Polar Research has been publishing international scientific research on the polar regions since 1982. Norwegian Polar Institute publishes the journal via Co-Action Publishing in Stockholm. The editor-in-chief is Helle V. Goldman, and the journal has an international panel of subject editors and editorial support from a panel of experts from all over the world.

Polar Research has been an Open Access journal since 2011, giving readers around the world free access to the latest scientific, peer-reviewed articles on the Arctic and Antarctica across disciplines and national borders. The journal has readers from 146 countries and more than 100,000 downloads annually.

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