Impact Factor 3.086 | CiteScore 3.08
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The accumulated results of studies on biological traits of marine species populations feed into ecological, conservation, fisheries and policy research, which are then used in global analyses of the marine realm and the life it holds. As building blocks of holistic research, these data remain valuable, notably when they are presented in the context of spatial and temporal trends. We, therefore, wish to encourage the publication of basic marine biology research, notably of little-known species, whose existence might be endangered by adverse changes brought about by various anthropogenic and environmental factors – for instance those species that have been assessed as Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List.
In particular, this section will favour studies on invertebrate biological traits, from length-weight relationships (notably for species without published records of these relationships) to growth parameters (preferably as measured by the von Bertalanffy growth function) and population dynamics (including age or size at maturity); from a description of preferred or dominant food items to more quantitative measures of diet composition or predator-prey relationships, either through conventional diet studies, direct observations or the use of biochemical tracers such as stable isotopes and fatty acids; from a description of the reproductive or spawning cycle to more quantitative measures of fecundity. Descriptive studies on natural history, including observations of maximum age or size, are also encouraged.
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Marine Biology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Specialty Grand Challenge.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Marine Biology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Marine Biology will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Marine Science.
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