AOU and COS Launch Refocused Ornithological Journals in Weekly Publishing Format

(January 3, 2014)—The American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) and the Cooper Ornithological Society (COS) are pleased to announce that their international, peer-reviewed journals of ornithology, The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications, launched this week with new scopes. Articles on the different aspects of ornithological research and avian biology are published weekly on the journals’ new website:

The AOU and COS have refocused their flagship journals to cover specific topic areas in ornithology: The Auk focuses on basic science andThe Condor emphasizes applied science. Together they cover a complementary spectrum of avian research. A list of topics for each journalcan be found on the website.

“Simply put, both journals become more efficient and more valuable to the ornithological community by dividing subject matter but sharing editorial and production offices,” says Philip C Stouffer, Editor-in-Chief of The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

The journals appear in a new format, and articles are published weekly with digital object identifiers (DOIs) and page numbers for citation. The redesigned journals share submission guidelines and formats and are managed by a central publication office. The new weekly schedule provides ornithology researchers with a more rapid publishing experience than traditional quarterly publishing, giving them a more efficient method for sharing and receiving research results.

“Together with a fully online submission and editorial process, the new editorial flow should dramatically decrease the time from submission to publication for authors, and provide new articles for our readers on a weekly basis,” says Mark E. Hauber, Editor-in-Chief of The Auk: Ornithological Advances.

Visit, where everyone can view abstracts and the tables of contents for both journals, sign up to receive email notifications for new articles, and create lists of favorite articles and issues. Society members can read all the content in their society’s journal. Print copies will continue to be published quarterly.

The journal website features new research articles published each week; issues from 2008 to present; information on how to submit a manuscript; details on the topics each journal covers; the editorial boards; news and press releases; and information about accessing the journals through other databases such as BioOne, JSTOR, and SORA (the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive). Articles published more than 24 months ago and as far back as 2008 are open access on the journal website at

Contact: Central Ornithology Publication Office,

About the Journals:
The Auk
has been the official publication of the American Ornithologists’ Union ( since 1884. In 2009, The Auk was honored as one of the 100 most influential journals of biology and medicine over the past 100 years, and currently holds the top impact factor among ornithological journals.

The Condor began in 1899 as the journal of the Cooper Ornithological Club, a group of ornithologists in California that became the Cooper Ornithological Society( The Condor has developed into one of the world’s foremost ornithological journals.