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SPRI Review 2011: Polar Record

Polar Record

The journal continues as an internationally refereed publication of polar research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Four issues of Polar Record were published by Cambridge University Press during 2011. Twenty-five articles appeared during the year together with 12 notes, 20 book reviews and other contributions, including three obituaries. The practice of issuing reprints has now ceased and authors receive a final pdf that they are at liberty to copy. All accepted papers are published on the journal website before appearing in hard copy form. The aim is that, if a paper be approved by referees, ‘publication’ should be no later than eight weeks after submission. This makes Polar Record attractive to those authors for whom priority is important and partly explains why the Editor had sufficient material for the whole of the print run for 2012 and for the first half of 2013, well before the end of 2011. A further factor stimulating the increasing number of submissions for publication appears to be the journal’s ISI status, received in 2006. This seems to have had a considerable influence on the journal’s ‘impact factor’. On the basis of statistics supplied by Cambridge University Press, the impact factor has improved from 0.37 in 2006 to 0.89 in 2010. It is a pleasant duty to report that no fewer than 67 referees were consulted during the year and, for their input towards making the journal a success, the Editor and Institute are most grateful.

Ian R. Stone (Editor)