A Journal of the Human Environment

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


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.

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

For more than 40 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.  

The broad scope of coverage extends to ecology, environmental economics, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, hydrology, water resources, oceanography, earth sciences, meteorology, and physical geography.  

Authors are advised to check our latest guidelines for authors as these are updated regularly. 

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 1972–2012 (vols. 1–41)

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
Presubmission enquiries welcome (
Decisions to reject without review taken within 7 days
From submission to first decision after review = 55 days
From final acceptance to online publication = 22 days
Overall acceptance rate = 28%

5-year Impact Factor = 2.907
Cited half-life = 9.4 years
h5-index (2009–2013) = 32  

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)


Browse Volumes & Issues