Estuaries and Coasts is the journal of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. Begun in 1977 as Chesapeake Science, the journal has gradually expanded its scope and circulation. Today, the journal publishes manuscripts on ecosystems at the interface between the land and the sea, covering aspects of research on physical, chemical, geological or biological systems, as well as applications to management of those ecosystems. The interface is broadly defined to include estuaries and nearshore coastal waters including lagoons, wetlands, tidal rivers, shorelands, and beaches. The journal publishes original research findings, reviews and perspectives, techniques, comments, and management applications. Submissions that are primarily descriptive, strongly place-based, or report on development of models or new methods without detailing their applications fall outside the scope of the journal.

Why publish with us

  • We are the official journal of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF).
  • We provide high visibility and a wide readership for all articles, which are available on SpringerLink with over 50 million users at more than 15,000 institutions worldwide.
  • We publish scholarly manuscripts on estuarine and near coastal ecosystems, with numerous special features and articles focusing on key topics.
  • Our expert editorial team delivers fast turnaround times, averaging 44 days from submission to first decision.

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Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Linda A. Deegan,
  • Paul Montagna
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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2.976 (2020)
Impact factor
3.186 (2020)
Five year impact factor
41 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
374,798 (2021)
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Electronic ISSN
1559-2731
Print ISSN
1559-2723
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