Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR), National Council of Researches (CNR), Largo Fiera della Pesca, 1 60125 Ancona, Italy
Received date: January 28, 2014; Accepted date: January 29, 2013; Published date: January 31, 2014
Citation: Gomiero A (2014) The Contribution of OMICS Publishing Group to the Topic of Marine Litter and Micro Plastic Studies. J Marine Sci Res Dev 4:e127. doi:10.4172/2155-9910.1000e127
Copyright: © 2014 Gomiero A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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