Guide for Authors

The Journal of Marine Research publishes articles, either theoretical or descriptive, dealing with investigations pertaining to problems of the sea. Interdisciplinary (and disciplinary) research emphasizing fundamental processes, connections and mechanistic approaches in both the coastal and open ocean is particularly appropriate. Its pages are open to contributors from all countries, but publication is in English only and a foreign author should so prepare his paper. The Journal of Marine Research does not publish material that has been, or will be, published elsewhere.


General Instructions

Manuscripts are always to be submitted in a Word or PDF format. Manuscripts should be double-spaced in 12-point font with one-inch margins all around.  An un-numbered cover page should include the title and authors’ names, addresses and e-mail addresses. Manuscripts should also contain: Abstract, manuscript text, Acknowledgements, Appendix (if necessary), References, Figures and Tables. Units should be in International System of Units (SI) format and set in roman font, preferably using exponents. Figures and Tables must be cited in the text.


Sections in the text should be divided and numbered consecutively. Headings should be placed on separate lines; e.g., 1 Heading (bold); a. section; i. subsection (italic).


The Journal of Marine Research uses the latest edition of Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (7th ed. ISBN 978-0-977966-50-9;, as its primary style manual, along with The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed. 978-0-226104-20-1). See these references for specific recommendations and examples of the following guidelines. The JMT Office reserves the right to adjust style and form to meet the specifications of the publication.



Small files may be sent as attachments to e-mail. If you have larger files, please e-mail the JMR Office at for access to our file share program. Keep backup copies of all submitted files.


Include all graphics files (illustrations, photographs) as separate digital files with initial submission, so that any resolution or compatibility issues can be assessed (see below for requirements). JMR reserves the right to reject figures and manuscripts that do not conform to these requirements.



References are listed alphabetically according to the senior author's last name. Sample formats follow:

Journal article: Last name, followed by initials of senior author; co-authors should be listed with the initials or first name preceding the last name; year of publication; complete title listed verbatim in lower case; Journal name is roman; volume number is italic; first and last page numbers.

[Boudreau, B. P. and R. L. Marinelli. 1994. A modeling study of discontinuous biological irrigation. J. Mar. Res., 52, 947-968.]

Book: Last name, followed by initials of senior author; co-authors should be listed with initials or first name preceding the last name; year of publication; title of book, publisher's name and total pages.

[Salmon, Rick. 1998. Lectures on Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. Oxford University Press, 378 pp.]

Chapter/article in Book: Last name, followed by initials of senior author; co-authors should be listed with initials or first name preceding the last name; year of publication; title of article; in name of book, editors'names, publisher's name and article page numbers.

[Bryden, H. L. 1983. The Southern Ocean, in Eddies in Marine Science, A. R. Robinson, ed., Springer Verlag, 265-277.]


Figures, Tables, Captions

Digital files are preferred for all figures. All illustrations and photographs are to be provided at the time of submission as electronic files scanned or prepared to professional standards. 


Figures will be evaluated for suitability for publication and a checklist of any technical improvements needed provided to the author when manuscripts are returned with reviewer comments. All final figures must be submitted with the final revised manuscript and must meet the technical requirements of this checklist. If necessary, contact the JMR Office for assistance.


All illustrations and photographs are to be called “Figures” and should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Use bold uppercase sans serif letters (Helvetica or Arial) for labels; be consistent in the use of labels throughout the manuscript. Authors may indicate the approximate desired position for figures in the text with notes in the manuscript margins, but exact placement cannot be guaranteed. Figures will be placed as close as possible to first mention as practical.


Figures (and tables) should be planned for “portrait” reproduction rather than “landscape”; no figure or table will be published larger than page size, as a tip-in, insert or fold-out. Scale bars must appear on illustrations, photographs and maps; alternatively, magnification values can be given in the accompanying caption text. Do not include the figure number or title as part of the figure itself; these should be placed in the caption, along with any definitions for any abbreviations, symbols or labels. Do not use all capital letters for headings or titles.


For further guidance on creating figures and tables, see Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th ed. (available from


For further guidance on image specifications for print, see



By submitting to JMR authors agree to grant JMR an exclusive right of first publication of their contribution in print and electronically, and grant to JMR nonexclusive worldwide license to reproduce, distribute and archive the manuscript, including licensing to third parties, in all languages and media for the full term of copyright. The manuscript cannot be previously published in whole or in part, and cannot currently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors will need to obtain written permission from the copyright holders, at the author’s expense, for copyrighted materials used in their submission.


Authors published in JMR reserve all copyright and proprietary rights, such as trademark and patent rights, in the manuscript. JMR will include a copyright notice with the manuscript, and will provide authors, on publication, a free electronic file of the manuscript. Authors of manuscripts published in JMR will credit the original JMR publication in their uses of the manuscript. 


Publishing Process  

All manuscripts submissions are sent out for external peer review by one or more referees, as well as being reviewed internally by the JMR Editor and/or Associate Editor.


Submissions that require revision will be returned to authors with referee comments and recommendations. Substantial changes may require a new electronic files and print out (including revised figures, if any). Manuscripts may go through a single or several revision cycles; the failure of an author to make required changes can result in the rejection of the manuscript; unrequested changes without written justification may be treated as a new submission if substantial, or may result in rejection. Delays may result if materials are not in proper form. The author should keep copies of all materials submitted.


Manuscripts are edited for Journal of Marine Research style and format once peer review is complete and revisions are incorporated. Submissions are published approximately in the order in which they are accepted for publication. Extensive revisions other than typographical errors will not be allowed at the page proof stage of the production process unless the author is willing to cover the costs of any such revisions. At present there are no page charges, only charges for color figures (see below).



Page proofs of the copyedited and formatted manuscript are sent to the lead author for final approval. This proof copy is for checking printer’s errors only and to resolve any queries or missing information; only trivial revisions can be made at this stage. Contributors will be charged for excessive revisions. Corrected page proofs must be returned to the JMR Office within seven (7) days.


Publication Charges

There are no page charges for publishing in JMR. One hundred reprints usually cost around $200. JMR cannot absorb the cost of printing color figures and this charge is the authors' responsibility and ranges from $300-$1,200, depending on the number of color images. 




Submit manuscripts in Word or PDF format via e-mail to: