Call for papers:  Special issue of the open access journal Oceanography on “A Vision for Capacity Sharing in the Ocean Sciences.”

In December 2024, The Oceanography Society (TOS) plans to publish a special issue of the open access journal Oceanography on “A Vision for Capacity Sharing in the Ocean Sciences.” As guest editors, we are seeking initial community interest in contributing articles to this special issue. Details on specific topics are provided below. We ask that you forward this invitation to other individuals who might be interested in participating.

Letters of interest should be emailed to Oceanography Editor Ellen Kappel ( by October 15, 2023, and should contain the following:

  • A summary of the content of the proposed paper (no more than 200 words)
  • Potential authorship and affiliations
  • Identify which topic your article would fit under (see below)
  • Proposed length (see below for specific words counts for different articles)
  • Contact information

Notice of whether you will be invited to contribute an article will be sent by November 15, 2023. Further information on deadlines is provided at the end of this invitation.


This special issue of Oceanography focuses on “capacity building” and “capacity sharing” in the ocean sciences, engineering, and related applications in academic, private, civil society, and public sectors. More specifically, capacity building describes activities designed to strengthen the knowledge, abilities, relationships, and values that enable organizations, groups, and individuals to reach their goals for sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources. It includes strengthening the institutions, processes, systems, and rules that influence collective and individual behavior and performance in all related endeavors. Capacity building also enhances people’s ability to make informed choices and fosters their willingness to play new developmental roles and adapt to new challenges. Capacity is about more than potential; it harnesses potential through robust programs to make progress in addressing societal needs and is fundamental to fostering environmental stewardship, improving the management of ocean and coastal areas and resources, and reducing global inequalities.

We also use the term “capacity sharing” as in Miloslavich et al. (2022) to acknowledge that the act of building capacity “is a shared effort among the people who are bringing the expertise and equipment and the people who are being trained to become active partners in the global ocean sustainability effort. Capacity sharing also acknowledges that local knowledge and traditions can inform how the capacity-building team approaches their efforts toward sustainability goals.”

The special issue has several goals: (1) describe the benefits around the world of sustained capacity building and capacity sharing in ocean science, technology, and applications; (2) identify barriers and gaps; (3) share best practices on how to build and sustain efforts; (4) highlight the importance to jobs and the economy; and (5) identify synergies among existing and new capacity-building and capacity-sharing programs. We encourage manuscripts that contribute to the goals of UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) and efforts that look beyond 2030. Our aim is to provide readers with a resource that will inspire actions on many fronts to achieve these objectives.


As an open-access journal, all articles will be openly available to the public on the Oceanography website at the time of publication. The full issue will also be available to all as a flipbook on Oceanography‘s kiosk.


There will be no cost to authors for publishing articles in this special issue. Copy editing, design, and distribution is supported by grants from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Office of Naval Research (ONR), US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).

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