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.

2020 Impact Factor: 3.3733

Submission Types

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words, 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
Sylvia T. Cole, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ilker Fer, University of Bergen
Gregory Foltz, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Baylor Fox-Kemper, Brown University
Nicole Jones, University of Western Australia
Jody Klymak, University of Victoria
Joseph LaCasce, University of Oslo
Yueng-Djern Lenn, Bangor University

Associate Editors

Hidenori Aiki, Nagoya University
Maarten Buijsman, University of Southern Mississippi

Jörn Callies, California Institute of Technology
Eric A. D'Asaro, University of Washington

Peter R. Gent, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Robert Hallberg, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Gregory C. Johnson, NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Sam Kelly, University of Minnesota Duluth

Tobias Kukulka, University of Delaware

Trevor McDougall, University of New South Wales

Roger M. Samelson, Oregon State University
Andrew L. Stewart, University of California, Los Angeles

Leif Thomas, Stanford University

Jacob O. Wenegrat, University of Maryland, College Park
Daniel Whitt, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Peer Review Support Staff

Felicia Gullotta, Assistant to Jerome A. Smith and Joseph LaCasce

Cristina Barletta, Assistant to Ilker Fer, Gregory Foltz, and Nicole Jones

Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to Yueng-Djern Lenn
Erin Gumbel, Assistant to Sylvia T. Cole and Baylor Fox-Kemper
Andrea Herbst-Horner, Assistant to Jody Klymak

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

Liz Wright, Author Submission Support

3 2020 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics; Oceanography category.