Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Started in 1972, this multi-disciplinary journal publishes full papers and short communications. The Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, issued monthly, is devoted to the publication of communications relating to various facets of research in (i) Marine sciences including marine engineering and marine pollution; (ii) Climate change & (iii) Geosciences i.e. geology, geography and geophysics. IJMS is a multidisciplinary journal in marine sciences and geosciences. Therefore, research and review papers and book reviews of general significance to marine sciences and geosciences which are written clearly and well organized will be given preference.


Section Policies

Review papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Historical commentaries/notes

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Meeting reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All submissions in IJMS undergo a rigorous review process to maintain a high-quality publication. All submitted manuscripts are treated as confidential documents and are reviewed by single blind peer review process which may take a maximum of 6-8 weeks from the date of submission. Submitted manuscripts are usually referred to 3-4 experts (reviewers). Cursorial reviews are not given weightage. Only critical reviews are considered for effective evaluation, if required. Manuscripts which are recommended for publication and that too from minimum of two peer reviewers are processed further. The rest are returned with relevant reports. All publication decisions are made by the journal’s Editor on the basis of the referees’/reviewers’ reports. In addition, Editor will have the option of seeking additional reviews when needed.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Editorial Board

Editorial Board


CSIR-NISCAIR Policy on Plagiarism

The system of formal communication in science through publication in primary journals is based on originality and quality of information being the only criteria for publication. However, there have been tendencies to misuse the system and vitiate the process of science communication for personal benefits. One of the ills afflicting science communication is plagiarism. Attempts at plagiarism may range from verbatim, copying of extensive material of other authors, misappropriating results/data of others with minor changes in language/presentation without giving credit to original source, to publish essentially the same information more than once.

As the premier publisher in India of primary scientific journals in various disciplines of science and technology, NISCAIR strongly reiterates its policy of discouraging plagiarism of all kinds. All efforts are made detect and frustrate attempts at plagiarism through editorial screening and rigorous peer review in respect of communications received for publication in NISCAIR publications. Cooperation of the scientific community is sought in our efforts to frustrate all attempts at plagiarism.

In case any attempt to plagiarize is brought to our attention accompanied with convincing evidence, following steps would be taken:

(a) After consulting the respective Editorial Board Members, authors guilty of plagiarism will be debarred from publishing their papers in NISCAIR journals;

(b) Heads of the departments/institutes of the offending authors will be intimated of such incidences of plagiarism; and

(c) Such incidents of plagiarism will be publicized through the concerned NISCAIR journals in consultation with the respective Editorial Board Members.

Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences (IJMS)