October 2016 Issue Table of Contents
What do bears and geologic materials have in common? It is true that geologists can encounter both during summer field work. They were also both present during the recent 2016 Geological Society of America annual meeting held at the Colorado Convention Center (Denver, USA). But, bears and geologic materials have another thing in common. They can both be studied using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA–ICP–MS). Using this technique, bear fur can be analyzed for trace metals which provide an estimate of a bear’s diet. And, as authors in this issue attest, this technique can be successfully used to study an endless variety of Earth and related materials. Obviously, a single issue of Elements can’t cover every aspect of LA–ICP–MS nor its application in Earth sciences. But, the authors of this issue have provided us with a nice overview of this technique and the power it has given scientists to study the world around us. We also encourage you to read this issue’s Elements Toolkit article which overviews some recent and exciting new advances in the development of this useful technique.
Publishing in Elements – call for proposals
Every year, Elements publishes six thematic issue on subjects related to the broad disciplines of mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology. How does our thematic lineup come into being?
Each Elements issue begins with an idea and/or interest about a particular area of science. Whether through an email or a conversation at a meeting, that idea is brought forth to the editorial team for consideration for inclusion in Elements. The editorial team looks for topics that
- are broadly related to mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology
- are interdisciplinary
- represent established but progressing fields
- would have interest to a broad cross section of readers
- haven’t been adequately or broadly represented by Elements before or have advanced considerably since the topic was covered previously
If a thematic topic meets that criteria, the editorial team invites the submission of a 1–2 page proposal that provides more detailed information. Each proposal is carefully evaluated by our editorial team for thematic scope, content, and authorship. Feedback is then provided to the proposers.
Twice a year, the editorial team meets to determine the Elements publishing schedule and lineup. Only three thematic topics are slated in any given meeting and those selected will strike a balance between petrology, mineralogy, and geochemistry disciplines. Proposals that cannot be included in the current lineup are retained and reconsidered for future publication.
Once a proposal has been accepted and included in the Elements lineup, the fun really begins! Over the subsequent 18–24 months, timelines and deadlines will be set, authors are invited by the guest editors to write articles, and articles go through several stages of review (by external reviewers, by the guest and principal editors, by the Elements copy editorial team, and by proofing). At the end of this process, the issue goes to press and shipped to our over 16,000 readers.
The journey from an idea to published magazine involves many steps. The goal? A lineup of well-written thematic issues that readily conveys the exciting aspects of mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry.
In December 2016, we will determine the lineup for our August, October, and December 2018 issues. If you have an idea for a novel or exciting topic that could be included in one of those issues, please send our editorial staff a proposal by 1 December 2016.
Visit the “Publish in Elements” webpage for more information (http://elementsmagazine.org/publish-in-elements/).
Elements at EMC2016
Gordon Brown, Bernard Wood, Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, and Jodi Rosso