Journal of Physical Oceanography

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The Journal of Physical Oceanography (JPO) publishes research related to the physics of the ocean and to processes operating at its boundaries. Observational, theoretical, and modeling studies are all welcome, especially those that focus on elucidating specific physical processes. Papers that investigate interactions with other components of the Earth system (e.g., ocean–atmosphere, physical–biological, and physical–chemical interactions) as well as studies of other fluid systems (e.g., lakes and laboratory tanks) are also invited, as long as their focus is on understanding the ocean or its role in the Earth system.

2017 Impact Factor: 3.086 (#7 in Oceanography3)

Submission Types

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words (approximately 26 double-spaced pages), including the body text, acknowledgments, and appendixes. The word limit does not include the title page, abstract, references, captions, tables, and figures. If a submission exceeds the word limit, the author must provide a justification for the length of the manuscript and request the Chief Editor’s approval of the overage. This request may be uploaded in a document with the "Cover Letter" item type or entered in the comment field in the submission system.
  • Reviews: Synthesis of previously published literature that may address successes, failures, and limitations. Requires Review Proposal. For more information, see Review Articles.
  • Comment and Reply Exchange: Comments are written in response to a published article and should be submitted within 2 years of the publication date of the original article (although the editor can waive this limit in extenuating circumstances). The author of the original article has the opportunity to write a Reply. These exchanges are published together. 

Editors and Staff Contacts

Chief Editor

Jerome A. Smith, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Paola Cessi, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Ilker Fer, University of Bergen
Gregory Foltz, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Baylor Fox-Kemper, Brown University
Karen Heywood, University of East Anglia
Nicole Jones, University of Western Australia
Jody Klymak, University of Victoria
Joseph LaCasce, University of Oslo

Associate Editors

John A. Barth, Oregon State University

Maarten Buijsman, University of Southern Mississippi

Antonio J. Busalacchi, University of Maryland, College Park

Eric A. D'Asaro, University of Washington

Chris Garrett, University of Victoria

Peter R. Gent, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Robert Hallberg, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Thomas H. C. Herbers, Naval Postgraduate School

Céline Heuzé, University of Gothenburg

Gregory C. Johnson, NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Yueng-Djern Lenn, Bangor University

Steven Lentz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Julian P. McCreary, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Roger M. Samelson, Oregon State University

Peer Review Support Staff

Rebecca Perriello, Assistant to Jerome A. Smith and Nicole Jones

Laura Buttner, Assistant to Jody Klymak

Hayley Charney, Assistant to Gregory Foltz

Felicia Gullotta, Assistant to Joseph LaCasce

Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Baylor Fox-Kemper

Sharon Kristovich, Assistant to Karen Heywood

Gwendolyn Whittaker, Assistant to Ilker Fer

Christine Ziebarth, Assistant to Paola Cessi

Production Staff

Mark E. Fernau, Lead Technical Editor

Jason Emmanuel, Lead Copy Editor

Betsy Byers, Author Submission Support

3 2017 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics. Ranking out of 64 journals in the Oceanography category.