The Challenger Society publishes two outputs, including our monthly newsletter Challenger Wave and a biannual journal Ocean Challenge. If you would like to contribute to either periodical, please view the instructions for contributors on the relevant pages.
Publications are available as opensource documents to all members of the public.
Challenger Wave is the regular monthly newsletter of the Challenger Society for Marine Science. It brings together a wide range of material such as news items, meeting announcements, funding opportunities, meeting and cruise reports and contains an extensive listing of events and links to other regular newsletters and websites of interest. Each edition can be sponsored by a single organisation, for example providing an opportunity for the sponsor to advertise a new product or conference to the UK marine science community.
The latest edition of Challenger Wave is only available to Challenger Society members but past issues are freely available to all via the archive on this site.
If you are interested in contributing material to Challenger Wave or wish to explore the sponsorship/advertising opportunity it provides please contact the Challenger Wave Editor, Dr John Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Download editions of Challenger Wave and Ocean Challenge here.
Scope and aims
Ocean Challenge aims to keep its readers up to date with what is happening in oceanography in the UK and the rest of Europe. By covering the whole range of marine-related sciences in an accessible style it should be valuable both to specialist oceanographers who wish to broaden their knowledge of marine sciences, and to informed laypersons who are concerned about the oceanic environment.
Would you like to contribute?
Ocean Challenge welcomes articles and news items on any aspect of oceanography. Contributions should be in an accessible style with a minimum of jargon and avoiding the use of references. If at all possible, they should be well illustrated.
Instructions for authors can be downloaded as a pdf here.
Ocean Challenge is sent automatically to members of the Challenger Society.
Ocean Challenge is automatically sent electronically to members of the Challenger Society, with an option for paper copy. Institutional subscription
Subscription to the paper version (including postage by surface mail) is £80.00 per year for libraries and other institutions. New subscriptions, renewals and information about changes of address should be sent to: Professor Matt Green, email@example.com
Editorial Board Chair
Stephen Dye, Cefas & University of East Anglia
Angela Colling, formerly Open University
Barbara Berx, Marine Scotland Science
Philip Goodwin, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Laura Grange, University of Bangor
Katrien Van Landeghem, University of Bangor
Guidance for contributors to Ocean Challenge
- The aim of Ocean Challenge is to communicate.
- We assume that all readers are interested in the science of the ocean.
- We cannot assume that they are experts in all disciplines of marine science.
There are broadly four types of contributions:
Short news items
Ocean Challenge is always pleased to receive news of events, projects and initiatives relating to marine science. ‘Letters to the Editor‘ are also very welcome, either on a topic covered in a previous issue of Ocean Challenge, or on any subject of interest to Ocean Challenge readers.
- Long news items 500–2000 words, preferrably with illustration(s).
- Meeting reports 500–2000 words, preferrably with illustration(s).
- Feature articles 3000–5000 words, generally 3–6 figures.
- Book reviews 750–1000 words (see also below).
These have the following format:
Feature articles can go into the science in more detail than news items. They begin with a short introduction. This is not an abstract as such – its role is to engage the reader’s attention, and convey what the article is about.
Figures have a formal caption and a margin caption. Authors are encouraged to provide margin captions, but these are often added at a later stage, depending on the layout.
Ocean Challenge does not have references.
Articles may have a Further Reading list at the end. If possible, the Further Reading list should refer to publications that are easily obtainable, and are not too obscure or specialist; they should be useful for someone whose interest has been stimulated by the article and would like to know more.
Authors should always bear in mind the Ocean Challenge readership.
We aim to be a version of New Scientist for Marine Science.
Is fieldwork a requirement for a career in marine science?
Please save the date for an introductory and perception gathering event run by a subset of the Challenger Society EDIA working group. The virtual event will focus on ‘Evaluating perceptions of job roles in marine research and raising awareness of digital twinning of the oceans to promote diversity and inclusivity in the marine sciences.’ The event will take place on the 27th of January 2022 13:30-15:30 on zoom.
The Decade Working Group (DWG): Update
In the UK marine community the United Nations Decade of Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), hereafter ‘the Decade’, is gaining growing publicity. What is less well established is how UK marine researchers can participate in the Decade and how funding for research will emerge.
New NERC Ocean Observations Consultation
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has asked the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to lead a piece of work on prioritising the sustained ocean observations that are most important to the UK and the international effort.