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What is the Sanctuary
Conservation Science Series?

What is the National Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series?
The Conservation Series is a publication hosted by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS). It provides a forum to publish reports that focus on the complex issues facing the sanctuary system.

What is the value of publishing in the Conservation Series?
All publications in the Conservation Series are peer reviewed, but we expedite the review process and have relatively simple layout requirements, all of which allow for rapid publication and quick turnaround to the public.

What issues are addressed in the reports?
Report topics are varied in scope, detail, and intent. In general, topics are usually scientific in nature and present the results of research and monitoring projects for both the natural and social sciences. Examples include monitoring results following a grounding event, habitat mapping results, living resource studies and biography characterizations. Reports may also describe education programs, summarize workshop proceedings or discus resource management issues.

The National Marine Sanctuary Conservation Series began in 1999.

On average, five reports are published each year.

Many of the published reports garner media attention.

Author affiliations include:

  • ONMS
  • Academic institutions
  • Other NOAA offices or programs
  • Other federal agencies or programs
  • Private or non-government organizations

Themes include:

  • Biogeography
  • Grounding Events: Response and Restoration
  • Habitat Mapping
  • Living Resource Studies
  • Science for Management
  • Symposia and Workshops
What is the purpose of the Conservation Series?
Since there are considerable differences in sanctuary settings, resource types and pressures on resources, each sanctuary has tailored approaches to management – conservation, education, research, monitoring and enforcement. The Conservation Series reflects and supports this integration by providing a forum for publications on the diverse issues affecting the sanctuaries.

Who is the intended audience for the reports?
The audience varies based on the report topic. In general, the intended audience is sanctuary resource managers. In many cases the reports are also used as education and outreach tools, are distributed to constituents, and are always made available to the general public via the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website at http://www.sanctuaries.noaa.gov. Social media may also be used to notify the public of a report’s release. Sometimes the media is also notified of a published report in order to garner more public attention.

Who authors the reports?
Report authors represent a variety of affiliations including ONMS, academia, other parts of NOAA, other federal agencies and private entities. Authors typically have a scientific background, but some have education or policy backgrounds.

What is the style of each report?
Report style may vary based on topic and intent. In general, reports should follow the format of a typical scientific journal article. In some cases, however, reports may take a different format, such as those that serve as a summary of workshop proceedings or literature reviews.

Are the reports reviewed?
Yes, all reports submitted to the Conservation Series are reviewed by a team of subject matter experts for quality, completeness and accuracy.

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