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Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Center for Watershed Protection Association is seeking article submissions for a special issue of its online journal, the Watershed Science Bulletin, focused on agricultural management to be published September 2016. Runoff from agricultural land is the single largest source of nutrients polluting U.S. waters. Articles are sought for publication that illustrate the practical application of science to the topic of best practices in stormwater and watershed management in an agricultural setting. Example research themes include:

  • Denitrification and other nitrogen reduction techniques
  • Links between farmer demographics, stewardship, and nutrient yields
  • Regional BMPs, such as wetlands, bioreactors, and phosphorus filters
  • Groundwater treatment techniques
  • Runoff reduction BMPs, such as ditch retrofits
  • Influence of historic farming practices on nutrient load
  • Evaluation of federal subsidies and their influence on water quality
  • Nutrient trading between the agricultural and urban sectors
  • Targeting outreach and incentives to improve adoption of conservation practices

Papers submitted for the special agricultural edition must be submitted by June 30, 2016.

The Center is also continuing to accept general papers for publication. Articles selected for publication should illustrate the practical application of science to the broad topic of best practices stormwater and watershed management in a range of land use or regional settings (e.g. urban, agricultural, coastal, island, lake, etc.). Several specific suggested research themes are provided below as examples:

  • Structural and non-structural stormwater control practices
  • Watershed assessment and planning
  • Pollutant source identification and tracking
  • Monitoring and modeling
  • Water regulations, such as TMDLs, MS4 permits, and wetlands
  • Water policy
  • Climate change on water resources
  • Economics and financing for stormwater and watershed plans and their implementation
  • Education and outreach

Article submissions of 5,000 words or less will be accepted on a rolling basis. Selected articles will undergo peer-review by the Editorial Committee, who will recommend articles for publication based on their quality, presentation of original information, and ability to further the mission of the journal. Note that acceptance for review does not guarantee that the article will be published.

If the article is accepted for publication, all authors will be required to sign an Author Agreement to transfer all copyrights in and to the manuscript to the Bulletin. By signing this agreement, the authors certify that the manuscript is an original work that has not been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere. In exchange, the Bulletin will publish, market, and distribute the article through electronic media. The Bulletin publishes quarterly each year. Each author will receive a complimentary one year subscription to the Center’s Online Watershed Library, where they will have access to their published article.


Submission Instructions

The preferred method of article submission is online at Articles with file sizes less than 5 MB may also be submitted via e-mail and attached as a Microsoft Word document to Along with the article, please complete and submit the article submission form. Graphics may have to be sent in separate emails so that they do not surpass the 5 MB file size limitation. All articles should be 5,000 words or less in length. Basic style rules are here and the Bulletin’s complete style guide for the Watershed Science Bulletin is provided here.


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