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

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

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 We do not publish: studies that only add details or cases to previously known phenomena, preliminary studies, communications, species lists, notes or other short articles, or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.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

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. The peer review is simple blind.

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.


Publication Frequency

The average time between reception and final decision is 2.3 months


Open Access Policy

Our journal agrees with the norms of the Open Access Initiative, every published paper can be read or download from this website.



The Journal uses the Open Journal Systems (OJS), a tool that allows full-text access to all articles. The digital archives of the journal are supported by the Academic Journals Portals of the University of Costa Rica.


Editorial Boards

Scientific Board EEUU


Harlan Dean

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussets, USA

Juliette Denslow

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Rodolfo Dirzo

Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

Ana Dittel

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA

William Eberhard

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Washington, USA

Paul Ehrlich

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

David Wake

University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Edward O. Wilson

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussets, USA


Scientific Board Europe


Peter Döbbeler

Institut für Systematische Botanik, München, Germany

Klaus Gocke

Institut für Meereskunde, Kiel, Germany

Maarten Kapelle

U. Amsterdarm / The Nature Conservancy, Amsterdam, Holland

Wilson Lourenço

Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

Lawrence Mound

The Natural History Museum, London, England

Matthias Wolff

Zentrum für marine Tropenökologie, Bremen, Germany


Scientific Board América Latina


Michel E. Hendrickx

UNAM, Sinaloa, México

E. Rappoport

Universidad del Comahue, Bariloche, Argentina

Sergio Salazar-Vallejo

ECOSUR, Chetumal, México


Scientific Board África


Pius Araoye

Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria


Consejo Editorial

Julián Monge-Nájera
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

Editora Administrativa

Sergio Aguilar Mora

Editor Gráfico


Alonso Prendas Vega
Editor de Desarrollo


Jorge Polanco Cortés


Melania Vargas Revilla
Asistente Administrativa




The Revista de Biología Tropical / International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation is a mainstream scientific journal covered by the following international indexation systems:

  • Web of Science
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  • Scopus
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  • Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases
  • Animal Breeding Abstracts
  • ASFA (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts)
  • Bio-Control News and Information
  • Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities
  • Chemical Abstracts
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  • Ecological Abstracts
  • Entomology Abstracts
  • Field Crop Abstracts
  • Forestry Abstracts
  • GetCited
  • Grasslands and Forage Abstracts
  • Helminthological Abstracts
  • Herbage Abstracts
  • Horticultural Abstracts
  • Index Medicus
  • Index Veterinarius
  • INIS Atomindex (International Nuclear Information System)
  • LILACS (Literatura Latino-Americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde)
  • Medline
  • MEDES – MEDicina en ESpañol (Fundación Lilly)
  • Human and Experimental
  • Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews Series A:
  • Livestock and Feeding
  • Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews Series B:
  • Pascal
  • Periódica (Índice de Revistas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias)
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  • Protozoological Abstracts
  • Research Alert
  • Review of Agricultural Entomology
  • Review of Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • Review of Medical and Veterinary Mycology
  • Review of Plant Pathology
  • SciELO
  • Scirus
  • Seed Abstracts
  • Veterinary Bulletin
  • Water Resources Abstracts
  • Weed Abstract
  • Zoological Record
  • Plataforma Open Access de Revistas Científicas Electrónicas Latinoamericanas (e-revist@s), DOAJ.
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Ethical requirements

When authors submit a manuscript they legally imply that they followed pertinent legislation and ethical principles (including the Helsinki Ethical Norms,; that all coauthors participated in the main aspects of research and agree to publication; and that the study is scientifically valid; has not been published before, and was not sent simultaneously to another journal. 

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