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The Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) is one of the leading international journals for coastal studies and is officially published bi-monthly by the Coastal Education & Research Foundation (CERF). By covering the entire field of coastal research [e.g., geology, biology, ecology, geomorphology, physical geography, climate change, littoral oceanography, hydrography, sea-level change, coastal hydraulics, environmental (resource) management (law), coastal engineering, remote sensing, socio-economic topics, etc.], the JCR encompasses all subjects relevant to natural and engineered environments (freshwater, brackish, or marine) and the protection/management of their resources in the vicinity of coastlines of the world. Even though the journal broadly focuses on immediate shoreline zones, the JCR also embraces those coastal environments that either reach some indefinite distance inland or that extend seaward beyond the outer margins of the sublittoral (neritic) zone. The JCR disseminates accurate information to both the public and research specialists around the world on all aspects of coastal issues in an effort to maintain or improve the quality of our planet's shoreline resources. The JCR is currently surveyed in the BioOne Complete Collection; Google Scholar; SCOPUS (Elsevier); JSTOR; EBSCO; ProQuest; Charlesworth; BIOSIS Previews (Web of Science); Zoological Record (Web of Science); Biological Abstracts (Web of Science); Cabells Scholarly Analytics (Journalytics); Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS); Gale Group (Gale/Cengage Learning); Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC); Scimago; and the Scubavox Conservation Database.

The Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) is a nonprofit research society dedicated to the advancement of the coastal sciences and serves as the official publisher of the international Journal of Coastal Research (JCR). CERF-JCR is devoted to the multidisciplinary study of complex problems related to the coastal zone and is the founding organization of the International Coastal Symposium (ICS). Our purpose is to help in the translation and interpretation of coastal issues for the public and to assist professional and academic research programs by supporting and encouraging field and laboratory studies on a local, national, and global basis. Through printed scientific publications, current online content, and renowned international conferences, CERF-JCR brings accurate information to both the public and researchers alike on all aspects of coastal issues in an effort to maintain and improve the quality of shoreline resources.

The International Coastal Symposium (ICS) was originally created by Per Bruun (deceased) and Charles W. Finkl as the official meeting of the Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) and the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR), with one of the first meetings being held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in 1993. After the repeated success of these meetings, CERF-JCR moved the ICS to an international platform by holding these conferences in conjunction with local sponsors in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, England, Iceland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and South Korea. The ICS brings together delegates from all over the world to collaborate and discuss the most current coastal research studies and projects. During the ICS 2014, which was held in Durban, South Africa, a grand celebration took place to mark the 30th Anniversary of CERF and the JCR.

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