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

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 an existing Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow. Each honoree will be paired with a Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow and member of the selection committee (Drs. Bridget Deemer, Scott Hotaling, or Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad) who will provide editorial feedback and guidance during manuscript preparation, submission, and revision. 
  • Publicity of their research via ASLO and L&O Letters channels including Twitter, website, and at the ASLO Annual Meeting. 
  • Note: The honor does not guarantee publication in L&O Letters. All honored manuscripts will be subject to full peer review and editorial consideration. 

Who can apply: Any scientist that received their PhD less than three years before July 2020 as well as current graduate students and non-PhD scientists. An additional year of post-PhD eligibility can be granted for personal leave (e.g., maternity/paternity leave, prolonged illness, etc.). Please note this in the optional final application question. 

Required criteria: Honorees must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible. 

  • Lead author of the proposed manuscript. 
  • Demonstrated progress towards manuscript submission with a clear, reasonable timeline of submission. 
  • Research deemed by the selection committee to be of both high scientific merit and relevance to L&O Letters. 
  • Relatively new to the ASLO journals (i.e., with little or no history of publishing in any ASLO journal). 
  • The honoree will submit their manuscript by June 1, 2021 (though extensions will certainly be considered for extenuating circumstances).  

Preferred criteria:  

Any researcher that meets the required criteria is encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to applicants that also meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • The proposed publication incorporates research beyond what is commonly published in L&O Letters including, but not limited to: microbiology, physical oceanography/limnology, ecophysyiology, remote sensing, fisheries biology, general marine biology, harmful algae, and -omics (genome sequencing, population genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics). 
  • The researcher is a member of an underrepresented group (defined broadly to include race, disability, first-generation, or any other component of identity that is not typically represented in science). 
  • The researcher is not currently affiliated with a North American institution. 
  • A demonstrated lack of available funding for open access publication is shown. 

How to apply.  

Please submit applications one of two ways. (1) If you can access Google-associated tools, the preferred way to apply is through our online application form. (2) Alternatively, please submit responses to the 19 questions listed below as a single PDF to scott.hotaling@wsu.edu. 

Follow @rcef_aslo on Twitter for updates about the honor. Please send any questions about the honor or application process to Scott Hotaling (scott.hotaling@wsu.edu). Replies of general interest will be posted to the RCEF Twitter account @rcef_aslo).  

Applications are due July 22, 2020. Honorees will be announced in August 2020. 

Application Questions:

  • A cover page (or filled-out form) that includes:  
  1. Email address 
  2. Name 
  3. Current position 
  4. Current affiliation 
  5. Are you a current ASLO member? (This will not affect your likelihood of being selected for the honor.) 
  6. What is your Twitter handle? (optional; will only be used for publicity of the honor and your research!) 
  7. Please provide a link to your Google Scholar profile (optional; this only be used to get a sense of your academic career to date) 
  8. Date of highest degree awarded (actual or estimated). 
  9. In what year did you publish your first peer-reviewed study? Please write N/A if you have not published yet. 
  10. Please list the total number of peer-reviewed studies you have authored as either the lead author or as a co-author. 
  11. How many lead author studies have you submitted or published in an ASLO journal? 
  12. How many studies have you submitted or published in an ASLO journal as a co-author (i.e., any author position aside from the lead author)? 
  13. How did you hear about the honor? 
  14. Do you have funding available for open access publications? Please briefly describe. 
  15. What type of article do you anticipate submitting? L&O Letters publishes Letters, Current Evidence, Essay, and Data articles. 
  • Responses to short-answer questions (Maximum length: 1500 characters including spaces):
  1. Please describe your study. What is the goal? What question(s) are being tested? What modern, unique, or integrative approaches were used? What is the main takeaway? 
  2. How does your study expand our existing knowledge of aquatic or marine ecosystems? 
  3. What is the current status of your manuscript? When do you expect to be prepared for submission? 
  4. OPTIONAL: Please describe your experiences (if any) as someone wholly or partially belonging to an underrepresented group in STEM, broadly defined. In other words, are there ways that you feel you do not ‘belong’ in science because you do not fit the typical mold of a scientist? 
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