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The ICES Journal of Marine Science publishes original articles, opinion essays (“Food for Thought”), visions for the future (“Quo Vadimus”), and critical reviews that contribute to our scientific understanding of marine systems and the impact of human activities on them. The Journal also serves as a foundation for scientific advice across the broad spectrum of management and conservation issues related to the marine environment. Oceanography (e.g. productivity-determining processes), marine habitats, living resources, and related topics constitute the key elements of papers considered for publication. This includes 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. Integrated studies that bridge gaps between traditional disciplines are particularly welcome.

Please click here for the mission statement of the ICES Journal of Marine Science.

The average time from submission to first decision in 2014 was 39 days.


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

Original articles: traditional research papers. Generally 5-12 printed pages (approximately 3000- 7000 words) inclusive of text, appropriate references (target 50-60), figures, and tables.

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

Review articles: comprehensive and synthetic reviews on topics of wide general interest or on hot topics, sometimes solicited by the editorial board. Authors considering submitting a review article for consideration are advised to contact the Editor-in-Chief regarding topic and proposed length.

Food for Thought articles: articles on topical issues, preferably 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.


Quality peer reviews are essential for ensuring a high standard of material in The ICES Journal of Marine Science, and your evaluation will therefore play a major role in our decision as to whether to accept a manuscript for publication. Guidelines on reviewing can be found here.


YearImpact FactorSi: FisheriesSi: Marine & Freshwater BiologySi: Oceanography
20152.6266 out of 5215 out of 10313 out of 61
20142.3776 out of 5223 out of 10216 out of 61
20132.5255 out of 5018 out of 10214 out of 58
20122.2777 out of 4925 out of 10017 out of 60
20112.00712 out of 4831 out of 9722 out of 59
20101.80810 out of 4631 out of 9221 out of 59
20091.9209 out of 4224 out of 8818 out of 56
20081.66110 out of 4031 out of 8721 out of 50
20071.9346 out of 4021 out of 8614 out of 50

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.


The journal is covered by the following services:

Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews
CAB Abstracts
Current Abstracts
Current Contents® /Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences
Global Health
Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition
Oceanic Abstracts
Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®)
Zoological Record