The ICES Journal of Marine Science publishes articles, short communications, opinion essays, visions for the future, and critical reviews that contribute to our understanding of marine science. It also serves as a foundation for scientific advice across the broad spectrum of management and conservation issues related to the marine environment. Oceanography, marine habitats, living resources, and related topics constitute the key elements of papers considered for publication. This includes economic, social, and public administration studies that are directly related to management of the seas and are of general interest to marine scientists. Integrated studies that bridge gaps between traditional disciplines are particularly welcome.
Some articles are identified as being of particularly outstanding quality or interest. These Editor's Choice articles are promoted and provided with free access. Please follow the link on the left to view previous Editor's Choice articles.
The Journal publishes papers in each of the following categories:
Original articles: traditional research papers. Optimum up to 10-12 printed pages (approximately 6500 words) inclusive of text, appropriate references (target 50-60), figures, and tables. Short Communication articles: Optimum of 5-6 printed pages (approximately 2500 words) inclusive of text, appropriate references (target 20-30), figures, and tables. Ideally, the methods, results, and discussion can be presented in a single section. They should include a shorter abstract (up to ~50 words) and present the acknowledgements and references as in an original article. Comment articles: comments on, or replies to, papers published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science; optimum of 4 printed pages (approximately 2000 words). Review articles: comprehensive reviews on topics of wide general interest within marine science, or on hot topics, sometimes solicited by the editorial board. Potential authors are advised to contact the editor-in-chief regarding topic and proposed length. Food for thought articles: short articles on topical issues, often provocative or innovative in nature, solicited or offered to stimulate dialogue, research, and ideas generally. Quo Vadimus articles: describing the future landscape/potential of a topic, issue, discipline or technology.
For more information about submitting manuscripts and author guidelines please see the links provided. Pre-submission queries should be directed to the Oxford University Press editorial office.
Journal Impact Factor = 2.27
5-year Journal Impact Factor = 2.47
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