Revista de Biología Tropical ISSN Impreso: 0034-7744 ISSN electrónico: 2215-2075


Revista de Biología Tropical

Current Issue

Vol. 71 No. 1 (2023)
Published January 25, 2023
Revista de Biología Tropical (Rev. Biol. Trop.): Continuous publication, 01 January - 31 December 2023

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April 1, 2022

“Advances and challenges of coral restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean”

Editores científicos:  Alma Paola Rodríguez-Troncoso, Adolfo Tortolero-Langarica y Juan José Alvarado
1. Centro Universitario de la Costa, Universidad de Guadalajara, México.
2. Instituto Tecnológico de Bahía de Banderas, México.
3. Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.   872d74a5-af06-4a58-bed4-5412ae309bbd.png

March 1, 2022

Revista de Biología Tropical / International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, is a full open access journal from the University of Costa Rica focused on tropical biology and conservation. All issues, from 1953 to the present, are available for free download here.

Our scope

Our journal publishes scientific articles that increase our understanding of biology, conservation, and biomedical life sciences in the tropics.

Selection criteria are the quantity and quality of new information and its potential interest to the general audience as well as to specialists. The studied ecosystems, or at least the organisms, must be tropical. 

Regular issues

We give preference to feature articles that include testable study questions —for example, studies with an experimental design to evaluate factors that influence biological variables, or studies that explain the mechanisms underlying biological or biomedical phenomena such as, for example, behavior or physiology. Field studies should be extensive enough to identify temporal or spatial patterns. We also welcome systematic or phylogenetic studies above the species level, meta-analyses, and bibliometric studies that critically examine what is known and what remains to be done in any field of tropical biology.

Review articles are mostly published by invitation of the Editorial Board to recognized authorities. Other specialists interested in submitting a review must first send a titled outline to Accepted proposals receive the same evaluation as regular manuscripts.

All reviews and meta-analyses need to identify and fill gaps in knowledge, present methodological advances, and propose future research directions.

Note about old data: We encourage authors to compare old results with more recent data or to use the data within a meta-analysis. Studies based on data collected over six years ago must include a justification of why they are still of interest, and in the case of field studies, they need to present spatial patterns or temporal trends of historical significance. The Editorial Board evaluates the validity of methods and the relevance of results before sending the manuscript to reviewers.

The journal now has one issue per year (continuous publication from January 1st to December 31st) and publishes articles the same week that an edited version becomes available. Until 2021, it published four regular issues per year: issue 1 (January – March), issue 2 (April – June), issue 3 (July – September), and issue 4 (October – December).

We do not publish notes; short communications; species lists; single new species; range extensions; new records and other preliminary or short studies; or highly specialized technical reports based on protocols (e.g. agricultural, forestry, biochemical, microbiological, aquaculture, fishery or similar studies that only apply well known techniques to particular cases of local interest).

Special issues

Special issues financed by research organizations are accepted after approval by the Editorial Board. They may contain a diversity of report types, including short papers, new records, new species descriptions, checklists, technical reports, etc. To publish a special issue, contact for a cost estimate.

Target audience

Researchers with an interest in studying all fields of tropical biology.

Why publish in Revista de Biología Tropical?

  • Fully indexed: Revista de Biología Tropical is included in Science Citation Index Expanded, REDIB Journals Ranking, Current Contents, Google Scholar, Biological Abstracts, and about 50 other international indices.
  • Rapid decision and publication (7 days for first decision, 4-8 months from submission to publication).
  • Fair: We use a double-blind system for a fair evaluation of manuscripts.
  • High impact, not only because of its citation rate but also because it is widely read in countries with the highest tropical biodiversity, ensuring your article will have the most impact on the conservation of tropical biodiversity.
  • A personalized treatment by our dedicated staff.
  • World Class Editorial and Scientific Boards.
  • Open Access: All articles, since the first issue in 1953 to the present are freely available online (Archives) so they are more likely to be cited than articles behind pay-walls. 
  • FREE PUBLICATION: Each article receives 10 free pages of space in PDF format, which is enough for most scientific papers. Additional pages can be published in page layout format of the pdf at a cost of $50 each. Complementary material such as additional texts, figures, tables, graphics, and databases at a cost of $60. Contact for more information.



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Gabriela Velasco-Blanco, Carlos Alfonso Álvarez González, Maria Isabel Abdo de la Parra, Luz Estela Rodríguez-Ibarra, Leonardo Ibarra-Castro, Claudia I. Maytorena-Verdugo, José Natividad Arias-Jiménez, Emyr Saul Peña Marín
Ontogeny of digestive enzymes in clown anemonefish larvae, Amphiprion ocellaris (Perciformes: Pomacentridae)

Botany and Mycology

Edgar Javier Rincón-Barón, Gerardo Andrés Torres-Rodríguez, Viviana Lucia Cuarán, René Carreño-Olejua; Lilian M. Passarelli
Microsporogenesis and ultrastructure of pollen grains in the cocoa plant, Theobroma cacao (Malvaceae)
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Barbara Godinho Pereira, Ana Paula de Faria, Vinicius Coelho Kuster, Ana Silvia Franco Pinheiro Moreira
Effect of seasonality on the leaf phenology and physiology of Byrsonima species (Malpighiaceae)
Jéssica Soares Pereira, Júlio César DoVale, Ingrid Pinheiro Machado, José Wagner Silva Melo, Francisco das Chagas Vidal Neto, Dheyne Silva Melo, Levi de Moura Barros
Flowering time and harvest on floral morphology and production of hermaphrodite flowers in the cashew tree Anacardium occidentale (Anacardiaceae)

Terrestrial ecology

María Lourdes Barriga-Carbajal, Margarita Vargas-Sandoval, Eduardo Mendoza
Deforestation increases the abundance of rodents and their ectoparasites in the Lacandon forest, Southern Mexico
Cleiton O. Cardoso, Davi da S. Sales, Muryllo dos S. Nascimento, Airton Janes da S. Siqueira, Ocivana A. Pereira, Suely S. dos Santos, Francisco das Chagas V. dos Santos, Pedro B. de M. Carneiro, Anderson Guzzi
Space-time patterns and drivers of migrant bird communities in coastal Piauí State, Brazil
Juan Fernando Acevedo-Quintero, Joan Gastón Zamora-Abrego, Juan Pablo Chica-Vargas, Néstor Javier Mancera-Rodríguez
Functional traits of fruits of particular importance for seed dispersers in the tropical dry forest


Erik Joaquin Torres-Romero, Gerardo Ceballos , Francisco Botello, José Ignacio González Rojas, Anthony J. Giordano, José Vicente López-Bao
Jaguar conservation in the American continent: the role of protected landscape and human-impacted biomes
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