established a voluntary fee of 100 € per article published in Mol, for the authors and/or their institutions, to cover the cost of editing the articles and their on-line publication. The published articles will be available in Open Access, under a Creative Commons license.

All type of collaboration for Mol should be sent to:

Science Society of Galicia
Prof. Dr. Antonio M. De Ron
Mol Editor-in-Chief.