Revista de Biología Tropical ISSN Impreso: 0034-7744 ISSN electrónico: 2215-2075


Revista de Biología Tropical

Current Issue

Vol. 70 No. S1 (2022)
Published September 1, 2022
Environmental offsets in Costa Rica: State of the art and challenges

La compensación ambiental por impactos inevitables o irreversibles de los proyectos de desarrollo es la última medida de la llamada jerarquía de mitigación. Esta medida constituye un instrumento de gestión técnico-administrativa cuyo objetivo es garantizar una ganancia ambiental neta o, al menos, la no pérdida neta por los impactos generados. La compensación se logra a partir del principio de proporcionalidad entre los atributos y procesos de los ecosistemas afectados y los utilizados para compensarlos. Este precepto es especialmente relevante en caso de impactos en áreas silvestres protegidas, donde la biodiversidad que se pretende proteger puede ser afectada.

Las reglas sobre cómo y cuándo realizar la compensación ambiental y la metodología utilizada para ello dependen de la legislación ambiental disponible y de la visión de sostenibilidad de los países donde se implementa. A pesar de su amplia legislación ambiental, el tema de la compensación ambiental no ha sido debatido a fondo en Costa Rica y aún existe confusión sobre cómo debe implementarse. Este número de la Revista Biología Tropical tiene como objetivo sintetizar el estado del conocimiento sobre compensación ambiental en Costa Rica, identificar vacíos de conocimiento y establecer una línea conceptual sobre las medidas de compensación y cómo se abordan en la normativa vigente del país. Los recientes esfuerzos de compensación en áreas silvestres protegidas se examinan a la luz de estudios de casos, contrastando diferentes metodologías utilizadas para establecer la indemnización. Esperamos que este tema sea de interés para investigadores interesados ​​y decisores en materia ambiental y que constituya el punto de partida para el debate pendiente sobre compensación a nivel país.


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April 1, 2022

“Advances and challenges of coral restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean”

Editores científicos:  Alma Paola Rodríguez-Troncoso, Adolfo Tortolero-Langarica y Juan José Alvarado
1. Centro Universitario de la Costa, Universidad de Guadalajara, México.
2. Instituto Tecnológico de Bahía de Banderas, México.
3. Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.   872d74a5-af06-4a58-bed4-5412ae309bbd.png

March 1, 2022

Revista de Biología Tropical / International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, is a full open access journal from the University of Costa Rica focused on tropical biology and conservation. All issues, from 1953 to the present, are available for free download here.

Our scope

Our journal publishes scientific articles that increase our understanding of biology, conservation, and biomedical life sciences in the tropics.

Selection criteria are the quantity and quality of new information and its potential interest to the general audience as well as to specialists. The studied ecosystems, or at least the organisms, must be tropical. 

Regular issues

We give preference to feature articles that include testable study questions —for example, studies with an experimental design to evaluate factors that influence biological variables, or studies that explain the mechanisms underlying biological or biomedical phenomena such as, for example, behavior or physiology. Field studies should be extensive enough to identify temporal or spatial patterns. We also welcome systematic or phylogenetic studies above the species level, meta-analyses, and bibliometric studies that critically examine what is known and what remains to be done in any field of tropical biology.

Review articles are mostly published by invitation of the Editorial Board to recognized authorities. Other specialists interested in submitting a review must first send a titled outline to Accepted proposals receive the same evaluation as regular manuscripts.

All reviews and meta-analyses need to identify and fill gaps in knowledge, present methodological advances, and propose future research directions.

Note about old data: We encourage authors to compare old results with more recent data or to use the data within a meta-analysis. Studies based on data collected over six years ago must include a justification of why they are still of interest, and in the case of field studies, they need to present spatial patterns or temporal trends of historical significance. The Editorial Board evaluates the validity of methods and the relevance of results before sending the manuscript to reviewers.

The journal now has one issue per year (continuous publication from January 1st to December 31st) and publishes articles the same week that an edited version becomes available. Until 2021, it published four regular issues per year: issue 1 (January – March), issue 2 (April – June), issue 3 (July – September), and issue 4 (October – December).

We do not publish notes; short communications; species lists; single new species; range extensions; new records and other preliminary or short studies; or highly specialized technical reports based on protocols (e.g. agricultural, forestry, biochemical, microbiological, aquaculture, fishery or similar studies that only apply well known techniques to particular cases of local interest).

Special issues

Special issues financed by research organizations are accepted after approval by the Editorial Board. They may contain a diversity of report types, including short papers, new records, new species descriptions, checklists, technical reports, etc. To publish a special issue, contact for a cost estimate.

Target audience

Researchers with an interest in studying all fields of tropical biology.

Why publish in Revista de Biología Tropical?

  • Fully indexed: Revista de Biología Tropical is included in Science Citation Index Expanded, REDIB Journals Ranking, Current Contents, Google Scholar, Biological Abstracts, and about 50 other international indices.
  • Rapid decision and publication (7 days for first decision, 4-8 months from submission to publication).
  • Fair: We use a double-blind system for a fair evaluation of manuscripts.
  • High impact, not only because of its citation rate but also because it is widely read in countries with the highest tropical biodiversity, ensuring your article will have the most impact on the conservation of tropical biodiversity.
  • A personalized treatment by our dedicated staff.
  • World Class Editorial and Scientific Boards.
  • Open Access: All articles, since the first issue in 1953 to the present are freely available online (Archives) so they are more likely to be cited than articles behind pay-walls. 
  • FREE PUBLICATION: Each article receives 10 free pages of space in PDF format, which is enough for most scientific papers. Additional pages or supplementary content can be published at cost. Contact for more information.



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