MSU professor to serve as founding editor for science journal

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Patricia Soranno has been named editor of the new journal Limnology and Oceanography Letters. (view larger image)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University professor Patricia Soranno was named founding editor-in-chief of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s (ASLO) new journal, Limnology and Oceanography Letters.

“Pat Soranno’s innovative ideas about publishing and research excellence make her a fantastic choice to be the founding editor of ASLO’s newest journal,” said Jim Elser, ASLO president.

A professor in the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Soranno is a broadly trained aquatic ecologist. She has spent the past 20 years conducting research that integrates freshwater ecosystems into a landscape perspective from local to continental scales. Her research, which is supported by MSU AgBioResearch, applies principles of landscape ecology and limnology to both basic and applied problems in freshwater ecosystems.

Soranno works with and leads interdisciplinary teams to develop the emerging discipline of macrosystems ecology, which views ecological systems from the very finest to the very broadest scales. This data-intensive approach will be needed to address many regional to global freshwater and marine problems in the coming decades, according to Soranno.

Previously, Soranno has served as an associate editor for the journals Ecosystems, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Scientific Data and GigaScience.

“Given my interests and the articles that I have written about data sharing, authorship guidelines, team science policies and research credit, I want to be an active player in emerging publishing models,” Soranno said. “In this evolving and exciting time in science and publishing, it is hard to imagine where we will be 20 years from now, but I am excited to help to lead the way.”

Limnology and Oceanography Letters (Letters) will be open for submission this fall. Fully open-access and electronic only, Letters will feature the most innovative and trend-setting research in the aquatic sciences.

Published papers will present high-impact, cutting-edge results, discoveries or conceptual developments in any area of limnology and oceanography or their integration. Breaking news, commentaries and reviews in the aquatic sciences will also be featured, according to ASLO.

“The founding of this new journal is a wonderful opportunity for moving the aquatic sciences forward by showcasing the very best our science has to offer in a high-impact venue and by capitalizing on the emerging developments in both publishing and science,” Soranno said.

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