|The Polar Record|
Cambridge University Press (United Kingdom)
|1931 – present|
Polar Record is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal of Arctic and Antarctic exploration and research, created and managed by the Scott Polar Research Institute, and published by Cambridge University Press. It was established in 1931.
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The journal covers original primary research papers in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, and polar technology, as well as papers concerning current political, economic, legal, and environmental issues in the Arctic or Antarctic.
The journal was established in 1931, by The Scott Polar Research Institute which itself was founded in 1926. The foreword of the first issue in the first volume stated that the journal was created to address the challenge of "so much exploration and exploitation in the polar regions, the news of which appear in so many forms and languages", and that "in the first place an attempt will be made merely to record the chief polar events of the preceeding six months; but it is hoped that the scope of the journal will gradually be expanded. The main body of the The Polar Record is a résumé of polar news extracted from the best available sources." The Committee of Management decided that the director of the Scott Polar Research Institute also be the Editor. Therefore, the at-the-time director of the institute, Frank Debenham became the foundational editor of the journal.
From its inception in 1931, to 1953, each volume was triennial, with issues published every six months. Between years 1954 and 1987 the volumes became biannual, with three issues published every year starting in 1955. In 1988 each volume became annual, with quarterly publication of issues.
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