Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

Special Issues

Topics and Getting on the Calendar

All ideas for special issue topics should be discussed with the Oceanography editor, Ellen Kappel. Assuming the topic is appropriate for Oceanography, a tentative slot can be reserved (March, June, September, December). Deadlines are listed below. Note that all special issues require a sponsor(s) to cover editing, design, production, and distribution costs. Special issue topics already on the calendar can be found here.

Guest Editor Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the guest editor(s) to invite authors to submit a manuscript for the special issue and provide directions regarding manuscript length and style. Author guidelines are available. If any authors are not familiar with Oceanography, they can request a hard copy of a back issue from TOS (info@tos.org) or they can review the online archive.

Guest editors are responsible for acquiring at least two substantive peer reviews of submitted manuscripts, and following the production schedule as closely as possible. Guest editors are expected to follow ethical practices for obtaining peer reviews. As one example, they should not handle manuscripts for which there is a real or percieved conflict of interest (collaboration with any authors within the past three years, family relation, close friend, works at same institution, among others). Guest editors provide the Oceanography Editor with recommendations on whether special issue manuscripts should be accepted or rejected after peer review; however, the Editor (or a desiginated Oceanography Associate Editor) has sole responsiblity for final acceptance or rejection of manuscripts. Deadlines for each step in the manuscript process are provided below for each magazine issue.


Activity Deadlines
Manuscripts received by guest editor and sent to at least two peer reviewers August 15 November 15 February 15 May 15
Reviews returned to guest editor, authors notified of required edits October 15 January 15 April 15 July 15
Final manuscripts returned to guest editor for approval November 15 February 15 May 15 August 15
Final materials delivered to Oceanography editor December 1 March 1 June 1 September 1
Proofs delivered to authors January 15 April 15 July 15 October 15
Proof corrections to Oceanography editor February 1 May 1 August 1 November 1
Final files delivered to printer February 15 May 15 August 15 November 15
Articles posted on the Web and issues mailed to TOS membership March 1 June 1 September 1 December 1