Aims and Scope
Limnology and Oceanography Letters (L&O Letters) is a platform for communication of the most innovative and trend-setting research in the aquatic sciences. Manuscripts should present high impact, cutting-edge results, discoveries or conceptual developments in any area of limnology and oceanography or its integration. Manuscripts will be selected based on their broad interest to the field, the strength of their empirical and conceptual foundations; their insightful, succinct and elegant conclusions; and their potential to advance knowledge in the aquatic sciences. Submissions must be short-format articles that are concise, highly focused analyses, with few display items.
L&O Letters will publish three types of articles—Letters, Essays, and Current Evidence. All articles should be written so they are understandable to the full range of aquatic scientists. Letters should be original research that can include any approach (e.g., theoretical, empirical, experimental, modeling). Systems of study can include any aquatic system and scales of study can range from molecules to global cycles. Studies that integrate across disciplinary perspectives, boundaries, scales of space or time, or aquatic system types are strongly encouraged. Articles that include applications of science to management or policy that are broadly applicable to other aquatic systems are also welcome.
Short-format articles that present original innovative research advancing knowledge in an area of aquatic science. Authors must articulate how knowledge is advanced and the potential influence of their work and they must write clearly and concisely for a broad aquatic science audience.
[~3,000 words (as fits the content of the manuscript, with brevity emphasized), 3-5 visuals (tables, figures, or boxes), 30 cited references (authors may petition to have more citations at the time of submission)]
A concise synthesis of the current status of a subject in the aquatic sciences that is topical, in need of evaluation or assessment, emerging or unexplored. The emphasis is should be on current understanding and identification of knowledge gaps rather than a lengthy historical review. Syntheses across the aquatic sciences are strongly encouraged, although not required. For controversial topics, emphasis is placed on unbiased presentation of evidence for and against differing viewpoints. The intent of these articles is to articulate clearly the current knowledge of a topic, the current uncertainties and the needed research. Papers that relate to policy-relevant scientific topics are welcome.
[~5,000-7000 words (as fits the content of the manuscript, with brevity emphasized), 3-6 visuals (tables, figures or boxes), 50 cited references (authors may petition to have more citations at the time of submission)]
Essays that address new concepts, theories or hypotheses to stimulate discussion, debate and research. Articles should present well-reasoned and well-supported arguments and ideas.
[~2,500 words, 1-3 visuals, 20 cited references (authors may petition to have more citations at the time of submission)] ]
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- Announcing the 2017 Limnology and Oceanography Special Issue
- ASLO is now accepting applications for the 2016 ASLO Global Outreach Initiative
- 2016 ASLO Award Recipients
- Chris Filstrup to serve as Deputy Editor for Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin
- A Tribute to Raelyn Cole, long-time L&O Managing Editor
- Announcing the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship Fund