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Ocean Science Journal

Ocean Science Journal

Editor-in-Chief: Chang-Keun Kang

ISSN: 1738-5261 (print version)
ISSN: 2005-7172 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12601

Review Process

Ocean Science Journal (OSJ) reviews all the submitted manuscripts. The Editor-in-Chief selects peer referees upon the recommendation of the Editorial Board members or from the specialist database owned by the Editorial Board. The peer-reviewers will be blinded with respect to the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s).
Typically, the original article of manuscript is handled by an Associate Editor who selects two investigators in the same field or most closely related field as referees according to recommendation of the Editor-in-Chief or the Editorial Board. If decided necessary, review for statistics may be additionally requested.
Acceptance of the manuscript is decided, based on the critiques and recommended decision of the referees. A referee's decision is made in four categories as "acceptance without revision", "acceptance after minor revision", "review again after revision", and rejection". The reviewed manuscript are returned back to the corresponding author with comments and recommended revisions. Name and individual decisions of the referees are not transmitted to the author if requested.
  • For papers 'accepted without revision', they are received and published as they are received.
  • For papers 'accepted after minor revision', papers are returned to corresponding authors for minor revision. And resubmitted papers are published without another full process of peer-review but subjected to acceptable explanations for the points raised by referees. However, Editor-in-Chief may request additional review or comments on the revised paper by members of editorial board if it seems necessary.
  • For papers 're-review after major revision', these papers are returned to corresponding authors for full revision. And resubmitted papers are subjected to another complete review process and acceptable explanation for the points raised by referees.
  • For the 'rejected' papers, a letter of rejection is sent to the corresponding under by the name of Editor-in-Chief with reasons for rejection. Comments from referees are not included.
The usual reasons of rejection are insufficient originality, serious scientific flaws, poor quality of illustrations, improper manuscript format or absence of massage that might be important to the intended readers. Though the peer review process may in general take three weeks after submission of the manuscript, longer review period may be needed to finalize the review process.
Revisions are usually requested to take account of criticism and comments made by referees. Revised manuscripts should be re-submitted, including one set of original illustrations. Failure to resubmit the revised manuscripts within eight weeks is regarded as withdrawal from the publication by author(s). Corresponding author must indicate clearly what alterations have been made in response to the referees comments, point by point. Acceptable reasons should be given for noncompliance with any recommendation of the referees.
Once fully accepted, original articles will be published without page charges within three months.

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    Ocean Science Journal is a scientific journal published quarterly(March, June, September, December) by the Korean Society of Oceanography(KSO) and Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology(KIOST). OSJ is international and interdisciplinary. Research articles, reviews and notes dealing with physical oceanography, biological oceanography/marine biology, chemical oceanography/marine chemistry, geological oceanography/marine geology, and marine pollution will be considered.

     OSJ aims to publish a very high quality scientific journal for researchers and other interested people throughout the world. 

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