The Journal of Oceanography is the official journal of the Oceanographic Society of Japan and open to all oceanographers in the world. The main aim of the journal is to promote understandings of ocean systems from various aspects including physical, chemical, biological, geological oceanography as well as paleoceanography, etc. The journal welcomes research focusing on the western North Pacific and Asian coastal waters, but the study region is not limited to the Asian Pacific. The journal publishes original articles, short contributions, reviews, and correspondence in oceanography and related fields.

Papers describing important new techniques, methods, and apparatuses will also be considered. Descriptive work will, however, be accepted if they contain general principles. Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please go to http://www.springer.com/10872 for submission and for a full guide for authors.

  • An official Journal of The Oceanographic Society of Japan (Est. 1942)
  • Covers all aspects of Oceanography: Physical, Chemical, Biological, Geological, and Paleo- Oceanography, etc
  • Open to all oceanographers in the world
  • Papers on the western North Pacific and Asian coastal waters are especially welcome, though the study region is not limited to the Asian Pacific
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Naoto Ebuchi
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Journal metrics

1.469 (2019)
Impact factor
1.525 (2019)
Five year impact factor
55 days
Submission to first decision
180 days
Submission to acceptance
63,545 (2019)
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  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Announcement from the society

    During the long publishing history of the Journal of Oceanography, the Oceanographic Society of Japan had charged authors for publication several times. Since 2011, when the journal moved to publish with Springer, the publication fee was waived. However, for several reasons, we have decided to charge this fee again starting from August 1st, 2014. The following rule applies to all articles submitted after August 1st, and the authors will be invoiced after the manuscript has been accepted....

  • Award Winning Articles

    The Oceanographic Society of Japan has selected the following articles for the Hidaka Article Award 2016 and Young Author Award 2016....

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