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.

2022 Impact Factor: 3.53

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


Maarten Buijsman, University of Southern Mississippi
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
Jody Klymak, University of Victoria
Yueng-Djern Lenn, Bangor University
Jacob Wenegrat, University of Maryland

Associate Editors

Hidenori Aiki, Nagoya University

Jörn Callies, California Institute of Technology

Eric A. D'Asaro, University of Washington

Yvonne Leilani Firing, National Oceanography Centre

Mara Freilich, Brown University

Peter R. Gent, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Robert Hallberg, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Gregory C. Johnson, NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Leah Johnson, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington

Sam Kelly, University of Minnesota Duluth

Tobias Kukulka, University of Delaware

Julie L. McClean, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

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

Daniel Whitt, NASA/Ames Research Center

Peer Review Support Staff

Cristina Barletta, Assistant to Jerome A. Smith and Ilker Fer

DJ Arruda, Assistant to Paola Cessi

Jane Foley, Assistant to Gregory Foltz and Yueng-Djern Lenn
Colleen Gaffney, Assistant to Maarten Buijsman and Jody Klymak
Erin Gumbel, Assistant to Sylvia T. Cole
Tom Justice, Assistant to Jacob Wenegrat

Production Staff

Please see the AMS Publications Staff contacts page for Production staff information.

3 2022 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics; Oceanography category.