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Marine Ecology Progress Series

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Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS) was founded in 1979 by Professor Otto Kinne. Its original concept was based on 'Marine Ecology' - the first comprehensive, integrated treatise on life in oceans and coastal waters - conceived, contributed to, organized and edited by Otto Kinne, and published by John Wiley & Sons.

MEPS: an influential journal in its field

According to the Journal Citation Reports 2022 release, MEPS features an impact factor (IF) of 2.915 from 44604 total cites (5-year IF = 3.084), Immediacy Index = 0.709, Eigenfactor = 0.01382, JCI = 0.89.

All manuscripts (except Comments and Reply Comments) must pass through a rigorous review process involving at least 3 referees. For details consult Mar Ecol Prog Ser 279:1


MEPS serves as a worldwide forum for all aspects of marine ecology, fundamental and applied. The journal covers: microbiology, botany, zoology, ecosystem research, biological oceanography, ecological aspects of fisheries and aquaculture, pollution, environmental protection, conservation, resource management.

Ecological research has become of paramount importance for the future of humanity. The information presented here should, therefore, encourage critical application of ecological knowledge for the benefit of mankind and, in fact, of life on earth. Marine Ecology Progress Series strives for

  • complete coverage of the field of marine ecology
  • the highest possible quality of scientific contributions
  • quick publication
  • a high technical standard of presentation


MEPS is international and interdisciplinary. It presents rigorously refereed and carefully selected Research Articles, Reviews and Notes, as well as Comments/Reply Comments (for details see MEPS 228:1), Theme Sections and Opinion Pieces. For details consult Guidelines for Authors. Papers may be concerned with:

  • Environmental factors:

    Tolerances and responses of marine organisms (microorganisms, autotrophic plants and animals) to variations in abiotic and biotic components of their environment; radioecology.

  • Physiological-ecological mechanisms:

    Auto- and heterotrophy; thermo-, ion-, osmo- and volume-regulation; stress resistance; population genetics and ecological genome research; orientation in space and time; migrations; behavior; chemical ecology.

  • Molecular marine ecology:

    Molecular basis of ecological processes.

  • Cultivation/aquaculture:

    Maintenance and rearing of, as well as experimentation with, marine organisms under environmental and nutritional conditions which are, to a considerable degree, controlled; analysis of the physiological and ecological potential of individuals, populations and species; determination of nutritional requirements; ecological aspects of aquaculture; water-quality management; culture technology.

  • Dynamics:

    Marine ecosystems; flow patterns of energy and matter as these pass through organisms, populations and ecosystems; biodiversity; trophic interrelations; production, transformation and decomposition of organic matter; plankton ecology; benthos ecology; estuarine and coastal ecology; wadden-sea ecology; coral-reef ecology; deep-sea ecology; open-ocean ecology; polar ecology; theoretical ecology; ecological methodology and technology; ecological modelling and computer simulation.

  • Ocean use management:

    Anthropogenic impacts: their role as modifiers and deformers of living systems, their biological consequences and their management and control; inventory of living resources in coastal areas, estuaries and open oceans; ecological aspects of fisheries; pollution of marine areas and organisms; protection of life in the seas; management of populations, species and ecosystems; management of coastal zones and sea areas; biotechnology.

  • Eco-ethics:

    Marine ecological research relevant to human thought and conduct oriented to what is right or wrong, beneficial or destructive for the total system 'Homo sapiens plus nature'.

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 MEPS articles are available online. Articles published >5 years ago may be accessed freely by all users. Currently articles published in 2017 or earlier are freely available.

Annual Publication Program/ Subscription Information

Prices do not include Value Added Tax (VAT)

2022: 23 volumes, Vols 681 to 703

  • Annual rate for 2022 (online only): € 5192
  • Print-plus-online versions: add print-extra charge and postage, handling & insurance charge
    • Germany: + € 721 (print extra) + € 72 = € 5985
    • Other countries: + € 721 (print extra) + € 220 (air mail) = € 6133

2022 Open Access 'double-dipping' adjustment calculation (rounded): MEPS: 5125 + (17.8–16.5)% = 5192 (i.e. +1.3%)

Missing volumes must be claimed within 4 months of publication. Back volumes (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.