Early career peer reviewers should feel confident to evaluate big ideas

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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 know enough to be reviewing the paper? Are you qualified …

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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 confidently), to very specific details (e.g. how to structure a …

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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 (Deputy Editor-in-Chief, ASLO’s Limnology and Oceanography) and Miguel Goni (Editor-in-Chief, AGU’s Journal of …

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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 submission (blogs found here and here), I will use this first blog to …

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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 to effectively resubmit a manuscript and the associated ‘response to …

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10 tips for a successful manuscript submission

By Laura J. Falkenberg At the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon, journal Editors participated in workshops about key publishing activities, specifically manuscript submission and peer review. Each of these sessions opened with the Editors giving a brief prepared presentation, before moving to more general discussion prompted by questions from the audience. In this blog post, and the next three to follow, I will be summarising the workshops. For …

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Interacting with editors at academic conferences: tips for early career researchers

By Laura J. Falkenberg As the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow, one thing I have learnt from talking with journal editors is that they are often open to helping authors, particularly those early in their careers, develop ideas and manuscripts for publication. A key opportunity many researchers have to interact with journal editors is at scientific meetings. Journal editors can, however, be intimidating figures difficult for early career researchers to approach …

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Creating and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere for all in the aquatic sciences

By James Elser, Past-President (ASLO) The issue of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct is much in the news these days, including in the sciences.  Two years ago as President, I began a proactive process to address these issues in the aquatic sciences, motivated especially by the occurrence of sexual misconduct at field stations and on research vessels.  Joined by then President-elect Duguay, the effort was broadened to include development …

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Cross peer review: what is it and how is it being used at Limnology & Oceanography: Letters?

By Laura J. Falkenberg One my central activities as a Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow (more information on the fellowship can be found here) is to learn more about the editorial process. An obvious step towards this is to be involved as a peer reviewer. While I had reviewed for a range of journals in different sub-fields of biology and ecology before the fellowship (> 15 different titles), I hadn’t reviewed for Limnology …

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