We are pleased to announce a few important updates to our journal's policies and procedures. After listening to feedback from our authors and readers, we have made changes to streamline our publishing process and elevate the quality of the articles we publish. These changes reflect our commitment to fostering clear scientific communication and ensuring that readers can easily access the content of each article in English and Spanish. These updates improve not only the overall quality of each article but also the experiences of our readers and the authors who publish with us.

Important changes in 2024:

  1. Updated Author Guidelines for Submissions

We have revised and updated our Author Guidelines to provide authors with clearer instructions for manuscript submissions. The updated guidelines include important changes to journal policies and manuscript preparation, including the inclusion of mandatory declarations to ensure that all articles meet our standards of scientific integrity. We encourage authors to review the revised guidelines carefully before submitting their manuscripts.

  1. Mandatory Use of Submission Template

To further streamline the submission process, ensure consistency, and improve the readability of our published articles, we now require authors to use a manuscript template when preparing their submissions. The template has been carefully designed to ensure that each manuscript meets the content and formatting requirements of Ciencias Marinas. Authors should download and use our template (English or Spanish) when preparing their manuscripts.

  1. Separate Spanish and English Versions of Articles

As of 2022, Ciencias Marinas publishes all content online on a rolling basis. This change to digital-only publishing has allowed us the freedom to make some important changes that directly benefit our authors and readers. We are pleased to announce that we will no longer publish an article's Spanish and English versions in a single PDF. Each published article will now be available in English-only and Spanish-only PDF versions. This change underscores our commitment to ensuring that our broad international audience receives clear information that is easily read. By removing the challenge of navigating two languages within a single document, we ensure that scientific contributions are the focus of each article.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ciencias Marinas, our commitment to enhancing, refining, and improving our policies and procedures remains a central guiding principle as we look to the future.

Thank you for your continued support.