[MARMAM] Reminder: deadlines for submissions to a Special Issue in Aquatic Mammals journal

Kathleen Dudzinski kdudzinski at dolphincommunicationproject.org
Sun Feb 27 10:27:07 PST 2022

Dear Colleagues,

For Aquatic Mammals journal, I share a reminder related to a call for submissions for the planned special issue in Aquatic Mammals. The details for this special issue are below. 
A Special Issue to Celebrate Aquatic Mammals journal’s 50th Anniversary

Anecdotal Observations of Aquatic Mammals (see details about the issue at the bottom of this email.)

We encourage contributors to write their observation(s) into a short narrative that will be reviewed by experts in the field so that well-supported, relevant anecdotes will be published. A recommended length ranges from 2,500-5,000 words, not including references. If available, photographs can be included as figures. Space will be available for supplemental video files (edited to final format for review, contact the managing editor with questions about video format).

Examples include new and rare behaviors, especially those documented photographically (or with video) at the time of the observation. First or only sightings of a species in a never-before-documented location is another example. 


30 April 2022 – deadline to submit a manuscript for peer-review consideration
1 May – 30 June 2022 – review process of all submitted manuscripts (Note - manuscripts submitted earlier will be reviewed and processed as received.)
1 July 2022 – date by which all review decisions delivered to contributors (if not sooner)
1 July – 15 Aug. 2022 – contributors revise manuscripts and return to journal for copyediting
15 Aug – 31 Oct. 2022 – review galleys as available, confirm final versions, page fees paid (See the journal website for details on page fees, or contact the managing editor.)

Planned Publication Issue/Date

Issue 48.6: The special issue is planned for the 6th issue of volume 48 in Aquatic Mammals, that publishes on 15 November 2022. 


Typical page fees will apply for publication in Aquatic Mammals. These fees are described on the journal’s web site (page fee description <https://www.aquaticmammalsjournal.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=120>). In brief, page fees are charged based on the number of galley pages, not word document pages. Contact the managing editor with questions.

To Submit a Manuscript, visit out Manuscript Fast track web site at:

http://am.expressacademic.org/actions/author.php <http://am.expressacademic.org/actions/author.php>

Special Issue Explanatory Details:

In 1972, Aquatic Mammals journal began publishing mostly narrative accounts related to the care, nutrition, transport, and housing of aquatic mammals, with a focus on dolphins and pinnipeds. Over the years, as our understanding and knowledge of aquatic mammals increased, contributions shifted to focus on topics and samples that could be assessed quantitatively. It is understood that scientific studies (research generally) are based on a foundation of reproduceable methodologies with multiple observations and data points assessed statistically. 

Now, 50 years later, we are pleased to announce a planned special issue of Aquatic Mammals that acknowledges how the journal began and welcomes the insight to be gained from rare observations of individuals in both in- and ex-situ settings. 

Most marine mammals are cryptic, difficult to observe, and often require large costs and time to compile samples that allow for a rigorous assessment. Even in the 2020s, for many species, a simple dated geographic location or single observation of behavior provides invaluable insight and direction for research. Unforeseen and unique behaviors (actions and interactions) may offer unexpected insight into the nature and society of a cryptic species. Rare behaviors (e.g., tool use, infanticide) or unusual circumstances allow the observer a more refined view of an individual, small group, or species–yet these observations are usually not available for distribution through the peer-review platform. The current scientific, peer-review literature does not typically encourage publication of ‘anecdotal’ observations. As such, these insights, if not archived in some manner, may be lost from the collective record. 

This special issue in Aquatic Mammals is intended to celebrate the insight that can be gained from rare or opportunistic observations in the field or in a managed care setting and is dedicated to capturing these observations for the record. We encourage contributors to set their accounts into the literature as much as possible, to contextualize the anecdote (single or rare observation) such that its scope, generality, and potential application are recognized and that it might inspire new research and avenues of thought. Our goal is to offer this special issue as a collective record so these insights and observations may provide perspective to our research and the animals we study. 

For more Information, contact Aquatic Mammals journal’s managing editor:

Kathleen M. Dudzinski, Ph.D.

Managing Editor, Aquatic Mammals

business at aquaticmammalsjournal.org <mailto:business at aquaticmammalsjournal.org>

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