(Updated: 2022/07/14)

About the journal


Basic information


The first issue of the Brazilian Journal of Biology was published in April 1941, under the name Revista Brasileira de Biologia, after the formation of the Society of Biology of Brazil, with funding from the philanthropist Guilherme Guinle. It was only in 1971 that the journal was published by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. In 1998, the journal was published by the International Institute of Ecology and, in 2000, it adopted the title Brazilian Journal of Biology.

Its objective is to publish articles with original research results in any branch of the biological sciences. The Editorial Committee coordinates the evaluation of articles to be published. The publication is CONTINUOUS FLOW.

The abbreviation of its title is Braz. J. Biol. , Which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, captions and bibliographic references.



Indexed in


The journal is indexed by:

Aqualine Abstracts (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), Entomological Abstracts; Helmintological Abstracts; Review of Medical and Veterinary Entomology; Review of Agricultural; Sumários de Revistas Brasileiras; Selective Indexation at the ASFA database; All-Russian Institute of Scientific and Technical Information - Abstracts Journal Index Medicus; ProQuest Environmental Science Collection; Scopus Content Selection (Elsevier); SCImago Journal Rank (SJR); MEDLINE/PubMed; LILACS; SCIELO e no Qualis da Capes.



Intellectual property

  All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.  




The journal is financially supported by:

  • Programa de Apoio a Publicações Científicas do Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia (MCT), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), e Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (FINEP)





Editorial Board

Editor in chief

  • Profa. Dra. Takako Matsumura Tundisi. - Instituto Internacional de Ecologia, São Carlos / SP / Brasil


Editorial committee

  • Ana Paula Peron - Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR) - Campo Mourão - Brasil
  • Angélica M.P. Martins Dias - Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Carlos / SP / Brasil
  • Angelo Antonio Agostinho - Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá / PR / Brasil
  • Augusto Cesar F. Saraiva - Eletronorte – Centrais Elétricas do Norte do Brasil S/A, Manaus / AM / Brasil
  • Catarina Satie Takahashi - Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto / SP / Brasil
  • Denise de Campos Bicudo - Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo  / SP / Brasil
  • Donato Seiji Abe - Instituto Internacional de Ecologia, São Carlos / SP / Brasil
  • Ernesto J. Gonzáles Rivas - Universidad Central da Venezuela, Caracas / Venezuela
  • Fernando Rosado Spilki - Universidade Feevale, Novo Hamburgo / RS / Brasil
  • Guillermo Chalar Marquisá - Universidad de la República, Montevideo / Uruguay
  • Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira - Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Belém / PA / Brasil
  • José Antonio Mendes - Centro Universitário Hermínio Ometto - UNIARARAS, Araras / SP / Brasil
  • José Galizia Tundisi - Instituto Internacional de Ecologia, São Carlos / SP / Brasil
  • Katherine Vammem - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Manágua / Nicaragua
  • Liliana Forneris - Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo / SP / Brasil
  • Marcelo A.M. Esquisatto - Centro Universitário Hermínio Ometto - UNIARARAS, Araras / SP / Brasil
  • Marcos Gomes Nogueira - Universidade Estadual de São Paulo, Botucatu / SP / Brasil
  • Matheus G. Reis - Institute of Studies in Education, Health and Biodiversity Conservation – São Carlos / SP / Brazil
  • Odete Rocha - Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Carlos / SP / Brasil
  • Paulina Maria Maia Barbosa - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte / MG / Brasil
  • Sigrid Neumann Leitão - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife / Brasil
  • Takako Matsumura Tundisi - Instituto Internacional de Ecologia, São Carlos / SP / Brasil
  • Taurai Bere - Chinhoyi University of Technology, Harare / Zimbabwe


Editorial board

  • Adalberto Luis Val (Brasil)
  • Carlos Alfredo Joly (Brasil)
  • Carlos Eduardo Mattos Bicudo (Brasil)
  • Christian Lévêque - França
  • Colin S. Reynolds (Inglaterra)
  • Daniel Conde - Uruguai
  • Francisco A. R. Barbosa (Brasil)
  • Francisco de Assis Esteves (Brasil)
  • Gabriel Alfonso Roldan Perez (Colombia)
  • Henri H. Dumont (Bélgica)
  • Hiroya Kawanabe - Japão
  • Horacio Schneider - Brasil
  • Igor A. Degterev - Russia
  • Joan Armengol - Espanha
  • Jorge Guimarães da Costa Eiras (Portugal)
  • Juan Jose Neiff (Argentina)
  • Kennedy Roche (Brasil)
  • Luiz Antonio Martinelli (Brasil)
  • Luiz Drude de Lacerda (Brasil)
  • Maciej Zalewski - Polônia
  • Manasses Fonteles - Brasil
  • Manoel Martins Dias Filho (Brasil)
  • Naércio A. Menezes - Brasil
  • Raoul Henry (Brazil)
  • Salvador Airton Gaeta - Brazil
  • Silvio Crestana - Brasil
  • Vivian Montecino - Chile
  • Walter Rast - USA
  • Wolfgang Junk (Alemanha)
  • Xavier Lazzaro (França)


Editorial assistant

  • Rogério Flávio Pessa


Editorial production



Section Editors

  • Profa. Dra. Ana Paula Peron – Environmental Sciences
  • Profa. Dra. Angélica M.P. Martins Dias – Animal Sciences;
  • Profa. Dra. Caroline Rigotto – Ciências Aquáticas; 
  • Prof. Dr. Fernando Rosado Spilki – Aquatic Sciences;
  • Prof. Dr. Jairo Lizandro Schmitt – Plant Sciences;
  • Prof. Dr. José Galizia Tundisi – Ecosystem Management and Environment Impact Assessment;
  • Prof. Dr. Marcelo A.M. Esquisatto – Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Prof. Dr. Matheus G. Reis - Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation



Instructions to authors


Purpose and general rules


The Brazilian Journal of Biology publishes original research results in any branch of the biological sciences. The publication of papers in the areas of cell biology, systematics, ecology (auto-ecology and synecology) and evolutionary biology will be encouraged.

The journal only publishes articles in English. Review articles on general themes will also be published as long as they are previously proposed and approved by the Editorial Committee.

General information:

The originals must be sent to the Editorial Committee and be in accordance with the Instructions to Authors, works that do not fit these molds will be immediately returned to the author(s) for reformulation.

The works that are in accordance with the Instructions to Authors will be sent to the scientific advisors, indicated by the Editorial Committee. In each case, the opinion will be transmitted anonymously to the authors. In the event of an unfavorable recommendation by an advisor, the opinion of another may be requested. The works will be published in the order of acceptance by the Editorial Committee, and not of receipt.

Articles accepted for publication become the property of the journal.



Preparation of originals


The work to be considered for publication must comply with the following general recommendations:

Be typed double-spaced, Times New Roman font, font size 12, paragraph justified.

The title should give an accurate idea of ​​the content and be as short as possible. An abbreviated title must be provided for printing on the page heads.

Authors' names - The indications Júnior, Filho, Neto, Sobrinho, etc. they must always be preceded by a hyphen. Example: J. Pereira-Neto. Also use a hyphen for compound names (examples: C. Azevedo-Ramos, M.L. López-Rulf). Authors' names must always appear in their correct order, without inversions. Never use, as author or co-author, names such as Pereira-Neto J. Use e, y, and, et instead of & to link the last co-author to the antecedents.


Papers must be written concisely, with the accuracy and clarity necessary for their faithful understanding. Your writing must be final in order to avoid modifications in the content and final tests. The works (including illustration and tables) must be submitted through the administration interface of the “Submission da SciELO” system, whose address is www.scielo.br/bjb  (SUBMISSION - ONLINE).

Only articles written in English will be considered for publication.

The Abstract and the Abstract must appear at the beginning of the work and begin with the title translated into the corresponding language, must contain the same information and always summarize results and conclusions.

In general terms, the different parts of the articles must have the following order:

1st page - Title of the work. Name(s) of author(s). ORCID of the authors. Institution or institutions, with address. Indication of the number of figures in the work. Keywords in Portuguese and English (maximum 5). Abbreviated title for head of pages. Footer: name of the corresponding author and current address with e-mail.

2nd page and following - Abstract (untitled). Abstract: in Portuguese (with title); Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments.

Separately - References, Figure Legends, Tables and Figures.

The following information must accompany all species mentioned in the article:

  • For zoology, the name of the author and the date of publication of the original description must be given the first time the species is mentioned in the works;
  • For botany and ecology, only the name of the author who made the description must be given the first time the species is mentioned in the works.

The work must have a maximum of 25 pages, including tables and figures, in case Notes and Comments are limited to 4 pages.

Serialization of the Introduction and Acknowledgments items obviously only apply to works capable of adopting it. Other articles (such as Systematics) must be written in accordance with generally accepted criteria in the field.

Bibliographic references:

1. Text citation: Use name and year of publication: Reis (1980); (Kings, 1980); (Zaluar and Rocha, 2000); Zaluar and Rocha (2000). If there are more than two authors, use "et al."

2. Citations in the reference list must comply with ISO 690/2010.

In the text, the author-year system will be used for bibliographic citations (strictly as necessary), using “and” in the case of 2 authors. References, typed on a separate sheet, must appear in alphabetical order. References to journal articles must contain the name(s) and initials of the author(s), year, title in full, name of the journal (in full and in italics), volume, number, first and last pages. Book and monograph references should also include the publisher and, as quoted, refer to the book chapter. The name(s) of the organizer(s) of the collection must also be mentioned. Examples:

LOMINADZE, D.G., 1981. Cyclotron waves in plasma. 2nd ed. Oxford: Pergamon Press. 206 p. International series in natural philosophy, no. 3.

Book chapter:
WRIGLEY, E.A., 1968. Parish registers and the historian. In: D.J. STEEL, ed. National index of parish registers. London: Society of Genealogists, pp. 15-167.

Journal article:
CYRINO, J.E. and MULVANEY, D.R., 1999. Mitogenic activity of fetal bovine serum, fish fry extract, insulin-like growth factor-I, and fibroblast growth factor on brown bullhead catfish cells--BB line. Revista Brasileira de Biologia = Brazilian Journal of Biology, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 517-525. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71081999000300017. PMid: 10765463.

Dissertation or thesis:
LIMA, P.R.S., 2004. Population dynamics of the Serra Scomberomorus brasiliensis (Osteichthyes; Scombridae), on the western coast of Maranhã-Brazil. Recife: Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, 45 p. Master's Dissertation in Fisheries Resources and Aquaculture.

Work presented at an event:
RANDALL, D.J., HUNG, C.Y. and POON, W.L., 2004. Response of aquatic vertebrates to hypoxia. In: Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium on Fish Physiology, Toxicology and Water Quality, October 12-14, Chongqing, China. Athens, Georgia, USA: EPA, 2006, pp. 1-10.

Reference available online:
NATIONAL WATER AGENCY – ANA, 2013 [viewed 4 February 2013]. Hidro Web: Hydrological Information System [online]. Available from: http://hidroweb.ana.gov.br/

The Journal will publish an Index entirely in English, for use by leading international journals.

The proofs will be sent to the authors for a final review (restricted to errors and composition) and must be returned immediately. Proofs that are not returned within the requested time - 2 days - will have their publication postponed for a future opportunity, depending on space.

Illustrative Material - Authors should limit tables and figures (both numbered in Arabic) to what is strictly necessary. In the manuscript text, the author will indicate the places where they should be interspersed.

Tables must have their own title and, at the bottom, other explanatory information. Symbols and abbreviations must be defined in the main text and/or subtitles.

When preparing the illustrative material and tables, keep in mind the size of the journal's useful page (22 cm x 15.0 cm); (column: 7 cm) and the idea of ​​keeping the vertical direction. Overly large drawings and photographs can lose a lot of sharpness when they are reduced to the dimensions of the usable page. The boards must be a maximum of 30 cm high by 25 cm wide and include calibration bar(s).

Illustrations should be grouped together whenever possible. The Editorial Committee reserves the right to dispose of this material in the most economical way, without prejudice to its presentation.

Final Recommendations: Before sending your work, prepared according to the previous instructions, the author should read it carefully, paying attention to the following items: ORCID of authors, title reduced to header, indicate the corresponding author with the respective e-mail , grammar correction, typing correction (only one syllable reading per syllable will guarantee), correspondence between the works cited in the text and those referred to in the bibliography, tables and figures in Arabic, correspondence between the numbers of tables and figures cited in the text and those referred to in each and correct position of the subtitles.


Publication Fee


The Brazilian Journal of Biology charges R$ 2,500.00 (two thousand five hundred reais) per article for Brazilian authors and US$ 680.00 (six hundred and eighty dollars) for foreign authors. Payment details will be sent to authors at the final editorial stage of articles accepted for publication. There is no SUBMISSION fee.

The online journal is open and free to access.

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E-mail: bjb@bjb.com.br