Bulletin of Marine Science Celebrates 60 Years of Success

More than 4,300 papers and notes have been published in the Bulletin since it’s inception in 1951


MIAMI — December 14, 2011 — The Bulletin of Marine Science recently marked its 60th anniversary with the publication of a special issue featuring original contributions from a selection of the most highly cited (or most-downloaded) Bulletin authors. The issue includes an opening article with a historical snapshot of the publication to capture the impressive journey the Bulletin has taken over six decades of scientific publication in marine sciences.

“The scientific content of the special celebratory issue captures much of what has characterized the Bulletin over the past sixty years,” said the Bulletin’s tenth Editor and Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Professor, Dr. Su Sponaugle. The issue carries comprehensive reviews of marine science topics, coral reef research, and new taxa descriptions. It also features a new section, ‘Portraits of Marine Science,’ focusing on the publication of informative scientific photographs with an accompanying extended legend.

“Celebrating this milestone has been an opportunity to explore the rich history of the Bulletin of Marine Science, which is truly fascinating,” said Sponaugle. “The Bulletin was founded shortly after the start of the Rosenstiel School and has reflected the academic community and evolving science through the intervening decades. It is a truly privilege for me to help this acclaimed journal change and adapt as it continues to serve the wider scientific community.”

The 300-page full-color volume (Volume 87, Number 4, 2011) was sent to subscribers, but is also available to the broader scientific community as an open-access publication that can be downloaded from the Bulletin of Marine Science website.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
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