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L&O Letters Early Career Publication Honor – Call for Applicants

We are pleased to request applications for the L&O Letters Early Career Publication Honor. The goal of the honor is to promote open-access publication of research by excellent early career researchers.   Honor details:   Honorees will receive the following benefits:  Covered APC (article processing charges; $2500 value) for one publication in Limnology & Oceanography Letters in the two years following the honor.  Editorial support from ...

Writing with Peer Support Is More Fun

By Bridget Deemer With summer fieldwork and a semester packed full of classes, there were lots of excuses to avoid writing during the beginning of my graduate work.  Writing about your science can often feel like something to leave for the end.  Waiting until you know the punchline may make some sense from a framing perspective, but you can always ...

Associate editors as shepherds, not just gatekeepers

By Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad All scientific journals maintain editorial boards, which consist of the Editor in Chief (EiC) and associate editors who primarily solicit peer reviews and make publication recommendations to the EiC. Editors, unlike peer reviewers, are the ones ultimately making decisions about whether or not a submitted manuscript should be accepted or rejected for publication. Because of this, editors ...

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. ...

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 ...
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