Journal of the
Ocean Science Foundation

An open-access free online peer-reviewed Marine Biology Journal, since 2008.

published by the Ocean Science Foundation
ISSN 1937-7835, The Ocean Science Foundation.

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JOSF focuses on the taxonomy and ecology of coral reef fishes and is open to submissions in the field. We offer free publication and open-access, rapid review and publication, online digital and hard-copy print submitted to libraries, with a turnaround of days to weeks. The journal is not just an e-publication for species descriptions, but a traditional printed journal.

Why another journal? The era of the traditional printed journal is rapidly waning. The restricted access, high selectivity, and bundling into journal issues we have become accustomed to were simply products of the cost of paper and printing. Now, with easily accessible software for layout as well as online digital publishing, the cost barrier is being eliminated.

During this transition period, a variety of hybrid models are proliferating- mostly combinations of printed and online, subscription or free, peer-reviewed or not. Numerous online open-access journals have recently sprouted, but since each paper is individually accessible and searchable on the web, the compendium it happens to be part of and who happens to host the collection is really irrelevant. Clearly, the model for dissemination of scientific results is changing quickly, with progressive fragmentation of journals and ever wider and easier access.

Zootaxa has become the leading fish taxonomy journal at present, but, unfortunately, most articles are not open-access and remain inaccessible to many readers. The older traditional ichthyology journals, like Copeia, are slow, copyrighted against pdf copying or web-posting, not open-access and unavailable to those without expensive subscriptions.

E-mail the editor, Benjamin Victor, for information on submissions.

click on titles below for abstracts and downloadable pdf copies....
Vol 10: D.W. Greenfield, S.V. Bogorodsky, & A.O. Mal
  Two new Red Sea dwarfgobies (Teleostei, Gobiidae, Eviota).
  D.W. Greenfield, R. Winterbottom, & T. Suzuki
  Eviota occasa, a new species of dwarfgoby from Palau and the Ryukyu Islands, Japan (Teleostei: Gobiidae).
  J.E. Randall & K.K. Bineesh
  Review of the fishes of the genus Pempheris (Perciformes: Pempheridae) of India, with description of a new species and a neotype for P. mangula Cuvier.
PRIOR ISSUES, 2013 and earlier
Vol 9: J.E. Randall, S.V. Bogorodsky, T.J. Alpermann, U. Satapoomin, R.D. Mooi, & A.O. Mal
  Pempheris flavicycla, a new pempherid fish from the Indian Ocean, previously identified as P. vanicolensis Cuvier.
Vol 8: J.E. Randall, S.V. Bogorodsky, & A.O. Mal
  Four new soles (Pleuronectiformes: Soleidae) of the genus Aseraggodes from the western Indian Ocean.
  J.E. Randall & A.D. Connell
  Nemateleotris exquisita, a new microdesmid fish from the Indian Ocean (Perciformes: Microdesmidae).
  B.C. Victor
  Scorpaena wellingtoni n. sp., a new scorpionfish from the Galápagos Islands (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae).
  J.E. Randall & B.C. Victor
  Bodianus atrolumbus (Valenciennes 1839), a valid species of labrid fish from the southwest Indian Ocean.
Vol 7: J.E. Randall
  Seven new species of labrid fishes (Coris, Iniistius, Macropharyngodon, Novaculops, and Pteragogus) from the Western Indian Ocean.
  B.C. Victor
  The Caribbean Roughhead Triplefin (Enneanectes boehlkei): DNA barcoding reveals a complex of four West Indian sympatric cryptic species (Teleostei: Blennioidei: Tripterygiidae).
Vol 6: J.E. Randall
  Review of the Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Hemigymnus.
  B.C. Victor & G.M. Wellington
  Citharichthys darwini n. sp., a new endemic flatfish from the Galápagos Archipelago (Teleostei: Pleuronectiformes: Paralichthyidae).
  G. R. Allen, W.T. White, & M.V. Erdmann
  Two new species of snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae: Lutjanus) from the Indo-West Pacific.
Vol 5: B.C. Victor
  Hypoplectrus floridae n. sp. and Hypoplectrus ecosur n. sp., two new Barred Hamlets from the Gulf of Mexico (Pisces: Serranidae): more than 3% different in COI mtDNA sequence from the Caribbean Hypoplectrus species flock.
Vol 4: B.C. Victor
  Emblemariopsis carib and Emblemariopsis arawak, two new chaenopsid blennies from the Caribbean Sea: DNA barcoding identifies males, females, and juveniles and distinguishes sympatric cryptic species.
Vol 3: B.C. Victor
  The Redcheek Paradox: the mismatch between genetic and phenotypic divergence among deeply divided mtDNA lineages in a coral-reef goby, with the description of two new cryptic species from the Caribbean Sea.
Vol 2: K.E. Clifton, E.M. Dubey, & E. Woodburn
  A quantitative assessment of reef fish distribution and abundance within near-shore reef habitats of Yap State, F. S. M.
Vol 1: B.C. Victor
  Redescription of Coryphopterus tortugae (Jordan) and a new allied species Coryphopterus bol (Perciformes: Gobiidae: Gobiinae) from the tropical western Atlantic Ocean.