MAY 22nd - 25th, 2023 TOKYO, JAPAN

General Information

Important Information on the Special Issues of the 6th International Sclerochronology Conference

Considering the number of papers submitted to date, we have decided to extend the deadline for abstract submissions to June 30, 2024. We eagerly anticipate receiving your manuscripts!

We will organize two special issues for 6thISC. We are pleased to provide you with significant updates regarding two special issues that will be published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (Palaeo3) and Limnology and Oceanography Letters (L&O Letters). These special issues are open for any sclerochronologists, including those who did not join 6thISC, so please consider submitting your work.

Please note that even if you have previously submitted brief abstracts before the conference, please submit your abstract again.  

We request your attention to the following important details:

(1) Schedule
L&O Letters:

Before your manuscript submission, please email a 200 word (maximum) outline of the proposed paper to “6thisc2022@gmail.com“ so that the suitability of your work for this special issue can be determined. The deadline for manuscript submission is 31 March 2024 June 30, 2024.


For Palaeo3, please send your abstract to “6thisc2022@gmail.com” before your manuscript submission, following the standard format for Palaeo3. Then our guest editor team will submit a special issue proposal based on the submitted abstracts. You will be able to submit your manuscripts after receiving notification of proposal acceptance, but if you want to submit your manuscript earlier, please contact us (6thisc2022@gmail.com). The deadline for manuscript submission is 31 March 2024 June 30, 2024.

(2) Publication Costs
Please note that Palaeo3 does not charge a publication fee. However, L&O Letters is a full open-access publication and thus charges a publication fee. Fee waivers and discounts for L&O Letters are available for corresponding authors based in low- and lower-middle-income countries and regions.

Below, you will find detailed information about each special issue for your reference:

Limnology and Oceanography Letters:
Call for papers: https://www.aslo.org/cfp-expanding-horizons-of-sclerochronology/

We invite submissions exploring a broad range of modern topics, including but not limited to: Environmental monitoring, Ecology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Proxy development, and Biomineralization. 

All articles are open access. The publication cost is $2560 for ASLO members and $3200 for non-members. The membership cost is only $30 for students and emeritus scientists, $50 for Early Career Scientists, and no cost for students from developing countries. Fee waivers and discounts are available for corresponding authors based in low- and lower-middle-income countries and regions. More details can be found at the following link:

Research Articles are short (max 3000 word), letters-formatted articles. Data Articles, Essays, and longer Current Evidence articles are also available for submission.

Impact factor: 8.50
Open access journal
Author guidelines: https://aslopubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/hub/journal/23782242/about/author-guidelines

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology:
We invite submissions for a broad range of paleoenvironmental studies using biogenically precipitated materials, especially those deriving high-resolution records at daily, seasonal, and annual timescales. This special issue covers paleontology, paleoceanography, archaeology, and also welcomes modern topics. Palaeo3 does not charge a publication fee (Open access is an option, but an additional fee is applicable). Article types are full-length articles (5000-7000 words), review articles (8000-10000 words), and short communications (<4000 words).

Impact factor: 3.56
Author guidelines: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/palaeogeography-palaeoclimatology-palaeoecology/0031-0182/guide-for-authors

We kindly request your timely attention to these special issues and encourage you to submit your abstracts before the deadline. Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us (6thisc2022@gmail.com).

MAY 22th-25th, 2023

Following the very successful international meetings in St Petersburg, Florida, USA (2007), Mainz, Germany (2010), Caernarfon, North Wales, UK (2013), Portland, Maine, USA (2016), and Split, Croatia (2019), the 6th International Sclerochronology Conference (ISC) is to be held in Tokyo, Japan. But, given the difficulty in foreseeing the problem of COVID19 around the world, the conference was postponed for a year. The new schedule of the 6th ISC is May 22th (Monday) – May 25th (Thursday), 2023 .

The conference will bring together scientists from around the globe to share progress in the field of sclerochronology. Causing to the situation of COVID 19 infections, the conference will be held in hybrid method of ON SITE and REMOTE to make a chance of participation for all scientists. ISC2023 will provide an avenue for scientists from different backgrounds with common research goals to collaborate and develop new ideas. The Scientific Committee is pleased to invite interested researchers, students, and educators to attend the conference and become involved.

What is Sclerochronology?
Sclerochronology is the study of physical and chemical variations in the accretionary hard tissues of organisms, and the temporal context in which they formed. Sclerochronology focuses primarily upon growth patterns reflecting annual, monthly, fortnightly, tidal, daily, and sub-daily increments of time entrained by a host of environmental and astronomical pacemakers. Familiar examples include daily or annual growth patterns in mollusk shells, otoliths, and coral skeletons.Sclerochronology is analogous to dendrochronology, the study of annual rings in trees, and equally seeks to deduce organismal life history traits as well as to reconstruct records of environmental and climatic change at various spatio-temporal scales.


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