About

Aims and scope

Helgoland Marine Research is an open access, peer reviewed journal, publishing original research as well as reviews on all aspects of marine and brackish water ecosystems, with a focus on how organisms survive in, and interact with, their environment.

The aim of Helgoland Marine Research is to publish work with a regional focus, but with clear global implications, or vice versa; research with global emphasis and regional ramifications. We are particularly interested in contributions that further our general understanding of how marine ecosystems work, and that concentrate on species’ interactions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Ecological dynamics
  • Life cycles
  • Biological oceanography
  • Environmental biology
  • Physiology and behaviour
  • Morphology, evolution and taxonomy
  • Cultivation and techniques

Since Helgoland Marine Research is an electronic-only journal no size limitations exist for contributions submitted to the journal. This means that we also can publish encompassing studies or reviews on relevant subjects.

Helgoland Marine Research is the official journal of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. Launched in 1938, the journal became fully Open Access in January 2016.

Open access

All articles published by Helgoland Marine Research are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Helgoland Marine Research you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BioMed Central license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Helgoland Marine Research are covered by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Indexing Services

All articles published in Helgoland Marine Research are included in:

  • Academic OneFile
  • Academic Search
  • ASFA
  • Biological Abstracts
  • Biology and Environmental Sciences
  • BIOSIS
  • CABI
  • CSA
  • Current Contents/Agriculture
  • EBSCO
  • EMBiology
  • Gale
  • Geobase
  • OCLC
  • Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • SCOPUS
  • Summon by ProQuest
  • Zoological Record

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

Helgoland Marine Research has an Impact Factor of 1.364.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Helgoland Marine Research operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Helgoland Marine Research should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

Why publish your article in Helgoland Marine Research

High visibility

Helgoland Marine Research's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Helgoland Marine Research offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.

Flexibility

Online publication in Helgoland Marine Research gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Helgoland Marine Research are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Helgoland Marine Research’s pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Helgoland Marine Research may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Helgoland Marine Research. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Helgoland Marine Research you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BioMed Central license agreement).

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