A Journal of the Human Environment

ISSN: 0044-7447 (Print) 1654-7209 (Online)


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Explores the link between anthropogenic activities and the environment, Ambio encourages multi- or interdisciplinary submissions with explicit management or policy recommendations. 

Ambio addresses the scientific, social, economic, and cultural factors that influence the condition of the human environment. Ambio particularly encourages multi- or inter-disciplinary submissions with explicit management or policy recommendations.  

For more than 45 years Ambio has brought international perspective to important developments in environmental research, policy and related activities for an international readership of specialists, generalists, students, decision-makers and interested laymen.   

Papers published in Ambio fall into four main categories: Research article, Review, Perspective, Comment. Regardless of article category, your submission should have a clear link between anthropogenic activities and the environment, or vice versa.  

Authors are advised to check our latest instructions for authors (see link under "For Authors and Editors" to the right) as these are updated regularly. 

Presubmission enquiries welcome, please send an abstract to Editor-in-Chief Bo Söderström. (

The Crafoord Prize is awarded in partnership between the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Crafoord foundation in Lund. The Academy is responsible for selecting the Crafoord Laureates. Please see the interactive banner for The 2018 Crafoord Prize in the right menu under: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Links for article download sites: 

years 2010– (vols. 39–) 

years 2010– (vols. 39–)
(open access after a 12-month embargo period

years 2000–2011 (vols. 29–40)

years 1972–2013 (vols. 1–42)

Requests for permission to reproduce material with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as copyright-holder should be directed to Editor-in-Chief Bo Söderström.  

Ambio Key Statistics
From submission to reject with editorial review = 7 days
From submission to first decision after external peer review = 65 days
From final acceptance to online publication = 22 days
Overall acceptance rate = 25%
2-year Impact Factor = 3.687 (2016)
h5-index (2011–2015) = 39  

Most common countries of origin of Ambio authors
Sweden, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Finland, Australia, Germany, Norway, Denmark, China, Russia and Spain (in descending order).

Most common keywords of Ambio articles published
Climate change, Baltic Sea, Ecosystem services, Eutrophication, Arctic, Governance, Sustainability, Biodiversity, Resilience, Sustainable development, Conservation and Monitoring (in decreasing order of frequency).

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