The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) publishes peer-reviewed technical papers that describe cutting edge research in a chosen theme area. Papers should present the results of new research in ocean technology, science, or engineering, and be no more than 7,500 words in length. All papers are subjected to a rigorous peer-review process and are published in open access format. Download technical paper submission guidelines and our publishing brochure.

The JOT also publishes essays that present well-informed observations and conclusions, and identify key issues for the oceans community in a concise manner. Essays are written at a level that would be understandable by a non-specialist. Essays should be both educational and thought provoking. As essays are less formal than a technical paper, they do not include abstracts or a listing of references. Typical essay lengths range from 1,000 to 3,000 words. Download essay submission guidelines.

Submit all papers or inquiries to editor Dawn Roche (

Why publish with the JOT?

  • Peer-reviewed papers are available in open access, electronic format
  • Published in full-colour graphics for best presentation of research
  • No cost to publish
  • Student papers are welcomed and encouraged
  • Indexed by abstract and citation databases including Scopus, Google Scholar, and more
  • Final PDF copy of paper provided to authors for their own use
  • Expedited review process
  • One-page introductory summary prefaces each paper

Upcoming themes

V13N1 (Spring 2018) – Coastal ocean observation

Research papers deadline: closed

Essay submissions deadline: closed

V13N2 (Summer 2018) – Electricity in the marine environment

Research papers deadline: closed

Essay submissions deadline: April 27, 2018

V13N3 (Fall 2018) – Autonomous vehicles

Research papers deadline: May 25, 2018

Essay submissions deadline: July 27, 2018

V13N4 (Winter 2018) – Polar water operations

Research papers deadline: August 24, 2018

Essay submissions deadline: October 26, 2018