WETLANDS publishes a wide range of Topical Collections. Check the Journal Updates for details.

WETLANDS is an international journal concerned with all aspects of wetlands biology, ecology, hydrology, water chemistry, soil and sediment characteristics, management, education, legislation, cultural, sociology, and regulations. The journal is published 6 times per year, with the goal of centralizing the publication of pioneering wetlands work that has never been done or otherwise been spread among a myriad of journals. Because wetlands research crosses a wide range of disciplines, the journal is not restricted to specific subjects, but presents manuscripts reporting research results and ideas from all relevant disciplines. Wetlands offers only the highest quality peer-reviewed material.

WETLANDS publishes various article types, including original research and reviews. Reviews that potentially appeal to the widest audience and are in-depth and over-arching in the fields of wetland science and management may be considered as Mark Brinson Reviews. All contributions to WETLANDS are also published in a wide range of Topical Collections. Authors are requested to select the Topical Collection that best fits their work by choosing the appropriate Topical Collection when submitting a manuscript. Please check the Journal Updates for detailed descriptions of each collection.

  • Produced by Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), the world’s leading wetlands society
  • Refereed articles from leading authors in wetlands science
  • A central forum for pioneering wetlands research
  • Explores all facets of wetlands biology, ecology, hydrology, water chemistry, soil and sediment characteristics
  • Coverage extends to management, legal and regulatory topics

Journal information

Editor-in-Chief
  • Marinus L. Otte
Publishing model
Hybrid. Learn about publishing OA with us

Journal metrics

1.783 (2019)
Impact factor
2.222 (2019)
Five year impact factor
68 days
Submission to first decision
199 days
Submission to acceptance
158,404 (2019)
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This journal has 74 open access articles

Journal updates

  • 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.

  • Topical Collections

    WETLANDS publishes Topical Collections on a wide range of topics. Authors are invited to submit regular research articles, short communications and review papers in these collections. Find out more

  • New Doug Wilcox Award Winner

    The Doug Wilcox Award for Outstanding Associate Editor of Wetlands is awarded each year based on the recommendation of the Editor-in-Chief.

    The newest award winner for 2020 is Mike Osland. 

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Electronic ISSN
1943-6246
Print ISSN
0277-5212
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Society of Wetland Scientists, 22 N. Carroll St, Ste 300, Madison, WI 53703, USA. Tel: 608-310-7855. E-mail: bolson@sws.org
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