About the Journal

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord is a fully refereed, quarterly journal published by the Canadian Nautical Research Society and the North American Society for Oceanic History. It is devoted to the study of maritime affairs and the inland waterways of the nations that touch the seas of the northern hemisphere. The journal’s content spans the fields of naval, political, diplomatic, social, cultural, gender, Indigenous, economic, and environmental history. Specific topics of interest include – but are not limited to – ships, shipbuilding, technology, merchant shipping, trade, labour, seafaring, maritime life, coastal communities, ports and harbours, naval warfare, maritime aviation, fishing, whaling, sealing, underwater archaeology, disasters and emergencies, and maritime biography.

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord publishes research articles, research notes, commentaries, review essays, and book reviews.

  • Articles present original research and should normally range between 4000 and 10,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and table/figure captions, but excluding the reference list (exceptions can be made for articles longer than 10,000 words - please reach out to editor).
  • Research notes, which may be a maximum of 5000 words, discuss research in progress, methodological approaches, historiographical debates, and other aspects of the research process.
  • Commentaries, generally between 1000 and 5000 words, introduce and assess historical documents, maps, works of art, artefacts, technology, and other aspects of material culture.
  • Review essays up to 9000 words in length review the state of research on a particular topic or subject area.
  • One of the journal's most popular features is its book review section, which is among the most extensive in the field. Reviews between 800 and 1000 words in length are published in every issue and include the most current titles in the maritime field reviewed by historians, maritime economists, museum specialists, archaeologists and naval personnel, researchers, educators, and published authors.  

Submissions for consideration in The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord may be written in either English or French.