About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Scientia Marina is the successor to Investigación Pesquera, a journal of marine sciences published since 1955 by the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar de Barcelona (CSIC). Scientia Marina is included in the Science Citation Index since 1998 and publishes original papers, reviews and comments concerning research in the following fields: Marine Biology and Ecology, Fisheries and Fisheries Ecology, Systematics, Faunistics and Marine Biogeography, Physical Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, and Marine Geology. Emphasis is placed on articles of an interdisciplinary nature and of general interest.

Peer Review Process

Scientia Marina will confirm receipt of all original manuscripts received.

The Editorial Board may reject an article without evaluating if it does not adhere rigorously to the guidelines, both formal and content, or if its contents do not fall within the scope of the journal.

After this preliminary analysis all articles will be submitted to an external review according to the double-blind peer review process in which at least two external referees will participate, appealing to a third party if necessary. Those referees should be prestigious researchers specialized in the subject. The anonymity of both the author and the reviewers will be maintained, however, the lists of external reviewers who have collaborated with the journal in previous years will be published periodically, with prior authorization.

Authors will be notified on the acceptance or definitive rejection of the article.

Dates of receipt and approval will be indicated in each published article.

The Editorial Board, attending the external reports, will be in charge of making the decision on whether to reject or accept each article.

Publication Frequency

Scientia Marina is published in one yearly volume, divided into four quarterly issues appearing in March, June, September and December.

Open Access Policy

Scientia Marina provides full text, unrestricted access to all its contents immediately upon publication. Accepted articles appear online as "Forthcoming articles" as soon as the galley proofs have been approved by the authors and the Editor-in-Chief. No changes can be made after online publication.

Anti-plagiarism Policy

Editorial CSIC is a member of Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative started by Crossref to screen published and submitted content for originality.

Through Similarity Check, we use the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted or published manuscripts.

By depositing all of our content in the Similarity Check database we allow other Similarity Check members to screen their submissions against our published articles.

Further details on our authorship, originality and plagiarism policies can be found in our Good editorial practice guidelines section.

Crossref Similarity Check

Authorship identification

This Journal applies the ORCID ® persistent digital identifier as a way to ensure proper authorship normalisation.

Sales and Subscriptions

Subscriptions Contact
Editorial CSIC
Vitruvio, 8. 28006 Madrid
Sección de Revistas.
Phone: +34915681402
E-Mail: publ@csic.es

For enquiry about printed format email to publ@csic.es

You may purchase single full issues or subscribe to the digital collection as PDF through the following vendors:
Casalini Libri s.p.a.
Digitalia US
e-Libro Corp. e-Libro.net and e-Libro.com

Exemption of responsability

The opinions and facts stated in each article are the exclusive responsibility of the authors. The “Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas” is not responsible in any case of the credibility and authenticity of the work.

Indexing systems

Scientia Marina is covered by the Web of Science: Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI), Current Contents - Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, Zoological Record and BIOSIS Previews; SCOPUS, CWTS Leiden Ranking (Journal indicators) Core publication, REDIB, AFEE Abstracts (SWRA), Agris, Aqualine, Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts, Arevicien, Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, Fish & Fisheries Worldwide, J-Gate, Marine Sciences Contents Tables, Oceanic Abstracts, Oceanographic Literature Review, Pollution Abstracts, Referetivni Zhurnal, Research Alert, SciSearch and Selected Water Resources. Also included in Latindex Catalogue.

Interoperability protocols

Scientia Marinad provides an interface OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative – Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) that allows other websites and information services to harvest the published content metadata.


OAI-PMH Protocol Version 2.0
Dublin Core Metadata

URL for harvesters:


Digital preservation policy

This journal develops various processes in order to preserve permanent access to digital objects hosted on its own servers:

- Backups.
- Monitoring of the technological environment to foresee possible migrations of obsolete formats or software.
- Digital preservation metadata.
- Use of DOI.

The files published on this website are available in easily reproducible formats (PDF, HTML and XML-JATS labeled according to NLM Journal Publishing 3.0).

This journal is part of the Public Knowledge Project’s Private LOCKSS Network (PKP-PLN). PKP-PLN generates a decentralized archive system distributed among collaborating libraries in order to create permanent archives of the journal for preservation of the authentic original version of the content and its restoration if necessary.

A list of journal issues currently preserved in the PKP PN is available.

Digital preservation policy will be periodically reviewed by Editorial CSIC.

Research data policy

We recommend authors depositing data obtained from the research developed for the preparation of their article in repositories of recognized prestige, specific to the discipline or of a generalist nature. In any case, it must be a FAIR repository (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), preferably in open access.

There are several repositories destined to conserve and disseminate concrete data such as results of surveys, observations, interviews, simulations, automatically collected data, samples, models ... If necessary, authors can consult the Registry of Research Data Repositories re3data taking into account that each repository has its own deposit rules.

Those CSIC authors who would like to deposit their datasets in Digital.CSIC may do so by following these guidelines. They can use the Servicio de Archivo Delegado made available by the Technical Office of DIGITAL.CSIC and the Red de Bibliotecas CSIC.

DIGITAL.CSIC generates DOIs for datasets and associated software and is certified as data repository in re3data and Repository Finder. More information at Política de datos en Digital.CSIC.

If the author has deposited datasets in a repository, he should mention it in the article providing a brief description of the type of data deposited, the name and URL of the repository, the identification code and the data of the license for use and distribution. This information must be included at the end of the article, immediately before the bibliographic listing, under the heading "Data availability".

List of reviewers 2018-2019

Scientia Marina is very grateful to all those scholars who kindly collaborated in the evaluation process along 2018 and 2019.

Alvaro Juan Abella, Agenzia Regionale Protezione Ambiente Toscana
Pere Abelló, ICM, CSIC
Catarina Adão, Universidade do Algarve
Carme Alomar Mascaró, IEO
Xosé Antón Álvarez-Salgado, IIM, CSIC
Aida Alvera-Azcarate, AGO-GHER, Université de Liège
Flavio de Almeida Alves Jr., Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
Silvia Angelini, CNR
Celalettin Aydin, Ege University
Francisco Aznar, Universitat de València
Enrique Ballesteros, CEAB (CSIC)
Irene de los Angeles Barriga Sosa, Universidad Autónoma de México
Just T. Bayle Sempere, Universidad de Alicante
Florian Berg, University of Bergen Aurélie Blanfuné, Aix Marseille Université
Jordi Boada, CEAB (CSIC)
Davide Bonaldo, CNR-ISMAR
Teresa Cerveira Borges, Universidade do Algarve
Mohamed Nejmeddine Bradai, INSTM
Albert Calbet, ICM (CSIC)
Eva Calvo, ICM (CSIC)
Aida Campos, Universidade do Algarve
Andrea Campos Candela, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)
Aina Carbonell, IEO
Margarida Castro, Universidade do Algarve
Ana Catarino, Heriot-Watt University
Emma Cebrián, Universitat de Girona
Santiago Cerviño, IEO
Xinjun Chen, Shanghai Ocean University
Gregor Christa, Universidade de Aveiro Rui Coelho, IPMA
Francesco Colloca, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Enric Cortés, NOAA
Maria Criales, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
José Antonio Cuesta, ICMAN (CSIC)
Silvio Teixeira da Costa, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM)
José Mª Da Rocha, Universidad de Vigo
Carmen B. de los Santos, Universidade do Algarve
Montserrat Demestre, ICM (CSIC)
Karine Desboeufs, Universités Paris Diderot et Paris Est
Gianfranco D'Onghia, University of Bari
Antonina dos Santos IPIMAR
Pilar Drake, ICMAN (CSIC)
Jean Noël Druon, European Commission DG Joint Research Centre Maritime Affairs Unit
Nicholas K. Dulvy, Simon Fraser University
Xavier Durrieu de Madron, Université de Perpignan
Karim Erzini, IPMA
Tzanatos Evangelos, University of Patras
Salome Fabri Ruiz, Université de Bourgogne
Ana Farías, Universidad Austral de Chile
Francisco Fatela, Universidade de Lisboa
Valdimere Ferreira, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
Francisco Figueiras, IIM (CSIC)
Fabio Fiorentino, CNR
Guillermo Follana, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)
Tomaso Fortibuoni, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale
Patrice Francour, Université de Nice
Thomas Frederikse, NASA
Thierry Frédou, Universidade do Algarve Eva Galimany, ICM (CSIC)
Antonio García Mederos, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Antoni Garcia-Rubies, Universitat de Barcelona
Miguel B. Gaspar, INIAP/IPIMAR
Mónica Noemí Gil, CENPAT-CONICET
Enric Gisbert, IRTA
Eduardo A. Gómez, Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía (CONICET)
Jorge Gonçaves, Universidade do Algarve
Richard Gonzalez, University of San Diego
José Antonio González, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Juan Ignacio González Gordillo, Universidad de Cádiz
Enrique González Ortegón, ICMAN (CSIC)
Rafael González Quirós, IEO
Thomas M. Grothues Rutgers, University Marine Field Station
Angel Guerra, ECOBIOMAR (CSIC)
Letterio Guglielmo, Università di Messina
Paolo Guidetti, Université de Nice
Beatriz Guijarro, IEO
Jordi Guillen Garcia, European Commission DG Joint Research Centre Maritime Affairs Unit
María José Gutiérrez, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
Enis Hrustić, University of Dubrovnik
Adrianna Ianora, Stazione Zoologica "A. Dohrn" di Napoli
Enrique Isla, ICM (CSIC)
Barbara Javor, NOAA
Kathe Jensen, Natural History Museum of Denmark
Ingibjörg G.J Jónsdóttir, University of Iceland
Silvia Juan, ICM (CSIC)
Alba Jurado Ruzafa, IEO
Kostas Kapiris, HCMR
Isaac Kaplan, NOAA
Aimee Keller, NOAA
Paul G. Kinas, Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul
Danis Kiziridis, University of Thessaloniki
Vasiliki Kousteni, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
Eugenia Lefkaditou, HCMR
M. Levent Artüz, Sevinç-Erdal İnönü Foundation
Rebecca L. Lewison, San Diego State University
Simone Libralato, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale
Matjaz Licer, NIB (National Institute of Biology)
Alessandro Ligas, Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata "G. Bacci"
Roberto Lima Barcellos, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
José Lino Costa, Universidade de Lisboa
Josep Lloret, Universitat de Girona
Lucía López López, Imperial College London
Alessandro Lucchetti, CNR-ISMAR
Marina Machado, University of Porto
Enrique Macpherson, CEAB (CSIC)
Alessandro Mannini, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra
Claude Manté, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography Marseille
Evaristo Mañanós, Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal (CSIC)
Simone Mariani, CEAB (CSIC)
Paloma Martín, ICM (CSIC)
Alejandro Martínez Abraín, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)
Rodrigo Silvestre Martins, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Enric Massutí, IEO
Francesc Maynou, ICM (CSIC)
S. McFadden, Harvey Mudd College
Paco Melià, Politecnico di Milano
María Martha Mendez, CENPAT-CONICET
Bastien Mérigot, CNR-IFREMER
Gorka Merino, AZTI
María Inés Militelli, INIDEP
José Mª Millán, IEO
Silvia Monteiro, Universidade de Aveiro
Beatriz Morales-Nin, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)
Fabien Morat, CNRS
Elisabetta B. Morello, CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research
Hiroyuki Motomura, The Kagoshima University Museum
Dimitrios K. Moutopoulos, Technological Education Institute of Mesolonghi
Claudia Musumeci Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata “G. Bacci”
Joan Navarro, ICM (CSIC)
Gabriel Navarro, ICMAN (CSIC)
Carlos Navarro Barranco, Universidad de Sevilla
Nikos Neofitou, University of Thessaly
Walter Norbis, Facultad de Ciencias de Montevideo
M. Pilar Olivar, ICM (CSIC)
Irene Olivé Samarra, Universidade do Algarve
Francesc Ordines, IEO
Alessandro Orio, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Jose Noel Pérez Asensio, Universitat de Barcelona
Panagiota Peristeraki HCMR
Francesc Peters, ICM (CSIC)
Graham J. Pierce, University of Aberdeen
Graham Pilling, CEFAS
Cinta Porte, CID (CSIC)
Stuart G. Poss, Institute for Biodiversity Science & Sustainability
Raul Prellezo, AZTI