Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates and location of OceanObs’19?2018-02-23T21:25:51+00:00

OceanObs’19 will take place September 16-20, 2019 at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu, HI, USA.

What is the expected meeting attendance?2017-10-31T15:05:22+00:00

The meeting is expected to draw approximately 1200 participants.

What is the abstract submission plan?2018-04-05T19:48:35+00:00

Abstracts submission for Community White Papers closed on March 15,2018. The OceanObs’19 Program Committee is in the process of reviewing abstracts and developing recommendations for joint Community White Papers. Authors will be contacted by  April 30, 2018 with the final status and recommendations for their abstract. Final papers will be submitted on September 30, 2018 and will be peer reviewed and published in an open access journal before the conference. For more information, visit the abstracts portal

How do I submit an abstract?2017-12-18T18:25:30+00:00

Abstracts should be submitted in the abstracts portal with accordance to the guidelines and instructions provided. 

What are the general requirements for the Community White Papers (CWPs)?2018-04-30T14:32:45+00:00

The community white papers should focus on (1) being forward-looking to the next decade, (2) addressing end-user engagement, (3) addressing opportunities for integration, and (4) connecting to conference themes.

What is the deadline for submitting manuscripts for the Community White Papers (CWPs)?2018-04-30T14:31:48+00:00

All manuscripts must be submitted by 30 September 2018.

Why did I have received a recommendation to work with other authors to write a full-review or mini review CWP?2018-04-30T14:35:37+00:00

More than 430 abstracts were received. To keep the pre-conference publications to a manageable number, minimize the redundancy of topics, and provide broad community perspectives, the Program Committee made recommendations for the formation of author teams between abstracts with similar scopes to enhance the overarching vision of the final CWP submission.

What is the difference between a Full-Review CWP and a Mini-Review CWP?2018-04-30T14:33:21+00:00

Full-Reviews are longer format papers with a maximum of 12,000 words and up to 15 figures or tables.  Mini-Reviews are shorter format, with a limit of 3000 words and up to 2 figures or tables. 

How are the author teams coordinated?2018-04-30T14:36:03+00:00

White paper groups will designate a lead. The role of the lead is expected to coordinate content with other author teams, finalize the online submission, and work with their editorial board through a peer-review publication process.

Can I be a lead author on more than one CWP?2018-04-30T14:37:33+00:00

The Program Committee strongly encourages authors to serve as lead on ONE paper to promote inclusivity and diversity.

Where and when will the CWPs be published?2018-04-30T14:33:58+00:00

Accepted Full-Reviews and Mini-Review CWPs will be published in a special issue of Frontiers in Marine Science prior to the Ocean Obs’19 meeting in September 2019.  Frontiers is an open-access electronic, peer-review journal.

What will be the peer review process?2018-04-30T14:35:06+00:00

The Frontiers in Marine Science Editorial Board will oversee the peer-review process for all manuscripts following the procedure and policy of Frontiers in Marine Science. More information on process will be available soon.

Who will be responsible for the CWP publication costs?2018-04-30T14:34:28+00:00

Frontiers in Marine Science is offering all OceanObs’19 papers a discounted publication rate at US$450. The authors are expected to cover their publication costs.

Does one CWP equal a presentation at the conference?2018-04-30T14:37:02+00:00

No. The community white papers will be utilized to shape the outcomes of the conference and post-conference priorities. There will be likely be opportunities to socialize their CWPs during plenaries and breakouts during the conference.

If I have further questions about the CWP topics, requirements, and coordination, who should I contact?2018-04-30T14:36:35+00:00

Authors should reach out to their Program Committee POCs designated within their letters or reach out to info@oceanobs19.net.

Will there be travel support?2017-10-31T15:05:43+00:00

OceanObs’19 organizers are working to secure sponsorship. Some support will be available, particularly for participants from developing countries and early career scientists.  

What is the anticipated timeline for OceanObs’19?2017-11-01T19:10:43+00:00

Dates and milestones will be updated on a regular basis. Please check back for updates.

What are the anticipated outcomes for the conference?2017-11-01T19:52:01+00:00

Below are the initial objectives identified by organizers. This list will evolve throughout the planning process. 

1) Connect observers with users. 

2) Expand the Framework for Ocean Observing (FOO). 

3) Develop a strategic approach for biological, chemical, and physical observations for the next decade. 

4) Determine a holistic approach for EOV-based observing system integration.  

5) Develop framework for EOV-based observing products.

6) Obtain input from industry and super users on future observing requirements. 

7) Foster scientific connections with developing countries. 

How do I become a sponsor?2017-12-06T14:57:44+00:00

Please review our Sponsorship Opportunities page for in depth information on becoming a sponsor.