Education, Early Career, Outreach

The Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship

Laura Falkenberg
2017-2019

Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad
2018-2020

Introducing the Fellowship

The Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship was established to contribute to the development of early career aquatic scientists and their outreach to peers in the context of scientific publishing, including open-access publishing, peer review, and writing. Fellows get exposure to all, and experience in most, aspects of the publishing process. The skills developed are aimed to enhance the Fellows’ research careers and future contributions to journals as peer reviewers and editorial board members. The Fellows also undertake activities to share their learning and experiences with the scientific community, particularly other early-career researchers, via a range of outreach activities. The Fellows serve a two year period working with the Editors of ASLO journals, currently Limnology and Oceanography: Letters. The overarching program goals are:

  • To provide professional development for early-career aquatic scientists in scientific publishing, open-access publishing, peer review, and scientific writing
  • To give Fellows experience in publishing to be able to contribute in the future as an effective reviewer, editor, and writer
  • To have the Fellows disseminate their experiences to fellow early-career scientists in an outlet or forum of their choice

The Editorial Fellowship is named after Raelyn Cole who was Managing Editor of ASLO’s flagship journal, Limnology and Oceanography, from 1965-1996 with her long and productive tenure recognised with the Tommy and Yvette Edmondson Distinguished Service Award. The Fellowship is supported by the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship Fund which was established from a very generous initial contribution from Dale Cole and Family and matched by ASLO. Additional solicitation of contributions are ongoing, with annual interest proceeds from the Fund supporting the Fellowship (http://aslo.org/news/cole_editorial_fund/).  

Calls for Fellows applications are announced every two years, and will include details on eligibility requirements, stipend and other benefits, details of activities, and application requirements.  The call will be announced via email to members, and will be posted to the RCEF Blog.    

The RCEF Blog

The RCEF blog will feature posts from the Fellows and ASLO Editors on topics related to scientific writing, editing, and publishing. In addition, announcements regarding ECR initiatives will be posted here. With a posting frequency of 4-6 weeks, it will be an area worth returning to to access an ever-growing body of resources.  

Recent RCEF Blog Posts

Read the RCEF Blog Archive

A Fellows’ perspective of the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship

By: Laura J Falkenberg | Aug 28

Early career peer reviewers should feel confident to evaluate big ideas

By: Laura J Falkenberg | Jul 18

Reading about writing: summaries of recently published guides

By: Laura J Falkenberg | Jun 6

Publications from the RCEF Fellows

Falkenberg, L.J. and P.A. Soranno. 2018. Reviewing reviews: An evaluation of peer reviews of journal article submissions. Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin 27: 1-5.  Read article.

Curto, T. 2018. Message from the Executive Director: Interview with Laura Falkenberg, ASLO’s first Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow. Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin 27: 15-17.  Read article.

Support Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowships

You may help ASLO in delivering this opportunity to the next generation of aquatic scientists by contributing to the Cole Fellowship Fund.

News From the RCEF Fellows