From the Editorial Fellows

Writing Effective Abstracts and Summaries Webinar

by Adrienne Sponberg   One of my favorite things about ASLO is the way the society values participation by early career researchers and students (watch for an upcoming post on this!). This month, two of our programs for early career students collaborated on a recent webinar. The webinar was sponsored by the NSF-funded Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program. ...

Call for Applications: Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship with L&O Letters

Program description The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is announcing a call for applications for the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship, a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of early-career aquatic scientists in scientific publishing, including open-access publishing, peer review, and scientific writing. Raelyn Cole was the Managing Editor of ASLO’s flagship journal, L&O, from 1965 to 1996. ...

The changing of the guard: a discussion between an outgoing and incoming Editorial Fellow

By Laura Falkenberg and Scott Hotaling In this blog post we are publishing a discussion between two of our Fellows to celebrate a changing of the guard – Laura Falkenberg is completing her term, while Scott Hotaling is just getting started. Here they share their perspectives and thoughts on the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship program. LF: Firstly, Scott welcome to ...

Writing effective titles, abstracts, and summaries

By Laura Falkenberg and Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad Journal articles are the key means of communicating scientific research. Unfortunately, academic texts are often characterized by a complicated writing style and abundance of jargon, which reduces clarity and effectiveness. This is particularly problematic for authors with a goal to make their work accessible to, and get it noticed by, researchers from different fields. ...

The women of the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship

By Laura Falkenberg This is the last blog post I’ll be authoring as a Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow, but also the first I wanted to write. The inspiration for this post was sparked during my Fellowship interview with the Editor-in-Chief of Limnology and Oceanography: Letters, Pat Soranno. I left that interview with all the normal worries (Did I understand the questions ...

Scott Hotaling and Bridget Deemer named Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellows for L&O Letters

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is pleased to announce Scott Hotaling and Bridget Deemer will serve as the society’s next Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellows. The Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early-career aquatic scientists to gain expertise in scientific publishing, including open-access publishing, peer review, and scientific writing. Hotaling will begin his ...

My strategies for attending academic conferences as an ECR

By Laura Falkenberg Ten years ago I attended my first ever international scientific conference. It was in my hometown and my supervisors had encouraged me to go – I arrived not really knowing what to expect. I spent the week feeling overwhelmed and slightly out of place, especially at the poster session where I presented my work. This year I ...

Open Access – part of a broader movement towards Open Science

By Laura J. Falkenberg Last week was “Open Access Week”, a time when members of the academic and research community focus on celebrating and recognizing  the potential benefits of Open Access, share information on the topic with colleagues, and consider increasing participation in the initiative. However, Open Access is just one part of a broader movement towards Open Science which ...

A Fellows’ perspective of the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship

By Laura J. Falkenberg As the inaugural Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow, when I applied to the program I was largely entering the unknown. In figuring out if this was an opportunity that I was interested in, and putting together my application, I scoured the Internet for information on Editorial Fellowships generally and, in particular, what this one would entail. Unfortunately, ...

Early career peer reviewers should feel confident to evaluate big ideas

By Laura J. Falkenberg As an Early Career Researcher (ECR), being invited to peer review is an important milestone. It shows that a journal Editor recognizes you as an expert, and believes that you can evaluate the work of others. But, once you’ve accepted the invitation to review, worry can creep in – you might ask yourself if you actually ...
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