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 2014 figures are as follows:

ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking: Ecology: 102/144; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary: 127/175; Oceanography: 41/61

Impact Factor: 1.141

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

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Biographical/historical essays

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research/review articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Article for a special thematic cluster

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Submissions are preliminarily 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, that is, reviewers are anonymous and authors are known to reviewers. However, 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.

While we recognize the theoretical merits of double-blind review, studies indicate that reviewers often guess the identities of authors even when the authors' names and affiliations are removed from their submissions, suggesting that double-blind review is in practice single-blind. The amount of work it would take to thoroughly expunge identifying clues from a submission to Polar Research – including removing names of laboratories and research groups wherever they appear in the body of the paper, blocking out individuals and institutions mentioned in the acknowledgements, eradicating references to unpublished theses and so on – is not feasible.


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 terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 Unported License. Authors retain the full copyright to their work. For more information see the copyright section.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). 

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.

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:


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.



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 any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).