Top 20 Oceanography Journals of 2022

Whether you are trying to decide where to publish your research findings, searching for a thought-provoking publication to share at journal club, or simply interested in exploring the latest literature, this article is likely to help you to achieve your aims. We have outlined the rankings of the best journals from the field of Oceanography according to impact factor, Google’s h5-index, and the scoring system of the research group SCImago.

Note that this article focuses on the “general” rankings of scientific journals related to Oceanography. If you would prefer to consider the rankings of journals dedicated to particular sub-topics within the field then this article may not satisfy your needs.

If the accessibility of a journal is of importance to you, keep in mind that the journals we have listed may not have open access status.

Historically, quantitative metrics such as impact factor have provided an objective method for comparing the relative influence and prestige of competing journals. However, the quality of a journal should be assessed holistically and not be based on metrics alone.

In addition to considering the data in this article, we encourage you to visit the website of each journal where you can learn about its purpose and scope, editorial board and practices, and detailed metrics beyond impact factor, which will better inform your search.

Google ranks scientific journals using the h5-index, an index that considers publications in the journal over the past 5 years and that is intended to take into account both the number and quality of publications.

Google’s h5-index value is calculated to maximize both the number of published papers and the number of citations. According to wikipedia, the “h-index is defined as the maximum value of h such that the given author/journal has published h papers that have each been cited at least h times.”

SCImago, a data science and visualization research group from Spain, has also ranked the top journals in Oceanography. Their most recent release is for the year 2021.

The SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR) considers not only the number of citations but also the relative prestige of the citation sources, with greater rank enhancement provided by citations from high prestige journals. The SJR is normalized to 1 with an SJR greater than 1 indicating “above average” citation potential.

Data regarding the impact factor of each journal represents the current two-year impact factor as identified by the Journal Citation Reports. Check out our article on the history, definition, and implications of impact factor for more information on the metric.

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Top 20 Oceanography Journals Ranked by Google (2022)

  1. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans – h5-index: 58
  2. Ocean Sciences Meeting – h5-index: 52
  3. Limnology and Oceanography – h5-index: 50
  4. Annual Review of Marine Science – h5-index: 48
  5. ICES Journal of Marine Science – h5-index: 47
  6. Global Biogeochemical Cycles – h5-index: 46
  7. Progress in Oceanography – h5-index: 45
  8. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science – h5-index: 44
  9. Marine Geology – h5-index: 40
  10. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography – h5-index: 40
  11. Journal of Physical Oceanography – h5-index: 39
  12. Ocean Modelling – h5-index: 34
  13. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers – h5-index: 33
  14. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology – h5-index: 33
  15. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology – h5-index: 33
  16. Continental Shelf Research – h5-index: 32
  17. Marine Chemistry – h5-index: 32
  18. Ocean Science – h5-index: 30
  19. Oceanography – h5-index: 30
  20. Journal of Marine Systems – h5-index: 30

Top 20 Oceanography Journals Ranked by SCImago (2021)

  1. Annual Review of Marine Science – Journal Ranking: 4.801
  2. Limnology And Oceanography Letters – Journal Ranking: 3.628
  3. Fish and Fisheries – Journal Ranking: 2.242
  4. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water – Journal Ranking: 1.839
  5. Meteorological Monographs – Journal Ranking: 1.754
  6. Journal of Physical Oceanography – Journal Ranking: 1.616
  7. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology – Journal Ranking: 1.568
  8. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans – Journal Ranking: 1.522
  9. Marine Pollution Bulletin – Journal Ranking: 1.508
  10. Limnology and Oceanography – Journal Ranking: 1.482
  11. Marine and Petroleum Geology – Journal Ranking: 1.424
  12. Elementa – Journal Ranking: 1.373
  13. Global and Planetary Change – Journal Ranking: 1.371
  14. Ocean Modelling – Journal Ranking: 1.364
  15. Frontiers in Marine Science – Journal Ranking: 1.355
  16. Ocean Science – Journal Ranking: 1.303
  17. Marine Chemistry – Journal Ranking: 1.272
  18. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology – Journal Ranking: 1.076
  19. Oceanography – Journal Ranking: 1.034
  20. Marine Geology – Journal Ranking: 1.032

Top 50 Oceanography Journals Ranked by Impact Factor (2022)

  1. Annual Review of Marine Science – Impact Factor: 16.561
  2. Limnology and Oceanography Letters – Impact Factor: 8.507
  3. Oceanography and Marine Biology – Impact Factor: 6
  4. Limnology and Oceanography – Impact Factor: 5.019
  5. Progress in Oceanography – Impact Factor: 4.416
  6. Ocean Engineering – Impact Factor: 4.372
  7. Ocean Science – Impact Factor: 4.311
  8. Ocean & Coastal Management – Impact Factor: 4.295
  9. Journal of Operational Oceanography – Impact Factor: 4.208
  10. Marine Chemistry – Impact Factor: 3.994
  11. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology – Impact Factor: 3.992
  12. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans – Impact Factor: 3.938
  13. ICES Journal of Marine Science – Impact Factor: 3.906
  14. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering – Impact Factor: 3.883
  15. Journal of Physical Oceanography – Impact Factor: 3.806
  16. Applied Ocean Research – Impact Factor: 3.761
  17. Marine Geology – Impact Factor: 3.627
  18. Ocean Modelling – Impact Factor: 3.293
  19. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science – Impact Factor: 3.229
  20. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods – Impact Factor: 3.162
  21. Deep-sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers – Impact Factor: 3.101
  22. Journal of Marine Systems – Impact Factor: 3.01
  23. Marine Ecology Progress Series – Impact Factor: 2.915
  24. Deep-sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography – Impact Factor: 2.887
  25. Ocean Dynamics – Impact Factor: 2.83
  26. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering – Impact Factor: 2.744
  27. Fisheries Oceanography – Impact Factor: 2.67
  28. Journal of Navigation – Impact Factor: 2.647
  29. Continental Shelf Research – Impact Factor: 2.629
  30. Environmental Fluid Mechanics – Impact Factor: 2.618
  31. Marine Georesources & Geotechnology – Impact Factor: 2.605
  32. Oceanologia – Impact Factor: 2.526
  33. Marine Geophysical Research – Impact Factor: 2.5
  34. Journal of Plankton Research – Impact Factor: 2.473
  35. Marine and Freshwater Research – Impact Factor: 2.358
  36. Journal of Sea Research – Impact Factor: 2.287
  37. Geo-marine Letters – Impact Factor: 2.267
  38. Tellus Series A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography – Impact Factor: 2.247
  39. Helgoland Marine Research – Impact Factor: 2.217
  40. Oceanography – Impact Factor: 2.158
  41. Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans – Impact Factor: 2.049
  42. Journal of Oceanography – Impact Factor: 2
  43. Atmosphere: Ocean – Impact Factor: 1.957
  44. Brazilian Journal of Oceanography – Impact Factor: 1.933
  45. Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science – Impact Factor: 1.878
  46. Polar Research – Impact Factor: 1.847
  47. Bulletin of Marine Science – Impact Factor: 1.689
  48. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research – Impact Factor: 1.677
  49. Marine Geodesy – Impact Factor: 1.579
  50. Journal of Oceanology and Limnology – Impact Factor: 1.554

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