Vol 4 Num 1


About the Biota Neotropica

Biota Neotropica is an electronic, peer-reviewed journal edited by the Program Biota/Fapesp: The Virtual Institute of Biodiversity. This journal's aim is to disseminate the results of original research work, associated or not to the program, concerned with characterisation, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity within the Neotropical region.

Manuscripts are considered on the understanding that their content have not appeared, or will not appear, elsewhere in substantially the same form, because once published their copyrights are transferred to Biota Neotropica as established in the Copyright Transfer Agreement signed by the author(s).

Research work may be submitted in the following categories:

  • articles
  • inventories
  • short communications
  • thematic revisions
  • taxonomic revisions
  • abstracts of thesis (Masters, Doctors)

Biota Neotropica accepts articles in English, Portuguese or Spanish, but all papers, in all categories, must have a title, an abstract, and keywords in English and the same items in Portuguese or Spanish. For more details please consult the item instructions for authors.

The institution responsible for this electronic publication is the Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, CRIA, (Reference Center for Environmental Information), located in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

Biota Neotropica is an "online only" journal that uses the World Wide Web as platform. Exceptionally, for the year 2001 only one number of Biota Neotropica was published, therefore all papers submitted by December 31, 2001 are part of volume 1, number 1/2. From 2002 onwards two number per year are being published, therefore, all papers accepted by the "ad hoc" referees and by the Editorial Board by April 30 will be part of volume 1 of the year in course, and all papers accepted by the "ad hoc" referees and by the Editorial Board by October 31 will be part of volume 2 of the year in course.

With the exception of the Abstracts of Thesis, which are published exactly as they appeared in the thesis, all papers submitted to publication in Biota Neotropica are analysed by at least two "ad hoc" referees. Biota Neotropica uses the double-blind peer review process, i.e. the referees do not know the author(s) of the paper he/she is analysing and the author(s) will not have access to the identity of the referees. As articles are accepted, they are published in the issue in progress.

During this implementation stage, no charges will be made. In the future a sustainability plan will be drawn.

In the case of taxonomic revisions, the editorial board will be responsible for ensuring that new names or combinations thereof are in agreement to the nomenclature code of the respective area.


This publication is sponsored by:

Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)

Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).




Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Fapesp
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, CNPq
Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, CRIA
© BIOTA NEOTROPICA, 2004