Journal description

Revista de Biología Tropical is a Full Open Access journal of the University of Costa Rica aimed at specialized personnel in the fields of Biology and Conservation. It has been published since 1953.

Our scope

  • Our journal publishes scientific articles in all fields of biology, conservation and biomedical (life) sciences in the tropics.
  • Selection criteria are the quantity and quality of new information and interest to a general readership. The studied ecosystems, or at least the organisms, must be predominantly tropical. Normal issues only publish feature studies*.

We only publish feature articles*, based on any of four types: studies with a strong experimental design; field work prolonged enough to present a reliable image of annual variation; literature reviews; or taxonomic-systematic studies above the species level. The articles must include a list of the hypotheses tested.

We do not publish notes; short communications; species lists; single new species of invertebrates, microorganisms or plants; range extensions; new records and other preliminary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

Why publish in RBT?

  • Fully indexed: RBT is included in Science Citation Index, Google Scholar, Current Contents, Biological Abstracts, and about 50 other international indices.
  • Rapid decision and publication (5 days for first decision, 4-8 months from submission to publication).
  • Fair: a double-blind system for a fair evaluation of manuscripts.
  • High real impact*, not only because of its citation rate, but also because it is widely read in countries with the highest biodiversity, where your article can have the most impact on the conservation of tropical biodiversity.
  • A dedicated staff gives you a personalized treatment.
  • World Class Editorial and Scientific Boards.
  • FREE PUBLICATION: the journal is Full Open Access and is free for both authors and readers*.

How to publish in RBT?

1. Before you send your manuscript please see Our Scope above and carefully follow our Guide for Authors and Graph’s Guide:

  • Guide for Authors (please make sure you follow everything in this short guide)
  • Graphs Guide (these simple instructions will let you improve all graphs, not only those that you send to our journal)

You can also benefit from our Format Sample:

If your manuscript is in Spanish, please see the Spanish' guide:

We have improved our abstracts. Please confirm your abstract to this example:

2. Once you are sure your manuscript is ready, sign the ETHICAL AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • ETHICAL AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS (print, fill out, and send it as a scanned copy in PDF format or as a digital photo, together with your manuscript. Note: if not within reach, multiple letters may be sent to supply all coauthors’ signatures)

3. To submit, just sign in to our platform by clicking here.

* Special issues, financed by research organizations, do include all kinds of report, including short papers, new records, single new invertebrate species, checklists, technical reports, etc. To publish a special issue, contact

**All articles since the first issue in 1953 to the present are freely available online so they are more likely to be cited than articles from pay-wall journals. Each article receives 10 free pages of space in pdf format, which is enough for most scientific papers. Additional pages can be published at cost.

Read the journal free of charge

Our journal is in accordance with the Open Acces Initiative rules, each published article can be downloaded or read from this website from 1953 to the present.



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”

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