The journal Oceanologia publishes original papers on fundamental aspects of marine research with the emphasis on northern European seas. Papers dealing with processes in the marine environment are preferred to purely descriptive ones; they should contribute to the understanding of the functioning of marine ecosystems, including their abiotic aspects. Please note that purely descriptive articles/papers do not meet the aims of Oceanologia. All scripts received will be reviewed by the editors and at least two independent experts. The scripts should be written in good, scientific English. Every effort will be made to expedite publication.
Oceanologia is an international quarterly open to all contributors.

Please note: the full texts of all articles published in Oceanologia will be accessible on the Internet as Open Access on the Oceanologia home page. Submission of an article for publication in Oceanologia will therefore be understood as consent on the part of the author(s) for its publication both in Oceanologia and on the Internet as indicated above.

Cession of copyright. All papers (scripts, tables and all illustrative material) published in Oceanologia, both in print and on-line, become the absolute property of the Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences.

The LAYOUT of the article should be as follows:

a title page bearing the name(s), affiliation(s) and correspondence address(es) of the author(s) with e-mail and, if applicable, the grant support should be appended as a footnote;

an Abstract of no more than 100 words - a resumé of the subject, results and conclusion - followed by 3-5 keywords (indexing terms);

Introduction - containing a formulation of the subject, a statement on its current stage of development and a clear definition of the aim of the paper;

Material and methods - the description must be sufficiently detailed to enable the procedure to be reproduced by other researchers;

Results - only the author's own results should be given under this heading;

Discussion - a comparison of the author's results with those of other workers, an elucidation of theoretical and logical aspects, deductions and conclusions etc.;



In general, papers should be limited to 20 printed pages (text dimensions: 12.6 cm x 19.7 cm, with single space; font: 11 point type, Times Roman typeface), including figures, references etc.

The revised version must also be supplied in electronic form as a MS Word files – text + figures separately.

COMMUNICATIONS are restricted to papers describing brief but complete studies. They should not exceed three(3) printed pages in length (including figures and tables), should always begin with an abstract and should be written without subdivision into introduction, material and methods, results, discussion or acknowledgments.

TABLES should be typed on separate sheets, numbered with Arabic numerals, with a brief title above each table.

FIGURES and other illustrative material must be suitable for high-quality reproduction. After revision all figures should be sent separately in one of the vector formats available through the use of programs like CorelDraw, Excel, SigmaPlot, Surfer, Statistica etc. CDR (v.7-15) and WMF formats are preferred.

REFERENCES should be listed on a separate sheet in alphabetical order of authors' names. In the text they should be ordered by year and referred to by name and year, the year being placed in parentheses, e.g. Wiktor (1985) or (Wiktor 1985, Morel 1990); when a work by more than two authors is referred to, the name of the first author should be followed by "et al." At the end of the text the names and initials of all authors should be given;

for periodicals: the title in accordance with the World List of Scientific Periodicals, the volume and issue number, and the first and last page numbers of the paper are required, e.g.

Sverdrup H. U., 1953, On conditions for the vernal blooming of phytoplankton, J. Conseil, 18(3), 287-295.

for books: the publisher's name, the place of publication and the page numbers should be given, e.g.

Jerlov N. G., 1976, Marine optics, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 231 pp.

References which concern unpublished data should not be entered in the list; a work accepted for publication should be referred to as 'in press'.


papers should be submitted in electronic form (in PDF format) via email: Editor Sabina Szczykowska <>.
Optionally, 1 hard copy (plus CD-ROM with the PDF file recorded) can be delivered to the Editorial Office, Institute of Oceanology PAS, Powstańców Warszawy 55, 81--712 Sopot, Poland.


the first 20 pages of a paper are printed free of charge. However, an excess-page charge per printed page will be made:
€ 50 - for pages 21 et seq. The author(s) will be informed whether or not his/her/their paper has been accepted for printing and will be billed for the excess-page charge (if any). This should be paid to:

Instytut Oceanologii PAN, Sopot, Poland

Current and back issues will be sent on request (orders to the IO PAS Library), but dispatch costs must be covered by the orderer.
Reprints will be available from the Editorial Office only on payment of a fee.

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