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International Journal of Marine Life


Focus and Scope

About the Journal

International Journal of Marine Life (IJML) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal launched in 2024 that aims to publish high-quality research articles, reviews, and other scientific contributions related to marine life. The journal focuses on all aspects of marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical processes, including but not limited to taxonomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, genetics, biotechnology, fisheries, and aquaculture. 

The scope of the journal includes research on marine organisms from all taxonomic groups, including bacteria, viruses, protists, algae, invertebrates, and vertebrates. The journal also welcomes contributions on marine ecosystem processes, including primary production, nutrient cycling, biotic interactions, and trophic dynamics. Studies that address the impacts of anthropogenic activities on marine life, including climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, and overfishing, are also of great interest to the journal.

Focus and Scope

    • Taxonomy: Classification, Nomenclature, Taxonomic hierarchy, Phylogeny, Species delimitation, Morphology, Molecular systematics, Taxonomic keys, Type specimens, Taxonomic revision, Synonymy, Polymorphism, Cryptic species, Hybridization, Biogeography, Evolutionary relationships, Systematic biology, Taxonomic diversity, Species richness, Taxonomic identification.
    • Physiology: Homeostasis, Metabolism, Enzymes, Hormones, Cellular respiration, Circulatory system, Digestive system, Endocrine system, Immune system, Muscular system, Nervous system, Neurotransmitters, Osmoregulation, Photosynthesis, Reproductive system, Respiratory system, Sensory systems, Skeletal system, Thermoregulation, Transport systems.
    • Ecology: Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Food web, Habitat, Trophic level, Community, Competition, Predation, Mutualism, Parasitism, Biomes, Climate change, Conservation biology, Ecological niche, Ecological succession, Ecological footprint, Ecological restoration, Eutrophication, Keystone species, Population dynamics.
    • Behavior: Animal behavior, Communication, Social behavior, Aggression, Cooperation, Courtship, Foraging behavior, Habitat selection, Parental care, Sexual selection, Territory, Learning, Memory, Migration, Navigation, Circadian rhythms, Behavioral ecology, Ethology, Neuroethology, Comparative psychology.
    • Genetics: DNA, RNA, Chromosome, Gene expression, Mutation, Genome, Genotype, Phenotype, Inheritance, Genetic diversity, Genetic engineering, Genetic modification, Epigenetics, Genetic variation, Population genetics, Genomics, Proteomics, Gene regulation, Recombination, Transcription.
    • Biotechnology: Bioreactor, Genetic engineering, Synthetic biology, Bioprocessing, Microbial biotechnology, Biocatalysis, Bioinformatics, Enzyme technology, Protein engineering, Biosensors, Nanobiotechnology, Biodegradation, Biomanufacturing, Metabolic engineering, Biopharmaceuticals, Industrial biotechnology, Biofuels, Gene therapy, Cell culture, Immunotechnology.
    • Fisheries: Aquaculture, Fish stock assessment, Fishery management, Fishery economics, Fishery biology, Fishery ecology, Fishery technology, Fishery conservation, Fishery policy, Fishery governance, Fishery genetics, Bycatch reduction, Fishing gear technology, Marine protected areas, Overfishing, Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, Fisheries law enforcement, Sustainable fisheries, Fishery certification, Fishery value chain.
    • Aquaculture: Fish farming, Aquatic species cultivation, Water quality management, Aquatic animal health, Hatchery technology, Broodstock management, Aquatic feed technology, Aquaponics, Aquaculture genetics, Recirculating aquaculture systems, Aquatic plant cultivation, Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, Aquaculture economics, Aquaculture engineering, Aquaculture certification, Aquatic invasive species, Aquaculture sustainability, Aquaculture policy, Aquaculture production systems, Aquaculture value chain.
  • Invertebrates: Annelids, Arthropods, Cnidarians, Echinoderms, Mollusks, Nematodes, Platyhelminthes, Poriferans, Rotifers, Sponges, Tardigrades.
  • Vertebrates: Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, Chordates, Carnivores, Herbivores, Omnivores, Endotherms, Ectotherms, Primates, Rodents, Cetaceans, Canids, Felines, Ungulates, Marsupials, Monotremes.
  • Marine ecosystem processes: Carbon cycle, Nitrogen cycle, Phosphorus cycle, Primary production, Secondary production, Trophic interactions, Marine food webs, Nutrient cycling, Ocean acidification, Carbon sequestration, Biodiversity, Ecological resilience, Marine spatial planning, Marine conservation, Habitat fragmentation, Coral bleaching, Harmful algal blooms, Fisheries management, Marine pollution, Marine litter, Climate change impacts, Ocean currents, Upwelling, Marine biogeochemistry, Bioluminescence.
  • Primary Production: Photosynthesis, Autotrophs, Phytoplankton, Primary producers, Primary productivity, Chlorophyll, Light availability, Nutrient availability, Dissolved inorganic carbon, Carbon fixation, Carbon cycle, Algae, Carbon dioxide, Oxygen production, Productivity models, Biomass, Net primary production, Gross primary production, Ecosystem productivity, Productivity gradients, Ecological efficiency.
  • Nutrient Cycling: Nitrogen cycle, Phosphorus cycle, Carbon cycle, Biogeochemical cycles, Nutrient availability, Nutrient limitation, Nutrient cycling rates, Nutrient uptake, Nutrient regeneration, Dissolved organic matter, Nitrogen fixation, Denitrification, Nitrification, Ammonification, Nitrate reduction, Phosphate uptake, Phosphate regeneration, Organic matter decomposition, Nutrient transport, Nutrient source-sink dynamics, Nutrient budgets, Nutrient loading, Eutrophication, Algal blooms, Redox reactions, Microbial metabolism, Dissimilatory processes.
  • Biotic Interactions: Predation, Competition, Mutualism, Commensalism, Parasitism, Symbiosis, Trophic cascades, Keystone species, Biodiversity, Coevolution, Facilitation, Allelopathy, Resource partitioning, Niche differentiation, Ecological succession, Invasive species, Predator-prey dynamics, Herbivory, Grazing, Trophic levels, Food webs, Community ecology, Ecosystem functioning, Inter-specific interactions, Intra-specific interactions, Behavioral ecology, Population dynamics, Biogeography, Ecological networks.
  • Trophic Dynamics: Trophic levels, Food chains, Food webs, Trophic interactions, Trophic cascades, Predation, Herbivory, Carnivory, Omnivory, Trophic efficiency, Biomagnification, Trophic transfer efficiency, Nutrient cycling, Grazing, Ecosystem functioning, Ecological networks, Keystone species, Top-down control, Bottom-up control, Trophic mismatches, Prey-predator relationships, Trophic competition, Trophic structure, Trophic diversity, Trophic dynamics modeling, Trophic complexity, Trophic ecology, Trophic interactions strength, Trophic efficiency variability.
  • Impacts of Climate: Global warming, Sea level rise, Ocean acidification, Extreme weather events, Heat waves, Drought, Floods, Storms, Hurricanes, Typhoons, Climate variability, Climate adaptation, Climate mitigation, Greenhouse gas emissions, Carbon footprint, Climate policy, Carbon cycle, Carbon sequestration, Ocean warming, Polar ice melt, Glacial retreat, Arctic sea ice loss, Coral bleaching, Phenology changes, Range shifts, Invasive species, Biodiversity loss, Ecological disturbances, Food security, Human health, Socio-economic impacts, Climate-induced migration.
  • Impacts of anthropogenic activities: Pollution, Habitat destruction, Overfishing, Climate change, Deforestation, Land-use change, Eutrophication, Acidification, Biodiversity loss, Invasive species, Human-wildlife conflict, Wildlife trade, Poaching, Plastic pollution, Oil spills, Mining, Urbanization, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Hunting, Logging, Water extraction, Renewable energy, Fossil fuel use, Carbon emissions, Greenhouse gas emissions, Noise pollution, Light pollution, Soil degradation, Desertification, Human health impacts, Socio-economic impacts.


  • Marine life
  • Marine biodiversity
  • Marine ecology
  • Marine conservation
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Marine genetics
  • Marine physiology
  • Marine behavior
  • Marine ecosystems
  • Marine ecosystem processes
  • Primary production
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Biotic interactions
  • Trophic dynamics
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Impacts of anthropogenic activities
  • Impacts of ocean acidification
  • Impacts of pollution
  • Impacts of overfishing
  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries
  • Vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Sustainable use of marine resources
  • Marine education and outreach
  • Marine policy and governance
  • Oceanography