ICES Journal of Marine Science


ICES Journal of Marine Science publishes a variety of articles aimed at contributing to our scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the impact of human activities on them.

The current Editor-in-Chief is Howard I. Browman.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ICES Journal of Marine Science publishes articles, opinion essays, visions for the future, and critical reviews that contribute to our understanding of marine science. It also serves as a foundation for scientific advice across the broad spectrum of management and conservation issues related to the marine environment. 

Oceanography, marine habitats, living resources, and related topics constitute the key elements of papers considered for publication. These include economic, social, and public administration studies that are directly related to management of the seas and are of general interest to marine scientists. Integrated studies that bridge gaps between traditional disciplines are particularly welcome.

Papers identified as being of particular​​ interest are promoted as Editor's Choice and are freely accesible on the journals website. 

ICES Journal of Marine Science publishes papers in the following categories:

Original articles: traditional research papers. Optimum up to 10-12 printed pages (approximately 6500 words) inclusive of text, appropriate references (target 50-60), figures, and tables.

Comment articles: comments on, or replies to, papers published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science; optimum of 4 printed pages (approximately 2000 words).

Review articles: comprehensive reviews on topics of wide general interest within marine science, or on hot topics, sometimes solicited by the editorial board. Potential authors are advised to contact the editor-in-chief regarding topic and proposed length.

Food for thought articles: short articles on topical issues, often provocative or innovative in nature, solicited or offered to stimulate dialogue, research, and ideas generally.

Quo Vadimus articles: describing the future landscape/potential of a topic, issue, discipline or technology.

Stories from the front lines: substantive accounts of challenges, wins and losses on any aspect of ocean and coastal sustainability, written as narratives and drawing at least partly on the author(s) experience.

A handy guideline for considerations that should be taken when preparing your manuscript for publication can be found in the link to the right - How to get published.

For more information about submitting manuscripts and author guidelines please see the links provided. Pre-submission queries should be directed to the Oxford University Press editorial office.

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​Journal Impact Factor = 3.367

5-year Journal Impact Factor = 3.402

The IJMS ranks as follows by Journal Impact Factor:

  • 5th out of 52 in the fisheries category
  • 6th out of 65 in the oceanography category
  • 11th out of 108 in the marine and freshwater biology category

​The IJMS ranks as follows by eigenfactor:

  • 3rd out of 52 in the fisheries category
  • 7th out of 65 in the oceanography category
  • 7th out of 108 in the marine and freshwater biology category
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