For and by the Global Science Community: Join a Crowdsourced Manuscript Studying River Corridor Organic Matter Chemistry

For and by the Global Science Community: Join a Crowdsourced Manuscript Studying River Corridor Organic Matter Chemistry

Interested in open science, big data, and/or organic matter in river ecosystems? Please join an effort to advance our knowledge of organic matter chemistry across global river corridors while further developing open science methods. Participation is open to scientists of all levels and disciplines who are excited about ecological principles and/or river corridor science. Participants will contribute to a globally crowdsourced publication that uses ecological principles to better understand organic matter chemistry in rivers. Below is a summary, and further information can be found at our Welcome page. We will have an interactive, virtual workshop on April 30th to provide information, build a community around this effort, gather feedback on the science and approach to the manuscript, and make plans for future events. Workshop attendance is encouraged but not necessary for participation, as we recognize time zone differences and competing schedules. Please use our Sign up form to get involved in the workshop or subsequent events.


What is an open science paper?

An open science paper engages openly with the science community throughout the research lifecycle using a crowdsource approach. The idea is engaging from initial ideation to final publication, though not all open science papers will span all phases of the research lifecycle. The most vital aspect is that the stages that engage with the scientific community must be open for contributions and all suggestions must be seriously considered. In this effort, we will engage with the community through the entire publication lifecycle, from idea generation to manuscript submission.

The Worldwide Hydrobiogeochemical Observation Network for Dynamic River Systems (WHONDRS: https:\\ is pursuing a crowdsourced manuscript with the global research community. It is focused on organic matter chemistry in global rivers. Come join us for a kickoff workshop on April 30th, and email for more information.

The science behind our community paper

We will analyze data from the Worldwide Hydrobiogeochemical Observation Network for Dynamic River Systems (WHONDRS) and write a publication as a group. At the workshop, we will discuss the dataset and the high-level ideas behind the project. Our focus is on translating concepts of ‘core’ and ‘satellite’ taxa from ecology (study of species occupancy patterns across landscapes) into river corridor organic matter chemistry. We’ll use a high-resolution FTICR mass spectrometry dataset from global rivers. Some potential goals are (1) developing conceptual parallels between biological species and chemical molecules that translate the core-satellite concept into chemistry, (2) identifying core and satellite molecules, (3) studying gradients in organic matter chemistry along the core-to-satellite continuum, and/or (4) other great ideas from you and the broader community. You can define your role in this effort to fit your interests and availability (e.g., help with science questions/hypotheses, analyses, and/or writing). Contributors will have an opportunity for co-authorship following Authorship rules.

Share with others and get involved

We are committed to maximizing the diversity of voices in this effort. We’d appreciate your help in getting the word out, especially to researchers from underrepresented groups. Please share this blog and feel free to use social media as well. If you decide to tweet about this project, please use #CrowdSourceRiverOM, #CrowdSourceScience, and tag @WHONDRS.

To get involved, use our Sign up form (also linked above). If you have any questions or suggestions, please email with the subject ‘Crowdsource Paper.’

We look forward to working with you and the broader scientific community!

Guest post from the WHONDRS Open Science Paper leadership team – Mikayla Borton (PNNL), Sarah Collins (University of Wyoming), Emily Graham (PNNL), Michaela de Melo (Université du Québec à Montréal), Rob Spencer (Florida State University), and James Stegen (PNNL)

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