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The ASLO Blogs

The ASLO blogs include numerous articles about aquatic science and scientists, news of public interest, and ASLO-sponsored programs.  Blog authors include the ASLO Communications Office, early career professionals, Editors of the ASLO publications, Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellows, and program participants.

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Hollywood tips for initiating collaboration, Part 2

By Edna Fernandez-Figueroa Have you ever felt overwhelmed when approaching a potential research advisor, employer, or collaborator? Many of us struggle to communicate how our research interests and skills complement our potential collaborator's expertise in a short and enthusiastic written introduction.  ASLO is excited to share some tips and tricks on how to create the perfect written (and video!) introduction for ...

Hollywood tips for initiating collaboration, Part 1

By Edna Fernandez-Figueroa Continuing a collaboration stretching back to the 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Orlando, these sessions brought the storytelling wisdom of Hollywood to aquatic scientists! Communication expert, author, and improv actor Brian Palermo leads three different sessions aimed at helping scientists from all career stages understand the value of communicating science through stories. Each session has a different ...

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, ...

Announcing the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange program

ASLO is pleased to announce a new NSF-funded initiative: the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program. As all ASLO members are keenly aware, water bodies often span multiple political boundaries, so international collaboration in the aquatic sciences is a must. However, formal training to prepare the next generation of scientists for such activities is not widely available. The LOREX program ...

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 ...

Reading about writing: summaries of recently published guides

By Laura J. Falkenberg One of the key activities scientists undertake is writing – for publication in peer-reviewed journals, blog posts such as this one, and even in Tweets. There is much advice out there on how to write, with many books published in the last year alone. These books cover everything from very broad issues (e.g. how to write ...

Effective reviewers enter discussions with Editors

By Laura J. Falkenberg Over my past three blog posts I have been summarising the workshops run at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting about manuscript submission (here and here), and how to be an effective reviewer (here). In this final post in the series, I will talk about the discussion on effective reviewing that followed the presentation on this topic by Maggie Xenopoulos ...

Three years of the ASLO Science Communication Internship

By Adrienne Sponberg This morning Facebook reminded me that “on this day” three years ago, I published the first-ever call for the ASLO Science Communication Internship. The program was new and I didn’t know what to expect in terms of applications. But I knew ASLO was well-positioned to expand our training opportunities beyond workshops. Students and early career researchers frequently ...

How to be an effective peer reviewer

By Laura J. Falkenberg A key skill scientists can develop is the ability to write effective peer reviews. At the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, journal editors led a session on how to do this. The contributing editors were Maggie Xenopoulos (Deputy Editor-in-Chief, ASLO’s Limnology and Oceanography) and Miguel Goni (Editor-in-Chief, AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences). As with the session on manuscript ...

How to ‘revise and resubmit’: advice from journal Editors

By Laura J. Falkenberg In the initial post in this series, I summarised the presentation on manuscript submission given by Pat Soranno (Editor-in-Chief, ASLO’s Limnology and Oceanography: Letters) and Robert Pincus (Editor-in-Chief, AGU’s Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems) at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting. Here, I will focus on a key point explored in the ensuing discussion, specifically the issue of how ...
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