Submissions wanted: “Biotropica: The Next 50 Years”

June 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Biotropica‘s inaugural issue. To mark this occasion, the Editorial Board of Biotropica is now accepting submissions to be published through June 2020 that address the theme “Biotropica: The Next 50 Years”. Of particular interest are:

Commentaries1 reflecting on the impact or importance of an article (or selection of related articles) published in Biotropica. These could be about an article that is considered one of Biotropica‘s greatest hits, but we are also interested in highlighting articles members of our community consider important but under-appreciated.

Review articles2 on a fundamental topic in tropical biology and conservation.  In keeping with the anniversary theme, these reviews should use a synthesis of research to date on to propose a framework for future research.

Special Sections3 of 6-8 articles motivated by the anniversary theme. The thread unifying the articles can be conceptual, taxonomic, or geographic.

Contributions can address any topic relevant to tropical biology and conservation and be sole-author or collaboratively written. We welcome the perspectives of scientists at all career stages, and especially encourage students and other early-career scholars to submit their work. All submissions will undergo an expedited peer-review, and as always there is no charge to ATBC members for color figures, data archiving at Dryad, or publication (i.e., there are no page charges or APCs). Authors interested in submitting an article or commentary for consideration should first contact the Editor-in-Chief via email to discuss their submissions.


We look forward to your submissions, and thank you for being a part of this important milestone!



1Commentaries provide an authoritative opinion on current issues in ecology or conservation, or a thought-provoking commentary on a previously published paper (\up to 2,000 words).

2Review articles are up to 8,000 words.

3Special Sections are collections of 6-8 Articles (up to 5,000 words), though on occasion they can also include 1-2 Insights (up to 2000 words describing a concise empirical study that represents a particularly interesting or original development in the field). Please contact the Editor-in-Chief via email to discuss potential Special Sections.