Instructions to authors

Marine Life publishes fundamental and applied research articles in the following fields:

- Marine biodiversity, biology and ecology, marine chemistry and biochemistry, relating to the life of organisms, population dynamics or biogeochemical cycles;
- Multidisciplinary studies, systems analysis and the modelling of metabolisms or processes;
- The commercial exploitation, redevelopment, sustainable management and socio-economic aspects of living resources and of protected marine areas;
- Eco-toxicology, damage and pollution affecting the marine environment.

The publication focuses mainly on the Mediterranean Sea, but also deals with other seas that are ecologically related, lagoons, coastal areas and the destructive impacts that may occur there.

Articles should be submitted as digital files: Word for the text, Word or Excel for the tables and EPS, TIFF, PSD or JPG format for the illustrations.
The complete work should be sent by e-mail to or on a CDrom disk to :

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Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard,
Ile des Embiez, Le Brusc,
F - 83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages

For co-authored papers, specify the address of the corresponding author.

The first page of the paper should include the following information:
- English and French title,
- first name(s) and SURNAME(s) of the author(s), - the surname should be in upper case – address(es)
- Résumé in French and English Abstract (200 to 250 words),
- French mots clés and English key words (maximum five),
- running titles in English and French (maximum 35 letters each).

The structure of the paper should be as follows:
- Introduction
- Material and Methods
- Results
- Discussion
- Conclusions
- Acknowledgements
- Bibliographical References.

For notes (short papers): material and methods, results, discussion and conclusions should be included in one single section.

In the text, references should be cited in chronological order.

They should include the name of the author or authors, without their initials, followed by the year; e.g.: (Martin, 1985); Martin (1985); Martin (1985, 1990); Martin, Marty (1991).
When there are more than two authors, write: Martin et al., 1986. For articles by the same author published the same year: (Martin, 1975 b), Martin (1975 a, 1975 b).
When reference is made to several articles, they should be in strict chronological order: (Martin 1975, 1990; Abousoussan, 1983).
References that are hitherto unpublished or in the process of publication may be cited: (Martin, personal communication), or (Martin et al., in press).
References to theses, reports and papers published for limited circulation are to be avoided.

Latin names (genus, species) and common expressions in Latin or other languages should be in italics.

All figures (maps, graphs, drawings and photographs) should be submitted ready for printing in the form of digital files (resolution 300 dpi minimum; format EPS, TIFF, PSD, JPG) with the same dimensions as the journal. For graphs using Excel, provide data files with the figure (format XLS).

Each figure should be of excellent quality and include a metric scale.

Legends of tables (numbered with Roman numerals) and figures (numbered with Arabic numerals), written in the language of the article and translated into the language of the Abstract or Résumé, should be submitted in a separate file.

The position intended for each illustration is indicated by means of an arrow in the margin of the paper.

The Bibliography should be placed at the end of the text of the article, on a new page. It should include all the references cited in the text and only those cited. It should be presented in alphabetical order of the authors and chronologically. The name of the journal should be abbreviated according to the rules published in the World List of Scientific Periodicals.

The form of the references should be on the following model:

- Articles in journals :
Lenz J.P., W. Morgan, 1981 - A phylogenic effect of the culture of molluscs in the oceans. Mar. Biol., 41 : 39-48.

- Books:
Margalef R., 1977 - Ecologia. Omega, Barcelona, 951 pp.
Cushing D.H., J.J. Walsh (eds), 1976 - The ecology of the seas. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 467 pp.

- Chapters from books :
Parsons T.R., 1976 - The structure of life in the sea. In : The ecology of the seas. D.H. Cushing, J.J. Walsh (eds), Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, pp : 81-97.

Cobb J.L.S., M.S. Laverack, 1967 – Neuromuscular systems in echinoderms. In : Echinoderm biology. N. Millott (ed.), Proceedings of a symposium, 25-26 May 1966, at London, England, Academic Press, pp : 25-51.

Upon acceptance, the proofs of the article are sent to the corresponding author who should return the complete work after correction, within a week. At this stage, only corrections of a typographical nature are accepted.

Accepted articles are published in paper format and in electronic format on the website The electronic version is made available on a free access basis on the Internet and papers are published there as soon have been accepted by the Reading Committee. The paper version is published as soon as the requisite number of articles to constitute a volume has been reached.

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