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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration for publication at another journal.
  • The submission is an original report written by the author(s) listed in this submission.
  • The submission reports an authentic study made by the author(s) listed in this submission.
  • The submission file (text, tables, figures, etc.) is ONE single PDF file (smaller than 2MB).
  • The text is double-spaced and in Times New Roman font (12 points); if applicable, the list of figure captions, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the file, after the text and in that order.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal.
  • If accepted for publication, the manuscript will be translated by the authors or the in-house translator (translation fees apply).



Ciencias Marinas is a peer-reviewed, quarterly bilingual journal that publishes original papers on research in all areas of marine science.

Four categories of contributions are accepted:

  1. Research papers report findings of original research. Papers should be clear and concise. The complete manuscript should not exceed 25 pages (11 x 8.5 in), including title page, body of manuscript, cited literature, Figure legends, figures and tables. Longer articles will be published on rare occasions. The manuscript must be typed double-spaced using 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman), including tables. Systematic lists are not accepted.
  2. Research notes report scientific results that are of particular importance and merit rapid publication. They should not be used for preliminary results. Papers should not exceed 10 pages (typed double-spaced in 12-point font, Times New Roman) and must contain sufficient data to establish that reliable and significant results have been obtained.
  3. Review articles provide a comprehensive and novel assessment of an important region or particular discipline in marine sciences. Strict criteria are applied to this contribution category regarding quality, importance, potential controversies, general interest, and relevance for future research. Review articles must be submitted in English and are accepted for revision only after prior consultation with the editor-in-chief.
  4. Comments on a previously published paper. The author of the original paper will be given the opportunity to present a reply. The comments and reply will then be published together. Papers are open for written discussion for up to one year following their original publication.


Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form without the written consent of the copyright holder.

Authors should register (free of charge) at www.cienciasmarinas.com.mx and submit their electronic manuscripts in ONE FILE as a portable document format (PDF) following an easy five-step submission process in their newly created Author account. Authors must also attach a file containing the names and corresponding information (institution, address, phone number, and e-mail) of up to five potential reviewers. These reviewers should not be associated with the author’s institution and at least two of these five individuals must belong to an institution in a country different from that of the author’s institution. There is no fee for manuscript submission. Ciencias Marinas is a fully bilingual journal. All accepted manuscripts must be translated. Translation into either language can be provided if requested by the author. Our translation fee is 300.00 MXN per double-spaced Word page. Authors will be charged for editing of poor translations.

Manuscript presentation

  • All lines of the manuscript (including Title page, body text, cited literature, tables, figure legends, etc.) should be numbered consecutively.
  • Title page. The first page should show the title, name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s) and full postal address(es), running title, and the name, address, e-mail, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author. The running title should not exceed 60 characters and should be as close as possible to the full title.
  • Page one. The page with numeral one should include the title of the contribution, abstract and maximum five keywords. The abstract should be concise, informative and should not exceed 300 words. Authors must also provide the abstract (resumen) and key words (palabras clave) in Spanish even if they subsequently request to have the paper translated.
  • Text. The body of the manuscript should be divided into sections (e.g., Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements) and, if necessary, subsections. Conclusions must be included in discussions and not in a separate section. Words or letters to be printed in italics should be indicated. The International System (SI) of units and abbreviations should be used. Footnotes should not be used in the body text. Information presented in tabular form in the text itself should be of single column width; anything larger than this should be presented in the form of a table. All figures and tables must be cited in numerical order in the text
  • References. Care should be taken that all those quoted in the paper are included. The following examples may be used to cite in the text: (Morales 2009a,b), (Morales and Pérez 2010), (Morales et al. 2009). Unpublished material should not be used as references. The accuracy of the references is the responsibility of the author. In the case of authors who use two surnames, both should be cited and, to avoid confusion, they should be hyphenated when referred to in the text.

Refer to the following examples:

Journal paper: Hidalgo-González RM, Álvarez-Borrego S. 2008. Water column structure and phytoplankton biomass profiles in the Gulf of Mexico. Cienc. Mar. 34: 197–212.

Book: MacGinitie GE, MacGinitie N. 1968. Natural History of Marine Animals. McGraw-Hill, New York, 523 pp.

Chapter: Rice ME. 1980. Sipuncula and Echiura. In: Morris RH, Abbott DP, Haderlie EC (eds.), Intertidal Invertebrates of California. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, pp. 490–498.

If a publication has an assigned Digital Object Identifier (DOI), then the DOI should be included in the reference as a URL. To link a DOI add the DOI to the string http://dx.doi.org/. For example, the DOI for Korhonen et al. (2012) is 0.7773/cm.v38i4.2034; after linking the string, the URL is http://dx.doi.org/10.7773/cm.v38i4.2034. The reference should be given as follows: Korhonen LK, Macías-Carranza V, Abdala V, Figueroa FL, Cabello-Pasini A. 2012. Effects of Sulfide Concentration, pH and anoxia on Photosynthesis and Respiration of Zostera marina. Cienc. Mar. 38: 625-633. http://dx.doi.org/10.7773/cm.v38i4.2034

  • Tables. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Each table should be presented on a separate page and given a concise title. Vertical rules should be avoided. All text within the tables should be in English; only the captions will appear in both languages.
  • Figures and figure captions. For the peer-review process, illustrations should be saved as images and included in the same PDF file as the text, tables, and figure captions. Figures (one per page) should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and all the descriptive text should be in English only. Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, each figure file should be delivered separately in a digital editable format as a supplementary metafile (Windows Metafile, wmf). Original electronic versions of figures in Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, and Sigma Plot are also accepted as final versions for publishing. By editable, we mean that all figure elements (objects, lines, legends, axes, letters, numbers, etc.) should be independent to be modified separately as required. All figure files should indicate the figure number. Photographs should be provided with a resolution greater than 300 dpi and without any legend or symbol, together with a copy indicating the symbols required, such as scale-bars, arrows or letters, and numbers. Figure captions should be typed on a separate page at the end of the text. The combined number of figures and tables in the manuscript must not exceed eight elements (i.e., 3 tables and 5 figures)


Manuscripts returned to authors should be revised and sent back to the editor within a period of two weeks. After that, they will be treated as new manuscripts and the review process will begin again. Manuscripts and illustrations that do not comply with these guidelines will be returned to the authors.


Once a manuscript has been accepted, authors should send, either via e-mail or the journal’s website, the electronic version of the manuscript (Spanish and English, or indicate whether the translation will be required), in Microsoft Word or RTF, and the editable files of the figures. The manuscript should be arranged as follows: title, author(s), affiliation(s) and address(es), running title, information of the corresponding author (including e-mail), abstract (resumen) and key words (palabras clave) in both languages even if the translation is requested, body text, acknowledgements, references, tables, figure captions and figures. Each page of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively. Once manuscripts have been accepted, they become the property of Ciencias Marinas and originals will not be returned. Proofs and offprints Authors will receive page proofs for correction via e-mail in PDF format. Corrections to the text other than typesetting errors must be kept to a minimum. Major changes will be done at the author’s expense. Proofs should be returned promptly via e-mail. Authors will be able to access and download a PDF copy of the final, published version of their article directly from the Ciencias Marinas website (www.cienciasmarinas.com.mx).