Contributions to the Soil Science Society of America
Journal (SSSAJ) may be:
1) REVIEW PAPER–A review is not simply a collection of
papers that are all centered on a common theme. Review
papers should provide a synthesis of existing knowledge
and give new insights or concepts not previously presented
in the literature, or at least not with the same level of detail.
The review should identify knowledge gaps for future
research. An author should generally be allowed more free-
dom to provide his/her view on a topic in a review as the
papers being reviewed are presumed to already have passed
some level of scientifi c scrutiny by peers. A good review is
often one of the most important ways to advance an area of
science. The review paper should be targeted, not more than
10 published pages. Ten pages is around 10,000 words, less
about 250 words for each table or fi gure.
2) ISSUES PAPER–Soils issues papers include discussion
of contemporary soils issues from a combination of sci-
entifi c, political, legislative, and regulatory perspectives.
These papers will often have more of a philosophical bent
to them, but must still be based on a foundation of good sci-
ence. The issue paper should be targeted, not more than 10
3) ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE–Original research
fi ndings are interpreted to mean the outcome of scholarly
inquiry, investigations, modeling, or experimentation hav-
ing as an objective the revision of existing concepts, the
development of new concepts, or the development of new or
improved techniques in some phase of soil science. Authors
are encouraged to test modeling results with measurements
or published data.
4) NOTE–Notes focus on studies of limited scope, preliminary
data, unique observations, or research techniques and apparatus.
The length of a note should be 2 to 3 published pages.
5) Comments and Letters to the Editor– contain (a) critical
comments on papers published in one of the Society outlets,
(b) editorial comments by Socie