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

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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 fellowship in April 2019; Deemer will begin her two-year term …

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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 went back to that same conference… for the 5th time! I …

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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 also includes Open Data, Practices, Collaboration, and Recognition and Reward. …

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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, there are surprisingly few Editorial Fellowship programs like this and, …

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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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