The journal publishes articles in all fields of tropical biology and conservation, and is directed to a scientific and technical public. Selection criteria for manuscripts are the amount of new information, quality, and interest to a general readership. Studies with a strong experimental design, prolonged field work and taxonomic-systematic studies of whole groups are typical of the papers that are accepted. We do not publish: studies that only add details or cases to previously known phenomena, preliminary studies, communications, species lists, notes or other short articles, or highly specialized reports of limited interest. We welcome unsolicited review articles that critically review the achievements, controversial aspects and main goals for future research of some particular field of tropical biology and conservation.
Stringent peer reviewing: The acceptance rate, close to 30%, allows a careful selection of papers by importance and subject. The two organs of evaluation and support, the Editorial Board, and the International Scientific Board (see inside cover) have renowned world class experts.
Stages in manuscript processing: Manuscripts that follow our scope and format indications are sent to three reviewers, external to the publishing branch, who make recommendations to improve them or qualify them as unacceptable. The second draft is corrected by our staff and returned with instructions to prepare the final version for the printer. The Editorial Board has the final word on acceptance.
The average time between reception and final decision is 2.3 months
Our journal agrees with the norms of the Open Access Initiative, every published paper can be read or download from this website.
Scientific Board EEUU
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussets, USA
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Washington, USA
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
Peter W. Glynn
University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
Harry W. Greene
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Daniel H. Janzen
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Gordon H. Orians
University of Washington, Seatle, Washington, USA
Jay M. Savage
Rana Dorada Enterprises, San Diego, California, USA
University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
Edward O. Wilson
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussets, USA
Scientific Board Europe
Institut für Systematische Botanik, München, Germany
Institut für Meereskunde, Kiel, Germany
U. Amsterdarm / The Nature Conservancy, Amsterdam, Holland
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
The Natural History Museum, London, England
Zentrum für marine Tropenökologie, Bremen, Germany
Scientific Board América Latina
Michel E. Hendrickx
UNAM, Sinaloa, México
Universidad del Comahue, Bariloche, Argentina
ECOSUR, Chetumal, México
Scientific Board África
Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria
Director de la Revista
Juan B. Chavarría, Jorge Cortés, Enrique Freer, Francisco Hernández, Carlos O. Morales, José A. Vargas Zamora, Bernal Morera, Federico Villalobos Brenes
Miembros del Consejo Editorial
Vanessa Nielsen Muñoz
Sergio Aguilar Mora
Alonso Prendas Vega
Editor de Desarrollo
Jorge Polanco Cortés
Melania Vargas Revilla
The Revista de Biología Tropical / International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation is a mainstream scientific journal covered by the following international indexation systems:
The journal publishes only original work that makes a clear and strong contribution of new information in its field. When authors submit a manuscript they legally imply that they followed all pertinent legislation and ethical principles (including informed consent and proper treatment of nature according to UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers; Committee on Publication Ethics and Helsinki Ethical Norms, onlineethics.org); that all coauthors participated in the main aspects of research and agree to publication; and that the study is original; scientifically valid; has not been published before, and was not sent simultaneously to another journal. Board and staff members can publish in the journal but are excluded from all decisions regarding their manuscripts.
Authors, reviewers, board members and staff must report conflicts of interest as soon as they arise. Any cases of error, citation manipulation, piracy, plagiarism, duplicate submission, republication, fabrication or falsification of data, and financial conflict must be informed to the Editorial Board, which will investigate them even if the report is from anonymous sources. Articles found in fault can be rejected, retracted or be added errata.
MANUSCRIPT PROCESSING AND TRANSPARENCY
Manuscripts are sent to three external anonymous reviewers who act as referees and include an ethics assessment in their opinion (we apply plagiarism software to all manuscripts). Reviewers will know the identity of authors but not vice versa. The evaluation forms are public (here).
The decision of acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor, who is based on the opinions of referees and is backed by the support of an Editorial Board and an International Scientific Board. Authors can appeal Editor’s decisions once to the Editorial Board and that decision is final. Board meeting proceedings are stored in the University Archive as public documents.
The journal publishes about 130 articles per year, not including the occasional supplements. The rejection rate is 28 % ad portas and 38 % after peer review (2018 data).
Considering both boards, 82 % of members are external to the publishing institution and foreign authors and institutions represent 78 % of articles in normal issues and 12 % of supplements (2018 data). All processing is documented in OJS.
OPEN ACCESS, COPYRIGHT AND DATA TRANSPARENCY
Copyright is shared by the authors and the journal; contents can be reproduced if the source and copyright are acknowledged, according to the Open Access license. Self-storage in preprint servers and repositories is allowed for all versions. We encourage authors to publish raw data and data logs in public repositories and to include the links since the first draft so that reviewers and readers can consult them at any time. Blogs with comments and a Forum section that allows reply articles are available to readers in our website.
The journal is financed by public funds via the Universidad de Costa Rica and editorial independence and ethical compliance are guaranteed by SIEDIN norms (https://bit.ly/2Dwyg36); we do not publish paid adds or receive funds from companies.
In September 1952, Dr. Ettore de Girolami proposed to Dr. Alfonso Trejos, Director of the clinical laboratory in the San Juan de Dios Hospital, the creation of a scientific journal sponsored by the University of Costa Rica. Dr. Trejos accepted the idea with enthusiasm and begun planning the journal.
By that time, Dr. Rodrigo Facio, with whom Dr. Trejos and Dr. de Girolami had a good relationship, was elected University President. They knew that Dr. Facio had other priorities in his new administrative position, yet they submitted their idea to him and to the University Council. The establishment of a journal would bring the opportunity to disseminate, in Costa Rica and foreign countries, the scientific goals and products of the institution and would also enrich the university library.
In October of the same year, in an informal meeting, Dr. Facio, recommended them how to proceed with the administrative paperwork, prior to the presentation of the project to the University Council. In December, the formal proposal was ready, and the Council approved it on January 5th, 1953. Few days later, founder members met several times to discuss details, such as journal name, size, issues published every year, type of paper, shape and color of the front cover and how many copies would be printed in each edition. All were difficult decisions that, at the end, were properly solved.
Considering that most articles were expected to be regional, the word “tropical” should be part of the journal's name. The University of Costa Rica had only four faculties at the time: Pharmacy, Odontology, Sciences and Agronomy, in consequence, the appropriate word was “biology”. To choose the first word of the name, a list of known journals was consulted: Acta, Anales, Boletin, Publicaciones, Gaceta, Revista, Prensa, etc.
On February 9th, 1953, founders met with the deans of the four faculties and made a final pronouncement: the name of the journal would be "Revista de Biología Tropical".
Most steps were followed as expected, with the exception of some problems in the university’s printing office, that was not ready to start publishing the new journal. To solve this, the University President and the Treasurer, Mr. Abel Méndez, authorized the Board to hire an external company that could print the Revista. The company FALCO, offered the best options in quality and price, and had a linotypist with experience in scientific terminology.
On July 15, 1953, the first issue of the Revista de Biología Tropical was out of the printer and ready to be distributed.
Since then, the journal has been an important motivation for young scientific minds who work in tropical countries, and find in Revista de Biología Tropical a good medium to express their ideas.
Adapted and summarized from an Spanish account written by Dr. Ettore De Girolami in 1988.
See the full document (only available in Spanish)