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We’re delighted to announce that all research articles accepted for publication in Polar Record from 13th September 2023 will be ‘open access’; published with a Creative Commons licence and freely available to read online (see the journal’s Open Access Options page for available licence options). The costs of open access publication will be covered through agreements between the publisher and the author’s institution, payment of APCs by funding bodies, or else waived entirely, ensuring every author can publish and enjoy the benefits of OA. 

Please see the journal's Open Access Options page for instructions on how to request an APC waiver.

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  • ISSN: 0032-2474 (Print), 1475-3057 (Online)
  • Editors: Dr Nikolas Sellheim Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki, Finland, and Dr Trevor McIntyre University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Editorial board
Polar Record is a Gold Open Access journal that publishes articles in a wide variety of areas of polar research in both the Arctic and the Antarctic and keeping its readers up to date with an extensive range of topics and concerns. The journal includes original primary research papers in the physical sciences, life sciences, polar technology, humanities, and social sciences, as well as papers concerning current political, economic, legal, and environmental issues. Notes, review papers, book reviews, letters to the editor, guest editorials, obituaries, and ‘In Brief’ items of general interest are also published.

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