The journal publishes original, previously unpublished (for details see Copyright statement) research reports, reviews and commentaries on various aspects of the boreal environment [i.e. northern polar, subpolar and hemiboreal conditions, biomes or ecosystems] and its natural resources (for main subjects see below; please note that animal ecology is outside the scope of the journal).

It is expected that the authors make the data underlying published articles available on request. Any impediments to data sharing should be brought to the attention of the editors at the time of submission.

Manuscripts should be prepared as described in the Instructions to Authors and checked thoroughly to make certain that they are complete. Referring to websites should be avoided. If, however, an essential publication is available EXCLUSIVELY on the internet (printed version does not exist) it can be referred to by its URL (Universal Resource Locator) or DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ONLY. Its accessibility in foreseeable future in an unchanged form must be verfified and guaranteed. If web-only publications cannot be found when an article is send to print, the references may be replaced with 'unpublished data' without notice.

To facilitate reviewing, lines of the text should be continuously numbered [e.g. in MS Word, please select 'Document' from the 'Format' menu, press 'Layout' and in the next window 'Line numbers ...', then check 'Add line numbering', 'Start at = 1', 'From text = Auto', 'Count by = 1' and select 'Continuous'; after pressing OK, lines in your document will be numbered].

Submission procedure

The entire manuscript (incl. figures and tables) should be sent by e-mail exclusively in a PDF format along with the completed Submission form directly to the editor whose area of expertise covers the subject of the paper (see below). Do not submit manuscripts as MSWord (or other wordprocessor) .doc or .rtf files. The information normally given in a cover letter can be place in the body of a message. A submission lacking the form may be disregarded. An acknowledgement confirming receipt of a manuscript is sent exclusively by e-mail. If such acknowledgement does not reach you within few days from submission, please contact the editor.

Atmosphere and climate Dr. Veli-Matti Kerminen ( [atmospheric composition, air pollution, aerosols, atmospheric climate system, emissions to the atmosphere]
Dr. Antti Arola ( [atmospheric radiation, radiative effects of aerosols, remote sensing of aerosols]
Fisheries and aquaculture Dr. Outi Heikinheimo ( [fish population dynamics, fisheries management, fish stock assessment, predator–prey interactions]
Hydrobiology Dr. Johanna Mattila ( [aquatic ecology, biodiversity, marine ecology, human impacts on aquatic ecosystems, experimental ecology]
Forests Dr. Jukka Pumpanen ( [biogeochemical cycles and below-ground processes]
Dr. Albert Porcar-Castell ( [photosynthesis, tree ecophysiology, canopy processes, physiological remote sensing]
Wetlands Dr. Sari Juutinen ( [wetlands, incl. peatlands, lakes, biogeochemical cycles, vegetation, ecosystem ecology]
Physical Oceanography Dr. Kai Myrberg ( [ocean and sea physics, numerical modelling, studies of circulation, major inflows, upwelling]
Hydrology Dr. Hannu Marttila ( [water resources management, catchment processes, water quality, water protection methods, restoration of water systems, sedimentation engineering, stream hydraulics, modelling]
Geology Dr. Heikki Seppä ( [geology incl. Quaternary geology, palaeoecology, vegetation history, palaeoeclimatology]
Inquiries of technical nature
can be sent to:
Dr. Krzysztof Raciborski (

IMPORTANT: Papers appearing in regular issues of Boreal Environment Research are published free of charge. The page charge for papers appearing in theme (special) issues, to be paid by institutions proposing such issues, is 60 euros per page.

Evaluation procedure

All submitted manuscripts are first scrutinised by the editor. This includes verification whether an article is original and previously unpublished, fulfils our requirements presented in the instructions to authors, the subject is within the scope of the journal, the introduction sufficiently presents the background for the study and research objectives, description of the methods used is sufficient, data valid, and the results sound considering the methods and data used.
Papers deemed suitable for publication are sent to unbiased experts (most often two) for evaluation. Exceptionally, a member of the journal's advisory/editorial board may also act as a reviewer. Identities of the reviewers are kept confidential unless they specifically state that they do not wish to remain anonymous. However, identities of the authors are made known to reviewers.
Knowledge about the existence of a manuscript under consideration and its content is restricted to the editorial staff and assigned reviewers only, and full confidentiality is maintained throughout the evaluation process. Final decisions regarding a manuscript's acceptance or rejection are made by the editor-in-chief based on the evaluations.
Manuscripts whose subjects are outside the scope of the journal or do not fulfil our above-mentioned requirements are returned without consideration.