L&O Limnology and Oceanography (print ISSN 0024-3590, online ISSN 1939-5590) publishes original articles, including scholarly reviews, about all aspects of limnology and oceanography. (Click here for a description of the various kinds of papers that L&O publishes.) The journal's unifying theme is the understanding of aquatic systems. Submissions are judged on the originality of their data, interpretations, and ideas, and on the degree to which they can be generalized beyond the particular aquatic system examined. Laboratory and modeling studies must demonstrate relevance to field environments; typically this means that they are bolstered by substantial "real-world" data. Few purely theoretical or purely empirical papers are accepted for review; authors are strongly advised to combine such materials into more complete papers that test novel theory against data to elucidate important features of actual aquatic systems and to predict measurable features that have not yet been observed.
Papers that focus on new measurement equipment and techniques, or on evaluations and comparisons of existing methods should be directed to the companion journal Limnology and Oceanography: Methods.
Six regular issues of Limnology and Oceanography are published each year by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). In addition, Special Issues that focus on topics that are timely and of interest to a significant number of ASLO members are published occasionally.