Impact Factor: 1.423 (2021) and 1.589 (five-year)
ISSN: 1239-6095 / eISSN: 1797-2469
Impact Factor: 1.423 (2021)
ISSN: 1239-6095 / eISSN: 1797-2469
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The journal publishes original, previously unpublished (for details see Copyright Statement) research reports, reviews and commentaries on various aspects of the boreal and Arctic environments (i.e., northern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).

Submission of research reports shall describe high quality previously unpublished research. Reviews shall summarize existing knowledge on selected topics. Commentaries shall be short and informal (approx. 1000 words), and are reserved for the presentation of novel or controversial hypotheses and/or the reinterpretation of material published in this journal or elsewhere.

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.

Submission Procedure

  1. Manuscripts should be prepared as described in the Manuscript Preparation section and checked thoroughly to ensure that they are complete.

  2. The manuscript (figures and tables appended at the end of the manuscript) should be sent by e-mail in PDF or Word format along with the completed submission form directly to the editor whose area of expertise covers the subject of the paper (see below). Supplementary Information should be provided as a separate file from the manuscript. Note that Supplementary Information material will not be edited during the production process.

  3. The information normally given in a cover letter can be placed in the body of the email message. The cover letter should highlight the significance of their paper and explain the potential general interest of their work to the readership of Boreal Environment Research.

  4. For studies conducted outside the Boreal sphere, authors should also provide a short clarification on how the results of the study are linked to the boreal environment.

  5. An acknowledgement from the Subject Editor confirming the receipt of a manuscript is sent exclusively by e-mail to the corresponding author. If such acknowledgement does not reach you within a few days from submission, please contact the editor.

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


Atmosphere and climate

Atmospheric radiation, radiative effects of aerosols, remote sensing of aerosols

Prof. Veli-Matti Kerminen
Prof. Antti Arola

Fisheries and aquaculture

Fish population dynamics, fisheries management, fish stock assessment, predator–prey interactions

Dr. Örjan Östman


Aquatic ecology, biodiversity, marine ecology, human impacts on aquatic ecosystems, experimental ecology

Dr. Johanna Mattila


Biogeochemical cycles and below-ground processes

Prof. Jukka Pumpanen

Photosynthesis, tree ecophysiology, canopy processes, physiological remote sensing

Dr. Albert Porcar-Castell


Wetlands, incl. peatland and tundra ecosystem ecology and C and N cycling, stable isotopes, greenhouse gases and permafrost

Dr. Christina Biasi

Physical Oceanography

Ocean and sea physics, numerical modelling, studies of circulation, major inflows, upwelling

Dr. Kai Myrberg


Water resources management, catchment processes, water quality, water protection methods, restoration of water systems, sedimentation engineering, stream hydraulics, modelling

Dr. Hannu Marttila


Geology incl. Quaternary geology, palaeoecology, vegetation history, palaeoeclimatology

Dr. Niina Kuosmanen

Evaluation Procedure

  1. All submitted manuscripts are first scrutinised by the subject 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 is valid; and the results are sound with consideration of the methods and data used.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Final decisions regarding a manuscript's acceptance or rejection are made by the editor-in-chief based on the evaluations.

  5. Manuscripts whose subjects are outside the scope of the journal or do not fulfil our above-mentioned requirements are returned without consideration.