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Cymbella Revista de investigación y difusión sobre algas

Cymbella. Journal of research and communication on algae.

Cymbella is the journal of the Mexican Society of Phycology and aims to give information about the algae in a digital format with open access (web and pdf, available in

Original articles, reviews, communication articles, opinions, research notes, book reviews, dissertation abstracts, methodological approaches, additional information on formal publications, etc. will be published These materials will be evaluated by the editors, thematic editorial board and ad hoc referees. The general policy of the journal is to ensure that all articles are published and for that committees and reviewers will suggest corrections to improve the proposals.

The text may be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

The material can be reproduced as long as the source is acknowledged.

Editorial Guidelines

It is suggested to follow the general format that is presented in the numbers already published for each type of text. The works must be sent electronically to one of the members of the Responsible Editorial Committee with the complete details of the corresponding author (Name, institution, postal and electronic address and contact telephone numbers) and the emails of all the co-authors.

The texts should be sent in docx, doc or rtf format (Microsoft Word), in a single column, without format or justification. Geographic coordinates must be in degrees, minutes, seconds. The explanations of figures and tables will be placed at the end of the references (on a separate page). The figures must be sent in tiff or jpg format without compression, with a resolution of 300 dpi and slightly larger than the required dimensions, the annotations within them must have a size equivalent to 11 or 12 pts. at the time of reproduction. Do not send figures included in the texts or figures in pdf format.

All articles must contain:

  • Title in Spanish (or Portuguese) and English (uppercase and lowercase)
  • Authors: Name (s) and last names, corresponding author marked with an asterisk.
  • Affiliation: Institution address.
  • Corresponding author: email.
  • Reviewers suggested: three names.

Original, scientific notes, review and communication articles shall contain:

  • Resumen (in Spanish) and Abstract: No more than 200 words each.
  • Keywords (key words): not more than 5, sorted alphabetically.
  • Text subtitles only first order, for example: Introduction, Background, Study area, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and References. The texts with a line of extra space between paragraphs (do not use spacing in points). Clearly mark the place where should go Figures or Tables.
  • The ficological contributions should present reviews of the work of ficologists or groups of research whose contributions to the ficology are relevant in coverage, depth or scope, in basic, applied or teaching research.
  • The section Algal Biodiversity brings together the necessary elements for the construction of the ficological flora of Mexico with a homogeneous format that allows comparisons at appropriate taxonomic levels (order, family or gender). Those interested in proposing texts for this section should contact the Executive Editor to obtain the script to follow.
Other type of articles:
  • Opinion, book reviews, dissertation abstracts, methodological approaches, additional information on formal publications, etc.: with a free format (without summary, keywords or with or without illustrations).

The extension of all texts is free and it is suggested to consider a 40% original artwork, including graphs; we invite authors to send extra pictures to illustrate the entire publication.

Citations and References

All articles should follow this format:

Citations in the text are alphabetically first and then in chronological order, and if more than two authors use et al. year (no comma). References are ordered alphabetically and chronologically in the following format:


One author:

  • Delwiche, C.F. 1999. Tracing the web of plastid diversity through the tapestry of life. American Naturalist 154: 164-177.

Two or more authors:

  • Hugenholtz, P., B.M. Goebel & N.R. Pace. 1998. Impact of culture-independent studies on the emerging phylogenetic view of bacterial diversity. Journal of Bacteriology 180: 4765-4774.


  • Ettl, H. & G. Gärtner. 1995. Syllabus der Boden-, Luft- und Flechtenalgen. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart, Jena and New York.

Book chapters:

  • Rindi, F., H.A. Allali, D.W. Lam & J.M. Lopez-Bautista. 2010. An overview of the biodiversity and biogeography of terrestrial green algae. In: V. Rescigno & S. Maletta. Eds. Biodiversity Hotspots. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, pp. 105–122.

Thesis, dissertations and other publications:

  • Allali, H.A. 2011. Biodiversity and molecular systematics of subaerial algae from Africa and the neotropics. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Alabama. 273 pp.

Electronic references:

  • Guiry, M.D. & G.M. Guiry. 2014. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. (consultado el 3 noviembre 2014).

Supplementary Material:

It should be sent in pdf format, ready for reproduction or doc, docx or rtf to turn to pdf format.

For any questions regarding shipping, please contact the Executive Editor.

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