Call for applications: L&O Letters Early Career Publication Honor

Call for applications: L&O Letters Early Career Publication Honor

We invite applications for the 2024 Limnology & Oceanography Letters Early Career Publication Honor that pays the publication cost of open-access articles authored by Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in need. The Honor was conceived and is managed by ASLO’s Raelyn Cole Editorial (RCE) Fellows to support publication of innovative research in the aquatic sciences by ECRs who have no funding or prospects for securing funding to pay the cost of open-access publication.

Applications are due July 31, 2024 by 12:00 AM (midnight) Eastern Time (GMT-4). Honorees will be contacted in early September 2024.

Two Q+A webinars about the L&O Letters Early Career Publication Honor will be held online; please register using the form below to receive the link for the Zoom call on

  • 12 June at 2:00 PM GMT (Portuguese/Spanish)
  • 12 June at 3:30 PM GMT (English);

We strongly encourage interested applicants to attend; please come prepared with questions. The recorded session will be available on ASLO’s YouTube channel soon after, and you can email your questions to the RCE fellows at [email protected].

Honor details: Waivers are available for papers published by 2026. Honorees will receive:

  • Waiver of the Author Publication Cost (APC) of an article accepted for publication in L&O Letters (currently USD $3,360).
  • Support from an RCE Fellow with a pre-submission friendly review of your manuscript and guidance in navigating the submission process.
  • Publicity of accepted papers via ASLO social media.
  • Note: The honor does not guarantee publication in L&O Letters. All manuscripts will be subject to full peer review and editorial consideration by L&O Letters.

Eligibility: This Honor targets ECRs who completed their highest degree after July 2014 (exemptions can be granted for career interruptions). Proposed manuscripts must fit the scope of L&O Letters and have the high scientific merit of papers published in ASLO journals. Eligible applicants will:

  • not have published via previous L&O Letters Early Career Publication Honor calls (you may apply again if your previous application was unsuccessful or if you were unable to use a waiver offered to your application).
  • be lead (or joint lead with another ECR) author of the proposed manuscript.
  • be the corresponding author for the manuscript. If necessary, the applicant’s supervisor may also be a corresponding author, but the applicant must be the one who is in contact with L&O Letters during the formal peer review process (please email [email protected] if there are barriers to meeting this requirement).
  • demonstrate financial need.
  • meet the journal’s data-publication requirement in their submission, as outlined here.
  • demonstrate progress toward manuscript preparation and a feasible plan for meeting the manuscript submission deadline of June 1, 2025.

Additional criteria: The primary criteria for selecting honorees are demonstrated need and scientific quality of the research. Additional weight will be given to submissions:

  • of studies that were carried out while the applicant was studying or working in a country from the Global South, a region where scientific research is under-funded - even if the applicant is currently affiliated in the Global North. A list of countries considered as Global South is available at: UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects 2021 (Statistical annex, Table C - Developing Economies by region, page 126). Applicants from Ukraine will also be given priority.
  • from members of underrepresented groups, defined broadly to include race, gender, disability, first-generation, or other identities that are not typically represented in STEM.

How to apply: The selection committee will receive applications via a Google Form. If access to Google is not available, you may submit your application to [email protected] as a single PDF file that includes applicant details and responses to manuscript-related and financial need questions (access the application form here).

Follow @aslo_org and @rcef_aslo on X for updates about the Honor. Please send any questions about the application process or the Honor to [email protected]. Replies of general interest will be posted to the RCEF Twitter account.

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