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Conservation, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development


Chelonia Association Monograph Series receives research papers and documents in the field of natural sciences and conservation biology, for evaluation, editing and publication in the form of electronic books. The manuscript must be presented in Spanish or English, in Word format, A4 size, written at space 1.5, including texts, tables, figures, photographs and annexes. The text must be written in Californian FB font, size 11, aligned to the left.


The first page of the manuscript should indicate the title of the monograph, the full names of the author or authors and with a footnote, the name of the author's institution of affiliation, postal address and email (preferably institutional). Also include in the footer the author designated for the postal correspondence.


An analytical summary must be presented, not exceeding 200 words, for the text on the back cover where the problem addressed, the importance of the study, the objective, methodological aspects, results and the impact of the research are included. Other aspects to consider are the following:

A correct use of words in Spanish should be made, for which it is recommended to lean on the official website of the Royal Spanish Academy:


The use of accents also applies to capitalised words (Spanish).


Grammar: checking the correct use of words in the construction of sentences, avoiding their repetition.


To review the taxonomic nomenclature of plant species, it is recommended to consult the databases available online: The Plant List (, The International Plants Name Index (, and Integrated Taxonomic Information System (, among others.


For fauna species it is recommended to consult the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History NMNH at, Amphibian Species of the World (, Amphibia Web ( and The Reptile Database (


The first time a scientific name appears in the text, it must be written in full, with gender and specific epithet in italics (eg: Cedrela odorata); henceforth the same name must be written only with the initial letter of the genre in capital letters followed by a period and the specific epithet (eg: C. odorata).


For the verification of threatened species of flora and fauna, the List of Species in Red Books should be consulted, in the IUCN RedList: and the CITES database:, among others. At the end it is recommended to mention the consultation date.


The main titles (level 1) such as abstract, summary, introduction, methodology, results, conclusions and bibliographic references, etc., should be in constant capital letters and bold (ex: ABSTRACT). The subtitles within each section (level 2) in initial capital letters and in normal bold (ex: Study area). The following subtitles (level 3) in initial capital letters, without bold and italics (ex: Sea turtles). Level 4 subtitles in initial capital letters without bold, normal and underlined (ex: Mediterranean).


It is recommended to standardise the presentation of the maps within the document, using the same nomenclature in the legend, conventions, meridians and parallels, scale, use of north, among others. The texts should be in Californian FB at a size that allows their adequate visualisation.


It is important that all figures (maps, graphs and illustrations), tables and photographs that appear inside the document must be cited in the texts with consecutive numbers, as well as the citations in the annexes. Tables must be plain and inserted at the end of the paragraph where they are cited. The text must include the figures feet and photographs numbered sequentially, as well as the titles of tables, also in sequential numbering, and preferably highlighted in yellow.


Figures and photographs must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and, once the manuscript is approved for publication, the files must be sent in original (*.jpeg or *.png), in separate folders (figures folder and photographs folder), whose names must correspond to the numbers cited in the document. When it comes to cover photos, back covers and chapter covers, the corresponding file name must be entered.


The logos of the collaborating institutions must also be presented in an original file (*.jpeg or *.png) and with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.


All bibliographic citations appearing in the texts of the manuscript must be duly listed, in alphabetical order at the end of each chapter (if applicable) or at the end of the document. Citations within the text must be arranged chronologically and must correspond in their entirety to the references in the Bibliographic References section. The separation between the author and the year must be done by using a comma (,) and the separation between citations must be done with a semicolon (;). The expression “et al.” should be used to cite publications by more than two authors and the letters a, b, c, d, etc., to differentiate among several works by the same author and year, as presented in the following examples:

… According to Medina (1945) and Fernández and Ruiz (1996).


… (Medina, 1945, 1975; Fernández and Ruiz, 1996; Ramírez et al., 2009).


… According to the research carried out by Carvajal et al. (2008).


… For his extensive works (Gumilla 1791a, 1791b).


Bibliographic references must be presented in alphabetical order, starting with the last name of the first author; also, chronologically for each author or authors. Likewise, the names of all authors should be written, without using “et al.”. The magazines or serials that are cited in this section should be written as follows:

Magazine articles

First of all, the last name of the author or authors should appear followed by the initials of the name, year, article title, journal name in italics, volume and number (in parenthesis) and page range. For further illustration it is recommended to follow the examples below:


Holdridge, L. R. 1947. Determination of World Plant Formation from Simple Climatic Data. Science. 105: 367-368.

Jones, F. A. y S. P. Hubbell. 2006. Demographic spatial genetic structure of the Neotropical tree, Jacaranda copaia. Molecular Ecology 15: 3205-3217.  

González, B., X. Cervantes, E. Torres, E. Sánchez and L. Simba. 2010. Characterization of the culture of raft (Ochroma pyramidale) in the province of Los Ríos - Ecuador. Science and Technology. 3 (2): 7-11.


The author's last name and the initials of the name(s), the year, title of the book, city followed by a colon (:), name of the publisher and number of pages followed by the letter (p) are cited. When it comes to a book written by several authors, the name of the publisher or publishers is used as author(s) followed by (ed.) or (eds.), depending on the case. If there are two or more authors, place the last name and initial of the first author's name and then a comma, place the initials of the names and the last name of the second, third, fourth, fifth author, etc., as shown in the following examples:

Zar, J. H. 1984. Biostatistical analysis. Second edition. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. 718 p.

Merchán, M. (ed.). 2011. Natural history and conservation of the plain caiman (Crocodylus intermedius) in Colombia. Madrid: Chelonia Association. 238 p.

González, A and R. Rodríguez. 2000. American plants for illustrated Spain. Genesis, development and decline of the Spanish project of botanical expeditions. Madrid: Editorial Complutense S.A. 72 p.

Book Chapters

In these cases, the last name of the author of the chapter, initials of the names, year and title of the chapter are mentioned. Subsequently, the expression (En) is placed followed by a colon (:) and in the case of works written in the English language, it is written (In :), last name and initials of the publisher's names and then the expression (ed. or eds. depending on the case). Title of the book in italics and in parenthesis the page range with the following expression (pp.), publisher name, city, country. It is recommended to follow the examples below:


Duque, L. 2013. Routes and itineraries of geographers, cartographers and naturalists in the territory of New Granada (1750 - 1847). In: Duque, L., J.W . Montoya, L. C. Jiménez and J. D. Delgado (eds.). Territorial impacts in the transition from the Colony to the Republic in New Granada (pp. 125-183). National university of Colombia. Bogota. Colombia.


Mejía, M. 1998. Adventurers, chroniclers and scientists in the Orinoquia. In: Domínguez, C. (ed.). Colombia Orinoco (pp. 221-239). FEN Fund. Bogota Colombia.

Ruiz, H. and J. Pavón. 1798. Virgularia. In: H. Ruiz López and J. Pavón. Systema Vegetabilium Florae Peruvianae et Chilensis (pp. 160-162). Typis Gabrielis de Sancha. Madrid. Spain.


Degree documents

Like the previous references, first, the author's last name, initials of the names, year, title of the degree document (preferably specialization, master's or doctorate works), academic program in parenthesis followed by a colon (:), name of the academic institution, city and number of pages followed by the expression (p), as presented in the following example:


Camacho-C., A. 2013. Forest restoration of abandoned fields in tropical montane environments in southern Mexico (Memory to qualify for the degree of Doctor). Complutense University of Madrid. Madrid. 192 p.


Manuscripts can be sent to the email:, with the conditions above detailed.


The rights of the authors over their works will be maintained, therefore, they are free to distribute and share them publicly, as long as the credits of the same are recognised, as well as the participating institutions, and declaring they will not be used for commercial purposes.



The personal information of the authors will be used exclusively for internal communications with Chelonia Association, and will not be used for other purposes.

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