Author Instructions


The Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (JCWRE) disseminates original, peer-reviewed articles and comprehensive reviews on applied research, policy, education, and outreach/extension in water and watershed science and management, with international scope and an emphasis on transdisciplinary approaches and perspectives. Two themed issues a year focus on topics that emerge from conferences, water resources organizations, national training or education programs, and research and extension teams.  One issue per year is reserved for general submissions. JCWRE is published by the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR).


General submissions sent to Jackie Crim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by December 15 will be considered for the next open August issue. General submissions after December 15 will be considered for the themed issues, if appropriate, or the following year's open issue.


Electronic Copy: Papers are to be submitted as Microsoft Word documents (extension .docx). Submit papers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to the e-mail address of the issue editor (if submitting to a special issue). Additionally, authors should provide the names and contact information for 3 potential reviewers in their submittal email.

Title: Titles should properly reflect the contents of the article. The title should be short and informative, and should not exceed 12 words in length.

Author Name and Affiliation: Name of the author(s) should appear after the title along with the main affiliation of the author(s). Identify the corresponding author.

Abstract and Keywords: An abstract of no more than 250 words and up to 8 keywords must accompany each article.  Keywords should not duplicate words that are in the title.

Text: The manuscript text should be typed double-spaced in Times New Roman size 12 font. The text should be written so that it will be of interest to persons in the wide variety of disciplines represented by UCOWR’s membership. Articles are ~8 to 10 pages in length as published, which equates to ~16 to 20 pages of text typed double-spaced in Word (not including figures and tables). Headings should be bold; subheadings should be bold italics. Text typically follows the standard format of Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion.

Footnotes and Endnotes: Footnotes should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Any footnotes in a submitted article will be converted to endnotes at the editorial stage and will be placed towards the end of the article.

Acknowledgments: These should be included in a separately titled section, following the text. Please acknowledge your funding source.

Author Bio and Contact Information: An author bio of <100 words, full mailing address, and e-mail address for ALL authors must be included.

References: Cite references to published literature in the text by author(s) and date: for example, Howe et al. (1984) if directly naming the author, (Howe et al. 1984) at the end of a sentence, and (Howe et al. 1984, 43) at the end of the sentence using a direct quotation. List all references in alphabetical order in a References section. If two references have the same author and year, please add letters after the year. (Howe et al. 1984a). If listing more than one citation in the text, list in order of publication date and insert a semi-colon between citations (Kadlec and Knight 1996; Hoagland et al. 2001). JCWRE has its own reference style, but it closely resembles Chicago style if you are utilizing a reference software. Please follow the below examples.

Article in a Print Journal:
Hoagland, C.R., L.E. Gentry, M.B. David, and D.A. Kovacic. 2001. Plant nutrient uptake and biomass accumulation in a constructed wetland. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 16: 527-540.

Article in an Online Journal (provide the DOI if availabe, if unavailable provide url):
Kelly, W.R., S.V. Panno, K.C. Hackley, A.T. Martinsek, I.G. Krapac, C.P. Weibel, and E.C. Storment. 2009. Bacteria contamination of groundwater in a mixed land-use karst region. Water Quality, Exposure and Health 1: 69-78. DOI: 10.1007/s12403-009-0006-7. Accessed December 8, 2014.

Kadlec, R.H. and R.L. Knight. 1996. Treatment Wetlands. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Chapter in Book or Paper in a Proceedings:
Lee, R.G., R. Flamm, M.G. Turner, C. Bledsoe, P. Chandler, C. DeFarrari, R. Gottfried, R.J. Naiman, N. Schumaker, and D. Wear. 1992. Integrating sustainable development and environmental vitality: A landscape ecology approach. In: Watershed Management: Balancing Sustainability and Environmental Change, R.J. Naiman (Ed.). Springer-Verlag, New York, pp. 499-521.

Thesis or Dissertation:
Carrillo-Guerrero, Y. 2009. Water conservation, wetland restoration, and agriculture in the Colorado River Delta, Mexico. Dissertation, University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona.

Online Report:
U.S. Geological Survey. 2013. Aquifer Basics: High Plains Aquifer. Available at Accessed December 8, 2014.

Tables and Figures: Up to 10 tables and figures combined are allowed (e.g., you may have 3 tables and 7 figures). If more are included, you must reduce the number before your article will be considered for publication.

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively and include a brief but descriptive title. All tables should be included after the References section. The format of the table should be simple with black lines, no colors, or fancy layouts. Write "(Table #)" in the text where each table should be noted in the text. The table will appear in the manuscript as soon as possible after it is first mentioned in the text.

Figures:  Figures should be numbered consecutively and include a descriptive caption. Place figure captions after the Tables section. Each figure should be attached separately in the email as a .tiff or .pdf file. Please do not include figures in the Microsoft Word document. There is a $250 per color page charge for colored figures in the printed journal. However, colored figures are allowed in the online journal for free. Please submit both a grayscale and colored figure if you do not want to incur a page charge for the printed version. Write "(Figure #)" in the text where each figure should be noted in the text. The figure will appear in the manuscript as soon as possible after it is first mentioned in the text. 

Appendices: All appendices must have a title. The Appendix is placed at the end of the text, after Author(s) Bio and before the References.

Author Information Sheet:  Please provide all of the information requested here.  The form may be duplicated, if needed. 

Copyright Release Form: The Lead author is required to complete a Copyright Release FormThe form may be duplicated as needed. The completed forms must be included with your manuscript. Assignment of copyright does not restrict authors in using materials from their paper for future personal use. Our request for copyright transfer is for the purpose of complying with Public Law 94-553 and to protect both UCOWR and the author(s) from unauthorized third-party use. In addition, articles cannot be published on the Blackwell Synergy website without the copyright transfer.

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