A few weeks ago, I received the type-set proofs of my paper from the editorial staff at Ecosystems. It was great to see my writing looking like a real journal article.
A slightly closer look revealed a few issues: namely captions that didn’t match figures, as well as some overzealous abbreviation. It took a few more rounds of editing, sending proofs back and forth, but finally, it was ready for publication! A few days later, I received notification that my paper is now available online!
Because Ecosystems, like almost half of all scientific journals, is run by a for-profit publisher, my paper is living behind a pay wall. This is still a rather unhappy point for me, but I’ll share more opinions on access to scientific literature in a future post. . .
It’s a proud feeling to have my first (first-authored) paper out there in the world. And, maybe an equally good feeling to be ready to focus my attention on the next project.