The CJS publishes original research, review articles or essays, and book reviews relevant to Caribbean natural science. The emphasis is on botany, zoology, ecology, conservation biology and management, archaeology, geology, and paleontology. Papers are submitted as formal articles or research notes; both are similarly constructed but notes are shorter, and their text is not divided by subheadings. Consult recent issues for other details about format and style. All manuscripts are written in English. Submissions should be accompanied by a satement from the authors that the work has not been previously published in any form and all authors are in agreement with its submission. Authorship should be restricted to those who have made significant contributions to the research (i.e. conceptualization, experimental design, data collection and analysis, writing).
General - Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word compatible documents. The manuscripts should be double-spaced, with a minimum of 2.5 cm margins on all sides, and arranged as follows: cover, abstract, text, acknowledgments, literature cited, appendix, tables, figure legends, and figures. Please number all the pages.
Title Page: The title page should include title. authors, addresses, email address of the corresponding author and a suggested running head (Maximum 50 characters). When the title contains reference to an organism, give taxonomic affiliation in parentheses [i.e. Chrysymenia nodulosa (Rhodymeniaceae, Rhodophyta)]. Please do NOT use case capitals for either the title or authors names.
Abstract - An informative abstract
shorter than 250 words is included. Informative abstracts
include the purpose of the research, the main
methods used, the most important results, and the
most significant conclusions.
Keywords - Supply 4 to 8 keywords that describe the main content of the article. Select words different than those in the title and list them alphabetically.
Text - Main headings (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Discussion) should be centered and capitalized; research notes lack headings. With the exception of headings, text should be left justified and preferably in Times New Roman 12. If the study site description is complementary to the work include it as a subheading within Materials and Methods section. Use italics instead of underlining for scientific names. The International System (SI) is used for all units and measurements. Cite references by author and year(i.e. Jones 1988 or Jones et al. 1990). All references included in the literature cited section must be cited in the text and vice versa. Use this style:
- For an article:
Jackson, G. C. 1997. Frances W. Horne-illustrator of Puerto Rico's
plants and birds.
Caribb. J. Sci. 33(3-4):125-141.
- For an article in a
book: Brown, G. W. 1964. The metabolism
of Amphibia. In Physiology of
the Amphibia, ed. J. A. Moore, 54-98. New
York: Academic Press.
- For a book: Roughgarden,
J. 1995. Anolis lizards of the Caribbean:
Ecology, evolution and plate tectonics.
New York: Oxford Univ. Press.
- For a technical report: Cohen, D. M., and J.
G. Nielsen. 1978. Guide to the identification of
genera of the fish order Ophidiiformes with a
tentative classification of the order. NOAA
Tech Rept. NMFS Cir. 417:1-72.
- For a Web document:
Mari Mutt, J. A. 1998. Print vs. the Internet:
On the Future of the Scientific Journal. http://caribjsci.org/june99-p.160-164.pdf
The text should be precise, clear, and concise.
Avoid verbiage, excessive citations of the
literature (especially to support well known
statements), discussions marginally relevant to
the paper, and other information that adds length
but little substance to the paper. All tables and
figures should be relevant and necessary; do not
present the same data in tables and figures, and
do not use short tables for information that can
be easily presented using text.
Tables - Tables should
have no vertical lines and only three horizontal
lines (under the title, under the headings of the
columns, and at the end of the table). Fill blank
spaces with a dash and explain its meaning at the
end of the title or in a footnote.
Illustrations - Preparation: Similar figures should be arranged into plates whenever possible; leave very little space between adjoining illustrations or separate them with a thin white line. Line art should be scanned at 900 dpi, photographs (halftone or color) at 300 dpi, and figures with line art and halftones at 600 dpi. Crop the illustrations to remove non printing borders. Make lines thick enough and text large enough to compensate for reduction. Dimensions of the original artwork should not exceed 28 cm x 21.5 cm; the printed area of the journal page measures 20.3 x 14 cm. Submission: TIFF or JPG files of figures should be of high quality and readable in Adobe Photoshop. Do not embed figures in the manuscript document.
The figures will be evaluated during the editorial reading of the article and if necessary instructions will be provided for the submission of adequate illustrations. Authors must pay the additional cost of printing color illustrations (approximately US $500 per page).
E-mail: Submit preferably a single Word-compatible file containing text, tables in addition to figures as separate attachments. Large figure files may be sent as zip files. Send the manuscript to david DOT ballantine -- AT -- upr-- DOT -- edu (the e-mail address is provided in this manner to decrease the "spam" that would otherwise be received were it written in a standard format; backwards, the email address in standard format would read as follows: ude.mrpu@sjcrotide). You may include in the e-mail message the names and addresses (postal and e-mail) of three specialists qualified to review the manuscript.
Reprints and Page
Charges - The CJS does not provide free
copies of the journal, but reprints can be
purchased using a form received with the proofs.
Authors will be billed US $45 per printed page
after the paper is published. Authors with funds
are expected to pay in full. Authors with limited
funds should make a partial payment. Authors
without funds must request a waiver by writing to