Journal description

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 evaluating 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 present temporal or spatial patterns. We also welcome systematic or phylogenetic studies above the species level, meta-analyses and literature reviews that critically examine what is known and what remains to be done in any field of tropical biology.

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 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We do not publish notes; short communications; species lists; single new species; range extensions; new records and other preliminary or short studies; or highly specialized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 biologia.tropical@ucr.ac.cr 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 or supplementary content can be published at cost. Contact tropical@ucr.ac.cr for more information.

OAI-PMH: https://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/RBT/oai

Announcements

Invitation to submit research abstracts

We invite you to send abstracts of research papers to be selected for publication in the special volume “Mamíferos Acuáticos de Centro América”

Latest articles

Population structure of Avicennia germinans trees (Acanthaceae) in a disturbed mangrove in the Gulf of Mexico

Basáñez Muñoz A., Jordán Garza A., Serrano A., Capistran Barradas A., Naval Ávila C., Cuervo López L.

Efecto de la reubicación de nidos en el éxito reproductivo de la tortuga marina Lepidochelys olivacea (Testudinata: Cheloniidae)

Sandoval Ramírez J., Solana Arellano E., Flores Garza R., Flores Rodríguez P., García Ibañez S., Castro Mondragón H.

Trap rebuilding by Myrmeleon brasiliensis larvae (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae) in response to flooding: the effect of body size

de Oliveira Leite V., Aquino Florenciano R., Gamarra Arguelho E., do Nascimento Lima T.

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