Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Polar Research is the international, peer-reviewed journal of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway's central institution for research, environmental monitoring and mapping of the polar regions. Aiming to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge about the Arctic and Antarctic across disciplinary boundaries, Polar Research serves an international community of researchers and managers.

Original primary research papers comprise the mainstay of Polar Research. Review articles, brief research notes, letters to the editor and book reviews are also included. Special issues, typically conference proceedings, are published from time to time.

The scope of Polar Research encompasses research in all scientific disciplines relevant to the polar regions. These include, but are not limited to, the subfields of biology, ecology, geology, oceanography, glaciology, and atmospheric science. Submissions from the human and social sciences and those focusing on polar management and policy issues are welcome. Contributions about Antarctica are particularly encouraged.

We constantly work to improve the journal’s ranking and impact factor. The 2013 figures are as follows:

ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking: 2013: Ecology: 83/140; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary: 72/173; Oceanography: 26/58

Impact Factor: 1.686

SJR: 0.665, ranked in Q2 (65/236) in category Earth & Planetary Sciences, with an H index of 27


Section Policies

Editorials/keynote addresses/introductory essays for special clusters

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Biographical/historical essays

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research/review articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Article for a special thematic cluster

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Submissions are preliminary examined by one or more members of the Editorial Board. If a submission is not felt to be appropriate for full peer review, the authors are notified. Submissions deemed appropriate for full review are assigned to a Subject Editor, who then has the paper examined by two peer referees. Under some circumstances - for example, when it proves difficult to find a second reviewer for a paper - an editorial decision may be based on one reviewer's report in combination with the opinion of the Subject Editor.

Polar Research has a single-blind review process. Reviewers who wish to make their identities known to authors may do so; they are asked to make this wish explicit to the Chief Editor.


Publication Frequency

All articles published in Polar Research are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e., after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered issues published regularly but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and can be cited without delay.


Open Access Policy

Open access
Polar Research is published under the open access model and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational (but not commercial) purposes. Articles will be published immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay.

Polar Research is accessible via the journal’s website at www.polarresearch.net as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

Under the open access model authors retain copyright. See copyright section.  

New Zoological Taxon While Polar Research is in principle an electronic only publication, an exception will be made in the case of papers that include a new zoological taxon. For more information regarding guidelines to authors and Co-Action Publishing’s compliance with Article 8.1 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, please see Author Instructions.

Publication fee Publishing in Polar Research is free of charge thanks to generous funding from the Norwegian Polar Institute.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.


Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to Polar Research on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of the latter).