Welcome to the world’s leading magazine
dedicated to the discipline of marine biology.

Keep up with the very latest in marine biological research, careers, news, and opinion in our unique quarterly magazine. The Marine Biologist attracts submissions from leading names in the field, and encourages contributions from early-career writers (see our submissions guidelines).


We are seeking content for the July 2022 edition of the magazine.  

We welcome reviews of scientific literature and opinion pieces, as well as letters, art, and fiction. We are also looking for reviews of relevant books, movies, and podcasts. The deadline for submissions is 21 April, 2022. 

Please see the Submissions guidelines or contact the Editor for further information. 

MBA members can access current issues of the magazine via the Members' portal. Back issues of the magazine (issue 14 and earlier) are available to read below.

The Marine Biological Association is a Royal Charter body with a growing and international membership. The Marine Biologist magazine is one of the benefits of joining the Association. Together, we are the voice of marine biology. Find out more about joining the MBA.


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The ecosystem crisis and current developments in artificial intelligence are raising ethical and philosophical questions about human primacy.

In the October edition of The Marine Biologist magazine we celebrate 90 years of the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey, a global monitoring programme that is underpinned by taxonomic


Advertising space is available in The Marine Biologist magazine.

Everyone is fascinated by the sea

The Marine Biologist is a unique publication appealing to professionals and academics in environmental sciences, students (the marine professionals of the future), and young people. We aspire to be the quality, mass-audience magazine for the ocean.

Why advertise in The Marine Biologist?

  • A unique publication
  • Advertising placed with us reaches professionals and academics in environmental sciences, and students (the marine professionals of the future).
  • Discounts for charities, and low rates with savings on longer-term contracts.

The deadlines for advertising copy in 2021 are:


Download our press pack.

For prices and further information please contact membership@mba.ac.uk

The following organizations have advertised with us:

Cambridge International Examinations


Open Ocean Camera

NHBS - The Natural History Book Store

Planet Ocean Ltd


If you have an idea for an article, or opinions about the magazine we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact Guy Baker at editor@mba.ac.uk.

Submissions to the magazine

We welcome submissions of articles about marine life and will consider ideas from anyone, regardless of age or background.

The magazine publishes reviews of scientific literature; opinion pieces; letters; reviews of books, movies, and podcasts; poems, art and fiction. Articles should be original and the author's own work. We are especially interested in articles that are new, or that give an interesting perspective on an existing subject, and that are relevant to current ocean issues.

Guidelines for contributors

Articles should be original and informative, and written for a wide audience that includes academics, students, interested amateurs, and young people. The writing style for the magazine should be concise, but much less formal than that of a scientific paper. We ask that contributors write in the first person, use straightforward language, and avoid jargon. At the same time we welcome depth and detail on science, scientific techniques, and so forth where it is appropriate.

A main article for The Marine Biologist magazine can be anything upwards of 1,000 words in length. Shorter pieces (500 - 600 words) are also welcome.

Authors are asked to clearly cite the sources they have used in their article.  

Representative, colourful images or graphics will always support a story. contributors will need to own the copyright of images they submit, or have written permission from the copyright owner to use them in the context of a magazine that will be widely distributed.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer payment for articles.


If you have an idea for an article, or opinions about the magazine we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact Guy Baker at editor@mba.ac.uk.