Journal of Physical Oceanography

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The Journal of Physical Oceanography (JPO) (ISSN: 0022-3670; eISSN: 1520-0485) 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.

2018 Impact Factor: 3.389 (#5 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. 
  • Corrigenda: The corrigendum article type is available for authors to address errors discovered in already published articles. For more information, see Corrigenda.

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

Maarten Buijsman, University of Southern Mississippi

Antonio J. Busalacchi, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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

Céline Heuzé, University of Gothenburg

Gregory C. Johnson, NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Yueng-Djern Lenn, Bangor University

Steven Lentz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Trevor McDougall, University of New South Wales

Roger M. Samelson, Oregon State University

Leif Thomas, Stanford University

Peer Review Support Staff

Felicia Gullotta, Assistant to Jerome A. Smith

Laura Buttner, Assistant to Nicole Jones and Jody Klymak

Felicia Gullotta, Assistant to Joseph LaCasce

Erin Gumbel, Assistant to Baylor Fox-Kemper and Karen Heywood

Kerry Norton, Assistant to Gregory Foltz and Ilker Fer

Christine Ziebarth, Assistant to Paola Cessi

Production Staff

Mike Friedman, Senior Manager for Publishing Operations


Mark E. Fernau, Lead Technical Editor


Nicole E. Rietmann, Lead Copy Editor

Betsy Byers, Author Submission Support

3 2018 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics. Ranking out of 65 journals in the Oceanography category.