Containing the scientific papers and proceedings of many ICES Symposia and other notable meetings, the ICES Marine Science Symposia (MSS) publication series has seen volumes published since 1903 and was until 1991 known as Rapports et Procès-Verbaux des Réunions. In 1995, the MSS series was incorporated into the ICES Journal of Marine Science (IJMS). It retains its own continuing volume numbers in addition to the IJMS volume number.
Under contract with and printed by Oxford University Press, the ICES Journal of Marine Science usually publishes three volumes of proceedings each year, with each arriving as soon as possible after the symposium in question. Indeed, records of such symposia and meetings are, in principle, to be submitted to journal before any alternative publications arrangements are put in place.
ICES explicitly encourages the science community, in addition to engagement in new marine science disciplines, to develop proposals for symposia crucial to the ICES Science Plan. These include a) understanding the physical, chemical, and biological functioning of marine ecosystems, b) understanding and quantifying human impacts on marine ecosystems, including the use of living marine resources, and c) evaluating options for sustainable marine-related industries, particularly fishing and mariculture.
Recent digitization of historical MSS publications means readers now have online access to proceedings dating back to 1903. Please explore individual volumes further in our library.