Focus and Scope

Tropical Diversity is an electronic, multidisciplinary journal that publishes original articles, scientific notes, and reviews on all aspects of biological and sociocultural diversity in the tropics, in English, Portuguese, or Spanish. The scope includes all fields of theoretical and applied terrestrial and aquatic (marine and freshwater) ecology, biology, systematics, management, conservation, and social, economic, political, and cultural aspects.

Manuscripts submitted to the journal must be original with no simultaneous submission to other journals. The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of the information and citations and assume the intellectual and legal responsibility for the results and the considerations presented.

The online journal has open and free access.

Peer Review Process

Each manuscript will be sent to at least two peer reviewers for evaluation. The authors can suggest possible reviewers (with their contacts) or request that others be excluded. The journal adopts an open review procedure, therefore both the authors and the reviewers are to be made known to each other. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the Editor in Chief will send the comments and recommendations of the referees to the authors, for reformulation as needed.

Open Access Policy

Tropical Diversity is published under the Open Access model and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) License


Tropical Diversity adopts a continuous flow of publication (rolling pass) in one annual volume, with two issues per year. Articles will be published shortly after acceptance and the final corrections of the master proof have been made.

Publication Fees

Tropical Divesity covers publication expenses – including those of peer review management, journal production, and online hosting and archiving – by charging an Article Processing Charge (APC) to authors for each article published.

Tropical Diversity publication fees are fixed and independent of article page length, with no additional fees for color figures or Supporting Information (SI). Authors are assessed a fee of $100 BRL per article.

In cases where authors do not have the means to pay the publication fees, they can apply for a waiver. Authors wishing to apply for a waiver must do so at the point of submission.

Publication fees are payable upon article acceptance. Authors’ ability to pay publication fees will never be a consideration in the decision whether to publish. Decisions to accept or reject articles are made solely on the basis of merit, and information about waiver applications are not disclosed to the editors or reviewers.