Polar Research is now charging publication fees on accepted articles exceeding five typeset pages in the journal's design. The first five pages are free; each additional page is 180 USD, excl VAT. There is no cost for supplementary material. The fee applies only to submissions made after this announcement has been posted (19 September 2014).
To get a rough idea of how many words and graphics fit into five pages, please see the samples below or look at PDFs of recent articles published in the journal.
Words and characters for an article of 5 typeset pages
Sample: Ca. 3500 words or 22500 characters (including spaces), two figures and one table.
Words and characters for an article of 12 typeset pages
Sample 1: Ca. 6700 words or 43500 characters (including spaces), six figures and two tables.
Sample 2: Ca. 7500 words or 44500 characters (including spaces), eight figures and no tables.