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American Fisheries Society

The American Fisheries Society publishes a suite of journals for aquatic resource professionals. These journals—Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, featuring papers on basic fisheries science; North American Journal of Fisheries Management, covering management research, experiences, and recommendations; North American Journal of Aquaculture, providing guidance for those who breed and raise aquatic animals; and Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, focusing on health maintenance and disease treatment—are available to AFS members, institutions, and libraries in both print and electronic formats.

Animal Conservation

A Journal of Ecology, Evolution and Genetics. Animal Conservation provides a forum for rapid publication of novel, peer-reviewed research into conservation of animal species and their habitats. The focus is on rigorous studies of an empirical or theoretical nature. Studies may relate to populations, species, or communities but should have broad conservation significance. A central theme is to publish important new ideas and findings from evolutionary biology and ecology that contribute towards the scientific basis of conservation biology. Subjects covered by the journal include behaviour and population biology; wildlife disease and epidemiology; evolutionary ecology and genetics; systematic biology and phylogenetics; biodiversity and biogeography; management (including translocation and sustainable use). The journal is essential reading for conservation biologists, policy-makers and students.

Animal Ecology

The Journal of Animal Ecology first appeared in 1932. It publishes the best in original research on any aspect of animal ecology. Recently it has published papers on population ecology, behavioural ecology, community ecology, physiological ecology and evolutionary ecology. Field, laboratory and theoretical studies based upon terrestrial, freshwater or marine systems are all published. The editors are keen to promote all these traditional areas and also to encourage publication of papers in new and emerging fields such as molecular ecology.


An international journal devoted to research on the exploration, improvement and management of all aquatic food resources, both floristic and faunistic, from freshwater, brackish and marine environments, related directly or indirectly to human consumption.

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems is an international journal dedicated to publishing original papers that relate specifically to freshwater, brackish or marine habitats and encouraging work that spans these ecosystems. This journal provides a forum in which all aspects of the conservation of aquatic biological resources can be presented and discussed, enabling greater cooperation and efficiency in solving problems in aquatic resource conservation. The publication of both practical studies in conservation as well as theoretical considerations of the underlying principles is encouraged. Contributions are accepted from as wide a geographical range as possible to ensure a broad representation of conservation issues in both developed and developing countries. The journal also publishes short communications, review articles, discussions and book reviews.

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems serves as a focus for scientists in research institutes, universities, industry, nature conservation organizations and all levels of government as well as aquatic habitat and fishery managers and policy makers concerned with these issues.

Aquatic Sciences - Research Across Boundaries

Aquatic Sciences - Research Across Boundaries (AS) publishes original research, overviews, and reviews dealing with aquatic (both freshwater and marine) systems and their boundaries, including the impact of human activities on these systems. AS spans the range from molecular-level mechanistic studies to investigations at the whole ecosystem scale. AS seeks articles presenting research across disciplinary and environmental boundaries, that is (i) studies examining interactions among geological, microbial, biological, chemical, physical, hydrological, and societal processes, and (ii) studies assessing land-water, air-water, benthic-pelagic, river-ocean, lentic-lotic, and groundwater-surface water interactions.

Aquatic Toxicology

Aquatic Toxicology publishes original scientific papers dealing with the mechanisms of toxicity in aquatic environments and the understanding of responses to toxic agents at community, species, tissue, cellular and subcellular level, including aspects of uptake, metabolism and excretion of toxicants; understanding effects of toxic substances on aquatic ecosystems; toxicant-induced alterations in organisms as evinced, for example, through biochemical and physiological reactions, including adaptive responses; the development of procedures and techniques that significantly advance the understanding of processes and events that produce toxic effects; in-depth studies of human health aspects of aquatic toxicology. Chemical and other identification of toxicants will be considered when related to the understanding of perturbations in life processes. Reports of laboratory and field investigations may be accepted; however, the findings should contribute to the understanding of processes and mechanisms.


Biogeosciences (BG) is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research articles, short communications and review papers on all aspects of the interactions between the biological, chemical and physical processes in terrestrial or extraterrestrial life with the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. The objective of the journal is to cut across the boundaries of established sciences and achieve an interdisciplinary view of these interactions. Experimental, conceptual and modeling approaches are welcome.

Biological Bulletin

The Biological Bulletin publishes outstanding experimental research on the full range of biological topics and organisms, from the fields of Neurobiology, Behavior, Physiology, Ecology, Evolution, Development and Reproduction, Cell Biology, Biomechanics, Symbiosis, and Systematics. Published since 1897 by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, The Biological Bulletin is one of America's oldest, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Biological Conservation

Biological Conservation has as its main purpose the widest dissemination of original papers dealing with the preservation of wildlife and the conservation or wise use of biological and allied natural resources. It is concerned with plants and animals and their habitats in a changing and increasingly man–dominated biosphere – in fresh and salt waters as well as on land and in the atmosphere. Biological Conservation publishes field studies, analytical and modeling studies and review articles. While its main basis is ecological the journal aims at fostering other relevant aspects of biological conservation and hopes thereby to encourage more research and publication of work which contributes to our knowledge and understanding of wildlife communities and their value to mankind.

The journal's coverage of the discipline of conservation ecology is relevant to universities and research institutes while the emphasis on the practical application of the research results is important to all land managers, from those dealing with landscape design problems to those whose concern is nature reserve management.


Journal of Biology is an international journal that publishes biological research articles of exceptional interest, together with associated commentary. Original research articles that are accepted for publication are published in full on the web within two weeks, are immediately made freely available to all, and are also distributed in a print edition sent to several thousand life scientists. Articles from the full spectrum of biology are appropriate for consideration, provided they are of outstanding interest and importance. (As a guide, the journal will consider articles of a standard similar to those published in Nature, Science or Cell.)

Conservation Genetics

Conservation Genetics promotes the conservation of genetic diversity by providing a forum where data and ideas can be presented, facilitating the further development of this field of study. Contributions come from researchers in a variety of fields including population genetics, molecular ecology and biology, evolutionary biology, and systematics, to name just a few. Conservation issues are multifaceted and incorporate diverse disciplines. This journal will focus on genetic and evolutionary applications to the problems of conservation, while reflecting the diversity of concerns that are relevant to conservation biology. Papers are accepted in the following categories: full research papers, review papers, short communications, and short methodological notes (including lab methods, computer programs & models, and PCR primers).

Continental Shelf Research

Continental Shelf Research publishes articles dealing with the physical oceanography, sedimentology, geology, chemistry, biology and ecology of the shallow marine environment, from coastal and estuarine water out to the shelf break. Papers that are published present results from both fundamental, original research as well as applied, or directed research.

Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary process-oriented contributions, and encouragement is given to the publication of the results of innovative experimental studies with more general applicability. Continental Shelf Research publishes occasional review articles. It also includes a section on Notes, Instrumentation and Methods. Furthermore, papers are open for written discussion for up to three months following publication and both the discussion and the author's response are published.

Coral Reefs - Journal of the International Society for Reef Studies

This journal supplies a focal point for the hitherto scattered literature in this rapidly expanding field of reef studies, publishing analytical and theoretical papers on both modern and ancient reefs. It encourages the search for generalizations about reef structure and dynamics, and reflects the growing awareness among reef workers of the importance of experimentation, modeling, quantification and applied science in reef studies. Papers published in the journal deal with population dynamics and community ecology of reef organisms, energy and nutrient flows, biogeochemical cycles, physiology of calcification, reef response to natural and anthropogenic stress, behavioral ecology, sedimentology, diagenesis, reef structure and morphology, evolutionary ecology of the reef biota, paleoceanography of coral reefs and coral islands and the science which underpins reef management. The journal is also open to review articles, notes and perspectives on major scientific problems concerning coral reefs.

Crustacean Biology

The Journal of Crustacean Biology contains papers of broad interest dealing with any aspect of crustacean biology, biographies of notable carcinologists, notices of business transacted at meetings of The Crustacean Society, book reviews of works on Crustacea, and pertinent announcements. Papers will be published in English only, but abstracts or summaries in French, German, Portuguese, or Spanish may be added when appropriate. Descriptions of single new species may be accepted if accompanied by significant information on zoogeography, ecology, phylogenetic relationships, or other biological concerns.


Crustaceana is the foremost journal in the world on crustacean research. Including the latest papers from all branches of zoology, it gives up-to-date information on aspects such as taxonomy, zoogeography, ecology, physiology, anatomy, genetics, palaeontology and biometry, and covers all groups of crustacea. Boasting a large international circulation, Crustaceana takes care to supply its readers with an abstract of each article in both English and another congress language.

Current Biology

Current Biology publishes articles in any area of biology, provided that the research clearly represents an important advance of especially broad interest to biologists. Articles must be written and illustrated in a way that is appropriate for nonspecialist readers. Articles should normally occupy 4-10 pages of the journal; there are about 900 words or 40 references to a full page. Brevity is a virtue except when it is at the expense of essential information. Current Biology also publishes Reports: short papers reporting results that are of genuinely broad interest but that for one reason or another do not make a sufficiently complete story to justify publication as a full Article. Authors are welcome to suggest that their paper be considered as a Report if they feel it is suitable for that format. Reports should occupy no more than five pages of the journal.

Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers

Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers is devoted to the publication of the results of original scientific research, the solution of instrumental problems, and new laboratory methods in the marine sciences. It is unique in the field of oceanography in its interdisciplinary approach covering a wide variety of subjects related to the geological, physical, mathematical, chemical and biological aspects of the ocean, the sea floor and the boundary layer between the atmosphere and the ocean. Papers that are particularly timely or topical may receive accelerated editorial response and publication as Rapid Response Papers.

Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography

Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography publishes topical issues from the many international and interdisciplinary projects which are undertaken in oceanography. Besides these special issues from projects, the journal publishes collections of papers presented at conferences. The special issues regularly have electronic annexes of non-text material (numerical data, images, images, video, etc.) which are published with the special issues in ScienceDirect. Deep-Sea Research Part II was split off as a separate journal devoted to topical issues in 1993. Its companion journal Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, publishes the regular research papers in this area.

Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans

The journal exists for the publication of research articles on the fluid dynamics of atmospheres and oceans and their interactions, on related basic dynamical processes, and on climatic and biogeochemical problems in which the fluid dynamics play an essential role. Theoretical, numerical, observational and laboratory studies are all welcome.

Earth & Planetary Science Letters

Since its first appearance in 1966, Earth and Planetary Science Letters has built up an enviable reputation. Its successful formula of presenting high-quality research articles with minimal delay has made it one of the most important sources of information in its field. The articles published reflect the great impact made on research in the geosciences by the use of successful research methods from other disciplines such as chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It also covers research into all aspects of lunar studies, plate tectonics, ocean floor spreading, and continental drift, as well as basic studies of the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the Earth's crust and mantle, the atmosphere and the hydrosphere.

Mid 2002 a new section of short reviews called Frontiers was introduced within Earth and Planetary Science Letters. These high profile papers are written by leading experts and published as the opening pages to regular EPSL issues. The papers fill an important niche of fast communications that bring the scientific community up-to-speed on interesting new areas of science.


Ecosystem change has far reaching implications for health and sustainability at local, regional and global scales. EcoHealth is a new international journal focused on the integration of knowledge at the interface between ecological and health sciences.

EcoHealth builds on the foundation laid by the complementary journals Ecosystem Health and the Global Change and Human Health. By merging these two journals and linking with the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, the journal provides an authoritative forum for research and practice that integrates human, wildlife and ecosystem health. The focus on human and wildlife health reflects their centrality as criterion for humankind's search for a sustainable future.

Ecology & Society

Ecology and Society is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research. Manuscript submission, peer review, and publication are all handled on the Internet. Content of the journal ranges from the applied to the theoretical. In general, papers should cover topics relating to the ecological, political, and social foundations for sustainable social-ecological systems. Specifically, the journal publishes articles that present research findings on the following issues: (a) the management, stewardship and sustainable use of ecological systems, resources and biological diversity at all levels, (b) the role natural systems play in social and political systems and conversely, the effect of social, economic and political institutions on ecological systems and services, and (c) the means by which we can develop and sustain desired ecological, social and political states.


The study and management of ecosystems represent the most dynamic field of contemporary ecology. Ecosystem research bridges fundamental ecology and environmental ecology and environmental problem-solving, and spans boundaries of scale, discipline and perspective. Ecosystems features a distinguished team of editors-in-chief and an outstanding international editorial board, and is seen worldwide as a vital home for publishing significant research as well as editorials, mini-reviews and special features.


Ecotoxicology is an international journal devoted to the publication of fundamental research on the effects of toxic chemicals on populations, communities and terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. It aims to elucidate mechanisms and processes whereby chemicals exert their effects on ecosystems and the impact caused at the population or community level. The journal is not biased with respect to taxon or biome, and papers that indicate possible new approaches to regulation and control of toxic chemicals and those aiding in formulating ways of conserving threatened species are particularly welcome. Studies on individuals should demonstrate linkage to population effects in clear and quantitative ways. Laboratory studies must show a clear linkage to specific field situations. The journal includes not only original research papers but technical notes and review articles, both invited and submitted. A strong, broadly based editorial board ensures as wide an international coverage as possible.

Environmental Biology of Fishes

Environmental Biology of Fishes is an international journal which publishes original studies on the ecology, life history, epigenetics, behavior, physiology, morphology, systematics and evolution of marine and freshwater fishes and fishlike organisms. empirical and theoretical papers are published that deal with the relationship between fishes and their external and internal environment, whether natural or unnatural. In particular, the journal concentrates on papers which advance the scholarly understanding of life and which draw on a variety of disciplines in reaching this understanding. Relevant concepts in biology and philosophy of science are also published.

Environmental Biology of Fishes publishes editorials, invited editorials, full papers, brief communications, rapid communications, essays, invited reviews, critical book reviews, translation proposals, and editorial comment and announcements.

Occasional issues are dedicated to the proceedings of relevant and topical conferences, which may also appear in a hardcover edition in the companion series Developments in Environmental Biology of Fishes.

Environmental Policy and Law

This international journal has created to encourage and develop the exchange of information and experience on all legal, administrative and policy matters relevant to the human and natural environment: air, water and soil pollution as well as waste management; the conservation of flora and fauna; protected areas and land-use control; development and conservation of the world's non-renewable resources.

In short, all aspects included in the concept of sustainable development. For more than two decades Environmental Policy and Law has assumed the role of the leading international forum for policy and legal matters relevant to this field. Environmental Policy and Law is divided into sections for easy accessibility. These sections cover the activities of the United Nations and its specialized agencies, other international developments, regional activities within the framework of CARICOM, OAU, ASEAN, etc., and developments at the national level from all over the world. An important and distinctive feature is the publication of selected documents appearing with the minimum of delay, which are not easily accessible, such as the resolutions from non-public meetings of parliamentarians, guidelines or draft conventions not yet published or newly concluded agreements.

Environmental Policy and Law fills a gap left by other publications. Subscribers are politicians, government officials at the highest level of decision-making, academics, scientists, practicing lawyers, firms, and private persons wishing to keep up to date on contemporary policies and practices.

Environmental Pollution

Environmental Pollution is an international journal that addresses issues relevant to the nature, distribution and ecological effects of all types and forms of chemical pollutants in air, soil and water. The Editors welcome articles based on original research, findings from re–examination and interpretation of existing data and reviews of important issues. In addition, the journal also publishes articles on new methods of detection, study and remediation of environmental pollutants.

Estuarine, Coastal & Shelf Science

Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science is an international multidisciplinary journal devoted to the analysis of saline water phenomena ranging from the outer edge of the continental shelf to the upper limits of the tidal zone. The journal provides a unique forum, unifying the multidisciplinary approaches to the study of the oceanography of estuaries, coastal zones, and continental shelf seas. It features original papers and short communications treating such disciplines as zoology, botany, geology, sedimentology, physical oceanography, numerical models, and chemical processes.

Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

The Journal provides a forum for work on the biochemistry, physiology, behavior, and genetics of marine plants and animals in relation to their ecology; all levels of biological organization will be considered, including studies of ecosystems and ecological modeling. The main emphasis of the Journal lies in experimental work, both from the laboratory and the field. Descriptive studies will, however, be acceptable if they elucidate general ecological principles. Papers describing important new techniques, methods and apparatus will also be considered. All papers will be refereed by experts before acceptance for publication. In all cases proofs will be sent to authors. The editors, referees, and publisher will make every effort to expedite publication and the co-publication of authors in this task is welcomed.

Fish Biology

The Journal of Fish Biology is a leading international journal for scientists engaged in all aspects of fish and fisheries research, both freshwater and marine. The journal publishes high-quality papers relevant to the central theme of fish biology and aims to bring together under one cover an overall picture of the research in progress and to provide international communication among researchers in many disciplines with a common interest in the biology of fish.

Research Areas Include: Aquaculture; Behavior; Biochemistry; Diseases; Distribution; Ecology; Genetics; Growth; Immunology; Migration; Morphology; Parasitology; Physiology; Pollution; Population studies; Reproduction; Taxonomy; Toxicology.

Fish & Shellfish Immunology

Fish and Shellfish Immunology rapidly publishes high-quality, peer-refereed contributions in the expanding fields of fish and shellfish immunology. It presents studies on the basic mechanisms of both the specific and non-specific defense systems, the cells, tissues, and humoral factors involved, their dependence on environmental and intrinsic factors, response to pathogens, response to vaccination, and applied studies on the development of specific vaccines for use in the aquaculture industry.

Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences (Canadian Journal of)

Published continuously since 1901 (under various titles), this monthly journal is the primary publishing vehicle for the multidisciplinary field of aquatic sciences. The Journal has been ranked by ISI as one of the top three journals in its field for the past decade. It publishes perspectives (syntheses, critiques, and re-evaluations), discussions (comments and replies), articles, and rapid communications, on cells, organisms, populations, ecosystems, or processes that affect aquatic systems, to amplify, modify, question, or redirect accumulated knowledge in the field of fisheries and aquatic science.


The Virtual Journal of Geobiology is available exclusively on the Web. It is a virtual journal in that it lists articles with a geobiological component recently published in a wide range of Elsevier Science journals. The articles are personally selected by the editor, Professor Lee Kump, on the basis of their potential to highlight interesting and important developments in the area of geobiology.

Geobiology is emerging as a new subject at the many interfaces between modern biology and the various fields of Earth and space sciences. Yet, there remains uncertainty and discussion about the origin of the current interest in this area. Has it to do with fashion or obtaining research funding, with breaking down barriers between traditional disciplines, or with attempts to revitalise Earth and planetary sciences in the universities? Is it a dynamic new field, a new name for an old subject, or just a short-lived excitement that will soon die away?


Hydrobiologia publishes original articles in the fields of fundamental limnology and marine biology. A wide range of papers is published, including ecology, physiology, biogeography, methodology and taxonomy. Applied (technological) papers are also published, provided they are of general interest and not solely technical in nature. Occasionally very long papers, reviews and special issues are published at the invitation of the Editors, as are the proceedings of relevant, specialized symposia, e.g. Seaweed Symposia; Saline Lakes Symposia; Sediment/Water Interactions Symposia; Rotifer Symposia; Aquatic Oligochaete Biology Symposia; Turbellaria Symposia; Symposia on Copepoda and Cladocera; Tropical Limnology/high-latitude Limnology Symposia; and recently North Sea-Estuaries Interactions; Phosphorus in Freshwater Ecosystems and Expected Effects of Climatic Change on Marine Coastal Ecosystems. Purely descriptive work, whether limnological, ecological or taxonomic, can only be considered if it is firmly embedded in a larger biological framework.

ICES Journal of Marine Science

The ICES Journal of Marine Science publishes articles, short communications, and critical reviews that contribute to our scientific understanding of marine systems and the impact of human activities. The Journal 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 management topics constitute the key elements of papers eligible for publication. Integrated studies that bridge gaps between traditional disciplines are particularly welcome. The scope of the Journal has been broadened to include economic, social, and public administration studies to the extent that they are directly related to management of the seas and are of general interest to marine scientists. Proceedings of ICES-sponsored symposia constitute an integral part of the Journal and observe the standards set for regular papers.

Invertebrate Pathology

The Journal of Invertebrate Pathology presents original research articles and notes on the induction and pathogenesis of diseases of invertebrates, including the suppression of diseases in beneficial species, and the use of diseases in controlling undesirable species. In addition, the journal publishes the results of physiological, morphological, genetic, immunological and ecological studies as related to the etiologic agents of diseases of invertebrates.

JMBA - Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

JMBA is an international journal with a worldwide distribution publishing original research on all aspects of marine biology. It includes current international research developments and features much of the pioneering work taking place today on major issues concerning marine organisms and their environment. Subjects covered include: ecological surveys and population studies of oceanic, coastal and shore communities; physiology and experimental biology; taxonomy, morphology and life history of marine animals and plants; and chemical and physical oceanographic work which relates closely to the biological environment. Papers are also published on the rapidly developing techniques employed at sea for the sampling, recording, capture and observation of marine organisms, and chemical analyses of sea water. JMBA is produced from a working marine laboratory by scientists actively involved in research.

Limnology & Oceanography

Limnology and Oceanography publishes original articles about all aspects of limnology and oceanography. The journal's unifying theme is the understanding of aquatic ecosystems. Submissions are judged on the originality of their data, interpretations, and ideas, and on the degree to which they can be generalized beyond the particular aquatic ecosystem examined. Laboratory and modeling studies must demonstrate relevance to natural environments; typically this means that they are bolstered by substantial "real world" data. Few purely theoretical papers are accepted for review; authors are strongly advised to include such materials in more complete papers that use the new theory to elucidate important features of aquatic ecosystems.

Marine & Freshwater Research

Marine & Freshwater Research bridges subject field divisions in the marine, estuarine and freshwater sciences, making it a truly interdisciplinary aquatic science journal. Papers are selected for their originality, significance and potential interest to our broad audience.

Marine Biology JournalMarine Biology

The Editors of Marine Biology invite and will consider for publication original contributions to the following fields of research: Plankton research: Studies on the biology, physiology, biochemistry and genetics of plankton organisms both under laboratory and field conditions. Biological and biochemical oceanography. Environment-organism and organism-organism interrelationships. Experimental biology: Research on metabolic rates and routes in microorganisms, plants and animals. Respiration; nutrition; life cycles. Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology and behavior: Biochemical research on marine organisms; photosynthesis; permeability; osmoregulation; ionregulation; active transport; adaptation; analyses of environmental effects on functions (tolerances, rates and efficiencies of metabolism, growth and reproduction) and structures; migrations; orientation; general behavior. Biosystem research: Experimental biosystems and microcosms. Energy budgets: flow routes and balance sheets of energy and matter in the marine environment. Interspecific interrelationships, food webs. Dynamics and structures of microbial, plant and animal populations. Use, management and protection of living marine resources. Effects of man on marine life, including pollution. Evolution: Investigations on speciation, population genetics, and biological history of the oceans. Theoretical biology related to the marine environment: Concepts and models of quantification and mathematical formulation; system analysis; information theory. Methods: Apparatus and techniques employed in marine biological research; underwater exploration and experimentation.

Marine Biology Research

Marine Biology Research aims to provide practitioners and academics with a forum for ideas and discussion on all areas of marine biology and oceanography. The journal will cover a broad range of topics, including: Ecology, Behaviour, Benthic dynamics, Biodiversity, Ecosystem functioning, Environment, Evolution, Phylogeny, Physiology, Taxonomy. Applied aspects (environment, fisheries) of marine biological research, which contribute to general biological insight, will also be covered.

Marine Biotechnology

Articles describing the molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry of any aquatic prokaryote or eukaryote will be considered. Papers on biotechnological applications should address fundamental questions or demonstrate novel technical developments. Work on marine natural products will also be considered when it meets these criteria. The journal will publish articles describing innovative molecular techniques for the study and manipulation (including transgenesis) of marine and freshwater organisms or research pertaining to industrial applications (aquaculture/mariculture) of aquatic organisms.

Marine Chemistry

Marine Chemistry is an international medium for the publication of original studies and occasional reviews in the field of chemistry in the marine environment, with emphasis on the dynamic approach. The journal endeavors to cover all aspects, from chemical processes to theoretical and experimental work, and, by providing a central channel of communication, to speed the flow of information in this relatively new and rapidly expanding discipline.

Marine Ecology Progress Series

MEPS serves as a worldwide forum for all aspects of marine ecology, fundamental and applied. The journal covers: microbiology, botany, zoology, ecosystem research, biological oceanography, ecological aspects of fisheries and aquaculture, pollution, environmental protection, conservation, resource management.

Marine Environmental Research

Marine Environmental Research publishes original research papers on chemical, physical, and biological interactions in the oceans and coastal waters. The journal serves as a forum for new information on biology, chemistry, and toxicology and syntheses that advance understanding of marine environmental processes. Submission of multidisciplinary studies is encouraged. Studies that utilize experimental approaches to clarify the roles of anthropogenic and natural causes of changes in marine ecosystems are especially welcome, as are those studies that represent new developments of a theoretical or conceptual aspect of marine science. All papers published in this journal are reviewed by qualified peers prior to acceptance and publication.

Marine Geology, Geochemistry and Geophysics

Since 1964 this international journal has been reporting on developments in the fields of marine geology, geochemistry and geophysics. Marine Geology provides regular access to original studies and comprehensive reviews and, in addition, has a special "letters section" which ensures particularly rapid publication of short papers.

Marine Micropaleontology

Articles describing the molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry of any aquatic prokaryote or eukaryote will be considered. Papers on biotechnological applications should address fundamental questions or demonstrate novel technical developments. Work on marine natural products will also be considered when it meets these criteria. The journal will publish articles describing innovative molecular techniques for the study and manipulation (including transgenesis) of marine and freshwater organisms or research pertaining to industrial applications (aquaculture/mariculture) of aquatic organisms.

Marine Ornithology: an International Journal of Seabird Science and Conservation

Marine Ornithology presents peer reviewed contributions concerning international seabird science and conservation. The African Seabird Group, the Pacific Seabird Group, the Australasian Seabird Group, the Seabird Group, and the Dutch Seabird Group have jointly managed and published Marine Ornithology: an International Journal of Seabird Science and Conservation since 2003.

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Marine Pollution Bulletin is concerned with the rational use of maritime and marine resources in estuaries, the seas and oceans, as well as with documenting marine pollution and introducing new forms of measurement and analysis. A wide range of topics are discussed as news, comment, reviews and research reports, not only on effluent disposal and pollution control, but also on the management, economic aspects and protection of the marine environment in general. A distinctive feature of Marine Pollution Bulletin is the number of different categories of articles which are published. Papers (Reports) form the core of the journal, while Baselines document measurements which are expected to have value in the future. Reviews are generally invited by the editors on subjects which cross traditional lines, but suggestions for topics are welcomed. Viewpoints are a less formal forum for scientists to comment freely on matters of relevant national and international importance. Other sections of the Bulletin include News, New Products, Conference Reports, Conference Diary, Correspondence and Book Reviews. Two volumes are published annually, one of which contains a series of special issues on topics of particular current interest. The importance and influence of these special issues, which address the major marine environmental concerns of our time, is increasingly being recognised not just by the wider scientific community, but also by environmental policy makers at national and international level.

Marine Systems

The purpose of this journal is to provide a medium of exchange for those engaged in marine research where there exists an interplay between geology, chemistry, biology, and physics. The Journal of Marine Systems therefore welcomes original and state-of-the-art contributions on all aspects of marine sciences. Preference is given to papers which extend beyond the limit of a single discipline and which follow the rationale of system analysis.

Marine Technology Society Journal

The Marine Technology Society Journal is an international, peer reviewed quarterly. It offers a selection of original contributions by professionals involved in ocean science, engineering, technology and policy. Each issue includes book reviews and commentary. To further enrich the dialogue among a wide range of readers of varying disciplines, the MTS Journal has inaugurated a new comment and reply section called Crosstalk. Readers are invited to submit a comment, question, or clarification in response to papers, reports, or commentaries printed in the Journal.

Microbial Ecology

Microbial Ecology is an international journal whose aim is the advancement and dissemination of information describing the interactions between microorganisms and the biotic and abiotic components of their environments. Microbial Ecology features articles of original research and brief reviews.

National Academy of Sciences (Proceedings - PNAS)

PNAS is one of the world's most-cited multidisciplinary scientific serials. Since its establishment in 1914, it continues to publish cutting-edge research reports, commentaries, reviews, perspectives, colloquium papers, and actions of the Academy. Coverage in PNAS spans the biological, physical, and social sciences. PNAS is published weekly in print, and daily online in PNAS Early Edition.

Natural History

The Journal of Natural History is an international journal publishing original research, reviews, opinions and correspondence in systematics and evolutionary and interactive biology. The traditional features of the journal, taxonomic works in entomology and zoology, have been maintained, providing a scientific basis for the application of systematics in biological control, agriculture, aquaculture, and medical and veterinary zoology. The journal also publishes papers on cladistics, experimental taxonomy, parasitology, ecology, behavior and the interaction of organisms with their environment. The editors are supported by an international editorial board and a large panel of referees.


To serve scientists through prompt publication of significant advances in any branch of science, and to provide a forum for the reporting and discussion of news and issues concerning science. Second, to ensure that the results of science are rapidly disseminated to the public throughout the world, in a fashion that conveys their significance for knowledge, culture and daily life. Nature online - the homepage of the International weekly journal of science, and the flagship product of the Nature family of journals

Ocean & Coastal Management

Ocean & Coastal Management is an international journal dedicated to the study of all aspects of ocean and coastal management at local, regional, national and international levels. The Editors encourage articles involving analytical approaches, development of theory, and improvement of management practice. Comparative studies (e.g. subnational, cross–national, to other policy areas) are especially encouraged.

Ocean Science

Ocean Science (OS) is a new international and free to web scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research articles, short communications and review papers on all aspects of ocean science, experimental, theoretical and laboratory. The primary objective is to publish a very high quality scientific journal with free web based access for researchers and other interested people throughout the world.


The journal Oceanologia publishes original papers on marine research with the emphasis on fundamental aspects. Papers dealing with processes in the marine environment are preferred to purely descriptive ones; they should contribute to the understanding of the functioning of marine ecosystems, including their abiotic aspects.

Oceanus (WHOI)

Oceanus is both an online magazine and a semiannual print magazine published by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It explores Earth's last frontier, delivering news and commentary on the meaning and value of ocean research, engineering, and education at WHOI.


Paleoceanography focuses on original contributions dealing with the marine sedimentary record from the present ocean basins and margins and from exposures of ancient marine sediments on the continents. Approaches include sedimentology; isotope geochemistry; paleontology; seismic stratigraphy; physical, chemical, and biological oceanography; marine geology and geophysics; Quaternary geology; and modeling. Contributions are global and regional rather than local; and cover all ages (Precambrian to the Quaternary, including modern analogs).

Plankton Research

Journal of Plankton Research publishes innovative papers that significantly advance the field of plankton research. All kinds of marine, brackish and freshwater plankton are considered: viruses, bacteria, fungi, phytoplankton, and zooplankton, including meroplankton and ichthyoplankton.

Population Ecology

Population Ecology publishes original research articles and reviews on various aspects of population ecology, from the individual to the community level. Among the specific fields included are population dynamics and distribution, evolutionary ecology, ecological genetics, theoretical models, conservation biology, agroecosystem studies, and bioresource management. brief notes on both empirical and theoretical investigations, as well as comments on previously published papers, are published as Notes and Comments. Discussions on new concepts, analyses, and data are published in Forum. Special Features, collections of research articles and reviews organized by the editors, are published periodically and focus on specific research topics.

Progress in Oceanography

Progress in Oceanography publishes the longer, more comprehensive papers that most oceanographers feel are necessary, on occasion, to do justice to their work. Contributions are generally either a review of an aspect of oceanography or a treatise on an expanding oceanographic subject. The articles cover the entire spectrum of disciplines within the science of oceanography. Occasionally volumes are devoted to collections of papers and conference proceedings of exceptional interest. Essential reading for all oceanographers.

Review of Hydrobiology

A Journal Covering all Aspects of Limnology and Marine Biology. Throughout the decades, the development of water ecology has been reflected in this journal: the analysis and assessment of biological structures in water in their interconnection with the internal and external cycle of materials. Today the articles reflect the journal's title: Hydrobiology - the science of life processes in water. It is international, forming the basis for relevant decisions in politics and society, since mankind is dependent on water in so many ways. An international team of scientists guarantees the international character and comprehensive coverage of this journal.


Science is a weekly, peer-reviewed journal that publishes significant original scientific research, plus reviews and analyses of current research and science policy. Our offices in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, U.K., welcome submissions from all fields of science and from any source.

Science of the Total Environment

The journal is primarily an international medium for the publication of research into those changes in the environment caused by man's activities. Specifically, it is concerned with the changes in the natural level and distribution of chemical elements and compounds which may affect the well-being of the living world, and ultimately harm man himself. emphasis is given to applied environmental chemistry and environmental health.

Sea Research

The Journal of Sea Research is an international and multidisciplinary periodical on marine research, with an emphasis on marine ecosystems. This field should be seen in its widest sense, including both biotic and abiotic aspects of all types of marine and estuarine systems, benthic as well as pelagic. Apart from quality, the main criterion for selection of papers will be whether they contribute to the understanding of the functioning of marine systems. As several subdisciplines add to this aim, manuscripts are welcome from the fields of marine biology, marine geology, marine chemistry, and physical oceanography, provided they are not only descriptive. Although the emphasis is on fundamental research, papers describing important and relevant new techniques, methods and apparatus will also be considered.

Systematics and Biodiversity

Systematics and Biodiversity is an international life science journal devoted to whole-organism biology, especially systematics and taxonomic biodiversity. It emphasizes the importance and multi-disciplinary significance of systematics. It records the diversity of organisms through descriptive taxonomic papers. The underlying basis of biodiversity is addressed directly and indirectly, through studies of taxonomic relationships, and of growth, form, adaptation and function, and through analysis and synthesis of biodiversity patterns in time and space, especially with respect to environmental and human factors. Coverage also includes relevant theory and methodology, and conservation biology.

Theoretical Biology

The Journal of Theoretical Biology is the leading forum for theoretical papers that give insight into biological processes. It covers a very wide range of topics and is of interest to biologists in many areas of research. Many of the papers make use of mathematics, and an effort is made to make the papers intelligible to biologists as a whole. Experimental material bearing on theory is acceptable. Comment on theoretical issues or on papers published in the journal is welcomed in the form of Letters to the Editors. The Journal of Theoretical Biology now operates receiving offices in San Diego and London ensuring faster publication times for papers.

The ScientificWorld

A 'Journal of many Journals', TheScientificWorldJOURNAL is organized as a matrix of overlapping Domains. Each Domain has its own Editorial Board of distinguished scientists acting as Editors and Board Members. Articles published in TheScientificWorldJOURNAL are published simultaneously in all relevant Domains to promote inter-disciplinary exchange. Domains within related subject areas are organized into Clusters (Cell Biology, Environmental/Ecological Sciences, Genetics/Genomics/Proteomics, Pharmacology/Pharmaceutics, and Physiological/Health Sciences).

Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Now the highest-cited journal in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Trends in Ecology & Evolution contains polished, concise and readable reviews, opinions and letters in all areas of ecology and evolutionary science. It serves as an invaluable source of information for researchers, lecturers, teachers, field workers and students. Trends in Ecology & Evolution keeps these scientists informed of new developments and ideas across the full range of ecology and evolutionary biology - from the pure to the applied, and from molecular to global. Now, more than ever before, is it necessary for life scientists to be aware of research from a wide range of disciplines, especially in the face of the gathering momentum of global environmental change and destruction. More than any other journal, Trends in Ecology & Evolution is the major forum for coverage of all the important issues concerning organisms and their environments.

Water, Air, & Soil Pollution - An International Journal of Environmental Pollution

Water, Air, & Soil Pollution (WASP) is an international, interdisciplinary journal on all aspects of pollution and solutions to pollution in the biosphere. This includes chemical, physical and biological processes affecting flora, fauna, water, air and soil in relation to environmental pollution. Because of its scope, the subject areas are diverse and include all aspects of pollution sources, transport, deposition, accumulation, acid precipitation, atmospheric pollution, metals, aquatic pollution including marine pollution and ground water, waste water, pesticides, soil pollution, sewage, sediment pollution, forestry pollution, effects of pollutants on humans, vegetation, fish, aquatic species, micro-organisms, animals, ecological implications of pollution and pollution models. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution also publishes manuscripts on methods used in the study of environmental pollutants, environmental toxicology, environmental biology, environmental engineering related to pollution, biodiversity as influenced by pollution, environmental biotechnology as applied to pollution (e.g. bioremediation), environmental modeling and biorestoration of polluted environments. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution publishes research letters (short communications of significant research generally not exceeding six journal pages), regular papers, reviews and book reviews. Special and topical issues are published in the companion journal Water, Air, & Soil Pollution: Focus.

Water, Air, & Soil Pollution: Focus

Water, Air, & Soil Pollution: Focus (WAFO) is a companion journal to Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution is an international, interdisciplinary journal on all aspects of pollution and solutions to pollution in the biosphere. This includes chemical, physical and biological processes affecting flora, fauna, water, air and soil in relation to environmental pollution. Because of its scope, the subject areas are diverse and include all aspects of pollution sources, transport, deposition, accumulation, acid precipitation, atmospheric pollution, metals, aquatic pollution including marine pollution and ground water, waste water, pesticides, soil pollution, sewage, sediment pollution, forestry pollution, effects of pollutants on humans, vegetation, fish, aquatic species, micro-organisms, animals, ecological implications of pollution and pollution models. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution also publishes manuscripts on methods used in the study of environmental pollutants, environmental toxicology, environmental biology, environmental engineering related to pollution, biodiversity as influenced by pollution, environmental biotechnology as applied to pollution (e.g. bioremediation), environmental modeling and biorestoration of polluted environments. WAFO publishes special and topical issues where WASP publishes research letters (short communications of significant research generally not exceeding six journal pages), regular papers, reviews and book reviews. The scientific scopes of both journals are the same.

Wetlands Ecology & Management

(as of 2000, incorporating 'Mangroves and Salt Marshes')

Wetlands Ecology and Management is an international journal that publishes original articles in the field of wetlands ecology, the science of the structure and functioning of wetlands for their transformation, utilization, preservation and management on a sustainable basis. The journal covers both pure and applied science dealing with biological, physical and chemical aspects of freshwater, brackish and marine coastal wetlands. The journal aims to encourage the exchange of information between environmental managers, local and national authorities and scientists by providing a forum for papers dealing with scientifically-based management issues around all types of wetlands.

Besides original research papers, discussion papers and short reports, the journal will occasionally include invited review papers on topical subjects. Book reviews, notices of scientific meetings and special issues, arising from chosen scientific symposia or workshops, or as a collection of papers on special topics, will also be published.

WWW Journal of Biology

The primary purpose of this journal is to create an open forum for rapid interactive peer reviewed information exchange in the biological sciences. The journal encourages articles from both plant and animal biological sciences. In general the journal is open to quality articles from any discipline of the biological sciences.


Since its foundation in 1830, the traditional aims of the Journal of Zoology have been to publish research on taxonomy and on descriptions of new species of animals. However, with the proliferation of specialist journals, which cater for these important but specialist topics, the Editors have redirected the focus of the Journal to publish hypothesis-driven research that will be of greater interest to the general reader in zoology. Apart from the exclusion of papers of only specialist interest, the Journal will continue to publish original research and reviews within the whole field of zoology, and it will continue to provide information on the latest trends and developments in this ever-expanding subject.

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