The ICES Journal of Marine Science was published from 1926 to 1991 as the Journal du Conseil, and is a continuation of the former Publications de Circonstance series, which first appeared in 1903. In 1991, the title of the series was changed to the ICES Journal of Marine Science (with the subtitle Journal du Conseil), and handling of the publication was contracted to Academic Press, which became an Elsevier imprint in 2001. Elsevier published the Journal through 2006 and publishing was taken over by Oxford University Press in 2007. The current Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Howard I. Browman.
From 1927 through 1991 (Volumes 2–48), there were three issues to a volume; from 1992 through 1994 (Volumes 49–51), four issues; from 1995 through 2003 (Volumes 52–60), six issues; from 2004 through 2005 (Volume 61–62), eight issues; and starting in 2006 (Volume 63–), nine issues. ICES Symposia proceedings have been included as special numbers since 1995. The manuscript submission process is the same for symposia issues and regular issues. Copies can be ordered from the ICES Secretariat.