Member Highlight: New Publishing opportunity as The Bulletin of ESA launches “Communicating Science” section

image of palm of a person's hand, with light refracting across the palm in a "rainbow beam." Text overtop the image reads "Now accepting submissions. Communicating Science. A new section in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America."

Effective November 2018, The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America will accept submissions for consideration in a new section dedicated to Communicating Science. All articles published in the series are free to publish and freely available via open access.

This new space in the journal provides ESA members interested in communication and engagement a platform for publishing articles on topics of relevance, timeliness, and value for members working at the communications, engagement, and ecology interface. Authors of op‐eds, commentaries, the science communication equivalent of a note, pressing questions at the interface of ecology and science communication and engagement, and more, are invited to submit. See more details in The Bulletin’s recent announcement.

Bethann Garramon Merkle, past chair of the ESA Communication and Engagement Section, will edit The Bulletin‘s new Communicating Science section. You may contact her at bmerkle[AT] with article ideas or submit directly through The Bulletin‘s online submissions process.


Recent publications in this section include the following articles by C&E Section members (indicated by *):

  • Tips for Communicating Your Science with the Press: Approaching Journalists, Bethann Garramon Merkle* –
  • Fertile Ground for Collaboration: Investing in Community–University Partnerships with Soil Money, Kirsten Schwarz*, M. L. Cadenasso, J. K. London, and B. B. Cutts –
  • Writing Science: Transforming Students’ Science Writing by Tapping into Writing Instruction Scholarship and Best Practices, Bethann Garramon Merkle* –
  • Storytelling: A Natural Tool to Weave the Threads of Science and Community Together, Skylar Bayer* and Annaliese Hettinger* –
  • Writing Science: Best Practices for the Images that Accompany Your Writing, Bethann Garramon Merkle* –