This past week, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography announced the launch of a new scientific journal, Limnology & Oceanography Letters (L&O Letters). Michigan State University’s Patricia A. Soranno will serve as editor-in-chief.
So let’s ask the important question first — what is limnology? Limnology is the study of inland lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, wetlands, and groundwater and how they, as ecological systems, interact with the world around them. It’s considered to be an environmental science.
The new journal will fill a gap in aquatic sciences publishing: the lack of broad spectrum, inter-disciplinary outlets. Soranno explained that the journal “will be a platform for aquatic scientists to communicate their most innovative and important research in a relatively short format. We plan to publish articles that are easily understandable by the full range of aquatic scientists and that are of broad interest to them to foster communication across the aquatic sciences.”
Most existing journals focus their efforts on more localized, targeted subsets of the aquatic sciences. L&O Letters aims to promote communication and collaboration across those subsets.
Sorrano currently teaches in the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife where she also works as an aquatic ecologist. She is considered one of the leading researchers in the emerging subject of macro system ecology. She previously served as an associate editor for Ecosystems, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Scientific Data and GigaScience