Marine Science/Ocean Life Related Journals

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American Fisheries Society

AFS publishes five prestigious peer-reviewed journals for fisheries professionals: 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; Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, focusing on health maintenance and disease treatment; and Marine and Coastal Fisheries, focusing on marine, coastal, and estuarine fisheries.

Animal Conservation

Animal Conservation provides a forum for rapid publication of novel, peer-reviewed research into the conservation of animal species and their habitats. The focus is on rigorous quantitative studies of an empirical or theoretical nature, which may relate to populations, species or communities and their conservation. The journal publishes single-species papers only when they have clear broader implications for conservation of other species or systems. A central theme is to publish important new ideas of broad interest and with findings that advance the scientific basis of conservation. Subjects covered include population biology, epidemiology, evolutionary ecology, population genetics, biodiversity, biogeography, palaeobiology and conservation economics.

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.

Aquaculture

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. ASspans 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

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.

Biology

Journal of Biology (BMC Biology) is an international journal that publishes biological research articles of exceptional interest, together with associated commentary. BMC Biology is an open access journal publishing outstanding research in all areas of biology, with a publication policy that combines selection for broad interest and importance with a commitment to serving authors well.

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

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.

EcoHealth

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.

Ecosystems

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

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 and 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 and 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.

Geobiology

The field of geobiology explores the relationship between life and the Earth’s physical and chemical environment. Geobiology, launched in 2003, aims to provide a natural home for geobiological research, allowing the cross-fertilization of critical ideas, and promoting cooperation and advancement in this emerging field. We also aim to provide you with a forum for the rapid publication of your results in an international journal of high standing. We are particularly interested in papers crossing disciplines and containing both geological and biological elements, emphasizing the co-evolutionary interactions between life and its physical environment over geological time.

Hydrobiologia

As human populations grow across the planet, water security, biodiversity loss and the loss of aquatic ecosystem services take on ever increasing priority for policy makers. International Review of Hydrobiology brings together in one forum fundamental and problem-oriented research on the challenges facing marine and freshwater biology in an economically changing world. Interdisciplinary in nature, articles cover all aspects of aquatic ecosystems, ranging from headwater streams to the ocean and biodiversity studies to ecosystem functioning, modeling approaches including GIS and resource management, with special emphasis on the link between marine and freshwater environments. The editors expressly welcome research on baseline data. The knowledge-driven papers will interest researchers, while the problem-driven articles will be of particular interest to policy makers. The overarching aim of the journal is to translate science into policy, allowing us to understand global systems yet act on a regional scale.

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.

International Review of Hydrobiology

As human populations grow across the planet, water security, biodiversity loss and the loss of aquatic ecosystem services take on ever increasing priority for policy makers. International Review of Hydrobiology brings together in one forum fundamental and problem-oriented research on the challenges facing marine and freshwater biology in an economically changing world. Interdisciplinary in nature, articles cover all aspects of aquatic ecosystems, ranging from headwater streams to the ocean and biodiversity studies to ecosystem functioning, modeling approaches including GIS and resource management, with special emphasis on the link between marine and freshwater environments. The editors expressly welcome research on baseline data. The knowledge-driven papers will interest researchers, while the problem-driven articles will be of particular interest to policy makers. The overarching aim of the journal is to translate science into policy, allowing us to understand global systems yet act on a regional scale.

International Review of Hydrobiology publishes original articles, reviews, short communications, and methods 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.

Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK (JMBA) 

Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK (JMBA) is an international journal, publishing original research and reviews on all aspects of marine biology, to support the aims of the MBA. The topics of present interest for JMBA are: – Marine ecology, behaviour and fisheries; – Biodiversity and population studies of marine ecosystems, especially potential impacts of global warming, ocean acidification and climate change on ecosystem resilience; – Physiology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology of marine organisms, including microbiology, particularly related to the integrative ecophysiology of marine organisms – Taxonomic syntheses, including molecular phylogenies; – Morphology, life history and developmental biology of marine organisms, especially model systems; – Chemical and physical oceanography, as directly relevant to marine biology; – Marine environmental health, and in particular its relationship to human health and well-being. In addition to papers describing original research, the journal will also publish short reviews and original viewpoints on topics of current marine biological interest.

Limnology & Oceanography

Limnology and Oceanography (L&O) publishes research articles, reviews, and comments about all aspects of limnology and oceanography. The journal’s unifying theme is the understanding of aquatic systems. Submissions are judged on their originality and intellectual contribution to the fields of limnology and oceanography. Site-specific studies, laboratory experiments, and modeling exercises will be considered only to the extent they contribute to a broader understanding of aquatic sciences.

Marine & Freshwater Research

Marine and Freshwater Research is an international and interdisciplinary journal publishing contributions on all aquatic environments. The journal’s content addresses broad conceptual questions and investigations about the ecology and management of aquatic environments. Environments range from groundwaters, wetlands and streams to estuaries, rocky shores, reefs and the open ocean. Subject areas include, but are not limited to: aquatic ecosystem processes, such as nutrient cycling; biology; ecology; biogeochemistry; biogeography and phylogeography; hydrology; limnology; oceanography; toxicology; conservation and management; and ecosystem services. Contributions that are interdisciplinary and of wide interest and consider the social-ecological and institutional issues associated with managing marine and freshwater ecosystems are welcomed.

Marine Biology JournalMarine Biology

Marine Biology publishes original and internationally significant contributions from all fields of marine biology. Special emphasis is given to articles which promote the understanding of life in the sea, organism-environment interactions, interactions between organisms, and the functioning of the marine biosphere.

While original research articles are the backbone of Marine Biology, method articles, reviews and comments are also welcome, provided that they meet the same originality, importance and quality criteria as research articles. Articles of exceptional significance are published as highlight articles. They are accompanied by an editorial comment, and they are promoted in social media.

Marine Biology Research

Marine Biology Research (MBRj) provides a worldwide forum for key information, ideas and discussion on all areas of marine biology and biological oceanography. Founded in 2005 as a merger of two Scandinavian journals, Sarsia and Ophelia, MBRj is based today at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway. The Journal’s scope encompasses basic and applied research from all oceans and marine habitats and on all marine organisms, the main criterium for acceptance being quality. In its first ten years, MBRj has published nearly 700 submissions from 55 countries, including many research and review articles as well as eight Thematic Issues.

Marine Biotechnology

Marine Biotechnology welcomes high-quality research papers presenting novel data on the biotechnology of aquatic organisms. The journal publishes high quality papers in the areas of molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, cell biology, and biochemistry, and particularly encourages submissions of papers related to genome biology such as linkage mapping, large-scale gene discoveries, QTL analysis, physical mapping, and comparative and functional genome analysis. Papers on technological development and marine natural products should demonstrate innovation and novel applications.

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 endeavours 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

The leading journal in its field, MEPS covers all aspects of marine ecology, fundamental and applied. Topics covered include microbiology, botany, zoology, ecosystem research, biological oceanography, ecological aspects of fisheries and aquaculture, pollution, environmental protection, conservation, and resource management. MEPS aims for the highest quality of scientific contributions, quick publication, and a high technical standard of presentation.

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.

Marine Geology

Marine Geology is the premier international journal on marine geological processes in the broadest sense. We seek papers that are comprehensive, interdisciplinary and synthetic that will be lasting contributions to the field. Although most papers are based on regional studies, they must demonstrate new findings of international significance. We accept papers on subjects as diverse as seafloor hydrothermal systems, beach dynamics, early diagenesis, microbiological studies in sediments, palaeoclimate studies and geophysical studies of the seabed. We encourage papers that address emerging new fields, for example the influence of anthropogenic processes on coastal/marine geology and coastal/marine geoarchaeology. We insist that the papers are concerned with the marine realm and that they deal with geology: with rocks, sediments, and physical and chemical processes affecting them. Papers should address scientific hypotheses: highly descriptive data compilations or papers that deal only with marine management and risk assessment should be submitted to other journals. Papers on laboratory or modelling studies must demonstrate direct relevance to marine processes or deposits. The primary criteria for acceptance of papers is that the science is of high quality, novel, significant, and of broad international interest.

Marine Micropaleontology

Marine Micropaleontology is an international journal publishing original, innovative and significant scientific papers in all fields related to marine microfossils, including ecology and paleoecology, biology and paleobiology, paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, environmental monitoring, taphonomy, evolution and molecular phylogeny. The journal strongly encourages the publication of articles in which marine microfossils and/or their chemical composition are used to solve fundamental geological, environmental and biological problems. However, it does not publish purely stratigraphic or taxonomic papers. In Marine Micropaleontology, a special section is dedicated to short papers on new methods and protocols using marine microfossils. We solicit special issues on hot topics in marine micropaleontology and review articles on timely subjects.

Marine Ornithology

Marine Ornithology: Journal of Seabird Research and Conservation is published by the Pacific Seabird Group on behalf of a consortium of seabird groups: African, Australasian, Dutch, Japan, and Pacific. The journal is overseen by a steering committee appointed by the supporting seabird societies.

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.

Marine Systems

The Journal of Marine Systems provides a medium for interdisciplinary exchange between physical, chemical and biological oceanographers and marine geologists. The journal welcomes original research papers and review articles. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary approaches to marine systems.

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 a dedicated international forum for the presentation of high-quality scientific investigations of how microorganisms interact with their environment, with each other and with their hosts. It offers articles of original research in full paper and note formats, as well as brief reviews, commentaries and topical position papers. The journal was founded more than 50 years ago by Dr. Ralph Mitchell, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Biology at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. It has evolved to become a premier location for the presentation of manuscripts that represent advances in the field of microbial ecology.

National Academy of Sciences (Proceedings – PNAS) 

PNAS is one of the world’s most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,200 research papers annually. Submissions are accepted from all researchers; authors do not need to have a connection to an NAS member to publish in PNAS.

Established in 1914, PNAS publishes cutting-edge research, science news, Commentaries, Perspectives, Colloquium Papers, Reviews, and actions of the NAS. PNAS is available by subscription and all content is free after 6 months.

The journal’s content spans the biological, physical, and social sciences and is global in scope. Nearly half of all accepted papers come from authors outside the United States.

PNAS strives to publish only the highest quality scientific research, and papers undergo rigorous peer review and approval by an NAS member before publication.

Natural History

Journal of Natural History is an international zoological journal publishing original research and reviews in evolutionary biology and ecology. It maintains its historical niche by publishing a broad range of systematics papers on all animal phyla from Porifera to Chordata, encompassing traditional taxonomic revisions and descriptions, cladistic analyses and molecular phylogenetics and phylogenomics. The journal has recognized strengths in entomology and marine invertebrates, but also welcomes papers on the natural history of all animal species and on the interactions of species with their environment. Preference is given to in-depth papers and extensive taxonomic reviews: single species descriptions and checklists are not normally considered. Authors wishing to suggest a review paper should contact the relevant editor.

Nature

Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions. Nature also provides rapid, authoritative, insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public. Nature family of journals

Ocean & Coastal Management

Ocean & Coastal Management is an international journal published 12 times per year dedicated to the study of all aspects of ocean and coastal management at international, national, regional, and local levels.

Sustainable development and conservation of ocean and coastal resources requires the insights of a number of monodisciplinary, multidisciplinary as well as integral studies and approaches. The different disciplines may range from the natural and physical sciences to the social sciences, policy analysis, economics, and law.

Ocean Science

Ocean Science (OS) is an international open-access 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 Internet-based access for researchers and other interested people throughout the world.

Oceanologia

Oceanologia is an international journal that publishes results of original research in the field of marine sciences with emphasis on the European seas. Manuscripts contributing, but not limited, to the understanding of properties and processes in the marine environment in the aspect of basic sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and geochemistry will be considered for publication.

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 and Paleoclimatology

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology (PALO) publishes papers dealing with records of past environments, biota and climate. Understanding of the Earth system as it was in the past requires the employment of a wide range of approaches including marine and lacustrine sedimentology and speleothems; ice sheet formation and flow; stable isotope, trace element, and organic geochemistry; paleontology and molecular paleontology; evolutionary processes; mineralization in organisms; understanding tree-ring formation; seismic stratigraphy; physical, chemical, and biological oceanography; geochemical, climate and earth system modeling, and many others. The scope of this journal is regional to global, rather than local, and includes studies of any geologic age (Precambrian to Quaternary, including modern analogs). Within this framework, papers on the following topics are to be included: chronology, stratigraphy (where relevant to correlation of paleoceanographic events), paleoreconstructions, paleoceanographic modeling, paleocirculation (deep, intermediate, and shallow), paleoclimatology (e.g., paleowinds and cryosphere history), global sediment and geochemical cycles, anoxia, sea level changes and effects, relations between biotic evolution and paleoceanography, biotic crises, paleobiology (e.g., ecology of “microfossils” used in paleoceanography), techniques and approaches in paleoceanographic inferences, and modern paleoceanographic analogs, and quantitative and integrative analysis of coupled ocean-atmosphere-biosphere processes. Paleoceanographic and Paleoclimate studies enable us to use the past in order to gain information on possible future climatic and biotic developments: the past is the key to the future, just as much and maybe more than the present is the key to the past.

Plankton Research

The Journal of Plankton Research is a forum for papers that significantly advance the field of plankton research, and in particular our understanding of the wider role of plankton in ecosystem dynamics, ecology and evolution.

Hypothesis-driven work is particularly welcome. Region-specific findings should be set in a broad general context that advances scientific understanding. Investigations carried out using interdisciplinary methods are particularly encouraged. Papers must be of interest to our broad readership of plankton researchers.

JPR seeks to publish the highest quality scientific papers, with rapid publication, and with high standards of technical presentation.

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.

Science

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 devoted to whole-organism biology. It is a quarterly, international, peer-reviewed, life science journal, without page charges, which is published by Taylor & Francis for The Natural History Museum, London. The criterion for publication is scientific merit. Systematics and Biodiversity documents the diversity of organisms in all natural phyla, through taxonomic papers that have a broad context (not single species descriptions), while also addressing topical issues relating to biological collections, and the principles of systematics. It particularly emphasises the importance and multi-disciplinary significance of systematics, with contributions which address the implications of other fields for systematics, or which advance our understanding of other fields through taxonomic knowledge, especially in relation to the nature, origins, and conservation of biodiversity, at all taxonomic levels.

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 Scientific World

The Scientific World Journal is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that publishes original research, reviews, and clinical studies covering a wide range of subjects in science, technology, and medicine. The journal is divided into 81 subject areas.

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 PollutionWater, 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 and 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.

Zoology

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.