Scope and policy
The journal Investigaciones Marinas publishes previously unpublished, original MSS in science and technology related to the sea, in Spanish or English, with preference for topics related to the Southeastern Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean.
The Editorial Board of the Journal, advised by a minimum of two reviewers, reserves the right to critically review all MSS and decide on their acceptability for publication.
The peer review process in Investigaciones Marinas Journal is anonymous for authors and for reviewers.
The journal adheres to the following Code of Ethics:
1. All manuscripts are received by the Editor and should be considered a confidential document.
2. All manuscripts, including those of the Editor or members of the Editorial Board, will be subjected the same review process. All of them will be handled anonymously and submitted to peer review omitting author’s names and affiliations.
3. The Editor or members of the Editorial Board are not to be involved in their own manuscript evaluation or in the evaluation of manuscripts emanating from their own department.
4. Under no circumstances the Editor should contact the authors to discuss matters related with the manuscript.
5. Under no circumstances the Editor and the Referees must refer, in print, to the work that the manuscript describes before it has been published. Neither should the information it contains be used for advancement of the own work.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Instructions for presentation of manuscripts
Title: Brief and self-descriptive, written both in English and Spanish. A usually shorter running title not exceeding 50 characters should be included for page headings.
Authors: Name and lastname, institution address and e-mail.
Abstract: Short and precise, both in English and Spanish. Use no more than 250 words, describing the subject of study, main results and conclusions.
Key words: A maximum of six key words may be added.
Material and Methods
References: Only references cited in the paper should be included, by alphabetical order of authors. First name initial and lastname should be written in bold capital-lower case letters. If more than one author, starting with the second one, name initial will precede the lastname, and authors will be separated by coma.
a) References to articles should include: author(s), year of publication, article title, journal abbreviations (following the World List of Scientific Periodicals), volume and number in parenthesis, first and last page.
Astthorsson, O. & A. Gislason. 1991. Seasonal abundance and distribution of Caridea larvae in lsafjord-deep, north-west Iceland. J. Plankton Res., 13(1): 91-102.
b) Book references should follow: author(s), year of publication, book title, publisher, city, pages.
Neshyba, S. 1987. Oceanography. Perspectives on a fluid earth. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 506 pp.
c) References to articles published in books should indicate: author(s), year of publication, article title, editor(s), name of the book, publisher, city, pages.
Hokanson, K. & C. Kleiner. 1974. Effects of constant and rising temperatures on survival and development rates of embryonic and larval yellow perch Perca flavescens (Mitchill). In: J. Blaxter (ed.). The early life history of fish. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 437-448.
d) References to articles published on the Internet should indicate: author(s), year of publication, article title, website, date of revision.
Walker, J.R. 1997. MLA-Style citations of Internet sources. [http://www.cas.usf.edu/english/walker/janice.html]. Revisado: 27 de enero 1999.
e) References to articles or books published in CD-Rom should indicate: author(s), year of publication, (CD-ROM), article or book titles, editorial, city.
Retamal, M.A. 2000. (CD-ROM). Decápodos de Chile. ETI-Universidad de Concepción. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
Instructions for the text of the manuscript
1. Papers should not exceed 30 pages, including tables and figures; location of these tables and figures should be indicated at the margin of text pages.
2. Units should be expressed according to the International System of Units. If necessary, others could be used, but its meaning should be explained in the text when used for the first time.
3. References should be chronologically ordered indicating the author’s last name and year of publication, as follows in the case of one, two or more authors or several papers of the same author in the same year, respectively (Muñoz et al., 1977; Johnson & Smith, 1981; Alvarez, 1986; Palmer, 1989a, 1989b).
4. Quotes only accepted will be published articles or papers in press. In the latter case, the full reference should be included in the references list, followed by the words (in press). Personal communications are accepted only in the text (author, pers. com.), as follows (J. Smith, pers. com.).
Instructions for figures and tables
1. Graphics, maps, schemes, drawings or photographs should be named as figures and abbreviated as Fig. in the text. All Figures shall be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals; legends should be self-explaining and written on a separate sheet. Figures should be sent on good quality white paper. Figures, letters and symbols should be sized so that they would not require reduction of more than 3X to fit the journal’s page format, and ensuring that the smallest one would be least 1.5 mm high when reduced.
2. Tables should be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals; legends should be self-explaining and located in its upper part. Heading of each column should clearly express its content and measurement units.
3. Photographs should be sent with their negatives or in digital format (jpg, bmp), considering an acceptable range of tones and contrasts.
Short topical papers, describing methods and results, will be published as Short Communications. The Communications should include an abstract (maximum 200 words) and the key words, both in English and Spanish. The introduction, methodology, results and discussion should be presented in a single section. The total length of manuscripts should not exceed nine pages including the figures.
Proofs and reprints: Authors themselves shall normally review proofs, unless the Editorial Board considers this unnecessary. Twenty reprints will be sent to the author free or charge. Additional reprints may be purchased at minimum cost by the authors.
Sending of manuscripts
Authors should send four copies of the MSS, on letter size paper and spacing of 1.5 format. All manuscripts should also be provided in a CD as a Microsoft Word document or send E-mail with attached document. Figures (Corel Draw, Surfer, bmp or jpg) and Tables (Microsoft Excel) with legends, both Spanish and English.
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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Facultad de Recursos Naturales
Escuela de Ciencias del Mar
Valparaíso - Chile
Tel.: (56-32) 2274258
Fax: (56-32) 2274206/2274247