Content and Scope

Limnology and Oceanography: Methods will consider any manuscript whose primary focus is methodological and that deals with problems in the aquatic sciences. The journal is not intended as a vehicle for publishing original research that only incidentally employs new methods, and manuscripts that are not focused on methods will not be accepted.

At any given time, some areas of the aquatic sciences will be advancing rapidly in methods development while others rely on a suite of established techniques. If the journal has a large number of articles in a particular topical area one year, it is because that area is in the midst of a methodological revolution. However, the areas of greatest methods development shift constantly, and a methods journal must respond accordingly. We intend to let the field define the content of the journal, rather than attempting to force an unnatural balance among the various aquatic sciences disciplines. The journal will continually evolve and will remain responsive to the changing needs of the community.

The scope of published articles may include:

  • New measurement equipment.
  • New techniques for analyzing observations or samples.
  • Methods for understanding and interpreting information (e.g. statistical, numerical, modeling).
  • Metaanalyses of published data to study the effectiveness of approaches.
  • Field and laboratory comparisons of alternative methods.
  • Evaluations of existing methods.
  • Invited and contributed reviews and syntheses.
  • Methods of communicating and teaching the subject.

In addition to original methods, Limnology and Oceanography: Methods will allow authors to submit both peer-reviewed, substantive updates to methods previously published in the journal, and incremental updates that only require Editorial approval.

Limnology and Oceanography: Methods will also allow peer-reviewed, substantive comments on previously published methods, as well as procedural comments that are limited to specific details of the method (e.g. suggesting a higher incubation temperature) and are approved at the Editorial level.

In short, Limnology and Oceanography: Methods is a place not only to present newly developed laboratory and field methods, but also a forum for discussion and debate over the best means of making progress in all areas of the aquatic sciences.

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