The Publications and Communications Group (PUBCOM) is, as the name suggests, chiefly concerned with the publication and communication of ICES science. On behalf of the Science Committee (SCICOM) the group meets at the Annual Science Conference to discuss ICES publications and make recommendations on future publications to SCICOM. All Category 1 resolutions are presented to PUBCOM for recommendation to SCICOM for approval. PUBCOM maintains an overview of these important sources of information and, when appropriate, advises the ICES Secretariat on its publication activities, offering recommendations on ways to make publications more effective in:
Publications are explicitly at the heart of the function of ICES, as emphasized by Article 1, Section c of the 1964 Convention:
It shall be the duty of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea… c) to publish or otherwise disseminate the results of research and investigations carried out under its auspices or to encourage the publication thereof.