ISSN 1679-6225 printed version
ISSN 1982-0224 online version



Scope and policy

Neotropical Ichthyology is the official journal of the Sociedade Brasileira de Ictiologia (SBI). It is an international peer-reviewed Open Access periodical that publishes original articles and reviews on Neotropical freshwater and marine fishes. It constitutes an International Forum to disclose and discuss results of original research on the diversity of marine, estuarine and freshwater Neotropical fishes. We give priority to articles on native species in their original basins. Articles focusing on aquaculture should be submitted to journals focusing on Animal Science.

Submitted manuscripts must represent original research and provide clear theoretical foundations, describe the objectives and/or hypotheses under consideration, and employ sampling and analytical designs consistent with the proposal. Descriptive original works of high quality and relevance will be considered for publication. Casual observations, scientific notes or descriptive studies not associated with relevant theoretical issues will not be considered.

Articles accepted for publication become property of the journal.


Submission of manuscripts

All Neotropical Ichthyology submission system is exclusively online through the portal ScholarOne. Manuscripts must be submitted as digital files at The Editor-in-Chief will screen each manuscript submitted to Neotropical Ichthyology verifying whether it is within the journal’s scope, presents original research and follows the instructions of the journal to authors. After passing through the initial screening, articles will be assigned to a Section Editor, who will assign an Associate Editor and start the single blind review process. The journal is open for submissions to all researchers on Neotropical ichthyofauna. The journal does not charge authors any fees, but SBI membership fees provide critical support to the journal’s operation. In order to allow us to continue publishing a high quality printed and online journal we STRONGLY recommend at least one author is a compliant SBI member. To join the society or renew your membership please access

With each new manuscript submission, authors must include a cover letter stating that the article constitutes original research and is not being submitted to other journals. Your letter should also explain to editors why your article should be published, highlight the strengths of your research and outline the recommendations that can be drawn from your work. In multi-authored papers, the author responsible for submission must declare in the cover letter that all coauthors are aware of and agree with the submission. To that end, please ensure that all your coauthors have read and approved the final version.

The mailing addresses and valid e-mail addresses for all authors must be entered in the appropriate forms during manuscript submission. We strongly encourage you to register in, and ask your coauthors to do the same. Please provide ORCID numbers for all authors during submission. Do not translate Institution names. During the submission, indicate at least five possible reviewers, providing name, institution, country, and valid e-mail addresses. You may also indicate your opposition to particular reviewers or conflicts of interests, if applicable.

Please, read carefully and follow all applicable rules prior to submission. Manuscripts that do not meet the journal formatting requirements, lack required files, or are written in poor English will be returned to authors without review.

There is no fee for submission and evaluation articles.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

General form and preparation of manuscripts

Do not duplicate information among the text, figures and tables. Submit only figures and tables that are strictly necessary. Supplementary files such as appendices, and videos should be uploaded already formatted, as pdf or video files. They will be available only in the online version.

For taxonomic papers, please also refer to: Neotropical Ichthyology taxonomic style below.


Until 2015, Neotropical Ichthyology published under a Creative Commons BY-NC license (Attribution-Non commercial). In 2015 the journal changed to the more permissive Creative Common BY license (Attribution). Articles accepted for publication become property of the journal.


Formatting rules
Please, be sure you have carefully read all the items below



Taxonomic style instructions

This summary provides information specific to taxonomic manuscripts. For large taxonomic revisions and reviews, see additional recommendations below. Items with * are required, others are recommended whenever applicable.

Taxon accounts should be in alphabetical order. For original descriptions, the words “new genus” or “new species” should appear after the name of the new genus or species, preceded by a comma. The designation also must to appear in the caption of the holotype’s figure, in the case of a new species. For species mentioned in the Diagnosis section but for which no comparative material was examined, please formally cite their original descriptions and provide the full references.

Note: Prior to submitting a description of a new taxon, please register new nomenclatural act(s) and the paper (as unpublished manuscript) at URL: and provide the nomenclatural act code just below the new taxon name (e.g., After publication, please update the ZooBank article status from unpublished to published. This must be done by the author who made the initial registration

Generic accounts

Genus Author, year (or new genus - do not abbreviate) (bolded and centered) (in case of new genus only)

Type species.*
Etymology. for new genus only*
Key to species.

Comments on above:



Specific accounts

Order of presentation:

Species Author, Year (or new species - do not abbreviate) (bolded and centered) (in case of new species only)

Holotype.* for new species only - include full collection data (see details, below)
Paratype(s). for new species only - include full collection data (see details, below)
Non-types. for new species only - include reduced collection data (see details, below) (Justification for separating non-types from types should be provided in the Material and Methods section)
Diagnosis.* see below for instruction on how to prepare a species diagnosis
Coloration in alcohol.*
Coloration in life.
Sexual dimorphism.
Geographical distribution.*
Ecological notes.
Etymology. for new species only*
Conservation status.
Material examined. for accounts of previously named species

Comments on the above:


Large taxonomic revisions and reviews

Before presenting the taxonomic accounts, provide a table at the beginning, cited early, that lists all the species included in the revision that are new and those that are being redescribed. Taxon accounts can be arranged in two ways: presenting the new species descriptions first (in alphabetic order) and then the redescribed species (in alphabetic order), OR reporting all the species in alphabetic order without separating new and redescribed ones. In either case, mentioning the words new genus or new species after the name of each new taxon presented, preceded by a comma. The chosen order of presentation should focus on brevity and comprehensibility

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