Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

The Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin is published quarterly and contains articles, features, letters, ASLO news- information for the ASLO membership, and reviews of books.

Publication Schedule and Submission Deadlines

The publication schedule and corresponding deadline for submissions are:

Issue 1 - Published February - deadline for submission: December 15
Issue 2 - Published May - deadline for submission: March 15
Issue 3 - Published August - deadline for submission: June 15
Issue 4 - Published November - deadline for submission: September 15


Articles are of broad interest to the entire ASLO membership (and outside readers as well), and cover diverse topics such as new directions or methods in aquatic science, new findings on, or interpretations of major topics, or political and educational issues/approaches. While most articles are commissioned by the editors, we would very much like to hear from potential authors on suggestions or ideas for articles (

Articles should have a maximum of 2500 words, 3 figures, photos, or tables, and 10 references. They do not have a separate abstract or introduction, and thus the first paragraph should contain a synopsis of the subject and the major points; the remaining text then fills in the details. In other words, they are written in more of a newspaper or magazine format, meaning that they simply have to make their points in a concise fashion. Since all of the submission and review process is done electronically, articles must be submitted by email (to as attached Word documents, with double line spacing, and content in the following order: title, authors and affiliations (addresses and email), text, references, tables, and figure captions. Figures or photographs can be in color and should be included as separate attachments. Final, accepted versions must be in TIF format (CMYK), but figures for review can be in PDF format. References should be cited using the (author, date) convention and follow the L&O style. You may also suggest potential reviewers for your article (2 are used). Authors of published Bulletin articles will receive at no charge an Adobe pdf file of their published article for the distribution of reprints.


Letters to the Bulletin are comments or responses to Articles, or pleas to the community about some aquatic science or political (e.g., funding for science) issue.

Letters to the Bulletin should have a maximum of 500 words and can include 2-3 references. They should be submitted by email to as attached Word documents. They will be reviewed by the Editors, and if they are comments on an Article, the authors will be able to respond as desired.


ASLO News items include messages from ASLO officials and editors of ASLO publications, ASLO election information and results, policy analyses, committee reports. Member News includes announcements concerning members of ASLO such as awards and distinctions and obituaries.

ASLO News items should be submitted to the Editor via email ( as attached Word documents.

Meeting Highlights

News and information related to recent and future meetings are posted regularly in the Bulletin.

Book Reviews

Books reviewed in the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin are recent titles in the fields of oceanography, limnology, marine biology, aquatic ecology, ecology, Aquatic science policy and management, as well as occasionally 'popular science' books. Most reviews are commissioned by the editors but we would very much like to hear suggestions for book reviews (

New Links

During the transition to our partnership with Wiley, some journal information has moved to new locations. Please refer to the links below.