Oceanographic Research Papers

Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers is devoted to the publication of the results of original scientific research, including theoretical work of evident oceanographic applicability; and the solution of instrumental or methodological problems with evidence of successful use. The journal is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature and its breadth, covering the geological, physical, chemical and biological aspects of the ocean and its boundaries with the sea floor and the atmosphere. In addition to regular "Research Papers" and "Instruments and Methods" papers, briefer communications may be published as "Notes". Supplemental matter, such as extensive data tables or graphs and multimedia content, may be published as electronic appendices.

The deep sea is interpreted to be the ocean beyond the continental shelf. Papers dealing exclusively with areas inshore of the shelf break are in general more appropriate to our companion journal Continental Shelf Research. Review papers and long contributions are best directed to Progress in Oceanography. Inquiries regarding special topic issues should be directed to the Editor of Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.

Please note: Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact Igor Belkin mailto:igormbelkin@gmail.com before submitting papers on physical and geological oceanography, primary production, ocean technology, and satellite oceanography.

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The Journal of Physical Oceanography (JPO) publishes research related to the physics of the ocean and to processes operating at its boundaries. Observational, theoretical, and modeling studies are all welcome, especially those that focus on elucidating specific physical processes. Papers that investigate interactions with other components of the Earth system (e.g., ocean–atmosphere, physical–biological, and physical–chemical interactions) as well as studies of other fluid systems (e.g., lakes and laboratory tanks) are also invited, as long as their focus is on understanding the ocean or its role in the Earth system.

2016 Impact Factor: 3.130 (#8 in Oceanography)

Submission Types

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words or 26 double-spaced pages of text. (Abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures do not count toward the length limit.
  • Reviews: Synthesis of previously published literature that may address successes, failures, and limitations. Requires Review Proposal. For more information, see Review Articles.
  • Expedited Contributions:

    Due to the improvement in AMS overall production time, new Expedited Contributions can no longer be submitted after 31 December 2017. You can read more about this decision in the AMS editorial, "AMS Discontinuing Expedited Contribution Article Type."

    Up to 2500 words (abstract, references, figure captions list, tables, and figures do not count toward the length limit). No more than a combined total of 6 tables and figures. No length waivers can be requested for this submission type. Multipart papers are not allowed. The peer-review and production/editing processes are accelerated. Author revisions are due within 4 weeks. The expected publication time is 4–7 weeks after final acceptance. If the paper grows beyond the maximum length or figure/table criteria during review and revision, the editor will decide if it remains an expedited contribution or becomes a regular article. Also, if the paper requires a second round of reviews, it will be considered a regular article. 
  • Comment and Reply Exchange: Comments are written in response to a published article and should be submitted within 2 years of the publication date of the original article (although the editor can waive this limit in extenuating circumstances). The author of the original article has the opportunity to write a Reply. These exchanges are published together. 

Editors and Staff Contacts

Chief Editor

Jerome A. Smith, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Paola Cessi, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Ilker Fer, University of Bergen
Gregory Foltz, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Baylor Fox-Kemper, Brown University
Karen Heywood, University of East Anglia
Nicole Jones, University of Western Australia
Jody Klymak, University of Victoria
Joseph LaCasce, University of Oslo

Associate Editors

John A. Barth, Oregon State University

Antonio J. Busalacchi, University of Maryland, College Park

Eric A. D'Asaro, University of Washington

Chris Garrett, University of Victoria

Peter R. Gent, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Robert Hallberg, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Thomas H. C. Herbers, Naval Postgraduate School

Céline Heuzé, University of Gothenburg

Gregory C. Johnson, NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Yueng-Djern Lenn, Bangor University

Steven Lentz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Julian P. McCreary, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Roger M. Samelson, Oregon State University

Peer Review Support Staff

Rebecca Perriello, Assistant to Jerome A. Smith and Nicole Jones

Laura Buttner, Assistant to Jody Klymak

Hayley Charney, Assistant to Gregory Foltz

Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Baylor Fox-Kemper

Sharon Kristovich, Assistant to Karen Heywood

Alejandro Mazariegos, Assistant to Joseph LaCasce

Gwendolyn Whittaker, Assistant to Ilker Fer

Christine Ziebarth, Assistant to Paola Cessi

Production Staff

Wayne G. Leslie, Lead Technical Editor

Jason Emmanuel, Lead Copy Editor

Christopher R. Faucher, Author Submission Support

2016 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics. Ranking out of 62 journals in the Oceanography category.

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