Polar Biology publishes Original Papers, Reviews, and Short Notes and is the focal point for biologists working in polar regions. It is also of interest to scientists working in biology in general, ecology and physiology, as well as in oceanography and climatology related to polar life. Polar Biology presents results of studies in plants, animals, and micro-organisms of marine, limnic and terrestrial habitats in polar and subpolar regions of both hemispheres.

  • Taxonomy/ Biogeography
  • Life History
  • Spatio-temporal Patterns in Abundance and Diversity
  • Ecological Interactions
  • Trophic Ecology
  • Ecophysiology/ Biochemistry of Adaptation
  • Biogeochemical Pathways and Cycles
  • Ecological Models
  • Human Impact/ Climate Change/ Conservation
  • Presents results of all kinds of studies in plants, animals, and micro-organisms in Arctic and Antarctic regions
  • Explores topics of interest to a rapidly increasing number of scientists
  • 93% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • Dieter Piepenburg
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1.728 (2019)
Impact factor
2.000 (2019)
Five year impact factor
154 days
Submission to first decision
249 days
Submission to acceptance
246,830 (2019)
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1432-2056
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0722-4060
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