This month, the AOS ushered in an important, strategic change in publications. After self-publishing our journals, The Auk and The Condor, for the past five years, the society has selected Oxford University Press (OUP) as our new publishing partner. Beginning in 2019, OUP will begin publishing The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Application, dramatically expanding the global reach and usage of our content.
Over the past five years, the AOS differentiated the content of The Auk and The Condor under the leadership of two exceptional editors and a skilled staff who built excellent and diverse editorial boards. We introduced many important changes in our editorial processes, upgraded our technology, and actively promoted our content on multiple digital platforms to better serve our authors, reviewers, editors, and diverse audiences. All of these changes helped the AOS strengthen the journals, improve our marketing reach, and advance our mission. The Condor holds an Impact Factor of 2.722, making it the top-ranked journal in the field of ornithology today, and The Auk holds the highest 5 Year average Impact Factor of all ornithology journals, 2.438.
“AOS has entered this new partnership with Oxford University Press as part of our commitment to broaden the distribution of The Auk and The Condor globally, and to greatly increase our online access and usage,” says Dr. Kathy Martin, president of the AOS. “By launching our new publishing partnership with OUP, we can accomplish our goals of expanding access to our ground-breaking ornithological science and conservation to natural scientists and institutions all over the world.”
OUP is equally excited to partner with the AOS. Alison Denby, publishing director for Oxford Journals, said, “We are looking forward to working with the American Ornithological Association to publish these flagship journals in the field of ornithology. The Auk and The Condor will enrich OUP’s portfolio of scientific journals, and we are excited to advance the fundamental science and applications of this research worldwide.”
The new publishing partnership positions the AOS to navigate the increasingly complex world of publishing, including evolving Open Access mandates and increased data requirements. We will leverage OUP’s expertise and services to introduce digital innovations and expand our global marketing and sales. The journals will retain their unique and customized identities. All AOS members will continue to have free access to the journals.
The Society expresses its tremendous gratitude to the visionary and dedicated editors and staff who have produced our journals with skill and devotion over the last five years. We also thank our team of experienced and valued copy editors and translators.