Aquatic Sciences

  • Welcome to the Aquatic Sciences area of

    For almost 60 years, we have been a leading publisher in the field publishing highly respected Aquatic Sciences titles, including prestigious society journals, book series, and a range of impressive major reference works. By delivering first class information and innovative tools, we continue to refine our portfolio to serve the research need of educators, researchers and students worldwide.

    We are proud to play an integral part within the Aquatic Sciences community and to participate in the advancement of this field.

  • New open access journals

    We support sustainable access and work hard to provide a range of open access options alongside our access initiatives to ensure everyone can read, use and trust the latest research.

    We are pleased to announce the recent launch of three new fully open access journals in aquatic sciences:

    The majority of our journals offer open access options to authors submitting their research. Find out more about Elsevier and open access here.

  • New Journal: Regional Studies in Marine Science

    Regional Studies in Marine Science will publish papers on regional aspects of maritime and marine resources in estuaries, coastal zones, continental shelf, the seas and oceans.

    The scope of the journal includes (but is not limited to):

    • Studies on regional marine biodiversity and fisheries resources
    • Marine resources management, sustainable fisheries management and the selection and operation of marine protected areas
    • Studies on chemical contaminants, especially concerning food species
    • Pollution control and management
    • Economic and social impacts of marine pollution and/or coastal development to the region
    • Strategies/impacts of wastewater effluent disposal and contaminated mud disposal

    Find out more


Free access to key Water Research papers by Spinoza laureate Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht

Journal of Sea Research - Free Access to Special Issue on: Trophic significance of microbial biofilm in tidal flats

Sustainability of Water Quality and EcologyRead the First Issue Online!

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Impact Factors

The latest Impact Factor figures have been released, and we are delighted to provide you with highlights from our Aquatic Sciences journals.

Water Research is still the leading journal in Water Resources, with an Impact Factor increase of over 14%. Desalination jumps from 4th to 2nd in the rankings and Elsevier now publishes 6 of the top 10 journals in this category.

Other highlights include a 20% impact factor increase for Deep-Sea Research Part II in the Oceanography category, and a first impact factor of 4.095 for Algal Research.

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Top 25 Downloads

Hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials for ethanol production: a review • Article
Bioresource Technology, Volume 83, Issue 1, May 2002, Pages 1-11 | Sun, Y.; Cheng, J.

Social matching of food intake and the need for social acceptance • Article
Appetite, Volume 56, Issue 3, June 2011, Pages 747-752 | Robinson, Eric; Tobias, Talia; Shaw, Lucy; Freeman, Elyse; Higgs, Suzanne

Straightforward rapid spectrophotometric quantification of total cyanogenic glycosides in fresh and processed cassava products • Article
Food Chemistry, Volume 158, September 2014, Pages 20-27 | Tivana, L.D.; Da Cruz Francisco, J.; Zelder, F.; Bergenstahl, B.; Dejmek, P.

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Aquatic Sciences AudioSlides Gallery

We've collected together articles from our Aquatic Sciences journals which feature AudioSlides presentations – click on the links below to start reading.

AudioSlides are short, webcast-style presentations that are shown next to the online article on ScienceDirect. This format gives authors the opportunity to present their research in their own words, helping readers to quickly understand what a paper is about and appreciate its relevance. Learn more about AudioSlides in this "Introducing AudioSlides" presentation, or take a look at the examples here.

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