BioFresh project

Member of the

Freshwater Information Platform

Aims and scope of FMJ


We have created the Freshwater Metadata Journal with the aim to easily publish freshwater (biodiversity) related metadata and to bring about a change of perception regarding data publishing in the freshwater scientific community.


We follow the principle that making research freely available to the public supports and encourages a greater global exchange of knowledge. In that sense publishing metadata in the FMJ is free of charge and also readers access the content for free.

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal the right of first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under a CC attribution licence 4.0 that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of its authorship and initial publication in this journal.

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FMJ is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, DOis are registered with Crossref and authors are linked with ORCID whenever possible.


The Freshwater Metadata Journal was created within the EU funded project BioFresh (Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems: Status, Trends, Pressures, and Conservation Priorities), based on the ideas and efforts of the project partners BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria) and RBINS – Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels (Belgium).

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Author's guidelines

Online submissions

All articles will be online submitted to the editor. Here you find a step-by-step help to complete your FMJ article.

  • Login to the metadatabase at: with your personal login. If you do not yet have a login to the metadatabase, please ask for one using this email address:
  • Choose the dataset you want to publish.
  • Press "open/edit" and check if all metadata fields are filled. Please make sure that you have at least entered all mandatory information (purple fields).
  • Please note that the section “short description of the database/summary” will be used as an abstract for the FMJ article. Make sure that all relevant information is there.
  • Save your changes by using any of the "save questionnaire" buttons.
  • Return to the Overview of metadatabase entries" (using the menu item on the right).
  • Press the "publish article" button.
  • This will lead you to the "article metadata". Please fill in the requested information about your article. All pre-filled fields are suggestions based on your metadata and can be modified according to your ideas.
  • If you have entered any references in the metadatabase (e.g. using one of the comments-fields), please make sure that they are listed in the reference section of the "article metadata" in alphabetical order.

Please use the following style to enter your references:

Rayne S., Henderson G., Gill P. & Forest K. 2008. Riparian forest harvesting effects on maximum water temperatures in wetland-sourced headwater streams from the Nicola river watershed, British Columbia, Canada. Water Resources Management 22: 565–578.

  • If you want to add an annex to your paper, e.g. a figure, a map or a list, upload a pdf of it including a short description.
  • If you have any specific comment to the FMJ editor, please use the "comments to the editor" field.
  • Once you are finished, please press the "save article metadata".
  • To check whether the pdf is generated according to your wishes, please press the "preview journal article" button to preview the pdf file.

Please note: If you choose to print the pdf, please do so using a suitable pdf software (e.g. Adobe Acrobat) and do not use the add-in of the browser as this might cut off the head- and foot-lines.

  • Press the "publishing article" to start the publishing process. The pdf will then be forwarded to the FMJ editor for review and the registration of an individual DOI.
  • Once this is done the editor publishes your article and you will get a corresponding notification.
  • Your article will then be available online at: FMJ articles

Update of articles

If – after some time – your dataset has grown or you want to update the metadata for any other reason, you might also want to publish an updated Freshwater Metadata Journal article. To do so, you login to the metadatabase and change the relevant information.

After that you start the publishing process again. Please use the "comments to the reviewer" field to add information about the updated fields. The new article will get a new DOI and will additionally be placed at FMJ articles

Editorial board and review

The editor in chief is Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber ( BOKU, Vienna), who currently also reviews all articles. Other quality control team members within the editorial board are Anne Hartmann, Ilse Stubauer (BOKU). This reviewer team directly contacts the authors for any concern. Technical editor is Robert Vogl (BOKU). The advisory editorial board of the journal consists of Aaike De Wever and Koen Martens ( RBINS).



We are a very young journal and would appreciate any feedback. If you should have questions, suggestions, recommendations for improvements please do not hesitate to contact us at