The Center for Watershed Protection Association is seeking article submissions for its online journal, the Watershed Science Bulletin. The Bulletin is written for the diverse audience of watershed and stormwater practitioners. Articles selected for publication should illustrate the practical application of science to the broad topic of best practices in stormwater and watershed management. The Bulletin seeks to publish research from a range of landscape settings (e.g. urban, agricultural, arid, coastal, lake). 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 and water resources
  • Economics and financing for stormwater and watershed plans and implementation
  • Education and outreach

Article submissions of 5,000 words or less will be accepted on a rolling basis. Selected articles will undergo 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 six online articles each year, in February, April, June, August, October and December. Each author will receive a complimentary copy of The Bulletin issue in which their article is published.

Submission Instructions

The preferred method of article submission for file sizes less than 5 MB is via e-mail and attached as a Microsoft Word document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Along with the article, please complete and submit an article submission form provided below. Graphics may have to be sent in separate emails so that they do not surpass the 5 MB file size limitation. An alternative is to mail a copy of the article as a Microsoft Word document on CD to the following address:

Watershed Science Bulletin
Associate Editor
c/o Center for Watershed Protection
3290 North Ridge Street, Suite 290
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Article Submission Form

All articles should be 5,000 words or less in length. Basic style rules for the Watershed Science Bulletin are provided below. Preference will be given to articles that follow these basic guidelines. More detailed guidance can be found in the Watershed Science Bulletin's Style Guide.

General Formatting

Please adhere to the following general formatting rules:

• Maintain a consistent 12-point Times New Roman font.

• Use bold or italics to distinguish section headings; do not number section headings.

• Leave a blank line between paragraphs; do not indent paragraphs.

• Use only one space after periods and colons.

• Avoid use of headers and footers.

• Include line numbers on submitted manuscripts.

Format the first page of articles like this:

Title in Headline Capitalization

Authora* and Authorb

a Title and affiliation including city, state (2-letter abbreviation), and email address for corresponding author

b Title and affiliation including city, state (2-letter abbreviation)

* Corresponding author.

Tables and Figures

All tables should be provided in Microsoft Word format in the desired locations within the text of the manuscript. Ensure that tables can be edited in Microsoft Word (i.e., do not insert tables as pictures or objects). Table notes, if used, should appear under the table, not within the table. All figures, including graphs, charts, photos and illustrations, should be provided as separate files that meet the following criteria:

• All graphics should be provided as .tif, .jpeg, .psd, or .eps files meeting the resolution criteria below.

• Photos should be provided at 300-dpi or higher resolution.

• Illustrations should be provided at 1,200-dpi or higher resolution.

• All graphs, charts and other figures created with Microsoft Excel can be submitted as .xls or .xlsx files.

Mention each table and figure by number at the appropriate point in the manuscript text; number figures and tables in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.


All tables and figures should include a short caption, as well as a credit, if applicable. Captions should be placed below figures and above tables using sentence style capitalization (i.e., capitalize only the first letter of the first word and include a period at the end). Captions for tables and figures should be limited to no more than three concise sentences. Use a period after the figure or table number.

References Cited and List of Sources

Please refer to the Watershed Science Bulletin's References and Citations Style Guide for citation and reference instructions. A few examples of full citations formatted for the References Cited (in articles) and Lists of Sources (in vignettes) follow:

Books and Reports

US Council on Environmental Quality. 2010. Progress report of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force: Recommended action in support of a national climate change adaptation strategy. Washington, DC: Council on Environmental Quality.

Chapters in Edited Books

Leach, W. D., and P. A. Sabatier. 2005. Are trust and social capital the keys to success? Watershed partnerships in California and Washington. In: Swimming upstream: Collaborative approaches to watershed management, ed. P. A. Sabatier, W. Focht, M. Lubell, Z. Trachtenberg, A. Vedlitz, and M. Matlock, 233–257. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Journal Articles

Brown, T. 2010. Can volume-based stormwater criteria make a difference to receiving stream health? Water Resources Impact 12(2): 5–8.

Other Guidance

• Use active voice whenever possible. First person (I, we, my, our) is allowable, but avoid excessive use of first person (without resorting to passive voice). For example, use "this paper" or "this study" to replace of "I" or "we" in some instances.

• In general, express units of measure using the metric system. Where this approach is not practical, insert a footnote at the first use of English units in the main text providing a brief (one- or two-sentence) rationale for your use of English units. Regardless of which system of measure is used, the manuscript must be internally consistent (i.e., do not use a mixture of metric and English units). Always spell out English units (square feet, pounds) at their first use and abbreviate afterwards. Standard metric units (kg, ha) should be abbreviated throughout the manuscript.

• Mathematical expressions.

o Minus or negative sign: Use a minus sign from the symbol palette, rather than a hyphen or en dash

o Multiplication sign: Use an '×,' the multiplication sign found in Word's symbol palette

o Use %, not percent, and a numeral (15%)

o Italicize all variables (e.g., N = 10) in the main text and equations

A Word about Audience, Content and Style

Articles in the Watershed Science Bulletin are written for watershed and stormwater practitioners, including; municipal government staff from planning, engineering, public works, parks, utilities and other departments; private consultants in engineering, landscape architecture, forestry, and environmental science; community organizations working to implement on-the-ground restoration projects; state and federal government regulators and scientists; and University professors educating others about water issues.

Due to the length of the articles (5 published pages or less), it is important to write clearly and concisely in order to convey useful information to the Watershed Science Bulletin readers. Articles should be written in a conversational style without jargon so that they can be easily read and understood by a diverse audience. Preference is given to articles that make it clear how the author's research findings can be applied and utilized, as opposed to presentation of purely research-based content.





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