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Call for Papers for Special Issue on Fish Bioacoustics

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Subject: Call for Papers for Special Issue on Fish Bioacoustics
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Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2022 23:19:46 +0000

Call for Papers

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) is calling for papers to be included in a special issue on “Fish Bioacoustics: Hearing and Sound Communication.”

This special issue of JASA will focus on fish bioacoustics – the production and detection of sound by fishes, as well as acoustic communication.  The broad topic has been the focus of several books in the past and there was also a special session of fish bioacoustics at an ASA meeting (in honor of Anthony Hawkins and Arthur Popper), but there is no recent compendium of papers on the breadth of the subject.

This special issue is especially appropriate today since the field of fish bioacoustics is expanding from a discipline that examines the basic science of fish hearing and sound communication to one that is increasingly crossing into applied issues that center around the potential effects of anthropogenic sound on fishes, from physiology to behavior, and from effects of sound on individuals to populations.

We invite participation in the special issue from everyone in the field from students to senior investigators. The goal is for the special issue to be a major contribution to the state of the art in fish bioacoustics.

The special issue’s focus includes (but is not limited to):

  • Work that focuses on hearing, sound production, acoustic communication, and related morphology, neuroanatomy, physiology, and behavior.
  • Structure and function of the lateral line.
  • Critical reviews of some aspect of the fish bioacoustics literature.
  • State of the art in one or more aspects of fish bioacoustics.
  • History of one or more aspects of the field.
  • Discuss the work of one or more seminal investigators who have studied fish bioacoustics, from Aristotle to the present.
  • Current methods and ideas on the application and use of critical techniques.
  • Crucial gaps in the literature and filling these gaps.
  • Applied issues in fish bioacoustics including effects of anthropogenic sound.
  • Development and implementation of criteria for potential effects of anthropogenic sound on fishes.
  • New and exciting work in any aspect of the topic.

Papers can be on any topic related to fish bioacoustics and include important or pioneering methods.  Thus, papers on behavioral responses to anthropogenic sound, approaches to measuring particle motion and substrate vibration, updates on the anatomy of the auditory nervous system, analysis of inner ear function, and role of the lateral line, and a myriad of other topics and questions would be appropriate. The papers can include: original research on a topic of interest to the authors; reviews of particular issues, or opinions on aspects of the topic.  Papers can take any of a variety of formats: see submission section below. Upon publication, papers will be freely available for one year. 

If you have any questions about your intended paper, please email the Guest Editors.

Deadline: Deadline for manuscript submission is March 1, 2023

Peer-review and editorial decisions of submitted manuscripts will be handled with the usual processes for JASA. Accepted papers will be published in the next available regular issue of the journal and identified as belonging to this Special Issue. After all papers have been published for the Special Issue, they will all be listed in an online collection on the JASA website.

Guest Editors

Arthur N. Popper*
University of Maryland, USA

Michael L. Fine
Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Joseph A. Sisneros
University of Washington, USA

Dennis Higgs
University of Windsor, Canada

Allen Mensinger
University of Minnesota Deluth, USA


  • In your manuscript file, before the abstract, please include the following: “This paper is part of a special issue on Fish Bioacoustics: Hearing and Sound Communication.”
  • To submit your paper, please visit the JASA author page, where you will find instructions for authors and the link by which you can submit your article. For the article type, select one of the following:
    • “Special Issue Article” article type for research articles;
    • “Forum Article” for perspectives (may express opinions, advocate actions, anecdotes, or historical fact);
    • “Review Article” for reviews; or
    • “Letters to the Editor” for short research articles (3-4 published pages).
  • Also, please select this Special Issue as the destination for your work using the section/category drop-down menu.

*Liaison Guest Associate Editor. This role serves as the only or second Guest Editor on most papers submitted to the Special Issue.

Joseph A. Sisneros, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Adjunct Professor of Biology
University of Washington
office phone: 206-543-8893; lab phone: 206-543-5313
Mailing Address:
University of Washington
Department of Psychology
306 Guthrie Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-1525
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