Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Further suggestions for writing memorable geophysical papers



In an earlier article in Eos (December 21, 1982, p. 1219), I suggested that members of AGU had been seriously remiss in not forming proper author teams in order to write “memorable” geophysical research papers. A number of the original suggestions were rejected either on the grounds of good taste (see the “unabridged” preprint version of the paper, available from the author) or else because of political sensitivity (e.g., “Crooked magnetic field lines” by AGU members Agnew and Nixon). Nonetheless, several examples of what might be done survived censorship and appeared in the Eos article. In summary, it was concluded that geophysicists could be a lot more active in this area.