About the Journal
About Ciencias Marinas
A bilingual open-access publication, Ciencias Marinas (CM) is an international peer-reviewed journal that contains original research findings in all areas of marine science. It is published quarterly by the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico, and all its contents are publicly available on our journal website. Though a limited number of copies are still printed, the journal is mainly distributed in its electronic format.
CM was launched in 1973 as an academic project aimed to entice local researchers to publicly disclose their findings by adopting the culture of peer-review publishing. This academic project evolved into an international journal after receiving papers from researchers in the United States and, eventually, other parts of the world. Because of this diversity in authorship, issues were initially published in either Spanish or English, and occasionally in both languages. In 1984 CM included both language versions of all its contents, and it then became the fully bilingual journal it still is today. At CM we believe our inclusive format allows us not only to address a wider range of submissions from international authors but also to make published findings available to a wider international audience.
Whether you are looking for information on the redfish in Icelandic waters or the physical and biological properties of the Gulf of California, feel free to peruse CM contents. You may find them to provide source material for your research.
Focus and scope
We aim to disseminate sound knowledge on marine life and its environment at an international level by publishing, via open access, original peer-reviewed papers on research in all disciplines in the field of marine science. Our goal extends to publishing authors from different parts of the world and to make their findings available to a wide community by publishing contents in two of the top spoken languages in the world, English and Spanish. We believe that by making these contents openly available in both languages, we will breach language barriers in the science community and enable research findings to reach a wider audience, thus contributing to human and scientific development.
All manuscripts submitted for consideration in CM undergo a blind peer-review process. The peer-review process is designed to ensure all published material is grounded on sound original science. It should enrich scientific discussion with positive feedback. CM encourages and enforces positive, impartial, and respectful feedback from reviewers to authors and from authors to reviewers.
Briefly, all submissions are sent out for blind review by one of our associate editors or directly by the editor, depending on the subject area of the reported research. After at least two external peers have returned the manuscript with reviews, the associate editor will analyze the reviews and send a recommendation to the editor. All final decisions are made by the editor-in-chief.
CM is published on a quarterly basis, at the end of March, June, September, and December. Special issues may be published upon request of recognized scientific institutions or organizations and after acceptance by the editorial board.
The articles published in Ciencias Marinas are available to the public immediately upon publication, and they can be freely downloaded, stored, and distributed so long as proper credit is attributed. Though we will soon be implementing Creative Commons licenses, the CM team still holds copyrights over all journal contents. Nevertheless, authors retain proprietary rights other than copyright, and the right to use all or part of their articles in future works of their own (not including duplicate publication) so long as proper credit is given.
Writing style and format
For general presentation matters, our in-house writing style and format generally follow authoritative international standards such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International System of Units. Many of those standards are synthesized in the Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (8th edition), the style guide published by the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and our primary reference. However, since CM is a bilingual journal, with contents issued in English and Spanish, our writing standards conform to individual language norms for matters concerning grammar and orthography. For English, we use standard American English and abide primarily by the Merriam–Webster Dictionary, the CSE style guide, and the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition); for Spanish, we primarily abide by the dictionary and language standards published by the Real Academia Española. Please keep this in mind if you are considering CM as your publishing platform.
By submitting a manuscript to CM, you acknowledge and/or declare that you are submitting to a bilingual, international, open-access journal and that your manuscript
- --is of your authorship (if one author) or was equally elaborated by all authors (if more than one author) and you have the full authority to submit it to CM
- --is drafted in English or Spanish
- --reports original, ethical research performed by you
- --has not been published in another journal, book, or any other form, except in the form of a conference abstract, a part of a lecture, or an academic thesis
- --is not under consideration for publication elsewhere
- --complies with CM standards
- --can be declined anytime during the editorial process if it fails to comply with CM standards and policies
- --will be submitted to a blind peer-review process
- --will not automatically be accepted for publication
- --may be screened for duplication at any time during the editorial process
- --if accepted, has every author’s approval for publication in CM
- --if accepted for publication, needs to be translated to either English or Spanish, depending on the language of submission, and that the translation will be provided by either you or, if you accept to pay the corresponding fees, by our in-house translator*
- --if accepted for publication, will be edited along with all its components (e.g., figures, tables, appendices, supplementary material) by our in-house editors to conform to CM writing, reporting, and presentation guidelines
- --if accepted, will be published and will be freely available in its final published form and in the final translated version to the general public under our open-access policies.
While we do promote inclusion and ensure that all manuscripts are processed fairly and equally, the CM team reserves the right to decline any submission that does not meet our guidelines or policies.
*Upon author request.
At CM we support research integrity and discourage unethical practices and research misconduct by editors, reviewers, and authors. All contributions must be original papers. Plagiarism, duplicate publication, redundant publication, falsification and fabrication, and inappropriate figure manipulation are strongly discouraged. If such unaccepted malpractices are suspected in a submission at any stage of the editorial process or after publication, we will take actions necessary and even decline the submission or retract already-published material. When you submit a paper to CM, you are expected to abide by standard publication ethics.
For more information on publication ethics and research integrity, you may consult the Committee on Publication Ethics (also known as COPE) and the CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications.
Originality means that the submission has not been published elsewhere except in the form of an abstract or as part of a lecture or an academic thesis. Submitting uncredited material that is not your own is unaccepted. We briefly describe plagiarism and self-plagiarism, but more detailed information can be found in the CSE's White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications and the COPE website.
Plagiarism is the act of taking and using someone else’s work, be it wording, figure, table, data, or other materialized idea, without authorization and without granting rightful attribution. Self-plagiarism (also duplicate publication) is the act of republishing material without acknowledgment of the original source. Any form of plagiarism is inadmissible for CM publications. All manuscripts accepted for publication will be screened for duplicity before publication. Manuscripts found to contain plagiarized material may be declined at any stage during the publication process, even after acceptance. If plagiarism is detected after publication, the published paper will be retracted. In any case involving plagiarized material, it is our ethical obligation to notify the author’s institution and any other party being compromised.
Falsification and fabrication
Falsification and fabrication are forms of research misconduct that will not be tolerated in any way. Detection of such misconduct will be notified to the corresponding authorities and the manuscript can be rejected or, if already published, retracted.
We advocate for zero unnecessary use of animals in research and for ethical use in studies where the advancement of science calls for the use of animals. Editors may request permissions or evidence of author adherence to the 3Rs principles for use of animals in research. For more on the 3Rs principles, we refer you to the following sources: National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science.
Authors are asked to send a statement clearing any potential conflict of interest regarding their manuscript. Potential conflicts of interest must be resolved before publication. You must let the editor know of any competing interest (e.g., financial support that may have influenced your research, potentials reviewers that could be involved in any way in your research). The editor may contact you and any conflicting or influential party to resolve any interest dispute. If you have no competing interests to declare, you must state this in your manuscript. Declarations of competing interests may be published in the corresponding paper.
Authors are the individuals who created the reported work and are publicly accountable for it. By created we mean designing and conducting the study and/or interpreting the results. Individuals warrant authorship when they have made a substantial intellectual contribution to the study and the manuscript. Give authorship to those who have the merit and as they merit.
Avoid granting authorship to individuals who did not make a considerable input to the paper. Guest-authorship (attributing authorship to an individual who does not merit the title) and ghost authorship (not crediting as author an individual who merits the title) are unethical practices and are strongly discouraged. Editing a figure does not merit authorship. You may credit individuals who made some contribution (e.g., data collecting, text or figure editing, providing study material, etc.), but not so much as to warrant authorship, in the acknowledgments section. For more on authorship, see the CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications.
The contribution made by each person credited as author must be stated in a letter. The order in which the authors are listed in the original submission should remain unchanged. Any change in this order must be done under a formal written request to the editor-in-chief. This request must be signed by all contributing authors and explain the reasons for the change.
As of January 2017, there are no publication fees.
$15.0 USD per double-spaced Word page.
$10.0 USD per double-spaced Word page for editing of poor translations.
$7.0 USD per galley page that needs to be restructured due to requested changes after the galley.
CIENCIAS MARINAS is a quarterly (March, June, September, and December) journal that is published by Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Carretera Transpeninsular Ensenada-Tijuana, no. 3917, Fraccionamiento Playitas, C.P. 22860, Ensenada, B.C. Tel. (646) 174-4601, www.cienciasmarinas.com.mx, email@example.com. Editor: Dr. Miguel Angel Huerta. Copyright No. 04-2013-121211543300-203. Print ISSN: 0185-3880. Electronic ISSN: 2395-9053. Both ISSNs were assigned by the National Institute of Copyright (Mexico). The latest Ciencias Marinas issue was published under the editorship of Dr. Alejandro Cabello Pasini, UABC, Carretera Transpeninsular Ensenada-Tijuana No. 3917 Fraccionamiento Playitas, C.P. 22860, Ensenada, B.C.
The organizations that we mention and from which we draw our sources are our sources of information only and in no way advocate for us. Unless otherwise stated in our editorial notes, the contents in the articles in CM do not reflect our beliefs or those of our sponsoring university.