Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope
Section Policies
Peer Review Process
Publication Frequency
Article Fees
Open Access Policy
Policy on name changes for authors
Focus and Scope

About the Association of Field Ornithologists


The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) is one of the world's major societies of professional and amateur ornithologists dedicated to the scientific study and dissemination of information about birds in their natural habitats. Founded in 1922 as the New England Bird Banding Association, AFO shortly thereafter became the Northeastern Bird-Banding Association. This origin promoted an emphasis on bird banding and field techniques, always with field studies as a focus. Field studies continue to be a focus and, with new techniques in molecular ecology, bioacoustics technology, and behavioral ecology now available, field studies of birds are approaching ever new questions. AFO encourages the participation of amateurs in research, and emphasizes conservation biology of birds. For more information or to become a member, visit the Association of Field Ornithologists' website.


About the Journal


On behalf of the Association of Field Ornithologists, Journal of Field Ornithology publishes original articles that emphasize the descriptive or experimental study of birds in their natural habitats. Articles depicting general techniques, emphasizing conservation, describing life history, or assessing published studies or existing ideas are appropriate. The Journal publishes studies from throughout the world, which may include banded birds or populations. We actively encourage submissions from nonprofessional ornithologists and from ornithologists from groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Over the last decade, the Journal of Field Ornithology has consistently ranked in the top ten for impact factor among ornithological journals. As an online, open-access journal, we offer rapid progression through the peer-review process and early views on our website after acceptance.


Editorial Assistance Program


The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) offers a free service assisting authors of ornithological articles who are not native speakers of English. Manuscripts must be written in English (even if flawed), and an AFO volunteer will work with the authors to refine the writing into idiomatic English appropriate for scientific publication. It is important to realize that scientific content will not generally be addressed through this program, rather only suggestions for improving clarity and grammar will be provided. The EAP has created a database of AFO members willing to assist authors with their manuscripts. If interested in helping out as a volunteer with this program, please contact the EAP Coordinator. All inquiries from authors about manuscripts should be directed to Daniel M. Brooks, EAP Coordinator, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Herman Circle Drive, Houston, Texas 77030-1799, USA (phone +1 713-639-4776), e-mail dbrooks@hmns.org.




Section Policies - Manuscript Types

Unless specified differently below, papers reporting research results should generally use (but are not limited to) the classical format (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Literature Cited). Length is restricted to ~7000 words exclusive of tables, figures, and literature cited. Publication fees are $1250 USD for research papers. Papers longer than 7000 words will be charged an Extra Word Fee ($100 if over 7000 words, $200 if over 8000 words, etc.).

Topic descriptions include the following:

Biology of Tropical Birds
  Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
  Indexed
Our largest gaps in ornithological knowledge lie in the tropic; we welcome articles on any aspect of tropical ornithology globally.
Avian Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution
  Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
  Indexed
Empirical studies testing long-standing theories and new concepts in ornithology, focusing on behavior, species interactions, or evolutionary ecology.
Avian Conservation and Management
  Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
  Indexed
Research into and evaluation of projects designed to protect bird species or populations and avian-relevant habitats and ecosystems; applied ornithological studies.
Ornithological Methods
  Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
  Indexed
Description and critical evaluation of new and innovative research methods developed for or re/applied to avian biology, conservation, and management.
Review and Meta-analyses
  Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
  Indexed
Systematic reviews, opinion-and-perspective pieces, and formal, quantitative meta-analyses aimed at synthesizing and moving forward a conceptually and/or empirically united topic in ornithology.
Book/Media Review
  Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
  Indexed
Brief academic reviews of recently published books and other media concerning avian biology and conservation.

Please contact our Book Reviews Editor Darrell Ashworth (darrell.ashworth@gmail.com) prior to preparing and submitting a Book Review style manuscript.
Response
  Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
  Indexed
Short papers (1000 word limit) designed to respond/follow up on papers published in recent issues, or to respond to issues raised in other forum articles. Forum papers may also raise attention on issues that were not specifically addressed in the paper. The Editors-in-Chief reserve the right to limit ongoing debates on the same topic to one response and one counter-response. To submit a response go to the original article and select the appropriate link on the right hand side panel.
Other Contributions
  Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
  Indexed
Manuscripts that are appropriate for the Journal of Field Ornithology but do not fall under the above categories.
Peer Review Process
The Editor-in-Chief makes an initial appraisal of each manuscript. If the topic and treatment seem potentially appropriate for the journal, the manuscript is assigned to a subject editor who oversees the review process. Once the review process has been completed, the subject editor recommends acceptance, revision, or rejection of your manuscript. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief.

Journal of Field Ornithology has a "double-blind" review process: authors are not told who is reviewing their manuscript and reviewers do not know whose manuscript they are reviewing. Author identity is revealed only to Subject Editors, Guest Editors, and EICs. Reviewers are informed of the author's identity upon acceptance or rejection of a manuscript. After a decision is reached, a reviewer is free to contact the authors privately about the manuscript.

A decision on the manuscript generally may be expected within 1.5 months of submission; delays in obtaining reviews may prolong this process. Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer-review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional high-quality, peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted.
Publication Frequency
Regular issues are published twice annually, with issues available as 'in progress' as soon as articles are published.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work.

Journal Management Committee
Matt Reudink, Chair
Robert Aldredge, AFO Council Member
Dan Ardia, AFO Past President
Valentina Ferretti, AFO President
Julie Jedlicka, AFO Vice President
Author Fees
There is a publication fee of $1250 US for all accepted papers. Extra word fees apply if papers exceed the recommended length. We are not-for-profit and these fees help offset operational costs and permit open access to the full text. Authors are invoiced shortly after their article is accepted. There is no charge to submit an article nor is there a processing fee.

Publication Fee Waiver Policy – Note that full waivers of publication fees may be granted to support authors from low- and middle-income countries and partial waivers may be granted to authors that are either: (A) students; (B) from a bird banding station; (C) from historically underrepresented groups in ornithology such as Historically Black Colleges/Universities; or (D) from primarily undergraduate institutions. Publication fee waivers must be requested at the time of submission and will have no bearing on the peer review decision-making process. To request a waiver, authors must provide a brief explanation and justification for the
request and the amount of waiver requested.

Payment must be received before an article can be published. Many universities have grant programs to cover all or part of the cost of publishing in open-access journals. To find out if yours does, contact your library or copyright office.

Refunds

Authors may withdraw their article at anytime prior to copy editing for a partial refund. Once the copy editing process has been initiated, no refund will be issued.

Please address any general questions regarding the fee policy or refunds to: managing_editor@jfo.resalliance.org.
Archiving
This journal is archived with ClockSS for long-term preservation.
Policy on Name Changes for Authors
There are a variety of reasons why authors may wish to change their names – gender transition, marriage, divorce, legal name change, or professional name change, among others. These former names can often carry a stigma or unpleasantness, and can lead to potential confusion. This policy ensures a sensitive and fair process for authors, and avoids confusion when former names are compiled together with current names on a CV or webpage, or when citations are taken from indexing services automatically.

Authors wishing to change their name on a published article, for any reason, should contact the journal, giving the article details, the name they wish to change, and the name they wish it changed to. We will then republish the article (in the same issue and volume, same DOI, and without an erratum, and without altering previous citations or citation counts), and request the article be reindexed by Clarivate’s Web of Knowledge. Other indexing services, including Google Scholar, will reindex the article automatically. To maintain authors’ privacy, there will be no notice or indication of the name change. To do this, we ask that authors provide us with one or more of the following:

• evidence of using the name in a professional context, such as other journal publications linked with the same ORCID, thesis, or book chapter
• legal document showing name change (e.g. deed-poll name change certificate or other government-issued identification)
• letter from supervisor or line-manager (on letterhead) of the research institution linked to the article (if the institution is different, evidencing either legal or common-use name change)
• letter from any co-author of the article (on letterhead)
• letter from a GP, accredited gender identity specialist or national gender identity clinic, addressed to the journal.



 
Journal of Field Ornithology ISSN: 1557-9263