The primary objective of APS is to publish achievements in fundamental research, applied research and high-technology research focused or based on the polar regions, and to report the latest discoveries, inventions, theories and methodologies in polar research. The scope of the journal covers a range of polar disciplines including glaciology, oceanography, atmospheric science, space physics, geology, geophysics, geochemistry, biology and ecology, medicine, Antarctic astronomy, environmental science and engineering and technology as well as polar social science, information service and management. APS also publishes occasional "Special Issues" on specific polar research themes.