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Climate Research (CR) was founded by Professor Otto Kinne - creator of other leading international journals. CR is edited by worldwide acknowledged experts and published by Inter-Research. Editors, Review Editors, Referees, and the publisher are committed to achieving the highest possible scientific and technical standards.

Major environmental journal

CR is a major scientific publication in environmental sciences. According to the Journal Citation Reports 2022 release, CR has an Impact Factor (IF) of 1.459. As a multidisciplinary journal, CR is continuously being developed by the Editors to reflect the changing needs of the scientific community served by the journal. Authors enjoy worldwide visibility. Accepted manuscripts are published quickly. Good color illustrations are welcome; no charge for these is made to the author.


Climate is a major determinant of the evolution and manifestation of life. Modern human societies are changing the global climate. The investigation of climate dynamics and of the interaction of climate with ecosystems, and the assessment and control of human impacts are among the greatest challenges facing present and future generations. CR evaluates, selects and disseminates important new information in these vital areas of environmental research, with specific emphasis on the effect of climate variability and change on organisms and ecosystems.


Basic and applied research devoted to all aspects of climate – past, present and future. Investigation of the reciprocal influences between climate and organisms (including climate effects on individuals, populations, ecological communities and entire ecosystems), as well as between climate and human societies. CR invites high-quality Research Articles, Reviews, Notes and Comments/Reply Comments (see Clim Res 20:187), CR SPECIALS and Opinion Pieces. For details see the Guidelines for Authors. Papers may be concerned with:

  • Interactions of climate with organisms, populations, ecosystems, and human societies
  • Short- and long-term changes in climatic elements, such as humidity and precipitation, temperature, wind velocity and storms, radiation, carbon dioxide, trace gases, ozone, UV radiation
  • Human reactions to climate change; health, morbidity and mortality; clothing and climate; indoor climate management
  • Climate effects on biotic diversity. Paleoecology, species abundance and extinction, natural resources and water levels
  • Historical case studies, including paleoecology and paleoclimatology
  • Analysis of extreme climatic events, their physicochemical properties and their time–space dynamics. Climatic hazards
  • Land-surface climatology. Soil degradation, deforestation, desertification
  • Assessment and implementation of adaptations and response options
  • Applications of climate models and modelled future climate scenarios. Methodology in model development and application

Focal points of applied research:
Climate effects on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture; surface and groundwater quality and supply; pests and pest control; urbanization and economic developments; environmental protection; human wellbeing.


  • Climatologists, meteorologists, atmospheric chemists and physicists, bioclimatologists and biometeorologists, paleoclimatologists
  • Biologists, ecologists, biological oceanographers, marine biologists, limnologists
  • Soil scientists, geologists, paleontologists
  • Hydrologists, physical and chemical oceanographers, physical geographers, biogeographers
  • Landscape planners, environmental managers, environmental protectionists, agronomists, agriculturists, foresters, fishery biologists, aquaculturists, wildlife specialists
  • Public policymakers
Conflicts of Interest

Authors, Reviewers and Editors must disclose relationships (e.g. financial, economic, institutional) that may affect the integrity of the scientific process. Please refer to our Conflict of Interest Policy for details.

Neutrality of editorial decisions

Inter-Research journals are following the Committee of Publication Ethics advice on neutrality for editorial decisions. In brief, editorial decisions in Inter-Research journals shall not be affected by the origins of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race or religion of the authors. Decisions to review, edit and publish shall not be determined by the policies of governments or other agencies, but just by the journals themselves, and are purely based on scientific merit of the submitted work and the work’s fit within each journal’s scope.

Authors may choose either Subscriber Access (no Publication Fee) or Open Access (Article Processing Charges for authors apply) for their article at the time of manuscript acceptance. Open Access is issued under the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) Licence. Copyright remains with the original copyright owners, and re-use is unrestricted. Fuller information on Open Access and policies on author self-archiving (‘Green’ Open Access) of Subscriber Access articles are found on the main Open Access page.

Changes to the Article Processing Charge (APC) pricing structure for articles submitted on or after 1 June 2021

From 1 June 2021 the tiered pricing structure based on article typeset length will change to one based on article type. It enables us to provide the final APC price to authors for APC funding applications necessary prior to article submission which was not possible under the typeset article length system. The new prices are given below.

The Article Processing Charges (APCs) are:

Articles submitted on or after 1 April 2019 and before 1 June 2021

  • €1500 for articles of 1–8 published pages*
  • €1800 for 9–14 pages
  • €2000 for >14 pages.

Articles submitted on or after 1 June 2021

  • €2000 for Research or Review articles
  • €1000 for Notes
  • € 500 for Opinion Pieces or Comments

All articles will become freely accessible to all users 5 years after publication. In addition, Feature Articles are published with Open Access at no cost to the authors.

Only articles clearly marked with "CC BY" in the top right corner of the front page are published with the Creative Commons by Attribution Licence. The CC-BY option was not available for Inter-Research journals before 1 April 2013. Articles marked "Open Access" or "Free Access" but not marked "CC BY" are made freely accessible at the time of publication but are subject to standard copyright law regarding reproduction and distribution.

* As a rough guide, 1 printed page = 2 to 3 manuscript pages

Tax information

For purchases in the European Union, the VAT number of the paying institution must be provided, otherwise VAT will be added at the standard rate for the country of the purchaser. For Germany, VAT at 7% will always be added.

All CR articles are available online. Articles published >5 years ago may be accessed freely. Currently articles published in 2017 or earlier are freely available.

Annual Publication Program/ Subscription Information

Prices do not include Value Added Tax (VAT)

2022: 3 volumes, Vols 87 to 89

  • Annual rate for 2022 (online only): € 726
  • Print-plus-online versions: add print-extra charge and postage, handling & insurance charge
    • Germany: + € 103 (print extra) + € 16 = € 845
    • other countries: + € 103 (print extra) + € 37 (air mail) = € 866

2022 Open Access 'double-dipping' adjustment calculation (rounded): CR: 727 + (24.12–24.20)% = 726 (i.e. –0.08%)

Missing volumes must be claimed within 4 months of publication. Back issues (print) are available at substantially reduced prices; for details write to publisher.

Tables of contents and abstracts are available online free of charge for all articles.

Subscriptions are entered with annual prepayment only. They must be addressed directly to the publisher.