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 to 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 (email@example.com)
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: Angela Colling, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editorial Board Chair
Grant Bigg, University of Sheffield
Angela Colling, formerly Open University
Paul Bell, National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool
Rosie Chance, University of York
Helen Findlay, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Sue Greig, Open University
Claire Hughes, University of York
Daniel Mayor, Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen
Alessandro Tagliabue, University of Liverpool
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.
Challenger Society AGM 2019
University of Edinburgh - September 10th 2019: 1330-1400
Ocean Modelling Meeting
The Institute for Global Change of the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences is pleased to host the Annual Meeting of the Challenger Society Special Interest Group for Ocean Modelling, and the Challenger Society’s AGM.
Ocean Challenge search function
There is a new online search function for all Ocean Challenge issues that allows anyone to easily search for articles on a specific topic. We hope this will be used not just by the marine science community but by educators who would otherwise not have access to such resources.