Potential contributors to the Bulletin of Marine and Coastal Research should
follow the subsequent instructions: authors must submit original articles; that
means those that have significant unpublished results, nor being considered
for another journal. The Bulletin also accepts manuscripts on critical revisions
that compile and analyze studies in particular fields and propose accurate research
lines. We suggest the authors in any case, to check the presentation style in
the last Bulletin’s issue to follow the exact structure.
Languages: Spanish or English, abstract in both languages.
Presentation: Attach digital complete text file and figures to an email
and send it to email@example.com.
Type of font: preferably times new roman, size 11 or its equivalent, double-
spaced. Maximum 40 pages, including figures and tables. Only in exceptional
cases we will accept papers longer than that. Margins: Left and upper,
3 cm; right and lower, 2 cm. All the titles must be written in boldface type.
Manuscript title and main titles must be written as capital letters and in the
middle and there must be a space line before the first line of the text; the
subtitles must be written also in the middle but as lower-case letters and there
must be none space before the first line of the text; and the third titles must
be written on the left side of the paper, as lower-case letter and also none
space. All pages must be numbered consecutively, including figures, tables
and figures legend pages. Once the paper is accepted, the complete final file
must be sent again as attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The file must exact information that was accepted as the last version.
Text: The text must be structured as follows: Title, Author (s), Author’s
address, Abstract, Abstract in Spanish, Introduction, Study area, Materials
and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion (optional), Acknowledgements and
Bibliography. This format can be modified depending on the type of work. The
articles in the format of “Note” must be preferably of 5 pages long
or shorter, without the divisions and subtitles like the long manuscripts (except
the abstract in English when the text is written in Spanish or in Spanish, when
the text is written in English, Acknowledgements, Bibliography and Author’s
addresses). The Abstract must be one paragraph and should not exceed the 30
lines. Abstract in Spanish has to be an exact copy of the abstract in English,
both must include at the end maximum five key words, which have to start with
capital letter. The main title of the manuscript should be given in both languages.
Tables: Must be processed using the “table” tool as text
file, double-spaced, and avoiding vertical lines, each one of them beginning
in a different page. The title of the tables must be above them, in lower-case
letters and well explained. The tables must be numerated consecutively and also
cited so in the text, and presented together at the end of the text. The information
included in tables should not be repeated in the figures
Figures: Figures include illustrations like maps, pictures, plates and
schemes. They must be excluded from the text and presented on separated pages
in which they have to be numbered. Figure titles must be presented together
in another page. Drawings: letters and symbols on drawings should have a suitable
size, so that if they get reduced they won’t loose their shape and details.
We can accept digital drawings with hi resolution. Photographs: the journal
covers the costs for publishing black and white photographs. If there are colored
images in the manuscript, the authors will have to afford the color page fees.
Photographs and images files should be saved as TIF files, with at least 360
dpi resolution and colors should correspond to CMYK scale. We suggest sending
the images for the first version with 72 dpi resolution, in RGB scale, so that
the file is not too heavy to be sent by email.
Abbreviations: Abbreviations may be used and also common symbols, such
as m, km, g, mg, % or Cº as long as they are next to numbers. Don’t
use dots after symbols or abbreviations. All the decimal numbers has to be separated
by dots, not by commas.
References: In the text please reference the bibliography as in the following
example, avoiding the use of op.cit: “The species lives in rocky and coral
substrates (Pérez, 1980; Darwin and Scott, 1991), although following
García (1992), it prefers the gravel substrate. When the reference includes
more than two authors, it has to be referenced as: Castro et al. (1965) or (Castro
et al., 1965), and “et al.” should always be written in italics.
Personal communications should not be used but they will be accepted depending
on the specific case and it will be the editor’s decision. If they are
included they should be referenced as: Complete name. Institution. City, Country.
Year. Pers. Comm.
Bibliography: The bibliography must include all and just the references
cited in the text, in alphabetical order and in chronological order when there
is more than one article by the same author (s). The symbol “&”,
frequently used, has to be changed for the word “and”. The bibliography
style can be checked in any article in former issues of the Bulletin and its
accurateness is the author’s responsibility. Unpublished data or manuscripts
are not supposed to be cited. If there is a manuscript in press cited, it should
include information about the issue, the year and the title of the journal of
the future publication.
Electronically resources: web documents vary constantly. Therefore it is preferable
not to include them as references in the manuscripts if it is not really necessary.
In case you need to do it, it will be the editor’s decision to accept
it or not, depending on the specific case. These citations should follow the
next format: Author. Date. Title. Complete URL.
Others: The use of footnotes in the text is strongly discouraged. The
scientific names of genera and species must be written in italics type or underlined.
The taxonomic reports have to be written following the international nomenclature
code. In the Bulletin office we have some examples that you can ask for if you
need. Measurements have to be marked using the metric system. Remember that
salinity values have to be presented without symbols or units. You should suggest
at least two possible reviewers’ names for the manuscript, including their