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Ocean Science An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Journal metrics

IF value: 2.864
IF 5-year value: 3.337
IF 5-year
CiteScore value: 4.5
SNIP value: 1.259
IPP value: 3.07
SJR value: 1.326
Scimago H <br class='widget-line-break'>index value: 52
Scimago H
h5-index value: 30

Journal subject areas

The journal covers instrument development, in situ observations, remote sensing, data assimilation, laboratory, and numerical and theoretical studies of the following:

  • air–sea fluxes;
  • surface waves;
  • sea ice;
  • internal waves;
  • turbulence and mixing;
  • temperature, salinity, and density fields;
  • ocean currents and eddies;
  • tides, equatorial waves, and midlatitude waves;
  • chemical, biochemical, and biological distributions and transport;
  • chemical, biochemical, biological, and physical interactions;
  • ocean productivity;
  • ocean ecology;
  • sediment processes;
  • sea level;
  • operational oceanography.

The coverage of the journal is worldwide and includes the deep ocean, the shelf seas, and inland seas, now, in the past, and the future. By publishing articles freely on the Internet, the journal aims to make the latest oceanographic developments rapidly available to all people wherever they are. By encouraging discussion of each paper, it aims to raise standards, improve the flow of information, identify the limits to our present understanding, and stimulate further effective oceanographic research.


The following keywords are used by authors to describe each paper. The same keywords are also used by the alert service and the editor assignment. The keywords are split into four groups: approach, phenomena, depth range, and geographical range.

Each paper and each alert request should include one or more keywords from each of the four groups.

Approach instrument development, remote sensing, in situ observations, laboratory studies, numerical models, analytic theory, data assimilation, operational oceanography
Phenomena air–sea fluxes, surface waves, sea ice, internal waves, turbulence and mixing, temperature, salinity and density fields, current field, Kelvin and Rossby waves, chemical tracers, chemical processes, biological tracers, biological processes, sediment processes, sea level, tides
Depth range surface, mixed layer, thermocline, deep ocean, bottom boundary layer, shelf-sea depth
Geographical range deep seas, shelf seas, inland seas, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, equatorial ocean, Arctic Ocean, Southern Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, Nordic seas, Caribbean, Red Sea, Indonesian seas, China Sea, Japan Sea
Publications Copernicus