The city of Ensenada is unique in that it hosts multiple universities and oceanographic research centers. The Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) and its Institute of Oceanographic Research (IIO) were established in Ensenada in 1960. As the burgeoning marine science community grew in the 1970s, it became clear that local scientists needed a means to publish and share their results. A few dedicated scientists decided to create Ciencias Marinas to fulfill this need. In 1974, the first issue of Ciencias Marinas was published by the IIO, allowing authors to share their results within their own community and with international peers. Since then, the journal and marine science community have grown alongside one another. Ensenada now boasts the highest number of scientists per capita in Mexico, while Ciencias Marinas has published over 1,400 articles in its long 50-year history. Over the years, Ciencias Marinas has evolved to keep pace with notable advances in scientific publishing, establishing itself as a leading scientific journal in Latin America.

Ciencias Marinas aims to highlight and support multidisciplinary research from by publishing all content in English and Spanish through its open-access platform with minimal publishing costs for authors. Authors that publish in Ciencias Marinas are afforded the advantage of communicating their findings to a wider scientific community that is not limited by language barriers thanks to the journal’s commitment to ensuring articles are freely available in English and Spanish. 

As of 2022, Ciencias Marinas publishes all content online on a rolling basis. Articles are available online as soon as they are approved for publication. Special issues are published upon request by the Editorial Board. All manuscripts are processed fairly and equally, and Ciencias Marinas reserves the right to decline any submission that does not meet our guidelines or policies. If accepted, our in-house editors will edit your manuscript, including its tables and figures, to ensure compliance with in-house writing, reporting, and presentation guidelines. After publication, your manuscript will be freely available to the general public.


Ciencias Marinas is indexed or abstracted in:

  • Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SciELO Citation Index
  • Scopus
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Current Contents
  • Academic Search Complete Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)
  • Biological Abstracts
  • Environmental Abstracts
  • Marine Affairs Bibliography
  • Zoological Record
  • Sistema de Clasificación de Revistas Mexicanas de Ciencia y Tecnología del Consejo Nacional de Humanidades, Ciencias y Tecnologías (CONAHCYT)
  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO México)
  • Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal (Redalyc)
  • Latindex
  • Periódica (Índice de Revistas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias)

Legal statement

Ciencias Marinas, Volume 50, January-December 2024, is a bilingual (English and Spanish) open access journal that is edited and distributed annually on a rolling basis by Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Carretera Transpeninsular Ensenada-Tijuana, no. 3917, Fraccionamiento Playitas, C.P. 22860, Ensenada, B.C. Tel. (646) 174-4601,, Editors-in-Chief: Sharon Zinah Herzka Llona, PhD, Armando Félix Bermúdez, PhD, Amaia Ruiz De Alegría Arzaburu, PhD and Jose Miguel Sandoval Gil, PhD. Copyright 2023 granted by Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor: license No. 04-1996000000001668-102, Cerificate of Title No. 9581, Certificate of Content Legality No. 6682. Online ISSN: 2395-9053. The latest update was under the editorial managing of Armando Félix Bermúdez, PhD. Latest update: June 12, 2024.

Copyright 2024: Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico

Luis Enrique Palafox Maestre, PhD, Rector; Joaquín Caso Niebla, PhD, General Secretary; Lus Mercedes López Acuña, PhD, vice-rector at Ensenada; Walter Daesslé Heuser, PhD, Director of Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas.


All organizations mentioned here are only our sources of information and in no way endorse us. Unless otherwise stated in our editorial notes, the contents of the papers published in Ciencias Marinas do not, in any way, reflect our beliefs nor those of our sponsoring university.