Polar Record Now Free to Read Online

The Polar Record, the journal of Arctic and Antarctic research from Cambridge University, has made all its latest articles going forward free to read online.

While the long-standing academic publication features many articles of limited interest to non-specialists, each issue typically includes the latest research about explorers that is of interest to anyone smitten by polar history.

Until now, you needed to access Polar Record articles through a university library, have academic credentials, or pay a steep fee for an individual subscription.

Established in 1931, the quarterly journal is managed by Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute. It is widely considered the world’s best English-language polar journal.

Older articles remain behind a paywall at a cost of $26 each.

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. One of Canada’s premier arctic travelers, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and has just finished a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada and in 2022, he received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for services to exploration.