The Top 60 Papers from the First 60 Years of L&O

 L&O 60th Anniversary Cover

With this first ever virtual issue of Limnology & Oceanography, we celebrate 60 years of the journal by bringing together 60 of the most cited papers published in the journal.  After leading with the announcement for L&O in the first issue in 1956 by the ASLO-President Alfred Redfield, the virtual issue presents the top 5 most cited papers from the 1950s, then the top 10 most cited papers for each subsequent decade through 2009, and finally the top 5 most cited papers since 2010.  We chose this approach rather than simply publishing the top 60 papers across the entire time of the journal so as to best reflect what the community of limnologists and oceanographers have found most interesting and valuable over time.  Within each decade, the papers are listed in their order of citation, with the most cited presented first. These top 60 papers are truly the choice of the community as reflected by the extent of citation.  This is an extraordinary collection that any practitioner or student of aquatic sciences will want to read.  

In his announcement of the journal, Redfield wrote:  “The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography has established Limnology and Oceanography in response to a need felt by its members for a common outlet for the publication of scientific papers on all aspects -- physical, chemical, geological and biological -- of the phenomena exhibited by natural bodies of water.”  Throughout the past 60 years, the journal has stayed with this emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems.  From the start, the journal has also stressed both marine and freshwater systems, with Redfield’s announcement stating:  “… the differences between fresh and salt water systems were trivial, when compared to the common principles with which limnologists and oceanographers alike are concerned.”  The top 60 papers reflect this, with many tackling topics common to both fresh and ocean waters, and with papers addressing flowing waters, lakes, estuaries, coastal seas, and deep ocean systems.  This virtual issue demonstrates the power of the original vision for Limnology & Oceanography.

Robert W. Howarth


Limnology & Oceanography

October 1, 2016


Read Top 60 Papers from the First 60 Years of L&O Virtual Issue Here


Editors’ Choice

Editor's Choice feature is unavailable for this journal

ASLO Membership

NEW! Companion Virtual Issue to L&O Special Issue on Methane

Freely access 26 papers on research progress and current science on methane. Read Companion Virtual Issue to L&O Special Issue on Methane now!

NEW! L&O Video Abstracts

"Long-term alkalinity trends in the Baltic Sea and their implications for CO2-induced acidification"

View video here!

L&O Special Issue on Methane

Read Methane Emissions from Oceans, Coasts, and Freshwater Habitats: New Perspectives and Feedbacks on Climate  now!

L&O 60th Anniversary Virtual Issue

L&O is celebrating its 60th Anniversary! Read the "Top 60 Papers from the First 60 Years of L&O" now!