Our New Column
This month we are introducing a new column,
from the Trenches," with the first article by Sandy
Shoup. Magazines supporting any hobby tend to try to provide
information by "noted" authors, or well-known people
in the hobby. Reefkeeping Magazine is no different,
and we attempt to provide articles and columns by well-known
Yet, this standard approach sometimes misses
the point of the magazine; that is, to provide useful information.
In concentrating on the well-known authors, this approach
neglects the large body of good and useful information accumulated
by the regular hobbyist. This column is an attempt to give
those hobbyists a voice. The features in this column are written
by those previously unsung and unheard reef authorities: You
folks! The idea behind this column is to provide a
chance for hobbyists to express themselves on, really, whatever
they feel is worth writing about that relates to the broad
category of marine aquariums.
Anyone may submit an article for publication
in this column, by sending the manuscript to any of our editorial
staff mentioned below. The two criteria for publication are
First, the article has to be interesting.
Secondly, it has to be well written.
All submitted articles will go through
our standard multi-layer editorial review process and be reviewed
by at least three people, and we will all have to agree that
the article warrants publication. Once the editorial review
has occurred, the author will be notified of the results.
If the article is accepted for publication, the manuscript
(with editorial comments) will be returned for revisions,
if necessary, and the article will be used at some future
date. Authors will be paid a small fee for the use of the
We anticipate that this column will be
irregularly published; we might go several months between
features. On the other hand, we might get a lot of good submissions,
and it will appear regularly. All hobbyists are urged to submit
articles. The authorship is not fixed and will vary from month-to-month.
Successful authors are at no advantage in the editorial process
the second time around, but neither will they be discriminated
against. Each submitted manuscript will be judged on its merits,
so a previous rejection is immaterial to the success or failure
of a subsequent submission.
We hope you will enjoy this new feature
and take advantage of the possibility to be heard!
Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D.