The American Ornithological Society (AOS) announces the appointment of T. Scott Sillett as the 19theditor-in-chief of the international journal, The Auk: Ornithological Advances, one of two peer-reviewed journals published by the AOS. Dr. Sillett brings a powerful combination of scientific breadth and accomplishment, editorial experience, and vision for the journal at the global level. He will begin his position this August during the journal’s 134th year of publication.
Dr. Sillett was appointed by the AOS Council to lead the journal based on his many strengths, including his innovative strategies to address the shifting landscape for scholarly publishing and his solid grounding in the ornithological research communities across the Americas. Sillett is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute and is a Fellow of the AOS.
“I am honored to be chosen as the next editor-in-chief of The Auk, and look forward to working with the AOS to continue the journal’s legacy of excellence and innovation,” said Sillett. He is committed to work with colleagues to elevate the journal’s international recognition for its cutting edge science involving birds.
Sillett will place a high priority on raising the global profile of ornithological research by recruiting editorial board members for The Auk from emerging research communities.
“The international ornithological communityis increasingly producing exciting ornithological science that The Aukis uniquely positioned to make widely accessible. We are excited to see a significant increase in ornithological studies and international collaboration in the Americas particularly, but also throughout the world. The AOS can ensure this quality research is distributed widely,” said Kathy Martin, president of the AOS.
The Auk: Ornithological Advances publishes original research advancing the fundamental scientific knowledge of broad biological concepts (e.g., ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, and genetics) through studies of birds, with emphasis on novel, timely, and broadly significant research for publication. The Auk thrived while under the editorship of Dr. Mark Hauber from 2013 to present. The journal consistently tops the 5‐yr‐average journal impact factor scores among 24 ornithology journals worldwide.
About the American Ornithological Society
The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is the largest, most influential ornithological society in the world. The society provides exemplary leadership in ornithological research, a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds, and invests more in research awards and direct support of students and early professionals than any other society devoted to ornithology. The AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances, and The Condor: Ornithological Applications—which have a history of the highest scientific impact rankings among ornithological journals worldwide, and the book series, Studies in Avian Biology. The Society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in North, Middle, and South America. The AOS is also a partner in the online publication of The Birds of North America with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. For more information, see www.americanornithology.org.