CERF's Up! Quarterly Newsletter Contributions Information

Consider submitting to CERF’s Up!

CERF’s Up! is a full color, magazine-style publication released in print and digital formats distributed to CERF members and posted on the CERF website. We’re looking for material that helps keep the coastal research community informed with fresh perspectives, news, and information relevant to CERF's diverse membership. We're looking for contributions related to:

  • The state of coastal science
  • Ongoing research projects
  • New methods
  • Results from recent workshops and meetings
  • Viewpoint pieces
  • Book reviews
  • New policy or management approaches
  • Interactions between coastal research, politics, and community
  • Spotlights of outstanding work being done by colleagues
  • Professional advice/guidance for students and early career professionals
  • Successes and challenges you are facing in your profession
  • Behind-the-scenes coverage of research projects and publications
  • News from volunteer, citizen science, non-profit groups adding to coastal research and conversations
  • Communicating science
  • Photos from the field and laboratory
  • Diagrams, illustrations, tables, lists, maps, poetry, art, cartoons
  • More!

Why contribute?

CERF's Up! is a unique, high-visibility platform, offering a flexible format that accommodates traditional articles as well as pieces that incorporate two-page spreads, annotated maps, collages, lists, flowcharts, diagrams and other communication methods. 

CERF’s Up! is different because it:

  • Reaches a wide audience and can easily be referenced
  • Welcomes science “stories,” perspectives, and news
  • Has a quick turnaround: the time from submission to print can be shorter than three months
  • Has no set format for submissions: contributors can uniquely mix text, pictures and art
  • Allows for longer contributions: articles can span multiple pages allowing for more intricate pieces
  • Is currently expanding content. Help set the tone!

Interested? Send ideas or material to [email protected]

Submit Content for CERF's Up!

Author Guidelines

Types of Manuscripts

Articles: Articles should be of broad interest to the wide diversity of CERF members. The writing should be engaging, written in more of a newspaper or magazine style than a scientific article. Up to 800 words. One to three photographs, illustrations, or diagrams help communicate your story. Occasionally, longer pieces up to 3,000 words will be featured. Contact the editors at [email protected] if you are considering a longer piece.

Viewpoint: These are first person accounts, opinion pieces, or calls to the community about an estuarine science issue. All should adhere to the CERF mission and Code of Ethics, and regulations related to CERF’s 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. Up to 600 words.

Meeting and Workshop Outcomes and Summaries: Include news about recent meetings and workshops concerning estuarine science, policy, and management that are of broad interest to CERF members. Up to 600 words.

Book Reviews: Books reviewed are recent titles in estuarine and coastal science, policy, and management. Some of these are commissioned by the editors. If you would like to review a book, please contact the editors at [email protected]. Up to 600 words.

Laboratories and Field Stations: Can range from descriptions of facilities to news and ongoing developments to summaries of annual reports. Up to 500 words.

Communicating Science: All article types welcomed about science communication and public engagement. Up to 500 words.


State in your submission the type of manuscript you are submitting. Include full names and affiliations including city, state, and country of all authors. Include email of first author.

Manuscript text should be Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx), double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-pt font, left-justified. Leave one inch margins. References should be listed as footnotes using the format style of Estuaries and Coasts.

Send each photograph, illustration, diagram, art, etc. as a separate file. Images must be submitted in 300 dpi or higher, and may be submitted as .pdf, .png, .jpeg, or any vector file type. Include attribution for images used and copyright permission if applicable.

Name files with LastName-FirstInitial.filetype (e.g. Doe-John.docx) and photos with LastName-FirstInitial-PhotoX.filetype

Contact information

Please send all submissions or questions to [email protected]

Stephen Hale, Editor
Allison Fitzgerald, Deputy Editor