December 2021 Issue Table of Contents
This Issue: Isotopes
Radioactive and stable isotopes have become powerful research tools in the hands of geoscientists. It is for this reason that “Heavy Stable Isotopes: From Crystals to Planets” is the third issue published in Elements with a focus on the topic of isotopes. The first issue, “Metal Stable Isotopes: Signals in the Environment,” was published in December 2009 and explored how non-traditional stable isotopes could be used to study low-temperature systems. The second issue, “One Hundred Years of Geochronology,” was published in February 2013 and reviewed the use of radioisotopes for geochronological applications. In our current issue, the authors explore the enormous range of temporal and physical scales over which heavy stable isotopes have provided insights into the evolution of our planet and Solar System. The three issues are available for download from the Elements website at http://elementsmagazine.org.
Looking Back on 2021
There are many individuals and organizations who we want to recognize for their participation in and support of Elements in 2021. First and foremost are the 18 participating societies who jointly publish Elements and whose representatives provide financial oversight via the Elements Executive Committee. We also want to acknowledge the staff at the Mineralogical Society of America (led by Executive Director Ann Benbow) who maintains our business operations and Johanne Caron (Business Manager of the Mineralogical Association of Canada) who faithfully prepares our finances for audit and tax reporting.
To the guest editors and authors who contributed to the six issues of volume 17, we appreciate your tireless commitment to produce interesting and instructive thematic content. We thank our feature editors who coordinated the articles published in our CosmoElements, Parting Shots, Elements Toolkit, and Life in Science columns. Thank you, Andrea Koziol, for maintaining the Meetings Calendar that is published in every issue of Elements. Despite the MANY cancellations, postponements, and venue changes of meetings due to the pandemic, you have kept us well informed of the conferences, workshops, and short courses available to our community. We appreciate the society news editors for providing reports of society activities, awards, and initiatives. We also acknowledge the reviewers, our copyeditor Patrick Roycroft, and our graphic artist Michel Guay for their high standards of quality control.
In addition, we are grateful for our advertisers continued support. We encourage you to flip through the pages of volume 17 and/or visit the Elements website (http://elementsmagazine.org). Take note of their creative artwork and informative advertising intended to inform you of new products, services, meetings, and awards. Please take the time to visit their websites or to speak with their representatives.
Looking Forward to 2022
What do cement, halogens, a moon, organic biomarkers, a subduction zone, and water have in common? You would be correct if you answered, “the thematic topics for Elements in 2022.” Consistent with the over 100 issues published in Elements, the line-up for 2022 will continue to explore themes of broad and current interest in the fields of mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry. You can find the Elements thematic preview for 2022 on pages 374 and 375.
If you have ideas for a thematic issue, please contact one of our principal editors and submit a proposal for consideration. Our editorial team will meet in March 2022 to evaluate proposed topics. More information about publishing in Elements can be found at http://elementsmagazine.org.
John Eiler, Richard Harrison, Becky Lange, and Jodi Rosso