WCMB 2023

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WCMB Conference Collection

The 6th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB 2023) will publish a Conference Collection in the journal PeerJ Life & Environment through the IABO Hub (https://peerj.com/hubs/iabo), the publishing home of the International Association for Biological Oceanography (IABO) and the official publishing partner of the WCMB series.

The IABO Hub

The IABO Hub features the latest biological oceanography research published by the members of IABO. Anyone can browse the Hub and make a presubmission enquiry, but you can unlock more features – and benefits – by joining IABO and the Hub Community.

It’s free to join the Hub, and IABO. You’ll benefit from a Hub publishing discount, increased visibility of your research in your community, and you can access, and donate to, the Hub Cooperative Publishing Fund.

Submissions are assessed for community relevance by the Hub Editorial Team, made up of IABO members. Articles are peer reviewed and published in PeerJ Life & Environment, a high quality, Open Access journal publishing world-class research from across the globe.

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WCMB Conference Collection 

All presenters and attendees of WCMB 2023 are eligible to submit research articles related to the themes of the conference series to the Conference Collection.

To be considered, please first submit an abstract to the IABO Hub (https://peerj.com/hubs/iabo/submit) and include “Submitting to the WCMB 2023 Conference Collection” in the Note to Editor.

Submissions will be assessed for scope and community interest by the Hub Editorial Team. Approved abstracts will be invited to make a full submission to PeerJ Life & Environment, the associated journal of the IABO Hub, for peer review. Authors of manuscripts that are accepted for publishing following peer review will be required to pay either an Article Processing Charge or for a PeerJ Lifetime Membership (a one-off payment for lifetime publishing privileges) – see https://peerj.com/pricing/ for details.

Previous WCMB Collections

  • 5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB 2020)

The 5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity Collection features research articles from selected papers presented at the WCMB 2020, hosted by the University of Auckland but held virtually due to the Covid pandemic.    

The Conference Collection PDF also contains additional material, such as panel discussions from the conference related to recommendations for early career researchers and women in marine science, as well as interviews with each of the PeerJ Award Winners.


  • 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB 2018)

The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity Collection contains abstracts, posters, talk slides, and full-length manuscripts describing work presented at the 2018 World Conference on Marine Biodiversity which took place in May 2018 and was located in Montreal, Canada.

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PeerJ Awards

PeerJ Life & Environment and the IABO Hub are sponsoring four Early Career Researcher awards at WCMB 2023, two for oral presentations and two for posters. Each award winner will receive a free publication in PeerJ Life & Environment (subject to peer review) and a feature about their research posted on the PeerJ blog. You can see interviews with the PeerJ Award winners from WCMB 2020 here: