Call for Papers: Ocean Plastic and Marine Debris

October 1, 2018

2019 Special Themed Issue

IEEE Earthzine, an online scientific publication, is soliciting articles of 800 to 3,000 words for its 2018 theme on the use of Earth observation data to monitor and quantify waterborne plastic and marine debris and new technology to clean plastic from our waterways and oceans.

From: Microplastic Pollution in the Southern Ocean: Finding What Lies Beneath the Surface.

Sometimes at-sea research requires trips to land for sampling. Image Credit: Giuseppe Suaria

2018 Special Themed Issue : Accepting until further notice

IEEE Earthzine is soliciting articles of 800-3,000 words for its 2019 theme on ocean plastic and marine debris monitoring, quantification and cleanup. Researchers estimate that 8 million tons of plastic debris ends up in the oceans every year, and this amount is predicted to increase by an order in magnitude in the next 10 yrs. We are seeking contributions that focus on the use of Earth observation data to monitor and quantify waterborne plastics and new technology being used to remove plastic from our waterways and oceans. 

The theme issue is scheduled for December 21, (winter solstice) 2018 - March 20, 2019 (vernal equinox). We seek to publish articles from all regions of the globe.

Specific topics of interest for our theme on waterborne plastic debris include:

  • Large scale ocean cleanup initiatives
  • New technology in the prevention and collection of plastic that ends up in waterways
  • Remote or automated quantification and monitoring of waterborne plastic
  • Newly discovered organisms and ecosystems utilizing plastic

Earthzine is dedicated to promoting the societal benefits of Earth observation and the use of Earth information in planning and policy.

Earthzine  operates  under  the  auspices  of  the  IEEE  Oceanic  Engineering  Society  (OES)  and supports  the Group  on  Earth  Observations  (GEO)  and  its  mission  to  integrate  the  world’s  Earth observing  systems  into a  Global  Earth  Observing  System  of  Systems  (GEOSS).    

We invite you to submit an article and become part of a growing professionally diverse community and global readership network working to build the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

Earthzine seeks to explore the application of scientific and technological research as well as policy and its implementation for the benefit of society.

We welcome articles about programs, projects, organizations, examples of interdisciplinary and cross-regional research, latest discoveries, and unusual findings. We also publish opinion essays, and book and art reviews.

Important dates: Submissions for the ocean plastic and marine debris theme will be accepted until further notice. Submit inquiries and articles to our Earthzine editors at earthzineeditor@ieee.org.

Publication: Submissions must be in English. All accepted contributions will undergo review by subject-matter experts, be published online at Earthzine.org, and be freely accessible to the public. IEEE Earthzine does not charge IEEE OES member authors for publishing. Publication fees for non-OES members will be $25 per submission, plus $25 for one round of editing and publication, and additional fees in cases where extensive editing is needed. These fees will help cover site maintenance and administration costs.

Please consult our Writer Guidelines for further information and to access an article template. Submissions should include two to three visuals relevant to the content. Visuals may be graphs, charts, photographs or other appropriate images, with caption and credit information included.

Guest EditorTheme Editor

Theme Editor

Dr. Hans-Peter Plag 

Paula B. Garcia RosaCheng Chi
hpplag@mari-odu.orgp.b.garcia-rosa@ieee.orgearthzineeditor@ieee.org
Important Dates

Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Submit articles to our Earthzine editors, at earthzineeditor@ieee.org. Queries may be sent at any time.

Publication

All accepted contributions will undergo review by subject-matter experts, be published online at Earthzine.org, and be freely accessible to the public. IEEE Earthzine does not charge IEEE OES member authors for publishing. Publication fees for non-OES members will be $25 per submission, plus $25 for one round of editing and publication. Additional fees may apply in cases where extensive editing is needed. These fees help cover site maintenance and administration costs.

Writer Guidelines

Please consult our Writer Guidelines for further information and to access an article template. Submissions should include two to three visuals relevant to the content. Visuals may be graphs, charts, photographs or other appropriate images, with caption and credit information included.

Earthzine Staff
SUBMISSIONS

earthzineeditor@ieee.org

MANAGING EDITOR

Hans-Peter Plag

THEME EDITORS

Paula B. Garcia Rosa

Cheng Chi